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.

Overall Customer Ratings for John Lewis

  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.4 stars
  • Speed
    2.5 stars
  • Reliability
    2.9 stars

Based on 2386 customer ratings since 2012-08-04 (Show recent ratings)

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566 Customer Reviews for John Lewis Broadband

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We have never been so disappointed in a utility company. JL BB offered us a BB package which they were unable to supply. I have been attempting to deal with this matter for weeks and today I finally realised they are willing to lie and cannot be trusted. Formal complaint made.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland John Lewis Broadband  
I switched from a very expensive SKY service to John Lewis which I later found out was backed by Plusnet. My experience has been good. My costs reduced from £66.80 per month for SKY to £25 for mostly free phone calls and unlimited broadband (I now use freesat). Customer service has been excellent, bband speed is ditto (I'm close to the exchange) and I cannot fault the cost. I receive an email to inform me about my next bill and it's always accurate. I expected good, reliable service from John Lewis, and that's what I've got. Unless their prices skyrocket when my contract is coming to an end, I'll stick with them.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Cambridge John Lewis Broadband  
Left John Lewis Broadband August 2018 over thirteen months ago at end of contract. There followed a nightmare with them demanding early cancellation fees PLUS trying to take Direct Debits after account closed.
At end of OCTOBER last year I was assured (on his mother's life) that account WAS closed,I owed nothing, and would never hear from John Lewis again. Because of this assurance I chose not to refer the complaint to the Communications Ombudsman.Silly me.
August 8th THIS YEAR, 2019, I am now receiving E-mails from John Lewis informing me that I will soon be receiving a Final Bill which "will not be for more than three months services" In other words, the nightmare starts all over again. I am now retrieving all my phone conversations,E-Mails and screenshots from a backup hard drive in preparation for submission to the Ombudsman. John Lewis are at best, totally incompetent, at worst, a set of dishonest charlatans.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Skipton John Lewis Broadband  
Worst customer service ever not interested in your problem
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Norwich John Lewis Broadband  
I wish I’d never heard of them experience is bad was told broadband going live 23 August then 29 August customer service couldn’t care at all I’ve been waiting since ages terrible service stay well away please
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Norwich John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
North Devon John Lewis Broadband  
If there was a no star option, I would give that! Basil Fawlty style customer service - they blocked me changing provider 3 times and when I queried it, was told that someone must really hate me!! I realise this is plusnet, but John Lewis ought to team up with a better partner. Just awful, AVOID!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Brackley John Lewis Broadband  
Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

The worst broadband quality and poorest service I’ve ever encountered

Service just cut out endlessly every day.. Spent 4 months trying to rectify by speaking with technical support. 8 different people suggested 8 alternative ‘fixes’. None worked. Am currently in process of transferring.

Relative also experiencing similar pitifully slow interrupted broadband. Have terminated contract and despite JL agreeing on the phone to waive the early termination fee, they’ve immediately written to an 81 year old lady demanding early closure fees.

By the way JL broadband is just Plusnet with JL fronting it

They are the worst company I’ve ever had the misfortune to deal with a recommend to avoid like the plague
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sussex John Lewis Broadband  
This is a promised follow up of my earlier review that can be found below (see: 2018-09-08).

In short: I do not have to change a iota of what I wrote there, I am very happy with the quality of the services provided and thoroughly recommend JLB to all.

And what's more: Except checking the whereabouts of the cashback - slightly premature on my side, as it arrived within days - I have not contacted JLB even once during this time. I just did not have to: Phone line and broadband work brilliantly well, provided router (Zyxel VMG8924 - worth checking product updates on Zyxel website directly) is very stable and is much more sophisticated than equipment that BT supplies. If it wasn't about few power cuts that we experienced in our area earlier this year its uptime would be months (typically: hundreds of days anyway).

So: I'm just paying the bills monthly and cannot believe it's nearly 12 months already.

And a bonus: as my price just went up as I left initial 12-months deal, I just got in touch with JLB only to have it restored where it was with no changes to anything else for another year. What's not to like?

To conclude - in exactly the same way as year ago:

So, I am really not sure where all the negative comments are coming from. I also cannot say anything wrong about their staff either.

I can only guess that some negative experiences may be related to exceptional circumstances: dodgy wiring etc. but perhaps also the fact that it's far easier to write negative rather than positive review.

Last but not least: I shall update this review if circumstances change - especially after first 12 months.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
London Chiswick / Acton / Hammersmith John Lewis Broadband  
Terrible, been bad service since day one. Customer service and faults just fob you off. Stuck out my contract and finally move from them next week.
AVOID
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
North Easr John Lewis Broadband  
John Lewis, via Plusnet BT apparently.

Never missed a beat since moved and stayed for another year, as they matched the cheapest price at the time, i shop around for Cheapest every year as the speed is rubbish here, So satisfaction and service get a 5*
Speed is *****, as very old line, so that's BT's fault not J Lewis'.
Reliability only seems a problem when the BT men have been up the pole, playing in the box for whatever reason, so again a BT issue, not J Lewis.
Overhead fibre strung up by BT 12 months ago, went active 1 month ago, will see what prices are like before making the decision.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Lichfield John Lewis Broadband  
Absolutely useless. We have been trying for weeks now to sort out the internet and keep going in loops of same inexperienced front line advice with crib sheets and e-mails. Worst decision I ever made to go from BT to John Lewis. Don't waste your money. I don't mind faults... it happens. It is just the dismal customer service. They are ruining their brand because out of principle I will not shop with them again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes John Lewis Broadband  
Technically: Speed more/less as promised - when the connection works. Keeps dropping in and out randomly on different devices AT LEAST 3 times a day for periods of up to three hours. Most of the instances share common feature of "IP address not available/in conflict" or "DNS server not responding" - but there are other faults sometimes (for variety?)
Customer service: totally non-responsive to dismal. Occasionally have the impression that the person at the other end of line cannot even be bothered to reel out the scripted excuses...
Overall: waste of effort, time and money - not fit for the purpose!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Portsmouth John Lewis Broadband  
Don't touch them !!
Customer and Technical support is rubbish.
Just had a bill for £128 for a service which hasn't worked for 8 months and they are surprised I'm moving to a different supplier and hope I will change my mind. They wish !!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Cornwall John Lewis Broadband  
John Lewis have been the worse company to deal with in terms of customer service. The phone staff are rude and dont listen. I have been repeatedly harassed at work when I have asked several times not to be called at work. The response was. Well you dont need to pick up the phone. Actually as I explained I work with patients so yes. I do.
I have been told my address does not exist, told they have do do surveys told they need to do external work told there is a problem with my address told they were ready to book in then ignored me for days and dispute saying they are 24 hour service I cant get hold of anyone to book appointment so message and say can you send me dates please. Nothing. Again send message this is my address I am free these dates nothing. Another message. Further attempts at calling after work nothing. Today i get we have cancelled your order. Do feel free to call us if you change your mind and want to rejoin us.
What a load of rubbish. For such a high name company John Lewis are letting themselves down badly in this area.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Nottingham John Lewis Broadband  
Don’t go near them with a barge pole. Cancelled my contract due to a home move. But the move was delayed so I then called to delay cancellation of contract. Was told it was fine and received email confirmation as well. But then was disconnected anyway. Was then basically told it’s my fault and that I shouldn’t have listened to the last agent I spoke to who agreed to the extension. Awful customer service, argumentative and rude. Never going back
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
My connection has been unreliable in two separate houses. The customer service is abysmal. Make sure you contact the complaint department. They can make at least make things move faster. The move from one address to another was mismanaged dreadfully. The impression you get is that the systems are all over the place. I have been offered £100 as a goodwill payment and a waiving of the fee if I choose to move to another provider. It's my second night with John Lewis broadband in the new house and the connection is dropping in and out all the time. It's not worth it. In an industry where poor customer service seems endemic, John Lewis manages to surpass the competition and plumb new depths
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Trowbridge John Lewis Broadband  
if you are thinking of moving don't give John Lewis a chance to mess it up! Signed up to a new contract, got the phone and broadband yesterday only to be told that due to a billing error on their part we are now to be without phone and broadband for another 10 days. You know John Lewis 3 months free just does not make it right, I expect better from a company that prices itself for customer service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Surrey John Lewis Broadband  
Have left today and what a difference! Had ongoing problems, John Lewis sent me a replacement sagecom router, terrible, never worked, dropped out, had to change channel continuously to get it to work.
Opened a ticket for reporting a fault, five weeks later, still no proper internet service, luckily was out of contract so changed to EE. Just today I can run Netflix, my iPad and you tube for the first time in months. Got a measly £15.00 compensation from JL and had to fight for that. Very very disappointed. John Lewis your poor broadband is trashing your good reputation - I would do something about it if I were you!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hampshire John Lewis Broadband  
I was with sky broadband and it was getting more expensive each year, so changed to john lewis, reputable company, massive mistake. The internet is awful, every day there is an issue. Have reported it severally, apparently it is not their fault it is BT, yet I never had this problem with Sky. Looking at the reviews from people, it is obvious I am not the only one. Fortunately, my 12 month contract is over and I am switching. They havent even offered compensation for the abysmal internet speeds. The poor speed has affected my business and studies. Please - if you regularly use the internet and need normal to high speeds for viewing videos or sending and downloading documents, then do not go with john lewis broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london John Lewis Broadband  
I never usually write reviews but JL broadband had such abysmal service. It took nearly 2 months for JL to set up my broadband and landline provision even though it was supposed to be a simple port over from my previous supplier. This left me with no internet service for over a month. I had to keep chasing them to find out what was going on and each time I got a different excuse. Twice my order was mysteriously cancelled mid way through the process! Although polite, he customer service staff didn’t have a clue about what was going on.
I’ve now gone back to my previous provider even though JL have the gall to charge an early termination fee! . Will never use them again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Before John Lewis, I used to have Sky Broadband and I really sorry to leave them. I thought both company use same BT lines and assumed there would not be difference. I failed too bad. Johnewis keeps dropping and very very slow. During last 11 months I had to keep raise query and never seen problem solved permanently. Never had such problem with SKY. Don't waste your money and energy for nothing
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
LONDON John Lewis Broadband  
Never try their broadband. They use a cheap router and you have to change the channels regularly to make it work. We always have drops in our internet upto an hour long, and when i ring their technical dept they say that it is expected to have at least 3 or 4 drops every 3 days, ive never had that with Sky or anyone else.

We spend over £130 a week with Waitrose shopping and buy clothes and electricals from John Lewis, and when we said we would cancel all those weekly orders for the sake of a £100 cancellation fee, the person said, i have the ability to remove the cancellation charge, but i wont do it, even though he knew they would loose £6-8000 a year in shopping. What a joke.

We are taking it further so i would let you know what his managers say about loosing £8000 a year for the brand to keep £100 in his department.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
shrewsbury John Lewis Broadband  
Never choose John Lewis Broadband!!! It’s TERRIBLE. So bad that I had to go out and buy a sim with data so I could function day to day. The internet continually cuts out, phone crackles and tv reception stinks. Smarmy verbiage from customer support but it all adds up to nothing. I was told upgrading to optic would improve reception but this was a complete LIE and tantamount to mis-selling. Then to add insult to injury, I was only offered a £29 refund for MONTHS of rubbish internet plus mega annoyance and time wasting. This sum didn’t cover the extra expense I incurred buying data and sim from another provided while I unsuccessfully tried to get my JL broadband sorted.
I used to love John Lewis. Now I hate them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Poor service, been with them a year almost and it’s a monthly occurance - poor internet, tel line issues...yet again today tel line is down, internet slow, have 6 weeks to go till end of my contract...told line fault will be fixed by end of the week...I’m can’t stand the poor service anymore and I’m leaving early..paying the early exit fees, but I just don’t care -it’s been such a poor service!!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Wirral John Lewis Broadband  
Don't join John Lewis broadband been with them for 8 months and have yet to be billed after30_40 calls and e mails they just keep saying we are working on it,but after8 months no fix ,not a good company.
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Chester John Lewis Broadband  
Anybody else annoyed at the fact that there is now no way of printing out a COMPLETE detailed telephone bill, such as via a pdf? I have been told by Service Dept that I have to print a summary via Firefox and then do a print screen of each separate page of an Excel spreadsheet in order to get the complete bill. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
West Malling John Lewis Broadband  
Now become so unreliable & they are no help in changing
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
manningtree John Lewis Broadband  
Signed up for John Lewis broadband as price was competitive, then read reviews and was filled with some doubt, but I am now up and running for a week and have nothing but positive feedback. I called the Helpdesk with questions and the phone was answered instantly. Router set up was simple. Live set up occurred as promised. Communications always clear and timely and even a phone call today, just to check up everything was good. Line speed pretty much as promised. 5* at this moment, long may that last, and no regrets about moving my business to John Lewis.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Haslemere John Lewis Broadband  
In short, don't use them.
Our phone line and internet were cut off for over a week. After an engineer could not find a fault at the exchange, they sent an engineer to the house without an appointment. No one was in, and then they told us they could not send another for 4 days. When the engineer did come (after a week), it turned out that the fault was at the exchange all along and the first engineer had missed it.
Customer service was poor, giving different excuses for not sending an engineer, and it was impossible to elevate the complaint.
When the line is working, we only get download speeds of max 2mbs, but this regularly (every couple of days at the moment) gets dropped down to 0.2mbs. When we call, the speed goes back to normal, so BT must be choking the speed.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Ashford Hill John Lewis Broadband  
Do not choose John Lewis broadband thinking that the name suggests quality as you exoect with it stores. Two separate things!!
I thought, a name you can rely on, must be good, how wrong was I.
Fibre... 3.5 download MAXIMUM. Installed a week later than I was expecting, then after installation discovered hadn't been setup correctly their end. Had a friend over who deals with such things thru work, she was on the phone to an engineer for 30 minutes trying to sort for me!
Reply to my complaint, patronising and sarcastic veiled very thinly. Discovered it in my junk box which in all fairness is where it belonged.
Very often no internet at all as proved by my NOW TV box in the middle of programmes advising me to check my connection.
I left it too late to cancel the contract but won't be making that mistake ever again. I'm now nearing the end of my year and I can't wait to leave. You have been warned!
Alfreton John Lewis Broadband  
1 star is too generous. Please heed my warning, and do not use John Lewis Broadband. Do not be seduced by their offer of a gift voucher. It is not worth it. I transferred my service from Sky to them on 4th March. I was due to go over to them on Monday 18th. In this time the only communication I had was from Sky to say they were aware I was leaving them. Nothing from John Lewis and no router, so today (16th) I called them, only to be told that the request to transfer the line hadn't gone through properly. Apparently this was not their fault, it was Open Reaches fault and they were going to complain themselves. I was told he would email me to advise what was happening and try and get this pushed through for 18th, and to put my feet up and have a tea. Cocky idiot. I got his response on email and it was woefully insufficient. They were now blaming Sky - 'Sky hadn't received our order until a later date...' (??) 'so they rejected our request to keep the number. I've spoke to number ports and they've raised a manual order to get the services live on the 25th instead'. It also said underneath that my query was on hold till Wednesday 20th, so he was OK with leaving my high and dry till then? No thanks. They are a total shambles. They don't accept any accountability for THEIR mistakes, and there was at no point an apology from this person or from anyone I spoke to on the phone when I called to cancel the request altogether. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF THROUGH THIS. Their line for customers opting to leave them was red hot. I was on hold for 40 minutes. No wonder. Go with a reputable provider and don't waste your whole Saturday like I have had to do to deal with these jokers. I'm staying with Sky - I was only moving away from them to get a cheaper deal which they have now given me.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Peterborough John Lewis Broadband  
Broadband has been hopeless, whenever tested it's just ok but so slow most of time and Alexa devices can't work properly
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Shropshire John Lewis Broadband  
Terrible customer service. Finally did the switch from BT, and regretted it almost instantly. Speed dropped from 7mbps to 0.4, cue daily phone calls to the worst CS ever! Left in my cooling off period, still trying to charge me £50.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Shetland John Lewis Broadband  
Have to say so far so good. Had been with Virgin cable for more than 10 years, but was determined to reduce my monthly bill. Couldn't get virgin to budge on price so looked around for a good deal. Price good and customer contact centre very efficient. Only issue I had was I had to call customer support to activate the broadband after the phone connections had been made by the engineer. Speed so far good and able to use Freeplay no problems
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Penketh, Warrington John Lewis Broadband  
No customer service staff have no upper management for you to escalate any problems Plusnet advertising customer service won't let you down!
DON'T BELIEVE IT
Problems are just repeated 48 hours before update 48 hours for next update 3 weeks still awaiting for it to work!!!!!
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
John Lewis Broadband  
This is the worst internet provider I have ever been with constant dropping very slow poor broadband I never signed up to this discussting service
Cardiff John Lewis Broadband  
We switched from Talktalk 5 months ago to save £10/month. We can no loger watch BBC iPlayer without it pausing frequently to load. Web pages load slowly. Even listening to internet radio such as via BBC iPlayer radio doesn't work properly. It keeps dropping out. It is supposed to be a minimum guaranteed speed of 3mbps yet I can't even stream radio reliably! Online speed test websites say I'm getting a decent speed but actual usage is terrible. This was never a problem with our previous provider TalkTalk.
The online help says I have to try a different router. Fantastic! I'll spend my evening configuring my old TalkTalk router and see if that works. Thannks a lot John Lewis broadband. We've paid you £120 so far for dial-up quality internet connection. Complete rip-off and wasted loads of time reloading pages, missing radio and tv programs and now messing around with router configuration like it's 2001.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Stirling John Lewis Broadband  
Please save yourself a lot of hassle and DON'T sign up with these amateurs. I have never been with a telephone company that has been so stressful to deal with ever right from the very beginning and until know (5 months later). It's like you call them and they say they are doing this and that on the call when in fact they aren't doing anything. There seems to be no upper level of management that you can escalate things to either on the telephone or by email, so you just end up having to get angry at the customer service rep who can't do anything for you anyway. Join them and you will see what I mean when it all goes wrong, which there is a likelihood that it will. For me unfortunately my next move is OFCOM as the head office can't seem to solve my latest problem which is being automatically overcharged every month for mobile phone calls which were part of my original call plan 5 months ago and so far they have been unable to refund the extra £50-60 each month I'm being overcharged by. Jokers!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Newport John Lewis Broadband  
been with john-lewis broardband and phone, had a lot of trouble the dial tone was there when dialling out. eventually got sorted after 3 engineers, no communication from the company to the engineers, had to relate the problem each time, then show them what was happening each time. just found out the bullgaurd internet security last a month so have to take it out then reinstall it each month while subscribing to john-Lewis, they don't tell you that. problems for them to take direct debit out , had to end up paying them by card, have got assurance from them that this will not happen again. on the whole would not recommend this service
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
kings lynn John Lewis Broadband  

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