John Lewis Broadband

Straight forward broadband from John Lewis with an emphasis on reliability, honesty and quality customer service

  • Free UK-based customer service
  • Bundled phone service with inclusive calling
  • Unlimited usage allowances oh all packages
  • 66Mb average speed fibre broadband available
  • Rural and remote areas pay the same as urban and central

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John Lewis Broadband Unlimited with Talk Evenings and Weekend
£20.00 for 12 months
£26.50 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £40 John Lewis e-gift card
  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Same low price regardless of where you live
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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John Lewis Broadband Fibre with Talk Evenings and Weekend
£28.50 for 12 months
£38.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £50 John Lewis e-gift card!
  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 36Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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John Lewis Broadband Fibre Extra with Talk Evenings and Weekend
£35.00 for 12 months
£43.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £75 John Lewis e-gift card!
  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 66Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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Reasons to choose John Lewis Broadband

  • UK-based customer services - get support from a guaranteed UK call centre using a freephone telephone number
  • Same price everywhere - Regardless of where you live, you'll get John Lewis' lowest prices
  • Unlimited broadband as standard - All packages come with unlimited usage allowances
  • Fibre package available - Fibre Extra package averages 66Mb in enabled areas
  • Phone service included - choose between a range of inclusive call packages including an international calling option
  • Shorter fibre contracts - John Lewis offers fibre on 12 month contracts rather than the 18 month fibre contracts standard from some other providers

Possible downsides

  • Not the cheapest option - John Lewis have prioritised quality UK-based customer service and fairness of pricing over offering the cheapest price in any area
  • Not truly unlimited - traffic management is used to prioritise interactive traffic like browsing, email and gaming over download traffic, and to maximise performance during abnormal load
  • No standalone broadband - Line rental has to be taken from John Lewis and you have to take at least an evening and weekend call plan
  • No short contracts - the only contract option is 12 months
  • Telepone support not 24 hour - The freephone support number is only open for calls between 9am and 6pm.

Features at a glance

  • 10Mb average ADSL speed, 36Mb average Fibre download speed and 66Mb average Fibre Extra download speed

  • 12 month contracts

  • Unlimited usage allowances on all packages

  • Free connection on existing phonelines

  • Free UK-based customer support

  • Comprehensive PC security package from BullGuard included

  • All deals come with AC-rated wireless routers

  • Range of inclusive landline minutes available with every deal

  • Same price offered wherever you live

  • John Lewis Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 566 customer ratings since 2017-11-16. See more John Lewis Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2018-11-08

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for John Lewis Broadband.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.2 stars
  • Speed
    2.5 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 566 customer ratings since 2017-11-16

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Just about fed up with John Lewis,keep saying they Can't take our direct debit,the money is always there.Last time we hadtopay late fee +pay over phone it was there new system.Now what is it,spelt something wrong I suppose
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Kent John Lewis Broadband  
After an initial hiccup seems due to a high demand was passed through a number of different departments having to give security details each time, hence the 3 stars. However when I was through to the correct department the operator at the other end stayed with me until everything was up and running. Brilliant service really impressed.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Braintree Essex John Lewis Broadband  
No complaints at all about John Lewis Broadband. When I moved into my house I had a series of problems with two other broadband providers and Openreach which twice failed to come to install a new line. So I cancelled and made do with 3g.

12 months ago I decided to try again and obviously I was dreading it somewhat. I signed up with John Lewis and the shop where I worked at the time decided to switch to them too.

Everything went without a hitch at home. New line installed, the speed was higher than predicted. The work premises were switched over without a hitch too.

However after a year I've decided to leave due to the large price increase at the end of the 12 month contract. I looked at the website to see what was on offer, but nothing satisfactory. I can get fibre elsewhere for less than I'm paying for standard broadband.

It's a shame that satisfied existing customers are forced to do this and that loyalty is rewarded with uncompetitive charges!

My line is Openreach so I'm hoping whoever I go with on the existing line it will be much the same.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Northumberland John Lewis Broadband  
What an absolutely abysmal company this is. I am genuinely surprised they have any customers. Trying to get through is a complete and utter nightmare. I refuse to be kept hanging on the phone waiting for someone to answer my call for hours on end. John Lewis seem to think this is an acceptable way to treat their customers, well believe me it is not....HIRE MORE STAFF!! Not only that but your staff knowingly tell lies. After trying for over a week to get through on the phones and messageS being ignored I decided to cancel. Even that is not being handled properly.

If you value your time and Sanity stay away from this company. This many complaints cannot be wrong. Believe me I have learnt that lesson the hard way.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
EAST SUSSEX John Lewis Broadband  
Just awful.was without broadband for 5 weeks many broken promises and mixed messages
New router promised twice never appeared then 2 at once only ordered after I complained
Endless hours on the phone
I now have a service having been made to switch to JL from greenbee
I now embark on a long struggle for compensation as £ 10 doesn’t seem a lot for 5 weeks and 50 + hours on the phone
Wish I could get out of it
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Suffolk John Lewis Broadband  
Cannot recommend. Customer service is non existant. They do not answer phones or reply to emails.
Can't comment on whether broadband works as I am still waiting for a router to be delivered 2 days after service ( So Called) commenced .
They say that they are sorry for making me wait and I am tired of the musac.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Devon John Lewis Broadband  
Utterly useless. No service for 2 full days. fault logged online but beyond an acknowledgement zero information.

They had the cheek to ring me and invite me to renew for another 12 months today - the caller didn't even have the tact to realise I might not be a happy customer and seriously thought no contact at all and no service for 2 days wasn't going to put me off.

If you expect the name will give you any customer service at all - forget it.

Hopeless.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Loughborough John Lewis Broadband  
Had the service for a couple months. Canceled back in Aug. 2018 and had a zero balance on my account. I'm still getting emails and texts requesting payment details.I've called them numerous times over the last 3 months and still nothing. Keep getting the same excuse that they have changed billing companies and yet I'm still being harassed for nothing. I have filed a complaint with the FCA against John Lewis.. I will never purchase anything from them again...Would never recommend them for anything even if they paid me to...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Don't touch John Lewis broadband!!! This is the worst company I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with. Shocking customer service including mis-selling me fibre which is not available in my area. They failed to inform me of this fact and only when I called back to find out why I had no wifi was I notified that I was not able to get fibre. I then down-graded to ADSL and was told that it would be active in 3-5 working days. A week later no wifi!!! Once again I called and was told that the fibre had yet to be cancelled and they couldn't install ADSL until the fibre order had been cancelled and that could take another 10 working days.
Apart from the above, every time you try to contact them you have to endure 30 minutes of torture listening to the elevator music while waiting for an agent to take the call. Hire more people John Lewis - it's not rocket science!!!
I cancelled my account on 28th October and today 5th November I was billed for the fibre I never received. Unbelievable. Am at a total loss.... I lived in third world Africa for many years and never did I ever experience such incompetence or disgusting customer service as I received from John Lewis. A total disgrace. If I could have selected minus 5 stars I would've. Don't even consider this incompetent company. They should stick to selling clothes and leave broadband to companies who know what they are talking about.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Surrey John Lewis Broadband  
Anyone working at John Lewis Broadbabd should be ashamed for letting their colleagues and employers rip off the public. I have paid for a service they have not supplied, they can not give a date if and when they might supply broadband, the Provisions Team investigate the complaints against themselves and they refuse to escalate and issues. Simply put John Lewis broadband is the worst on the market.Total scam artists. Avoid like the plague.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Essex John Lewis Broadband  

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John Lewis Broadband Buyers Guide

Can I get John Lewis Broadband?

John Lewis, well known for their quality homewares since 1864, have now branched out into broadband services. John Lewis Broadband prides itself on offering customers the same high quality customer service and the same price deals no matter where they live.

This means that unlike most other ISPs, you are able to get the same ADSL (standard) broadband packages whether you live inside or outside areas where some suppliers have installed their own equipment at the telephone exchange. As a result, you can get the same price broadband package halfway up a hill in the Pennines as you could in Central London.

However, John Lewis Broadband’s faster fibre-optic broadband packages are still restricted in availability to those areas where the telephone exchange and street cabinet have been upgraded to support fibre optic cables as far as the cabinet. This currently extends to around two-thirds of UK households, typically in cities and towns, so if you are up that hill in the Pennines, you might be out of luck. To find if you live in a fibre area, you can use our postcode checker.

What packages are available?

John Lewis Broadband offer three basic broadband packages:

  • John Lewis Unlimited Broadband - ADSL broadband at speeds averaging 10Mb with unlimited usage
  • John Lewis Fibre Broadband - fibre-optic broadband at speeds averaging 36Mb download and 9Mb upload with unlimited usage
  • John Lewis Fibre Extra - fibre-optic broadband at speeds averaging 66Mb download and 18Mb upload with unlimited usage

The speeds are advertised with 'averages' because a variety of factors can affect your download speed, as John Lewis Broadband openly acknowledge. These can include the wiring in your home, time of day (for example, the extra volume of users at peak times means a slower service than late at night) and the length of your copper telephone cabling to either the telephone exchange, in the case of ADSL, or the street cabinet, in the case of fibre. The further away you are in terms of line length, the slower your potential speed is likely to be. You can find out how far you are from your nearest telephone exchange with our postcode checker (we can currently only offer an estimate of likely fibre speed if you enter a BT line rental phone number, but John Lewis will be able to give you an accurate estimate before you sign up).

John Lewis Broadband packages are also subject to traffic prioritisation, which drops the priority of certain types of traffic at peak times to ensure that heavier uses of the Internet don't overwhelm others - such as limiting file sharing and software update traffic at peak times. Prioritisation varies depending on the package with Fibre Extra having higher priorities for some types of traffic than standard Fib. Traffic management can help to ensure a smoother service for you on average at peak times even if your speed may be slightly reduced.

These packages all come with a home phone service and line rental - there are no standalone broadband options. The phone service comes with inclusive weekend & evening landline calls as standard, allowing you to call most UK landlines for free between 7pm and 7am during the week and anytime at the weekend, but this can be upgraded to inclusive anytime calls for an extra £5/month. For an extra £7/month, an anytime and international call package is available, offering inclusive calls to most UK landlines all week as well as 300 call minutes to top 20 international destinations, including US cellphones.

Which package should I choose?

Your primary concerns when choosing a package should be what speed you need, whether you can keep to a download cap, and whether the extra expense is worth it for you - there is never any point paying for more than you need.

For those who can receive it, the fibre options' speed averages of 36Mb or 66Mb can be tempting, but the ADSL broadband speeds are likely to be enough for the most users, assuming they're close enough to the telephone exchange to enjoy the full speed. Even if you only achieve half the advertised speed, this will still usually be enough for activities such as watching streaming video, downloading MP3s, using Skype, web browsing and e-mail. Where fibre may have an advantage is with those who do a lot of gaming, or heavy downloading, and thus require a faster connection. This can also be an issue for large households with many people sharing a connection - especially if these people are doing bandwidth-intensive activities. As a result, student flats and large families may also benefit from fibre broadband.

The choice between the standard Fibre and Fibre Extra packages may come down to upload speed rather than download, with Fibre Extra offering an upload speed that's 10 times faster. If you make use of Cloud backup services or upload a lot of photos or videos to services like Facebook or Snapchat then you're likely to notice the difference when upload speed increases, especially if you're in a home with several people using the connection at once.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How much do you value freephone UK-based customer support?
  • Do you regularly use the Internet for bandwidth-heavy activities like gaming or downloading large files?
  • Do you regularly send files to the Cloud or upload a lot of photos or videos?
  • How many people will be using your broadband connection?
  • Is speed or capacity a greater priority for you?
  • Do you use your landline to make a lot of calls?
  • Would the expense of the faster speed be worth it for you?

Compare the three John Lewis Broadband deals in more detail

What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Free wireless router - New customers with John Lewis Broadband get a free inclusive wireless router to help them manage their connections. ADSL broadband customers will receive a Technicolour TG582 router with wireless ‘N’ technology to give a better wi-fi signal in your home with less interference from other devices, as well as a firewall, wireless security, and 4 ethernet ports. Fibre broadband customers will instead receive a Netgear N150 WNR1000 router with wireless ‘N’ technology, a double firewall, wireless security, optional parental controls, and 5 ethernet ports.
  • Online security package - John Lewis Broadband offer a variety of online security options depending on your computer. PC users can download BullGuard, a PC security package with online backup protection, antivirus and antispyware tools, a firewall and a spam filter. Mac users can instead get Intengo software security products with 32% off their retail cost as a John Lewis Broadband customer.
  • Free home move - John Lewis Broadband offer one free home move per year, meaning that if you move house and your new phone line is suitable for broadband, you can move your broadband with you without any administrative fee.

What are the benefits of John Lewis Broadband?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Free UK-based customer service - Unlike some other ISPs, John Lewis Broadband’s UK-based customer service is freephone, and open 9am - 6pm, 7 days a week. There is also an online portal for those who would prefer to have their queries and issues answered in that format.
  • Equal pricing - For John Lewis Broadband offers customers the same prices no matter where in the UK they live. This stands in stark contrast to most low cost ISPs who offer different prices at different telephone exchanges, usually favouring urban and central exchanges at the expense of many rural customers.
  • No hidden costs - The John Lewis brand prides itself on being matter-of-fact and straightforward with its deals, and so what you see is what you pay - there are no hidden costs unlike with some other ISPs. This includes having no activation fees, giving you a free connection on existing phone lines.

What are the drawbacks of John Lewis Broadband?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • Premium pricing - John Lewis Broadband is not among the cheaper ISPs out there. However, they balance this with their ‘no additional extras’ approach, presenting themselves as a reliable option for those with a little more money in their pockets.
  • No standalone broadband - All John Lewis Broadband packages include a home phone service and line rental. This is only really an issue for those who do not plan to use a landline or do not wish to change their existing phone provider, but they might reconsider given that John Lewis Broadband offer a variety of phone offers with their broadband, including free inclusive evening & weekend calls as standard.
  • No short contract broadband - Customers hoping for shorter contracts may find themselves disappointed by the 12 month minimum contract length.
  • Not truly unlimited - Traffic management is used to lower the priority of some types of real time traffic over others, for the majority of users this will improve the performance of the service at peak times, but if you make heavy use of the type of traffic that's given low priority then you may prefer to opt for a truly unlimited supplier instead.
  • Telephone support not 24 hour - The freephone support number is only open for calls between 9am and 6pm.

 

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