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 331 customer ratings since 2020-05-14 (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
    Bromsgrove
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    John Lewis made a big mistake contracting PlusNet to run its broadband. Arguably the most respected brand on the High Street being dragged down by the shysters from Yorkshire. Everything about PlusNet is bad; From the overuse of traffic management reducing your download speed (to below 1Mbp in my case, normally 4-5Mbps) to the truly appalling customer service. Like some other reviewers I decided to take advantage of no penalty charges to leave after a price hike. Although the change to my new supplier went through without problems it was then followed by numerous E-mails that seem to come from a demented robot. It included penalty charges of course disguised under another name, bills for negative amounts, complaints that I had cancelled my direct debit (I hadn't), then thanking me for reinstating it,and phone call charges for the period after the change to new supplier. Phoning customer services was a complete waste of time as they were either too stupid to understand or didn't care. I am now going to complain to Ofcom.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Penzance
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Very poor service. Broadband regularly goes through phases where it drops out. Although customer support reset line, which cures issue for a short while, they never seem to get to root of problem. And getting through to them on phone is hard work - very long waits.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Uk
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Worst customer service I have ever come across, nice people who do nothing. My experience was leaving due to a price rise which was allowed under their terms and then being chased for the early leaving fee to the point of them using a debt collection agency, this is despite 8 calls to customer service who entered the details on the system. Useless.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North Devon
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Hopeless company.

    My already poor speed of 5mb/s with Bt/Plusnet/EE over 6 years dropped immediately to 2-3mb/s with JLB. It has not improved since. Of course, if you want to cancel you have to ring them up yet EVERYTHING else, including paying them money, is done online. Funny that.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South Wales
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    A month after instigating a switch to JL Broadband and no correspondence from them (except notifying me immediately that they were taking the first DD payment) I chased them to find out what was happening. They then switched us from PlusNet (the same provider) and cut off the phone line. 10 days later I am still waiting for the problem to be resolved. DO NOT SWITCH TO JOHN LEWIS BROADBAND.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Poyntzpass
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Broadband speed was low, but with John Lewis it's barely existent, when it works at all!

    Phoned to complain and they said that it was fixed, it got slightly better, but now worse than ever.

    I just don't have hours to sit on hold complaining
  • Reviewer
    Location
    worcestershire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    the worst customer service i have ever experienced
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    The line has not changed since I switched from BT. The issue was and maybe for a lot of people dissatisfied with the service, the cheap router provided. It's single band, unable to do 5GHz, means that it is reliant on a very congested set of channels. This is particularly problematic in built up areas. If you're having issues, then try a WiFi analyser and see the quality of the channels in your area. My dropping off of connections and the irractic speed were solved by investing in a modern mesh router. I am now getting the same speeds I got with BT. The BT home device is a top end router and you will suffer changing to a budget router. The cost of my new router has definitely dented the savings I got from switching from BT.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ashbourne
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Wolverhampton
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Been with JL nearly a year now and on the whole only had a couple of downtime's but i had that with BT and Sky anyway. Speeds as good as i have had with anyone, speed test around 28 - 31 mb download which is slightly better than i got with BT and Sky. I cannot get a better speed as to far from exchange so only other choice is Virgin but there reviews are even worse so think ill stay put. Overall have been happy with JL.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridge
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I imagine that most customers will use this service because they trust the company. Be prepared for a shock. John Lewis do nothing , they put it all through Plusnet who are incompetent . They agreed to install on 25th June but never turned up , so we reset a date for today and again they never turned up . I even had to ring them to chase progress because they are too lazy to ring me even after assuring me that it would get Meg Mackays personal attention because they let me down before.The whole experience is dreadful and it feels like nobody cares at all for the customer. Plusnet pretend to be John Lewis so watch out.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Princes Risborough
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Since abandoning the previous Waitrose and JL email/webmail servers, the emails are now painfully slow to load, delete and refreash. Indeed earlier today in 'timed out' before competing the intray loading! I suspect we are paying high fees to ride on the back of the systems servicing JL online sales and stores management/resupply systems. Meanwhile, online banking, google etc are still very slick indicating that it is the JL email provider's servers which can't cope. JL WEBMAIL quality is a joke!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Glasgow
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    very poor service speed not the right word customer service non existant
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bonnie Galloway
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Whitehaven
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    It was cheap for the first 12 months. The switch to them was smoothish ( though my old provider alleged they weren't informed by them which caused a billing problem. ) Speed has been as promised. Issue has been periods of intermitent cutting out. Not brilliant but for the price of the 12 month introductory contract I would recommend if on tight budget.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Gloucester
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely useless! Tried to move house with them..was sent a text to say a phone line would be installed on a particular day between 1 and 6 pm. Rang at 4 pm to check the date was correct. Was on hold for over 40 minutes, told the engineer was still due, not to worry. 6.30 pm no sign. Rang again and was told my address didn't exist. Put back on hold for over 40 minutes...complete waste of time AVOID AT ALL COSTS COMPLETLY INCOMPETENT.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Barnstaple
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Leeds
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    I wish I had seen these reviews prior to placing my order. Absolutely disgusted and let down by John Lewis Broadband. I agreed to switch in January with a commencement on 13th Feb for phone and broadband, keeping my existing phone number. They told me on 31st Jan that my phone was live which didn't make sense to me as the phone was still with my existing provider. That was when I found out that fibre didn't mean fibre - it meant phone line and I had two numbers running and was being billed for that. I have spent hours listening to the music reel on the helpline trying to get my old number back - they promise a date and then nothing happens, they promise to call me back and don't, they don't respond to written requests. I lost patience yesterday and cancelled the whole thing due to their breach of contract, they are charging me £102.50 for the pleasure.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cheshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Back in November I wrote a dire review of John Lewis having left BT.
    The problems were blamed on the lines in my house although I was convinced that wasn't true. One support person seemed to go beyond the norm in trying to help and I was grateful but I decided to leave. There was a penalty to pay but it seemed worth it.

    A day later Open Reach apologised to the entire town about their failures during the previous weeks.

    So I retained my account and since then connectivity has been pretty good.
    They would not be my first choice provider but at least I'm happy to wait until the end of my contract.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cheshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Moved from BT but so sorry now.
    Always dropping so quite useless for TV streaming.

    Stay well away
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Scarisbrick
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    When I first signed up they failed to supply broadband on the agreed date . We waited 5 days for connection 4 months into the contract we now have a fault no broadband for 6 days complete joke.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    HALSTEAD
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Most of the time download speed is below 0.3 mbs Has been below 010mbs.
    Impossible to view even low resolution videos. Emails with attachments often time out. It's probably due to a poor telephone line, but it's still john lewis's responsibility!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Halstead
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    After 5 months of hassle we are still having problems with John -lewis /plusnet
    Present download speed is 0.18. We did try using CISAS to resolve the problem but stupidly let John lewis talk us out of pursuing the case.That will not happen this time!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Chatham
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    appalling customer service,very unreliable broadband phone service intermittent.
    They put up their prices a few months ago and offered an opt out if you wanted to cancel.So two months ago I terminated my contract but they have ignored this and despite many attempts at contacting them they are still sending me bills and threatening letters.Avoid their broadband like the plague.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Halstead
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Our download speed is 0.19mbs and frequently disconnects this has been the case for more than 2 months. we have complained frequently to john lewis
    (Plusnet) and they have been unable to resolve the problem.The problem continues.Legal action is the next step!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sp11 8JB
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Half the speed I had with BT which was just over 1.1 mbps. At 0.6mbps we cannot stream a BBC news clip. Well done John Lewis/Plus Net which is owned by BT!
  • 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!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Lancashire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely appalling service. Would put 0 stars if I could. Used to be with Waitrose and never had any problems, but since they moved all Waitrose customers to John Lewis, have had no end of problems. Repeated difficulties connecting to broadband, unable to access email, loss of emails, shifting aspects of the service (e.g, email) without informing customers. Have contacted tech support on several occasions for help with these issues but on each occasion, have been told "sorry, there's nothing we can do". Was even told on one occasion that I shouldn't be accessing webmail on an iPad because the system is optimised for computer use (this was the excuse used when I lost important emails), although it doesn't mention this anywhere on their website. Unbelievably bad and I soon I can can access my email (which is down yet again) to print off my important ones, I'll be cancelling and moving to a different provider
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Scotland
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    As a longtime customer of all things "John Lewis"I thought JL Broadband would be a good bet. But customer service is DREADFUL! They failed to get my service up and running on the first two attempts, having to start the order all over again each time. Both times I was offered a free month on my contract. When the service finally got up and running, JL Broadband denied that any compensation for the delays and for the hours I spent on the phone was ever offered to me. But as a "gesture of goodwill" I was offered £7 off my next bill. Now I'm locked into the contract and can't vote with my feet until it ends. AVOID this company if you care about customer service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ramsgate
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Absolutely disgusted with this service. They were quick enough to take my money. Not had any confirmation, still waiting even though the 3 dates I provided have now been and gone. I want to cancel but can't get through on the phone. Avoid!!!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Norfolk
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    2 months, 12 hours on the phone to the helpline, still no fibre broadband. They have told me it was accidently cancelled 3 times, it is always someone else's fault, lots broken promises, excuses and blaming on new inexperienced staff. I love John Lewis but if you actually want fibre broadband then be prepared it may not actually happen.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Leicestershire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    The actual broadband service is not too bad for the money. I just find them a pain to deal with through customer services. I simply want a vat invoice or vat number but they keep fobbing me off saying I don't need one as i'm a private customer. I'm self employed and pay VAT? This is simply BS. Anyone can ask for a VAT invoice at any retailers in the country. I just wonder if there's a VAT fiddle going on here? .. and we can trust corporates to pay all their taxes cant we?
  • Reviewer
    Location
    POOLE
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Total waste of time. I raised complaints and never phoned back. Waited 6 weeks for broadband never to be installed. AVOID!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Anglesey
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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 !!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Taunton
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Quite possibly the worst experience of a life time. Paid to get out of the deal and run back to BT.
    Customer service is operated by my cat.... “well everything is fine from what we can see at our end’. Well it would be wouldn’t it, get down here an you experience it! Several (over 15) calls placed with tech support if not more.

    Don’t be tempted by these cheap deals. Really awful apparently they white label the service to Plusnet. If you do take it read the small, small print as you will get stung for loads of additional charges for call thresholds etc etc.....
    HELLO BT XXXXXXXX WE HAVE MISSED YOU!111
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Foulden
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Worst ever. Speed is minimal and for the past year the wifi keeps getting dropped. Customer service consists of a list of generic statements they read to you. Finally they tell you it's their router at fault--but, alas, they can't replace it.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Norfolk
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Signed up for Fibre 3 times - each time money taken etc and order all in place. Each time cancelled after JL BB not being able to provide after accepting the order or because they failed to remove my details from their systems. Each time I found out by checking that things weren't happening - they didn't tell me (apart from their error in applying for a direct debit which they intimated was my fault - took my details and took initial payment but DD failed as I'd given them the wrong details which were the same as they used to take money!) The technical helpline seems ok but everything else seems terribly run. Sad that John Lewis is going the way of other retailers. Reminds me of the Building societies changing to banks scenario where profit is now key. The BB scores are because I didn't get any at all.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Essex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Left BT after recent price hikes. JL broadband was half the price and despite many less than average reviews I plumped to switch. BT connection speeds were woeful and the customer service poor. What did we have to lose? If it was just as slow at least we wouldn't be paying £34 a month.

    Customer service was excellent all throughout setup. Speed is now twice that of previous BT connection. Very, very pleased.

    Downsides: we didn't get the router delivered on time as it wasn't despatched until I phoned to see what the issue was. Waited 5 minutes before speaking to the UK based call centre who sorted everything out quickly. Other than that- top notch.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Brighton
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    DON’T BUY JOHN LEWIS BROADBAND!!!!

    It’s shockingly bad. Bad customer service, dreadful connection speeds. Their website doesn’t work which means I struggle every month to pay the bill. The bill goes up in price every month. We we’re promised a minimum of 60mbs but are lucky if we hit 20. It’s unreliable. Don’t waste your money. Will never go back to this service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I wish I could give minus 10 stars - this is the absolute worst company I have ever dealt with, and I am old! Everything about their operation is flawed, from the sign up process which took £65 from me but didn't register me as a customer, to being told (when they eventually got a router to me) that normal broadband wasn't available at my address, so I would need to upgrade to fibre-optic - which turns out to be a lie, since I am now online with another company, using regular broadband, having used library computers for 2 months during which time I despaired of ever having home internet again! AVOID this company - they are dragging the John Lewis brand into the gutter - I don't even want to shop there any more!

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