John Lewis Broadband 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.

Recent Customer Ratings for John Lewis

  • 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 (Show all time ratings)

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455 Customer Reviews for John Lewis Broadband

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Really poor customer service - left without service for over a week now.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
John Lewis Broadband  
Ordered my service and they keep cancelling my order can't get them on the phone and they keep saying I have to call them I've tried time and time again and just on hold hearing static noise not music it's painful I've emailed them over and over saying I can't call them and be waiting 45mins to be told they are now closed, they say they are open mon to fri till 9pm but close at 6pm when you call so they lie!! Wish I had seen reviews first I wouldn't have bothered with the weeks of stress and hassle!! I've said I want a refund and don't want the service that I've paid for and not received!

Appalling service and no customer service at all!!
John Lewis Broadband  
We switched to John Lewis from BT because they had a good offer on broadband and we were tempted by the fact that John Lewis won Which best buy on customer service. Ever since we switched we had nothing but trouble with customer service. The agents themselves are nice and polite over the phone, but things just don't get done. First of all it took over 2 months for a switchover, because despite us sending a mac code on time no one bothered to let us know that it didn't work until I chased them myself. Then we decided to switch from regular to Fibre broadband. Again, over the phone I was told the day the engineer was coming so I cleared the day, until I got an email, saying that the date has been confirmed for the engineer to come out and it was a different date! So that is one day wasted for me. In the meantime I received a couple of emails saying that they regret we decided to move away from John Lewis broadband, which we didn't, so I had to chase those emails up as well and turned out it was just because we were switching between different packages. Then, we finally got our Fibre broadband and all was good until the first month charge notification came through - the deal was that the first three months were free, yet I was being charged full price! Now I ring John Lewis to find out the cost of cancelling the contract, and since the service been so poorly I asked if there was any discount they could give on cancellation fee they said no.
So bottom line - think carefully before you switch to John Lewis. It's been a nightmare for us.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
John Lewis Broadband  
Terrible customer service ordered fibre no engineer turned up wasted a whole day of work no one informed me then changed to adsl with them and my adsl router has not arrived although promised for today. False promises and hopes from the beginning would not recommend at all and now just waiting for my contract to finish john lewis broadand gives the company a bad name. Their staff are rude also!! They have not resolved my issue or even compensated me although i made my complaint over a month ago not worthy of your money at all.
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
John Lewis Broadband  
The most efficient part of my experience with JL broadband was cancelling it! Need I say more.
John Lewis Broadband  
Offers a lot - it is very poor on delivery - poor on Customer Service - this week I have had no response to queries or complaints - service calls are ALWAYS experiencing high call volumes.
Service depends on who you get on service support..
JLB upgraded their server and we lost broadband for two days - WiFi keeps dropping and now we have no wifi printer connection.
I wish I had not joined John Lewis Broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cumbria John Lewis Broadband  
As all the other reviewers my service from them has been appalling, sat on hold at the moment for 30 minutes and they still haven't even answered the call. They owe me over £300 from failing to provide a service and have still not paid... only interested in taking your money .. AVOID!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Aberdeen John Lewis Broadband  
Very disappointed with John lewis Broadband and customer support. Cant wait till my contract ends and I can switch. I would absolutely not recommend them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Aberdeenshire John Lewis Broadband  
Stay far away from John Lewis broadband! I'm coming to the end of my contract and I will cancel immediately. Connection issues daily. Wasted hours on the phone complaining to no use. This last month I have actually used up my mobile internet allowance because I've had to use it in the house as John Lewis broadband falls out constantly.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Aberdour 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  
JOHN LEWIS, PLEASE HELP
Please will a senior manager or Director in charge of John Lewis Customer Services read these reviews. The majority of us have similar experience which adds up to a chronically poor service, one that has had me in tears because of an aggressive person in the so-called support service. I cant think of anything to say that is good. At the moment I am without any of my emails and have been told that there is no-one to deal with my issue now as it's after 10 pm - whatever happened to 24/7 - and the backroom tech won't be in until Monday. I love my John Lewis because of the products and service but I am about to leave their broadband service and just hope that someone is listening.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Altrincham John Lewis Broadband  
My broadband speed since joining John Lewis has dropped off to around 1 MBPS ( 0.45 MBPS at it's lowest) in the evenings, basically un-usable. I keep reporting it, and their Technical team keeps re-setting it, but it simply drops off again within days. I'm being told that they can't cancel my contract, because ( apparently) there isn't a fault on the line. So OFCOM it is then !!!
I've given a one star for broadband speed, overall satisfaction and broadband reliability because I can't give a zero, which is what it deserves. Look elsewhere people !!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Anglesey John Lewis Broadband  
Broadband has generally been slow, with many more dropped connections than might be expected. The email provision is poor most of the time: for example, attempts at replying to emails received usually result in being taken offline, as is often the case when trying to move emails from one folder to another. At the moment, the provision is very poor to bad: since the 28th November, it has often been unavailable.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Anglesey John Lewis Broadband  
Having read all the negative reviews of John Lewis Broadband I followed MSE's rating of the service and switched from BT over a month ago. In contrast to all the negative reports published I can confirm that my experience of the switch and the resultant telephone and broadband service has been exemplary. The switch was completed on schedule and the resultant response is as good as (indeed, I am tempted to say better than) that provided by BT. It seems that, in general, consumers only vent their frustrations in public reviews when they have negative experiences. I feel that such views should be tempered by what must be the more prevalent, positive experiences. Thank you to John Lewis for a good service at a good price!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Ashbourne John Lewis Broadband  
AVOID AVOID AVOID!!!!!!!!
If you wish to experience abject misery, hours of water boarding like oppression, waiting and having to listen to appalling, oppressive music for hours on end and then EVENTUALLY having to listen to what amounts to is a pack of lies, and then after all this you do not get what you signed up for in the beginning...............
SIGN UP TO JOWN LEWIS BROADBAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Ashbourne John Lewis Broadband  
On waiting just over 11 days for john lewis to activated my service's and reading all commits on here i was a little surprised to say that i've found jl broadband supplied by plusnet being fine but to mention slightly slower as i'm using jl broadband as domestic use, i do have plusnet for work use else where in my local town, but it was suggested to use jl broadband service, if your using standard 300Mbps the sagem router works fine, the setting are easy to understand & if you prefer the max wifi speed on your tablet ipad etc then 300Mbps will do you fine, the setting is there to go lower if you require it. The customer service is plusnet guys but hey its just like when i used to use sky broadband i found them rude etc, it just every one's personal experience really. this service provider of jl suits our home use kindly and seems to allow the kinds to use the games box online fine so win win, thanks john-lewis broadband keep the good work up.

Kind regards
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Ashford Kent John Lewis Broadband  
big mistake moving from BT to John Lewis. We are rural so do not get good speeds but was told by JL that we would get same speed as our BT service (3.8Mb). In fact we have never got more than 2.9Mb in the more than 8 months since the changeover. All John Lewis customer service said is to take it up with BT myself. WE also now have drop-outs vitually every day and sometimes multiple times in one day. We certainly won't be staying once the contract expires.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Auchtermuchty John Lewis Broadband  
CONSISTENTLY GETTING SLOWER AND SLOWER, FOR EVER LOSING CONNECTION, REALLY HAS TO BE THE SLOWEST I HAVE HAD SINCE DIAL UP. REALLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS PROVIDER, BE GLAD WHEN THE CONTRACT IS UP,
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
BALA John Lewis Broadband  
Not a great start to switch to john lewis, they still have not despatched my router and it has gone a day past switch over time, credit to customer care for trying to use my existing router , but it seems this was locked by bt, so in effect could not be used, so now i will be left with no internet for who knows how many days ???, running a internet based business this could be disastrous for my new business,
so really not one bit happy,
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
bala John Lewis Broadband  
broadband it low and often drops, for a rural area like this, it is passable,
customer service on the other hand is just not up to the job, JL snt me an email telling me there were problems with their system and they could not collect my direct debit on time, and they would inform me when they would collect it, they sent me an email saying it will be collected on or after the 13th, so they decided to collect it on the 12th, funds were placed in my bank on the 12th to cover the direct debit on the 13th, needless to say my once perfect record with my bank has now gone, I will be charged for their incompetence, and all they do is ignore my emails, on top of this they are saying now because I have not paid my account will be restricted, and would you believe their online payment through your account has been down for days, so even though I am trying to pay, I can't, needless to say I will be taking my custom elsewhere,
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
bala John Lewis Broadband  
WELL THIS IS THE QUICKEST I HAVE EVER COME BACK TO LEAVE A REVIEW, AFTER MY LAST REVIEW, MY ROUTER CAME NEXT DAY SO AFTER COMPLAINING THEY CLEARLY MADE A HUGE EFFORT TO GET THE ROUTER TO ME. SO 5 STARS FOR THAT, IT WOULD NOT CONNECT , SO I PHONED CUSTOMER SERVICE, AND I HAVE TO SAY THEY WERE EXCELLENT AND HAD ME UP AND RUNNING IN MINUTES , SO 5 STARS FOR THAT ALSO, IT'S RUNNING AT ABOUT THE SAME SPEED AS MY PREVIOUS BT ACCOUNT, BUT SO FAR IT HAS NOT KEPT DROPPING OUT LIKE MY BT DID, BUT WE WILL SEE WHAT TIME BRINGS , SO OVER ALL, SO FAR ANY WAY, EXCEPT FOR THE BAD START TO MY CONTRACT, THEY HAVE ACTUALLY COME UP TRUMPS,
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
BALA John Lewis Broadband  
Very unreliable service ,keeps disconnecting.
Have had no connection on our smart television nor pc after the first two months !!!

Into the six month and have lost broadband ,we cannot watch/stream a movie without it breaking off.
We cannot wait for the contract to end and go back to previous contractor.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
BARNET John Lewis Broadband  
John Lewis is great at what they do. If you call them you get a real person speaking english, they are helpful. The problem is the service is via plusnet using BT. If your speed is slow then it would be no better with another supplier. what you get is cheaper service and great customer service. If BT sorted out the issues with the cables then most of these reviews would be better.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Barnstaple John Lewis Broadband  
This is a Company that is not remotely interested in Customer Service. They emailed me to inform me that my broadband has been connected. After trying unsuccessfully for over 3 hours to set up my broadband I called John Lewis Support who told me that my Broadband is not yet connected and it will be connected any time before midnight. So I asked why this information was not in their email. The reply was ‘everyone complains about that’! So how difficult would it be for John Lewis to add this information to their email? Very easy, but they simply don’t care!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bayswater John Lewis Broadband  
I wouldn't mind so much if this was a cheap service - but it's not. The webmail regularly crashes for hours and it's got substantially worse since the Autumn. The Customer Service is awful - blames BT a lot doesn't do anything. And the advertising! I feel like complaining directly to the Advertising Standards Authority. If all these suppliers are as bad (beginning to wonder) might as well be with someone cheap and nasty.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bedford John Lewis Broadband  
The webmail service is appalling; its rarely functioning and when it is, it is so slow as to be unusable. Some days you can't get into it all. Their technical support is execrable, and aims only to blame your IT system, and their customer service is non existant.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Bedford John Lewis Broadband  
Moved from BT to JL almost two weeks ago and still have no broadband. Lost count of the emails I've written and the hours wasted on their "technical helpline", most of which are waiting for my call to be answered (58 minutes in one case).

Seriously, if you value your sanity, do not even consider switching to John Lewis.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bedfordshire John Lewis Broadband  
Hello..I have been with JL broadband now since May 17 changing over from sky and I have to say I am really happy with it..being someone who has used the internet since dial up days I knew exactly what I was looking for ..knew of foreseeable problems that could and can occur..The only thing I would say is how I pay for it..I like to know when the payment date is due that I can go online and pay which I can but only on that specific day I would like to be able to pay beforehand if I want to..and my internet not be restricted on the same day that payment is due and the day lasts up to 12.00 midnight..but other than that ..a good service.. :)
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
BIRMIGNHAM 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  
ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE SERVICE! Went with JOhn Lewis based on the excellent reviews and "Which?" recommendation. these are unfounded. followed instructions to the letter - instructions say "you may have to wait 15 minutes" been 30 hours now AND STILL NOTHING!! - NO connection, no help from customer services other than "oh it might take a few days maybe we should have sent you an email" this was after having to find bank details to tell them and all sorts of other "security questions" around 20 minutes it took them to tell me it may take a few days . WHY DO THEY NOT TELL YOU THIS IN THE PAPERWORK?? !! NOT IMPRESSED AT ALL. I shall be cancelling and going back to my original broadband supplier. John Lewis = useless. Cant say how fast it is as I have not been able to connect. I will not be recommending them that's for sure
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham John Lewis Broadband  
Being customer for 20 days and was totally disapointed, the customer service is good, nive people kindly speaking and talking about the weather and other things, however didnot signed the contract to chat with them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham John Lewis Broadband  
changed over to john Lewis after reading they were best for customer service
this was wrong i did not know it was in fact a front for plus net until after i had it installed
i went for super fast broadband which was far from it
after many dealings with plusnet who could not get me the speeds i thought i would be getting i wanted to leave i was then told if i left i would have to pay till my contract expired
so i am in effect paying for a worse service i have everything documented and at the end of my contract i shall take out a summons in the small claims court against John lewis
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Blackpool John Lewis Broadband  
thought i had got broadband from John Lewis but it is Plus net

We have had nothing but problems since switching over to John Lewis broadband I have contacted them for the last six weeks I have left messages on there open queries page Up to then I was dealing with the same chap but now he has failed to respond for over twelve days , that was when he made this statement to me, because I was saying I was going to cancel my contract as I am dissatisfied with the broadband speeds.
Obviously, you are well within your rights to cancel at any point but cancellation charges would apply, even if it is found to be something that was on the network and not your responsibility. However, I understand that if this is fixed then cancellation no longer needs to be an option anyway.
This really upset me for how could anyone be responsible for something that was not my responsibility.
I contacted John Lewis customer service about this offensive statement but they referred me back to John Lewis broadband but despite putting it on your Queries page once again no one has responded.
It seems I am being passed from one department to another within John Lewis.
We have had two workmen here from open reach sent by them and they can find nothing wrong with our equipment so the fault must be on the line or at the exchange.
I have been doing regular speed tests and at times this well below what was expected at times the Broadband service is idle
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Blackpool John Lewis Broadband  
Applied online to change from BT early Dec for 4 jan switchover After initial sign up and payment, heard nothing. Been on phone and email most days of this week as no router sent. Their system poor and my order was causing tech problems in provisioning dept. Still no sign of switchover date and router arrived today. NOT happy and back to BT as no time to shop around for switch over and bothered by unreliable serviceonly providers. John Lewis systems that issue contracts, take payment and shut down accounts are working just fine.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
bolton John Lewis Broadband  
Only been with them for 2 weeks. More often than not the computer cannot'see' the router, and when it does see it, it often can't connect.
Helpline constantly not available.
A borrowed router solved the connection problem.
I've sent 3 complaints online, and not had a reply yet.
Abysmal service.
I wish I had read this page before signing up.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bonnie Galloway John Lewis Broadband  
It took nearly a month to get everything working, they just don't seem to know what they are doing half the time. Poor service and even a bad attitude at times.I will be switching at the first opportunity.

This is NOT the standard you would expect of John Lewis
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Borders John Lewis Broadband  
okay but overcharged me for FIFTH month running and they're just not bothered!!!
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
bournemouth John Lewis Broadband  
I have a Waitrose webmail account that most of the time I cannot access. The online reporting service does not work, nor do any of the other online complaints sites. I am not at all happy. I moved back to JL because of excellent previous experiences, not this time, I'm off.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Bracknell John Lewis Broadband  
First day of use absolute disaster. Automatic set up didn’t work and told to use Android phone or windows. We do not have either of these using iPhone and Apple software. Was told to download Firefox that didn’t work either. Have cancelled and will return to BT. JL has promised our deposit back. Watch this space
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Brekshire John Lewis Broadband  
Dreadful, would not work until engineer came out. Kept saying nothing wrong promised to refund for period I could not use still haven't. Would not let me cancel even though they still had no provided broadband because I was out of the 14days. Internet does not work most of the time when it does so slow I cannot watch videos or listen to music. Support non existent, can't wait to be out of contract and then I'm off.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
bridlington John Lewis Broadband  

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