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
    2.7 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.6 stars

Based on 539 customer ratings since 2018-01-23 (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.

521 Customer Reviews for John Lewis Broadband

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Be aware NO PARENTAL CONTROL! Very bad customer service. Migrated earlier than requested. Both first two months billed more and had to keep chasing it up several times! Normal waiting on cust.serv. about 20mins. What a disappointment as went for JL due to the standard of their cust.service and fairness. All resolved in the end but took hrs on the phone with them. Stuck now for a year as no way to cancel contract based on non-satisfaction unless paying over £100! Not recommended at all. Not what you expect from John Lewis.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Cambridgeshire John Lewis Broadband  
Complete rubbish. It's like being on Dial up again! Will not be renewing
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Northampton John Lewis Broadband  
On hold for an hour for the second time this week. Have only been a customer for 5 weeks and really regretting switching. Customer service is non existent - had to threaten reporting them to Ofcom over a billing issue - and now have now service for the last 24 hours. John Lewis need to review this partnership before it damages their brand.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Limehouse John Lewis Broadband  
They keep writing threatening to charge me because i have exceeded their credit limit of £50, they are treating me more like a delinquent teenager who is over his overdraft limit at Barclays than a retiree who gets really peed off when threatened by a supplier.
No amount of calls to them have made any progress, so its off to Sky next month.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
burnham market norfolk John Lewis Broadband  
I ordered this a month ago. The delivery date was two weeks ago. I had to ring to ask where it was.
The guy said he would send a router immediately but refused to start the Broadband so I could use an existing router.
The router arrived, so I rang to ask them to start the broadband. Apparently they have no record of an order.
It will take another 4 days.
I think the problem is PlusNet but who knows.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Liverpool John Lewis Broadband  
Do not sign up with this company.My poor experience reflects that of others 2 months of waiting with 4 new contracts. Long waits to call customer service. Excuses given and existing provider blamed Money taken immediately at the set up of first contract not returned despite promises. I gained a better deal with my existing provider BT but plus net left a tag on the line causing a two week delay. Stressful from start to finish. I have complained to ofcom suggest other reviewers do the same
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Argyll John Lewis Broadband  
I have been with John Lewis Broadband for 7 months and I have to say that if TalkTalk is at the very bottom of the scale in terms of 'awfulness' of service, JL is very close.

For 7 months I've been having nothing but problems. They'd initially linked me with another of their sister companies which caused problems for over a month. JL tried to blame it on Openreach and it took a number of cocky customer service workers (not to mention many wasted hours on my part) to actually accept that they needed to solve the problem.

Since then, I keep having issues with the speed dropping right down roughly every couple of months, which makes it impossible to use the internet. It takes serious hand twisting to actually get the customer service people to check what the problem is and adress it.

I would strongly discourage potential customers from signing a conrract with JL as their broadband provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
McNeill John Lewis Broadband  
John Lewis and plusnet are the same broadband providers. When I signed a contract with JL, they connected my account with plusnet by mistake. It took them nearly a month and many hours of my time spent on the phone to them to resolve it. No compensation was offered. I'm now with no broadband due to JL/openreach issue and I'm told I have to wait nearlly 5 days for someone to fix it. Very poor service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland John Lewis Broadband  
I have only been with JL for a month. Broadband drops out every time I use the phone. This results with a very slow download speed currently running at 112kb/s. Have had this problem for the whole four weeks. Phone JL and they fix it for a few hours ad then it starts all over again. I have been holding on the phone this evening for 58 mins and still no answer. Time to give up and have just been answered. HOORAY.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wales John Lewis Broadband  
I changed to John Lewis recently, and needed help , phoned there help line, all you get is loud music, nobody says anything at all, I am seriously thinking of cancelling already, the service is hopeless. so much for the John Lewis name. I really thought I could rely on them WRONG AGAIN ;
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
U.K John Lewis Broadband  
I was with Waitrose.com for 10+ years and apart from little glitches had no trouble at all. From the time John Lewis started the amalgamation of Waitrose and Green Bee to JL, things started to slide. At the change-over (totally unannounced, to me, anyway) I found myself with a screen that looked like old 1980s computers, with no way at all of marking several emails at once in order to delete (can only mark minimum of one page at a time!). Also, 400 plus emails that I had kept disappeared overnight and JL infer that this was me, and they have no "cloud" facilities for deleted emails which is probably true; deleted emails disappeared from their box for hours at a time and suddenly reappeared, I am still in e-correspondence with JL but I am not at all happy considering my happy years with Waitrose.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Dorset John Lewis Broadband  
I have had 3 breakdowns in broadband and telephone in
December. Impossible to even get through to JL - I tried at different times throughout 3 days and the recording said a 30 minute response time. With poor mobile reception there was no chance of getting through. I had to resort to snail mail to ask them to register the fact that I had no broadband or telephone. I got a letter back saying they would respond within 7 - 10 days!!
I changed to John Lewis as I have a JL credit card and
have always had excellent service when dealing with them. I shall have to change to someone else.
I cannot believe that John Lewis themselves are doing nothing to rectify this enormous problem. They are ruining their good reputation.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
St. Briavels, Gloucestershire John Lewis Broadband  
I asked to change in early October having read a glowing report in Which magazine. I wish I hadn`t. They took my deposit and set up a direct debit with a promise of having it all done in "10 to 14 days" quote. Nothing happened so I called and they seemed unable or unwilling to help. After a couple of calls and being unable to speak to someone senior I asked to cancel the deal and return my money. Then they tried to collect my direct debit which I thankfully had stopped. They wrote asking why they hadn`t been paid!! I wrote to the MD Andy Street which was replied by the Executive Complaints team. They said someone would contact...noone did. I have taken advice from Which Legal services and have sent them a letter accordingly to ask that my monies be returned. It hasn`t and they don`t even have the courtesy to acknowledge my mail. They have taken on the wrong guy and I will sue them and shame them mark my word. I will ensure all and sundry know how they operate and are nothing short of thieves. John Lewis I held in high esteem prior to this . They are now at the top of the list for bad service. MY ADVICE IS DON`T GO NEAR JOHN LEWIS BROADBAND. Read these reviews and BEWARE.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Inverness John Lewis Broadband  
Do not touch them with a barge pole. They are awful . They have taken my money and given me nothing for it and after many phone calls and emails to their MD i have nothing. They even tried to collect my next direct debit which fortunatly I had cancelled. They haven`t heard the last of me
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Inverness John Lewis Broadband  
Been with jl for over 4 weeks just noticed that I can only call out from house phone and not recieve calls today payed my bill one day late considering they give u 14 days to pay , as soon as I payed they cut me off ...., I'm really annoyed as my husband uses the phone for his business so u can imagine how many calls we have lost , however today been trying to call JL from 3 and each time I've call been on hold for 30 mins so gave up then rang at 5.30 bear in mind they close at 6 I was on hold till 6.45 really disappointed with the service so will be on phone first thing in morning , fingers crossed I get it sorted xx
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Norfolk John Lewis Broadband  
Six weeks without reliable telephone or internet over Christmas 2017, repeatedly told no fault snowing, had to wait for a BT openreach engineer. After using my mobile to call both JL broadby and BT and arranging appointments directly with the engineer myself I once again had internet. This week the problems begin again, this time I'm told again that the system isn't showing a problem (just like last time) and if it's the router I can buy another one.

Dont waste your time or money, I would not recommend this company if my life depended on it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Crawley John Lewis Broadband  
The speed was very poor during evenings and streaming was a nightmare specially with Netflix. From time to time without explanations there was no service Customer service kept blamed the fault to be my modem or router so spend a fortune replacing equipment's twice over and no change. Then they start blaming my computers and TV for it! No discount was offered as they believed it was not their fault as the line tested ok, Speed at its best for fiber was 13Mbs. 14 months of putting up with the service changed and never looked back. Now with same modem and router as before and no other modification getting 48MBs !!! So noting wrong with my equipment then just very poor service!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sheffield John Lewis Broadband  
Tried to change from BT. Phone line connected but not broadband due to JLB error. Two weeks after changeover no update received, no router despatched. After 45 minute queue technical support told me that broadband order had been 'cancelled' although my recent bill shows I was charged for it. After a 25 minute queue for customer support was told that it was a JLB admin error that would eventually have sorted itself out (!) yet no emails or calls from JLB to explain/reassure. Another week delay now expected (2-3 weeks without broadband). Wish I'd stayed with BT.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hampshire John Lewis Broadband  
Avoid at any cost. Customer service really polite. Unfortunately no service!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Godmanchester John Lewis Broadband  
Please avoid at all costs. Despite a great initial discussion, prompt receipt of the router and notification that we were live on teh correct date we have actually had no b/b for weeks. I have repeatedly told them to contact me via landline as we have little mobile recption and funnily enough - no b/b but they insit on texting ot emailing. The only progress is when I contact them. Their staff are bordering on rude. No respect for the time or frustration of customers caused by their lack of service. They make BT look ok and that's going some
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Monmouth John Lewis Broadband  
Reported to John Lewis on Jan 2nd, connection is dropped around ten times each day for exactly 2.5 minutes each time. According to John Lewis it is now fixed but as the dropped connection log below shows it remains exactly the same. This problem started when we switched from EE to John Lewis, paying almost double the previous rate for a fibre extra service which is really not acceptable.

Net Uptime Monitor Failure Log (NetUptimeMonitor.com)
Licensed to nick sheron

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12/01/2019 17:20:52 Log Start
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Failure Start Length
12/01/2019 17:22:38 0:02:17
12/01/2019 19:34:34 0:02:28
12/01/2019 19:58:48 0:02:29
12/01/2019 20:11:38 0:02:28
12/01/2019 20:35:03 0:02:28
13/01/2019 06:48:49 0:02:26
13/01/2019 07:45:51 0:02:27
13/01/2019 08:21:08 0:02:28
13/01/2019 08:54:08 0:02:26
13/01/2019 11:10:13 0:02:25
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
winchester John Lewis Broadband  
Dont bother useless, gave up after 3weeks with no connection and cancelled before i went mad.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Essex John Lewis Broadband  
This internet service provider may say John Lewis, But it is not a John Lewis Brand at all. In fact, the internet is provided by Plus net.

I was with JL Broadband for a year. At the beginning I bought the regular broadband package. The minimum guaranteed speed was about 8mb. I was receiving 1.2mb. They failed to fix this issue.
My only option was to go to Fibre with a minimum guaranteed speed of about 25mb I got about 14mb. After weeks of complaints It finally got resolved, however for the rest of the year I was constantly raising complaints both online and on the phone.

They don't like answering queries and they haven't a clue on the phone. They are very rude in fact and talk to you like a piece of garbage.

My router brand was ZyXEL. I know, I know: 'Who'
It was awful. Signal collapsed daily, needed reseting regularly. By the way. That takes 10 - 15 minutes simply to reboot.

When I finally reached a year I left. But my troubles continued. As they don't like answering queries from customers, they don't communicate with each other in house either. My service was disconnected, however they continued to charge me and even threatened me with Debt Collectors. It was clear as mud on my bills and history. Service cancelled, please finalise account. Ignored in house.

Overal
If you would like internet that you may or may not receive, have problems constantly, have emails and query go un-answered leading to frustration and anger. Then John Lewis Broadband is for you!

If you want an easier provider that are cheaper and better. Go elsewhere.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Surrey John Lewis Broadband  
I signed up with a half price offer for 3 months and was charged full price (refunded after a complaint).
When broadband went down I was told they can no longer check the fault, it has to be sent to the faults team who could take 72 hours. It was resolved but took 24 hours. Took 4.5 and 9 minutes to answer phone but was a UK agent. The router needs resetting about once a week
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Staffordshire John Lewis Broadband  
No router received by switch date and have been told it will take 3-5 working days and until then no broadband. What a service!!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
North Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
Don't touch John Lewis broadband!!! This is the worst company I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with. Shocking customer service including mis-selling me fibre which is not available in my area. They failed to inform me of this fact and only when I called back to find out why I had no wifi was I notified that I was not able to get fibre. I then down-graded to ADSL and was told that it would be active in 3-5 working days. A week later no wifi!!! Once again I called and was told that the fibre had yet to be cancelled and they couldn't install ADSL until the fibre order had been cancelled and that could take another 10 working days.
Apart from the above, every time you try to contact them you have to endure 30 minutes of torture listening to the elevator music while waiting for an agent to take the call. Hire more people John Lewis - it's not rocket science!!!
I cancelled my account on 28th October and today 5th November I was billed for the fibre I never received. Unbelievable. Am at a total loss.... I lived in third world Africa for many years and never did I ever experience such incompetence or disgusting customer service as I received from John Lewis. A total disgrace. If I could have selected minus 5 stars I would've. Don't even consider this incompetent company. They should stick to selling clothes and leave broadband to companies who know what they are talking about.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Surrey 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  
Terrible service!After waiting for two weeks for getting the service, they just easily told me to wait for another two weeks! I waited for another two weeks and again, nothing came! and again they said that you have to wait for another two weeks! So I have just cancelled it and now I think I have to wait for a year to get my money back! So, I put zero star as they are really unsustainable!
Bath John Lewis Broadband  
Moved to JLB after a price comparison website said they were the cheapest. After less than 1 month JLB increased the monthly cost. I was angry that JLB offered a fixed price contract for 18 months on price comparison then changed it after 1 month. Called JLB. My first introduction to their 'Customer Service' was being asked 'What do you want me to do about it?' and immediately being told there was nothing that could be done. After 2 months of disputes regarding intermittent service, slow speeds, long call waits and multiple spam or 'Stock' emails as JLB like to call them, I finally got through to a call handler. During each call I had said I wanted to log a complaint but nothing was done. JLB don't answer emails, they have a portal you have to log into in order to email them. At one stage JLB completely deleted my account, erasing records of my complaints and preventing me working from home. I would regularly call, complain and give my availability for callbacks, yet I would either get no call back or would be called back when I had already stated I would not be available. Most of the middle managers/Complaint Handlers I spoke to were unsympathetic, unpleasant and one inparticular seemed to do nothing other than aggressively shout me down. Even now after going to CISAS (The ombudsman) and being offered a settlement payment, JLB are still sending me stock emails, dodgy invoices and generally SPAMMING me. JLB is the archetypal cut corners approach to customer service, delegating the onus onto the customer to constantly chase them at the customers time and expense. Ask yourself "Is saving £2 per month or so on my broadband really worth slow speeds, a service that constantly disconnects, an email account jam packed with SPAM, aggressive unpleasant and unhelpful staff and a lot of wasted time?"....If the answer is "Yes" look no further. I'd like to say that JLB had at least one positive; unfortunately even the Wireless router looks naff and the hold music (which you'll be getting very used to) will drive you towards insanity and/or violent criminality
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Todmorden, West Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
Left before my contract even began, the customer service was so bad. 15 minute waits to speak to someone, awful defeaning loud music while they put you on hold or transfer you to someone else. Two out of three people I spoke to were unable to find my details. Then when I asked for confirmation in writing that the account had been cancelled, I got two 'contact us' messages requiring me to log into a website to see the reply, which I was unable to do as the password I was given didn't work.
One operator apologised for the wait and poor customer service, saying that the company is in the process of training up another 100 operators. Ignore the Which recommendation, as the reality falls short of expectations from the JOhn Lewis brand.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Exmouth John Lewis Broadband  
Anyone working at John Lewis Broadbabd should be ashamed for letting their colleagues and employers rip off the public. I have paid for a service they have not supplied, they can not give a date if and when they might supply broadband, the Provisions Team investigate the complaints against themselves and they refuse to escalate and issues. Simply put John Lewis broadband is the worst on the market.Total scam artists. Avoid like the plague.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Essex John Lewis Broadband  
I decided to switch to John Lewis for precisely the same reason as several others here, John Lewis’s good reputation. I was not initially advised that’ll email was web based, I found this out when I couldnt get mail direct to my mobile after speaking to a guru at O2. This was bad enough but then my home internet connection was so spasmodic I didn’t know how long I could suffer this. In the end I switched provider. JohnLewis certainly got their own back on me, they completely destroyed all my current email and all my contacts. Nothing left and no way to recover hundreds of missing email addresses other than from memory and a few helpful friends. I am extremely annoyed to say the least, not sure who to contact to vent my anger.
Surrey 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  
Lousy, struggling to a speed above 0.6mb/s despite promise of 1.5. No customer service after 6.00pm. Difficult surf at times and can't complete my online study. When I can speak to someone I will be trying to get contract cancelled. Best left, go elsewhere.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Poole John Lewis Broadband  
What a nightmare ! If only I checked other reviews first !
Trusted the name stupidly.
Very poor broadband speed ,despite great speed before with BT.
Terrible customer and technical service too, and they want to charge me for leaving !
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Tewkesbury John Lewis Broadband  
Switched to John Lewis 6 months ago and had nothing but issues. The speed and reliability of the connection is appalling. Given up on customer service trying to resolve issues. This is without doubt the worst broadband service i have ever had.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
co durham John Lewis Broadband  
Wished I had checked the poor reviews before I signed up, worst company I have ever used , can't seem to get anywhere with them despite trying lots.
Want to leave but they threaten charging me to leave,despite their horrendous service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Tewkesbury John Lewis Broadband  
Switched December, lost DSL service. Kept cool BT Openreach problem. JL limited in what they can do, I understood customer service and tech support depend on Openreach to sort all issues. Took a week for Openreach to send engineer, fixed within hour cause was Openreach fudging wiring in Exchange. Not happy with just refund for lost service as this was not a fault but human error by BT! JL agreed, and credited account to compensate for loss of services eg streaming TV\sky on demand, Xbox and mobile data used while down. Staff polite and as helpful as they can be understanding they cannot fix issues of BT Openreaches causing. I get full 8.1mb sec from DSL, can't offer fair comment on reliability but assume as good as BT wholesale in general.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Norfolk John Lewis Broadband  
Get another ISP there is no broad in JL broadband - its SLOW very SLOW. And quite a few drop out too. Counting down until I can cancel.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Southampton John Lewis Broadband  
just been overcharged once again, they add on extra charges and try to make you pay them. i signed up with john lewis not plus net, and plus net treat you like tescos so beware, don't expect the waitrose treatment with these lot.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
kent John Lewis Broadband  

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