Vodafone Home Broadband Buyers Guide

Fibre broadband packages from an established mobile phone and broadband provider

  • Standard fibre broadband averaging 63Mb
  • Gigafast fibre broadband with packages from 100Mb to 900Mb
  • Range of call packages available
  • Free AC-rated wireless router with advanced features
  • Discount for pay monthly mobile customers

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Vodafone Superfast 2
£25.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • £2 additional monthly discount for contract mobile customers
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 24 month contract

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Vodafone Gigafast 100
£28.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 100Mb average download & upload speeds!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 24 month contract

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Vodafone Gigafast 900
£55.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 900Mb average download & upload speeds!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 24 month contract

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Reasons to choose Vodafone Broadband

  • Excellent value fibre - Vodafone's fibre packages are priced very competitively against the other big name broadband providers
  • Cutting-edge router - the bundled Vodafone Broadband router supports fast 802.11ac networking, plus cutting-edge technologies for speedier downloading
  • TV bundles available - Vodafone have bundled in an Apple TV 4K subscription with most of their packages
  • Truly unlimited - there are no restrictions on the amount you can download or slow downs on different types of broadband traffic
  • Innovative smartphone control - with the Vodafone Broadband app you can control the router via your iPhone or Android phone

Possible downsides

  • Long contracts - all Vodafone Broadband packages require an 18 month contract
  • Fibre-only - if you're after cheaper phone line broadband then you'll have to look elsewhere
  • Phone support not 24 hour - Broadband technical support is only available via telephone between 8am and 9pm

Features at a glance

  • Average fibre optic download speeds of 35Mb or 63Mb, Gigafast speeds up to 900Mb in selected areas

  • 18 month contracts on all deals

  • Truly unlimited broadband usage

  • No upfront cost for existing lines, £69.99 when installing a new line

  • Support service available 24/7 via forums, and between 8am and 9pm on the phone, 7 days a week

  • 6 months free F-Secure anti-virus software

  • Free AC-rated wireless routers with all deals

  • Line rental required on all deals, no inclusive calls as standard, Evening and Weekend or Anytime calls available at extra cost

  • Additional £2 monthly broadband discount for existing Vodafone pay monthly 12 month contract mobile customers and £3 discount for 18 month contract mobile customers

  • Vodafone Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 2197 customer ratings since 2019-08-13. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2020-07-31

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Vodafone Superfast 1 More Info

No activation fee online
£2 additional monthly saving for existing Pay monthly mobile customers
Add evening & weekend calling for £4 per month, Anytime for £8 per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
35Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£276 £23.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Superfast 2 More Info

No activation fee online
£2 additional monthly saving for existing Pay monthly mobile customers
Add evening & weekend calling for £4 per month, Anytime for £8 per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£300 £25.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Gigafast 100 More Info

No activation fee online
Add evening & weekend calling for £4 per month, Anytime for £8 per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
100Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£336 £28.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Superfast 1 Extra + Apple TV 4K with Anytime Calls More Info

No activation fee online
£2 additional monthly saving for existing Pay monthly mobile customers

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
35Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£372 £31.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Superfast 2 Extra + Apple TV 4K with Anytime Calls More Info

No activation fee online
£2 additional monthly saving for existing Pay monthly mobile customers

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
63Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£396 £33.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Gigafast 200 More Info

No activation fee online
Add evening & weekend calling for £4 per month, Anytime for £8 per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
200Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£420 £35.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Gigafast 500 More Info

No activation fee online
Add evening & weekend calling for £4 per month, Anytime for £8 per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
500Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£540 £45.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Gigafast 900 More Info

No activation fee online
Add evening & weekend calling for £4 per month, Anytime for £8 per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
900Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£660 £55.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Vodafone Gigafast 900 + Apple TV 4K with Anytime Calls More Info

No activation fee online

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
900Mb
truly
unlimited
24
months
£756 £63.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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  • Wireless Router
  • 802.11n Wireless Router
  • 802.11ac Wireless Router
  • Phone Calling
  • Television Service
  • Line Rental

Details last checked on 2020-07-31

Customer 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 Vodafone.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.9 stars
  • Speed
    2.7 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 2197 customer ratings since 2019-08-13

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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 placed, whichever is largest.

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Do NOT under any circumstances buy broadband from Vodafone EVER. To my mind, they are a fraudulent organisation that does not operate honestly. There’s a reason they come at the BOTTOM of every customer satisfaction survey.

Do NOT be seduced by any “deals” as these are illusory and it will take you YEARS to fix and problems. Just walk away immediately. Vodafone are woefully ill equipped to deal with even the SLIGHTEST issue. Call center staff are naturally useless, but all the head office staff are illiterate idiots also. You won’t get a simple answer out of ANY of them. The culture at Vodafone is very much one of “lie, deny, and do nothing” which is something that as a paying customer you can do without. That comes from the top down. The CEO is an absolute joke and their “executive relations” team may as well be a bunch of interns for all the good they are.

PLEASE do not use Vodafone but literally any other phone or broadband provider. You have been warned. I can provide details and correspondence to back up everything I say. Keep away. Dealing with Vodafone can seriously damage your health.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Derby Vodafone  
1.6mbs download when it works.
Not good at all
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol Vodafone  
Vodafone is an absolute disgrace to society and practically false advertise their speeds which they offer and have bad support processes in place.

There support team is absolutely shocking as tickets are closed without clarification from the end customer that the issue has been resolved.

You are told that the issue will be resolved within the next 3 days, which then turns into an 8 day and I still have no confidence in that they will resolve the issue as this issue has been going for over a month.

I would never recommend Vodafone as the customer is mislead all the time.

Kind Regards

Shane
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Stamford Vodafone  
had diffiulty accessing my account, it needed vodaphone assitance - two long days of incompetence . it needed a text code - they were refusing to send to my BT landline - my BT landline can send and receive texts no problems Vodaphone doesnt recognise this - only acknowledges and pushes there own product

I cut and pasted there own legal stuff re sending text for access code to a landline phone - I send it back through chat to the numskulls - still didnt click

inbred - internal viewing service advisers - do notknow anything about there own products - there own statements - but only there own products and no other exists

wont be renewing my Vodaphone accounty when it expires - they are incompetent
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Braintree Vodafone  
One word be away from them. My internet was meant to be active on 8th of july. Engineer came and said can’t do because he is not multi skilled. So i thought can wait for more 2 days will someone came and everything will be sorted soon but no everyday i have to call them and hear only one thing till midnight it will be active. Its been 29th of july i m still waiting for my internet. Everytime new excuse. I will say just stay away from them. I have lost my whole business due to them can’t do anything without internet. If there was option i could give -5 stars.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
East Tilbury Vodafone  
Worst broadband provider I've ever used. On Superfast 2 package, I've NEVER experienced the promised speed - but since Vodafone is not signed up to the Ofcom Code of Practice, there's pretty much no option for redress other than the small discount they give.

I could probably put up with this, but in addition the internet connection drops out on a daily basis.

tl;dr I'm trapped in an 18-month contract with a dreadful internet connection, save yourself the pain and go with someone reputable instead.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leeds Vodafone  
awful service was cancelled with no explanation. they have bad customer service as well
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
MILTON KEYNES Vodafone  
Shocking customer service, the waiting times for simple things take hours, and I mean hours.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Vodafone  
So unrelentingly awful, I'm leaving them just two months into an 18 month contract.

Firstly, don't expect your activation to be on the date promised. Took several days and many phone calls to get that sorted.

Secondly, don't expect a reliable service. Our service has dropped in excess of 100 times in 8 weeks, yet Vodafone say that is 'normal'.

Thirdly, don't expect any support. Agents promise the world, safe in the knowledge that you will never be able to speak to them again. They mislead, and sometimes just lie.

Lastly, their complaints department is as useful as their support department.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glossop Vodafone  
Appallingly bad. I've been trying to get Internet with them for over a month, but after 3 failed activation dates I give up. Utterly useless. I spent over 5hrs on the phone, each time they literally promised they'd get it working today, only to fail. Then fail again next time. And again. They also promised to ring me back twice, but never did. Plus they play the same four songs on repeat on their hold music which just adds insult to injury after 45 mins each time on hold.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cardiff Vodafone  

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Internet use is soaring - is your broadband good enough to keep up?

Posted on 2020-06-29 17:03 in News SSE Virgin Media Vodafone BT TalkTalk Plusnet

The average Brit is now spending over four hours a day online, according to a new Ofcom study.

The industry watchdog's latest Online Nation report shows that a combination of factors have caused internet use to surge to record levels, up by almost an hour a day in less than two years.

Inevitably, the coronavirus lockdown was part of the cause - the Zoom video conferencing app, for instance, has grown by nearly 2000%, from 659 thousand UK users to over 13 million in just four months. But it's not just that. The popularity of streaming services continues to grow, plus there's the emergence of video sharing sites like Twitch and TikTok. The latter has moved well beyond its initial teen user base, with 12.9 million UK adults now joining in.

Even as the lockdown begins to ease, it's unlikely that our online activity is going to decline. So the question is, is your broadband connection up to the demands of this "new normal"?

Signs that your service might be struggling include:

  • Downtime - we know that the internet infrastructure held up remarkably well during the lockdown, but if your connection keeps dropping, or you're being left without service for hours at a time, it's often a sign that it might be time to look elsewhere.
  • Slow downloads or uploads - your download and upload speeds will slow down when you've got more people sharing your connection at the same time. Speed problems can be especially noticeable when your usage patterns change - like when you're working from home and sharing large files or connecting to your office server.
  • Poor video performance - nothing ruins a boxset binge more than buffering, or even just seeing the picture quality plummet. Both are signs that your broadband can't keep up with the demands of your chosen streaming TV service.
  • Laggy gaming or video calls - speed problems can also ruin the picture or sound quality in your video calls, and render online games unplayable. Occasional lag is to be expected, but if you keep seeing it it might be time for an upgrade.

The best broadband upgrades

So what should you look for in an upgrade? Try and prioritise what you need. That could be a faster service generally, or more specifically faster uploads. Or perhaps a more reliable service, or better customer support.

The obvious upgrade, if you haven't already made it, is to go from standard broadband to fibre. An entry level fibre deal will triple your download speed and should only cost a few pounds extra each month. If you're upgrading to a new deal with your existing provider you might even be able to negotiate a better offer. Plusnet and SSE currently offer the cheapest fibre broadband deals.

The next step is from the basic fibre (around 36Mb) to the higher end fibre, with speeds around 63Mb. Vodafone and TalkTalk have the cheapest deals at this faster speed.

If even that isn't enough, you can get over 100Mb speeds from a number of ISPs. The most widely available are from Virgin Media, who offer speeds up to 516Mb on average. Other big name providers like Vodafone and BT also offer ultrafast packages, but only in certain areas. These faster speeds will give you much better upload speeds as well as downloads.

If reliability and customer service are a bigger priority, the best way to check what you can expect from each provider is to read their customer reviews. Dig into our thousands of reviews for help on deciding your next move.

Ready to start shopping for a new internet deal? Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband offers where you live.

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Working From Home

UK broadband has more than enough capacity to handle the surge in home workers

Posted on 2020-03-23 18:17 in News Vodafone Plusnet BT Virgin Media Sky EE

With millions of people now having to work from home there's been a lot of speculation about whether the UK's broadband infrastructure will be able to handle a massive surge in demand.

Well don't worry, because the expectation is that it can. That's the word from BT, who say they've got "more than enough capacity…to handle mass-scale home-working in response to COVID-19".

Last week, the company shared some data to demonstrate just how well their network was able to cope with higher levels of usage. They showed that in the previous week a couple of major video game releases and Champions League football had combined to hit new record levels of traffic for BT - to the tune of 17.5 terabits per second (Tbps) - without the network buckling under the strain.

The increase in home working meanwhile, has seen daytime traffic increase by as much as 60%, but still remains well below the record at around 7.5Tbps. Of course, with schools now closed, it's likely that traffic will go up further during the day, but the industry is confident that it will be able to handle it.

Our own speed test data, compiled from thousands of speed tests each month, supports the view that broadband connections aren't slowing down as well. We pulled the average home broadband speed results from the middle of February, and they were 44Mbps. The period between the 8th and the 14th of March saw average speeds of 43.9Mbps, while between the 15th to the 23rd of March, average speeds were 44.7Mbps. The speed differences displayed are of no real significance, and we're happy that people shouldn't be seeing any negative impact on their connection, despite the current change in UK working arrangements.

Are you working from home? Check out our tips on how to minimise disruption to your broadband service, and make sure it's good enough for what you need.

To help things along, TV streaming companies have agreed temporary measures to slash the amount of data they use by as much as a quarter. Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ are streaming their content at a lower bitrate, while YouTube now defaults to an SD stream - although you can still manually set videos to play at a higher resolution if you want to. The BBC also seems likely to make a change in the not too distant future.

Will you notice the difference? Possibly not, although it depends what you're watching. Streaming at a lower bitrate means that the video is more heavily compressed. With the way video compression works it's more noticeable in busy scenes with lots of fast movement, where the image may become blocky or distorted. In slower scenes, you'll have to look pretty closely to see any effect.

As for streaming in SD, as with YouTube, that might not look great if you watch on a massive 4K telly, but for viewing on a smaller screen like a tablet it should be just fine.

How to pause your Sky Sports and BT Sport subscriptions

In other news, Sky and BT have taken the decision to allow customers to pause their sports channel subscriptions for as long as there's no actual sport taking place. You can do this at sky.com/pausesport or at bt.com/tv. Unfortunately, you can't pause these channels if you've got them through Virgin Media.

BT have removed data caps on all their broadband products. This won't affect most people, since most of their plans are already unlimited. But if you're on an older deal you'll no longer have to worry about managing your usage.

And lots of broadband providers have issued statements to explain their COVID-19 plans, including what happens if you need a callout from a technician to solve a problem. You should have received this via email, but if you haven't you can read them online from BT, Sky, Virgin Media, EE, Vodafone and Plusnet.

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Vodafone Home Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Vodafone right for you?

Can I get Vodafone Broadband?

Vodafone uses the Openreach network to provide fibre broadband to customers. This covers a good 95% of UK homes, so unless you're in a remote, rural area you're likely to be able to get it.

Gigafast is Vodafone's Fibre to the Home product, offering download speeds of up to 900Mb.

Use our postcode checker to see if Vodafone Broadband is available where you are.

Vodafone are a fibre-only provider, and they no longer offer a standard ADSL connection. If you only have basic internet requirements, and don't want to pay extra for a fibre deal you'll need to look elsewhere.

What packages are available?

Vodafone Broadband offers two standard fibre packages with a choice of speeds:

  • Superfast 1 - a mid-range fibre broadband package with average speeds of 35Mb
  • Superfast 2 - the high-end fibre package with average speeds of 63Mb

Both deals come on an 18 month contract, with no line rental and a one-off router fee (which is often waived as part of special offers). They're also truly unlimited with no usage caps or artificial slowdowns. You get the high-tech Vodafone Broadband wireless router as part of the package. This incorporates several cutting edge technologies to improve wi-fi access around your home. It can also be controlled and managed via a mobile app. There is the option to add a landline calls plan. Evening and weekend, and Anytime calls packages are available for £4 or £8 extra per month respectively.

Which package should I choose?

With only two standard fibre packages to choose from, both with truly unlimited usage, the same contract length and the same high-end router, you can safely make your decision based on speed and price.

The Superfast 1 deal is the entry-level fibre offer. With average speeds of 35Mb it's on a par with similar services from rival providers, although is priced very competitively. As far as the speed goes, it should be enough for most average households. It'll be able to handle Netflix and iPlayer streaming on a few devices together, as well as gaming and downloading.

Superfast 2 is the high-end service for more demanding households. With an average speed of 63Mb it will be able to handle as much streaming, downloading and gaming as you need. There isn't a huge price difference between the two, so you may feel it's worth paying the extra for the peace of mind offered by a faster service.

Vodafone no longer have a slower standard broadband service that runs wholly over your phone line. So if you only have basic requirements and would be happy paying for a barebones service, you'll need to find a different provider.

If you're in a Gigafast area, then you need to ask yourself if you really need those speeds. It only costs £1 more to get the Gigafast 100 package than it does the 63Mb standard fibre package, so going with this option would future proof you for a while without spending much more. However, the average home user isn't going to see any real life benefit to the higher speeds right now, so you may be better off saving a few pennies and opting for 100Mb or less.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband connection, and will they be using it for streaming or downloading?
  • Are you unhappy with paying full price for low fibre speeds at your current provider?
  • Is being tied into a longer contract a problem for you?
  • Are you looking for standard broadband instead?
  • Are you a Vodafone mobile customer?

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What do I get when I sign up?

It's important to know what you're getting when you sign up for broadband, as you may need to budget for extras

  • Free router - the cutting edge router supports several unique features including 'Beam', which uses beamforwarding technology to send a stronger signal to compatible devices, and 'Boost', which enables you to prioritise speeds to a single device for faster downloading.
  • Access to the Vodafone Broadband smartphone app - the router can be controlled by the Vodafone Broadband smartphone app for iPhone and Android. With this app you can manage your network, turn it on and off on a schedule, set up Guest access and limit access to family members, and change the password.
  • Six months free anti-virus protection - all customers get access to a free six month subscription to the F Secure SAFE anti-virus package.
  • Free tech support - Vodafone provides free customer service by phone from 8am to 11pm.

What are the benefits of Vodafone Broadband?

What are the main reasons why you should consider buying a broadband package from Vodafone?

  • Competitively priced - Vodafone's fibre broadband packages are priced very favourably against the other big name providers.
  • High-end router - the router supports superfast 802.11ac networking and some unique features. And it isn't just restricted to fibre broadband customers, either.
  • Smartphone control - the free iPhone and Android app makes managing your network a lot easier.
  • Smart parental controls - the Family Time feature, available through the app, enables you to tailor broadband access for each member of your household, including how much time they can spend online and what they can see.

What are the drawbacks of Vodafone Broadband?

Nothing's perfect. What potential downsides to Vodafone Broadband should you be aware before you sign up?

  • Long contracts - all of the Vodafone packages require an 18 month contract. Much of the competition offers 12 month contracts or even shorter.
  • Few extras - the router's impressive, but you don't get much else for your money.
  • No standard broadband options - if you don't live in a fibre-to-the-cabinet enabled area or you don't need fibre speeds then Vodafone will no longer offer you a slower standard phone line broadband product.
  • Phone support not available overnight - Unlike Vodafone's contract mobile phone support, broadband customers can only access telephone tech support between the hours of 8am and 9pm.
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