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
    2.4 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.7 stars
  • Speed
    2.1 stars
  • Reliability
    2.3 stars

Based on 273 customer ratings since 2020-07-28 (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.

750 Customer Reviews over 19 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Somewhat of a let down for the John Lewis brand....
    The customer service is great when you talk to somebody - all the agents have been thoroughly helpful - however you need to call them far too often. The speed is ok sometimes but is frequently dropping to an unusable level. For fibre I'd strongly recommend going elsewhere and given our phone has had a line fault for the majority of the last 6 months I can't recommend the phone either. Overall: terrible.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bristol
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Really abysmal and ineffectual customer service.
    When I tried to switch to JLBB broadband and telephone and they were unable to take over the phone line they refused to cancel the contract. This resulted in me being without a phone line for 5 days and broadband for 13 days, and I am still trying to recover my deposit of £11.50 almost 8 weeks later. I was put on hold for lengthy periods up to 30 minutes whenever I phone their customer services to sort out the problem. Their answer was always to transfer me to another department. I am continuing to pursue my refund and request for compensation.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Herefordshir
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Paid extra to get broadband quicker on moving house. Three weeks later - still no broadband! It was only after the first installation visit we were told a second one would be needed. This second onewas then cancelled ten minutes before it was due to be completed. The promised free router wasn't sent for the first three times they tried: fourth time it seems they have sent it to our old address apparently: despite knowing the point of changing was we were moving house! Basically it doesn't seem call centre staff know what they're doung. Would never recommend John Lewis again. No idea as to the speed or reliability: in effect they're both zero for now!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cardiff
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    When I moved house I decided to switch from sky to John Lewis Broadband Service based on the Which review. It has been an abysmal experience of customer service. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get through to them by telephone. Unfortunately the online query service doesn't seem to really work in the way it should in that my queries just languished with key parts of the message being ignored. I only managed to get results when I rang through to John Lewis complaints department and stressed that I had got nowhere with them and it was they who chased the query. If I had not have done that I have no idea who I would have ever got the problem resolved! I would never recommend.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South East UK
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    My contract amount was changed very shortly after taking the contract with John Lewis Broadband. I took the option offered to cancel the contract within 30 days as a result of the price change. However, despite phoning immediately to cancel, and receiving confirmation I had cancelled, they still text and emailed me after the service ended, saying I owed early cancellation charges of £87. I had to make several phone calls to clear this up, and, when I tried to email in response to the chasing emails and texts, these bounced back sayimg no incoming emails allowed telling me to go to the website. Spoke further being held with excessively loud rock music (i had to place call under pillow - not on loud speaker!! - and could still hear the music) when they said they didn't know their emails were translated into a notification to log on to their website to "create a ticket". Their texts can be sent "read and reply", but they send their texts "send only". Very very frustrating and upsetting. Never again will I use either John Lewis or their back up service Plus net. I cannot recommend John Lewis Broadband at all. Tip to John Lewis Broadband - Customer service is key and you failed miserably and have one irritated and upset customer who will never return.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    West London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    I have left JL because they were unable to solve my internet problem and I was without a connection for a month. Their efficiency, customer care and manners are appalling. I had been with them for 11 years. I was accused of forgetting my password, even though I changed it with their supervision several times. One insulting person asked me, patronisingly if there was anyone else in the house who could help me. I have used the internet since it began, including in my job in Media. Before deciding to move to Zen I researched though 'Which' who were the most reliable suppliers. JL come pretty far down the list. No one at JL knew how to solve the problem. It started with an outage in their accounts department when payments were not taken with DD. I am going to write to their MD Paula Nickolds but I doubt she or anyone else will reply.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South Wales
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I live 6.5 miles from the Exchange. Previously my speeds were 1.5mb. Now I get 35-36mb, with the lowest speed ever being 33mb. Good stable connections. My old ISP cut the connection at Noon, but JL didn't put the phones/internet back on until 10 pm. This is probably due to Openreach not JL, but expect a loss of phone service for most of the day. Very happy to have changed over to John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Suffolk
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I was with Greenbee (John Lewis) email provider since it started. Suddenly last November emails began to be very slow, and now I can't access them from late afternoon until late evening. When I ask JL what is happening, they say they have 'technical issues which we are working to resolve'. I rely on emails for communication with doctors etc. and am very disabled. I am stuck, because I just don't have capability of changing. Thanks a bunch, John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North Wales
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    My phone line and broadband has been down since December 23rd.
    We can ALL give good reviews when things are going right.
    I can truthfully say John Lewis Broadband have been nothing less than FANTASTIC. They have kept me informed by text and phone most days, with accents I can understand, not some foreign voice gabbling at the speed of sound.
    Thank you all who have helped. I salute you
    Openreach are the problem, I was off last year from Christmas day for 6 weeks, this was before I joined John Lewis. The service I received from BT was atrocious. The lies and rubbish I was told ranged from underground cable to council dragging their feet giving PLANNING PERMISSION to repair a telegraph pole, an insult to my intelligence.
    John Lewis is without a doubt the beast server I have been with EVER.
    thank you all at John Lewis Broadband, for you courteous, caring, service. I will be renewing my contract with you. The problem is with Openreach management not John Lewis or the engineers, who were mostly (not all) great
  • Reviewer
    Location
    LONDON
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    10 years ago I signed up withGreenbee, They were excellent until John Lewis sold them to Plusnet. Plusnet then sold out to BT, and service has been rubbish ever since. Engineers' excuse is that Greenbee is going to be phased out, yet when you phone them one of the options is to sign up as a new customer! What customer service !
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Swindon
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    After a nightmare year with Talktalk I spoke to friends and decided to move to John Lewis. I wish I hadn't bothered!! At least with Talktalk I had Internet!

    They said they'd take care of everything so I left them to it. Then with a week until switchover I still hadn't had the router. I went on the site and it said 'use our online query and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

    48 hours later, nothing. So I messaged again. I got a reply saying they'd take over the line on 28th. I replied that I knew that! What about the router??

    I finally got a reply on 27th saying they'd dispatched my router and it would be 3-5 days!!

    I called them and said that wasn't good enough. If they couldn't give me the full service I want out. I was told it was too late to cancel but I should have the router the day after activation and they'd credit me back for the time I was without Internet.

    It was clear I had no choice so I left it.

    So now it's the 'next day' and I've just had an email saying the router has just been dispatched!!!!! So they lied to me!!

    I wish I'd found this site before I signed up. I'd have gone elsewhere.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    PlusNet in disguise! Absolutely dreadful service after 3 phone calls and 2 weeks of promised broadband was given another 6 days notice - was advised it was staff not placing the order and there's nothing that can be done - Unparallell incompetency - avoid like the plague!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Minety
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Absolutely shocking, as with other disgruntly customers, I read the Which report and aswell as the JL brand, thought that they would be better than BT - how very wrong I was, an utter disaster, makes life working from home impossible. John Lewis should remove their brand name from this immediately as it will ruin ther previously good record of excellent service. This service is a disgrace.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Oswestry
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Wish I'd read these reviews before I'd ordered from JL 3 weeks ago - had my money, phone is on but no internet, worse still they cancelled with my previous supplier. Phoned them over the weekend and the customer sales guy was useless and arrogant. My son is getting married next weekend and there is so much I need to do on line. Am going to try and cancel the whole order as they have not fulfilled their end of the contract.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Rugby
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolute rubbish - avoid. Signed up as John Lewis is a brand with a good reputation. Their broadband is useless and just keeps hanging, response times 20 seconds or more. Tech support and customer service poor too.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Worcester Park
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Still waiting for connection JL have no effective communication links with BT who supply the infrastructure service and as a key worker moving home I needed my BB ASAP to maintain my NHS role during my 1st week off since COVID -19 . A request by JL to BT to expedite my connection was made but declined as I had a live service ... live meaning the previous owner had a connection but not one I could ever use or access so I actual fact very dead ( sounds very much like a Monty Python sketch) Now after 2 weeks I’m still waiting for my BB as they also forgot to send out the router.
    This was the only utility I had any problems with during my move and not only very inconvenient but time consuming meant where I should have been able to work from home whilst getting straight I couldn’t . Ever hopeful of one day getting a connection but STILL WAITING.......
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hove
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    The speed of the broadband is good however the customer service is APPALILNG! So it's all good so long as you don't have any issues in which case, good luck!

    I paid to have my account switched to a new address in order to avoid starting a new 12 months contract. The new account stopped working after a few days and John Lewis Broadband informed me that due to a technical error, I needed a new account to be set up which costs £32 but that money would be repaid to my account. Well to date it hasn't turned up in my account.All very un professional and incredibly frustrating.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    East Sussex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    i recently moved my phone and broadband providor from BT to John Lewis. Less expensive and a no stress faultless changeover. Thank you John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Romsey
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    After the initial deal, got very expensive. Switched broadband provider, then went on hols, only to discover that they had closed the email account down very swiftly, which cannot be reinstated, which is a problem for an easyJet booking as they only use the original email. Apparently unable to reinstate webmail or anything (I am absolutely sure they could if they wanted to). Very peeved.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reading
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    John Lewis might have made a terrible mistake
    using a Third party to use their name - TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE - NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE
    LOOK ELSEWHERE
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Grenock
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Horrid customer service. You are on hold for so long waiting for them to answer. Message says they are experiencing high call volumes. Well employ more call handlers.
    My advice? Just switch and bugger them
  • 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
    BALA
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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,
  • Reviewer
    Location
    bala
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    Comments
    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,
  • Reviewer
    Location
    BALA
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    Comments
    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,
  • Reviewer
    Location
    York
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES DO NOT SUBSCRIBE!!!!!
    Speed rubbish, connectivity intermittent at best, customer service diabolical. We have had issues since joining it finally resulted in John Lewis buying us a 3rd party router as 5 of theirs proved useless! Only answer you ever get when service goes down is an engineer who can only attend during working hours, no work around for those who work ?9 til 5. We have been without internet three days on this occasion, hung up on 5 times, 2 manager call backs failed, kept on hold for 35 mins only to be told nothing can be done! Stay away from this service!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilford
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I'm getting constant time outs. Speed check was giving upload 0.1mbps and download 3 mbps
    Been like this for three days
    Support line wait is about 15 mins
    Their lazy reason is that I get slow speed us because I use wi-fi
    WiFi can't make it this slow and unusable
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilford
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    The router is really really bad. I get a strong signal from my old router which is on the opposite side of the house than when i'm in the same room.

    When I spoke to customer services, the guy kept blaming it on radio waves and channels even though i explained that I'd tried multiple channels. Eventually he agreed the router was very basic and that I should buy my own router if I wanted better signal.

    His tone was very unsympathetic, and condescending. He tried to blame things outside of John Lewis' control which was very irritating as it wasn't true.

    Anyway, the router has died - didn't even last 4 months. But they will be sending me the same old rubbish router.

    No way will I be staying with JL
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilford
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible broadband, keeps disconnecting (like 6 times in the past 4 hours)

    Customer services is awful. Phone answered after waiting between 15 to 40 mins each time. I've called them about 7 times in past three days.

    Still being told I have to wait for another 72 hours before they will send out an engineer. So that will be about 6 days without useable broadband.

    But hey, they will apparently discount my bill for those 6 days!

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