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

  • £35 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

  • £45 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

  • £70 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 584 customer ratings since 2017-10-22. See more John Lewis Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2018-10-10

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
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 584 customer ratings since 2017-10-21

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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.

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Having seen some of the reviews, I wonder whether the people are dealing the same company. Apart from some delays in getting through on the phone, I found customer service excellent, very helpful and problems sorted very quickly with ringbacks and really useful information
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
shropshire John Lewis Broadband  
DO NOT DEAL WITH THIS PROVIDER! Ordered new internet and paid the first month. After reading all the reviews and realising that it is not John Lewis I decided not to proceed. I was told the refund would take 5 days. After a week called again to be told it would take 20 days. After three weeks was told it would take up to a further three weeks. Please save your time and money, KEEP AWAY .
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Grantham John Lewis Broadband  
Signed up last week and have now cancelled as poor communication. Phone operatives are rude - when you can get through on phone! They just don't have the capacity to offer a good customer service. Do not think John Lewis aligning themselves with Plusnet was a great move - certainly do not have same values.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Suffolk John Lewis Broadband  
very poor service speed not the right word customer service non existant
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow John Lewis Broadband  
Unbelievable - no customer service whatsoever. Made arrangements to change from my existing provider as this appeared cheaper.
So easy to sign up to a contract. I was told an engineer needed to come to my house to re-install my old BT landline. Arrangements made and paid by me upfront. Within 12 hours had message to say there was a problem, and I needed to phone them. spent ages on phone listening to horrible musik. Could not get through. Went to new customers instead and through immediately. They said it was their computer problem and they did contract again and told me they would let me know when engineer would come to my house. Then got message Quote 'engineer will come to your property on .....'. So back to trying ring them again. Went back to option 1, 'New Contracts' Very officious, rude women told me she would transfer me to option 4 and back again to musik....
Then I did option 5 to cancel. Pleasant gentleman said no need for engineer to come to your house, so I asked what the hell I had paid £49.99 for? No answer to that. So I cancelled. In the three days since I made the original enquiry about changing, I have sat on the phone for about two hours for nothing. Cannot believe how dire this has been. So glad I have stopped it in time.
London John Lewis Broadband  
Words fail me. I have had terrible service and even worse "customer care" from JL. Don't go there. Life is too short..
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Surrey John Lewis Broadband  
I wish I had read these reviews before I made the switch from Sky. I keep receiving emails about “queries” I have never made, nonsensical messages and incorrect information, dates for the switch which are then cancelled and uncancelled in a seven circles of hell vortex which has turned me into a mad woman. I am now without phone and broadband which has been disconnected and appears to be beyond their ability to connect. Hours on the phone to so called customer service and now an inexplicable charge has been taken from my bank account. How could it be worse. John Lewis need to distance themselves from these third party suppliers pronto.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Abergavenny John Lewis Broadband  
the worst customer service i have ever experienced
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
worcestershire John Lewis Broadband  
Absolutely terrible customer service. I applied for a broadband/phone deal and, 3 days after applying, was informed that my application had been rejected. I immediately cancelled the application and was told that my £25 delivery fee would be refunded. 18 days later I have been contacted to say that a cheque has been processed, but this could take up to a further 2 weeks to arrive. Their responses to my numerous emails on their on-line "Query' system reads like a comedy. Anyone considering a John Lewis/Plusnet broadband package has to be insane. I certainly won't consider them for anything in the future
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Wrexham John Lewis Broadband  
Worst ever.... I have been on phone waiting for their customer service for more than a hour. I chose John Lewis broad band because of their coustomer services in their department stores but I’m quite sure their broadband hasn’t got anything to do with that!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham 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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