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
    2.5 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.2 stars
  • Reliability
    2.4 stars

Based on 330 customer ratings since 2020-05-12 (Show all time ratings)

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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 ratings placed, whichever is largest.

738 Customer Reviews over 19 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Warwick
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Don't touch them with a bargepole. The most unreasonable and unhelpful company I've had the displeasure to deal with. I ended up pulling out just before the cooling off period finished and even then they made things difficult and wouldn't acknowledge my request and tried to direct debit money from my account.

    You have been warned.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    RG31
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I signed up for Fibre broadband with them a month ago and to date still no service. I have had a clueless BT engineer turn up, have spent hours on the phone with the Plusnet customer support and have been given a modem and am now on the second router. Still no service. Have now given up and will try to get my money back and go with Virgin.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Devon
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Absolutely appalling customer service from a company that boasts of its reputation in dealing with customers. I suggest that they may wish to review there partnership with Plusnet or lose loyal customers. I will never again shop with John Lewis in any respects.A shame after 20 years. Reputations are quickly lost.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Dorset
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    For the higher price we expected a better customer service from John Lewis however the service is no better than a much cheaper provider. Yes you speak to a uk call centre but only if they answer the phone - after about 5pm it will take an average of 13mns to get an answer. Overall all companies seem to be the same -at the mercy of Openreach and therefore you should just choose the cheapest provider.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North East
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    I wish I had read the other negative comments before I signed with John Lewis Broadband as my experience echoes theirs. OK at first, and then when the connection started dropping-out, so did the customer service. All the things listed by other users I experienced: broken promises; engineers not turning up (at all); compensation promises renegaded on and so forth. I chose John Lewis because of their reputation, as a brand, for customer-service and I think that 'their' broad-band is likely to do them considerable reputational damage. Do not sign up to this service (especially at the 'premium' price which they charge - it is a disaster).
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cornwall
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Started ok, but after a line fault it took over 8 weeks to sort out, mainly down to customer service not being able to do anything other than what their computer screen said. As this service is run by plusnet, i'd stay clear of both.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Malvern
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    OK as long as you don't need customer service. They locked me out of their email account due to a problem they discovered. A 15 minute wait on the phone (not too bad I suppose). New password issued. Tried to log in but it didn't work. Another call to "customer services". I was ot typing it in wrong so transferred to tec services. 45 mins later my battery dies. As I'm up at 5am I thought I would get through. High call volumes at 5AM !. By 6 AM my phone died. Saga continues...... John Lewis seems to have joined the race to the bottom that is UK customer services. We've had your money now sod off.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Somerset
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    It's OK unless you need technical support, but the support is simply awful. 'Higher than expected call volumes' at 6.30am! Waiting for ages having to listen to loud awful pop music (who do John Lewis think their customers are?) that you can't turn down before you just give up. I'm going back to BT when my contract expires!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Horsham
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This company should be truly shameful and i would stay far far away from their broadband service.
    I joined them on the 25th April and my activation date was 13th May, But on the 13th no bb so i contacted them and they said sorry it should be active by the 14th but that didn't happen so after a long time on the phone and a lot of messing about with routers and passwords they finally said they would send out an engineer the engineer never showed so JL (john Lewis) said they re-booked the engineer but again no show this happened 4 times and was escalated 3 times during that time, any company that escalates your problem more than once is not to be taken seriously. I phoned this JL up and canceled my account today due to the fact they are useless and have done nothing but waste my time i was in my 30day cancellation time by 1 day, but i cant seem to get any of my money back that they took up front. They are also sarcastic as soon as you request a cancellation.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Milton Keynes
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Total disaster trying to get fibre. Discovered that Plusnet who are the JL service provided is much cheaper direct! JL even mucked up doing the MAC code!
    Far better than BT but not up to usual JL standards
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Borders
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ruislip MIDDLESEX
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    We have fibre broadband and the speed is excellent. Customer services is also excellent and free and are based in this country. Completely STRESS FREE. Everything was set up on the days quoted and I would recommend to anyone.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Wessex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    After being with BT anything else seems like a relief. The great things are that there is one level of phone menu with only four options, so you get to the right person without going round in circles. Getting through is fairly quick and you get someone who speaks English that is understandable (the call centre is in Sheffield). Broadband speed is largely down to the local exchange and how far you are from it and is not within the providers control, and the reliability is actually down to BT but if there is a problem, you get John Lewis to sort it out rather than having to try to deal with the inaccessible BT engineers. Cost is the same as BT except that you get twice the download allowance (20Gb per month).

    There are only two disadvantages:
    1) You don't get mobile Wifi
    2) When you are on hold although it isn't for ages you are forced to listen to some really terrible pop music - not what you'd expect from John Lewis. They don't play it in their stores and I don't see why you have to endure it on the phone!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    Comments
    An update on my previous comments: The matter has been resolved with John Lewis to my complete satisfaction. Well done John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    Comments
    I am in the process of migrating to JLB. I checked yesterday whether the Direct Debit had been set up on my bank account. It has, but it is in the name of PlusNet. If I had gone to PlusNet direct then I could have got a far, far better package for LESS than I am paying JLB. I think the least J.L can do is offer a 'like for like' with maybe a couple of pounds extra. I cannot really comment on the speed or reliability as yet. However, the first attempt at streaming from iPlayer was not good as I kept getting a message advising "insufficient bandwidth".
  • Reviewer
    Location
    East Sussex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Basically a good service but not very savvy regarding the 20gB limit. On the one occasion when I unknowingly (visiting Grandson) exceeded the limit the first I knew was when it virtually stopped working. No warning at all and the reason why only became clear when I contacted them. Room for improvement here I think.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    bournemouth
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    okay but overcharged me for FIFTH month running and they're just not bothered!!!

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