Vodafone

Fibre broadband packages from an established mobile phone and broadband provider

  • Fibre broadband up to 76Mb available
  • Range of call packages available
  • Free AC-rated wireless router with advanced features

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Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38
£22.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 35Mb average download speed
  • Up to 9.5Mb upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Exclusive lower monthly price
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 76
£27.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 63Mb average download speed
  • Up to 19Mb upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Exclusive lower monthly price
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Vodafone Broadband

  • No line rental on fibre - you don't need to pay an extra line rental charge on the fibre broadband deals
  • Excellent value fibre - Vodafone's fibre packages are priced very competitively against the other big name broadband providers
  • Cutting-edge router - the bundled Vodafone Connect router supports fast 802.11ac networking, plus cutting-edge technologies for speedier downloading
  • No usage caps - there are no restrictions on the amount you can download
  • Innovative smartphone control - with the Vodafone Connect app you can control the router via your iPhone or Android phone
  • Minimum speed guarantee - new and upgrading customers will be able to see online the actual speeds they should get. If this speed isn't achieved within 28 days of notifying Vodafone, they will be free to leave

Possible downsides

  • Long contracts - all Vodafone Broadband packages require an 18-month contract
  • It’s not available everywhere - the service is not available outside of Vodafone Fibre network areas
  • No TV bundles - it isn't currently possible to get TV services with your Vodafone broadband
  • Fibre-only - if you're after cheaper phoneline broadband then you'll have to look elsewhere

Features at a glance

  • Up to 38Mbps or 76Mbps fibre optic download speed

  • 18 month contracts on all deals

  • Unlimited broadband usage

  • £24 for existing customers, £49 standard connection, often discounted during limited offers

  • Support service available 24/7 via forums, and between 8am and 11pm on the phone, 7 days a week

  • 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

2.9 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 2378 customer ratings since 2017-05-26. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2018-05-17

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

Based on 2378 customer ratings since 2017-05-26

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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.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
In my experience doesn’t live up to standards, a lot of cutting out and the speed doesn’t live up to what was advertised
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Northampton Vodafone  
We switched to Vodafone as we are mobile customers and the price was so good. I regret this hugely. The speed was very slow and meant we could not watch films despite paying for fastest speed. After hours of phone calls where we were told the speed was acceptable and numerous hoops we had to jump through at home to try speed it up (no engineer was ever offered) we have decided to cancel. It is so bad that we have paid around £200 to get out of our contract early and go back to sky. Do not use this supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Surrey Vodafone  
After contact about a free instalion, advertised on their website, i was asked for a technician visit with a 60ish pound cost. A true joke. False advertisement like this should be punished.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
Coalville - Leicester Vodafone  
All references to 'lies' below are my honest opinion based on my experiences, I have used the term as I believe it to be the most accurate description. I repeat opinion rather than fact, for legal reasons.

In our experience Vodafone Broadband, drops out a lot, does not reach the promised speeds, has dreadful ping times and when you contact them they appear to lie to you, then appear to lie some more and never so much as bother responding in the way requested (The lies I refer to relate to their reason for low broadband speeds (less than 15mbps when our line is capable of 60+mbps)
being broadbandd wireless interference stating I was too far from the router despite being plugged in via ethernet, that to allow a third party router would result in their licence being withdrawn, that because their router stated 59mbps all other measurements (which, moneysupermarket, uSwitch etc broadband speed tests were wrong) and that they would call or email in response as requested - all untrue, you can decide if untrue statements are in fact lies or if I have misinterpreted these, you decide.

Not once did they call me on the number the call was requested on or reply via email - they did call my partner's phone despite specifically being asked not to - way to go - excellent display of listening and complying with a request from a customer.

Oh and try buying a router of your own to use (in our case for enhanced parental controls), good luck with filtering through the seemingly pre prepared scripted lies relating to that. (Really would this result in their 'licence' being revoked - seriously!!) If so why have they not lost it when their own forum is littered with how some customers have managed to use third party router (try typing in searches about using third party routers on vodafone to see for yourself)

If I could escape the contract and go elsewhere for a higher the cost I would do so without a second thought.

If you want awful service go for it otherwise go elsewhere.

Poorly trained staff, seemingly pre scripted untruths - the most truthful response I have had is that they can't help - I suspect that it is more won't than can't but that part is also opinion.

Vodafone gained a broadband customer until the end of the contract but will almost certainly lose our business plus my partner's mobile business and there is no chance I will use them when I am looking for a new mobile provider in the next few months.

Vodafone have effectively made a great case for me to use a different supplier - perhaps they should get commission for that.

Way to go Vodafone - oh and I also reported their speed guarantee advert to the ASA - the response being that Vodafone are already under investigation for that, the outcome of this is not yet known, at least by me. ( Not just us noticing an issue with this then)

Again, way to go Vodafone, why not just cut me off and keep taking the money as it's about the only base not covered so far in terms of destroying any trust I had in them.

One thing is they, after some complaint, applied a 15% discount we did not ask for although I had complained that their router appeared to overstate the speed presumably to avoid giving the discount for speeds below the guarantee, all we asked for was what we paid for being the broadband speed - which Vodafone stated that BT confirmed not to be possible despite the speeds having been provided with our previous supplier also using the openreach network (another seemingly in true statement via Vodafone), I suppose the discount is small consolation.

Well there you have it, speeds way lower than our previous supplier, frequent drop outs, refusal to allow us to use a router with enhanced parental controls, customer contact littered with seemingly untrue statements, awful ping times and failures to so much as follow simple customer request to correspond in the way requested.

I'll get the above won't appear in their next advert.

Did I mention the above has produced unhappy customers?


  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Wales Vodafone  
Vodafone 76mb Service £24pcm

Started with the 38mbs service, on go live date I connected router but no service. Rang Vodafone and they had to "flick a switch" at their end. Within 5 minutes connected.

Router App confirmed sync at 40mbs. Ookla confirmed similar.

A year on and upgraded to 76mbs at the discounted rate of £24pcm. Router app confirmed sync at 79.9mbs. On WiFi I'm averaging about 74mbs downstairs and about 65mbs at to of house.

Had a few issues with WiFi dropping out. Vodafone were very good, we worked together to rule out issues one by one. A replacement router fixed the fault.

Billing is accurate.
Customer service really do try to help and are a far very from Vodafone's legendary mobile phone customer service of old (not a compliment). From my experience (and people may choose to agree or disagree with this) when there are issues it can frequently be because the customer hasn't listened and followed instructions.

All in all it is a good service for a good price with good customer service. Would I recommend? If you are in a fibre area then definitely yes.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
Wiltshire Vodafone  
If I could a review for minus 5 stars I certainly would. Throughout my whole experience of broadband from the initial receiving of router to today it has been absolutely appalling! Waited a week after the so called go live date to be fobbed off by Vodafone blaming everyone and everything but themselves, to date after 12 months of constant communication with them have still not received promotional gift of £75 shopping card, again Vodafone blaming everyone even me for me not receiving it (I did everything that was required to receive the gift ie registering on the correct date when asked to abd communicating with 3rd party company TLC who process the gift card) Now as I write this I have been waiting 72 hours to have my broadband and landline to go active again which vodafone are blaming BT for its an absolute joke. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BROADBAND they should have stuck to mobile phone coverage it's a disgrace.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Merseyside Vodafone  
Well well somebody worse than my other ISP TALKTALK and ORIGIN yes after all the cock ups trying to change my address 4 goes that took 2 router was supposed to go live 11 April then told it was a new order it would be 17 April router arrive plug it in no joy ,rang VODAPONE only to be told it was 24 when I was going live DOH many apologies offered and accepted .finally went live 30 Mb was the speed rang somebody on Sunday of this week told them my probs downloaded on OOKLA speed tester .then told to monitor the speeds ,received text telling me no fault on the line but speed was upto 58Mb I returned my first router to my local VODAPONE told them my problems given instructions of how to increase speeds I've tried to access this 192.168.1.1 10 or more times it gave me a temporary password and despite talking to somebody last night and somebody this morning I'm no further forward ,this person I spoke to promised a return call that was at 8.23 it's now9.50 obviously I'm not of any priority ,this I've seen on reviews of VODAPHONE on this site also somebody again on this site was told by a VODAPHONE team leader that customer service was crap I think was the word used so what now ? I think I,l send this router back to attached to a house brick ,just joking it's a bloody mind field this bloody internet providers it really is Tara folks I'll keep u posted
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
TEESSIDE Vodafone  
Failed utterly to meet their promised go live date. Called them on the day and they then promised a further 14 days. Don't bother with Vodafone. They don't want your business
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Vodafone  
I read some very poor reviews of Vodafone broadband. Despite this, I took a chance for a few reasons. Firstly, they're £30 per month cheaper than BT. Secondly, I've had excellent service from them for my mobile phone accounts. And thirdly, they have a minimum speed guarantee or money back. Also, I was going on the belief that if the line was fast and reliable with BT (it was), it'd be a good foundation for Vodafone to work on. I have absolutely no idea if there's any technical merit in this belief, but I went with it anyway! My go-live date was 02-05-2018. No service by midnight, so I contacted them the next morning. They stated that BT/Openreach hadn't done what they were supposed to at their end. They said they'd look into it and get back to me. They apologised and credited my phone and my partner's phone with 50Gb of data each by way of apology and to see us through. Soon after, I received an email from BT that confirmed what Vodafone had told me. The service kicked in the next day. First day speed, 20Mbps. Next day, up to 32. Currently sitting at 46. I've paid for 76, guaranteed 55, and it seems to be gradually climbing in that direction. Their hub looks great, has good coverage in my 3 bedroom bungalow (performs better than BT hub in a blackspot in master bedroom) and I have not experienced any drop in service thus far. I have 4 firesticks, 4 echo dots, 2 smartphones, 2 tablets, 2 games consoles and 3 smart home devices connected to the hub. Six or seven of these devices could be operating simultaneously, and I have had no issues. So, one week in and I'm very happy. I know it's early days, but so far, so good. And I also have to say that I've always had very good customer service from Vodafone, and this time was no different. It appears that they are making a genuine attempt to mend their reputation in this regard, although as stated, I've never had a bad experience.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Omagh Northern Ireland Vodafone  
Ordered the broadband over a month ago and it is still not working. Customer service is appalling. I have had to call them several times to get the process forward. Customer service poorly trained with many taking incorrect steps. This is truly disgraceful.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Vodafone  

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Sky Q Hub

Why getting a new router can speed up your broadband

Posted on 2016-11-22 11:35 in News Features Virgin Media Origin TalkTalk Zen EE Vodafone Plusnet Sky BT

If you find broadband speeds confusing, you're not alone. What speed broadband providers advertise and what you actually get are rarely the same thing. The ASA has recently announced that it will be taking steps next year to bring clarity to the entire issue.

But that's a way off. In the meantime there are steps you can take to ensure you achieve speeds closer to what you were expecting.

You may not know that your Wi-Fi router can have a massive impact on the internet speeds you get throughout your home. Since the provider supplies the router we tend to assume that they're automatically good enough. But that isn't always true - sometimes they're old or slow, and not capable of handling a superfast broadband connection.

In these cases, upgrading to a more powerful router can help speed up your broadband dramatically.

How a new Wi-Fi router can help

Let's start with the technical bit.

The performance of a router is determined by the wireless standard that it uses. The best modern routers use the latest standard, called 802.11ac. It's the fastest available, and it runs on the 5GHz band which is clean and interference free.

802.11ac superceded the 802.11n standard. This is much slower - perhaps half or even a third of the speed - and it commonly runs on the 2.4GHz band which is much more prone to interference from other electrical devices in your home. As a result, the signal is not just slower but it gets much weaker the further it travels.

The router as a bottleneck

Many broadband providers supply an N-rated router with their packages, and it may not be up to the job. Tests show that 802.11n routers have a real world top speed of 50-100Mb, at close range. At a distance of 20 metres, and with a few obstacles like walls and floors in the way, that speed can be slashed in half - or worse.

So, if you've got a high-end fibre package and are getting speeds of 50Mb or more, then an N-rated router simply won't cut it. Your broadband is faster than your router, and the router becomes a bottleneck. Even on an entry-level fibre deal, with speeds of 25Mb, you'll be pushing it. You might find you get good speeds downstairs, but that they fall off sharply in the bedrooms.

In both cases, upgrading to an AC-rated router is likely to give you a major speed boost. The exception is standard broadband. Here, the speeds top out at 16Mb, and in practice are usually somewhat slower. An N-rated router should be able to handle this.

An easy way to check if you're affected is to use our free Speed Test tool. Stand next to your router and run the test on your laptop. Then head to the furthest corner of your house and run it again. If there's a major discrepancy in your results then it could be a sign that you need to upgrade your router. (Or it could mean you need to find a better position for your router.)

Do you need a new router?

You can see why a slow router can mean you don't get the broadband speeds you were expecting. So do you need to upgrade?

When you're shopping for broadband deals, all our comparison tables have icons to show what kind of router you're getting. Click the More Info button to see whether there's an option to upgrade to a better router when you sign up.

What router do you get?

  • Many of the major providers now supply AC-rated routers with all their packages. This includes TalkTalk, Vodafone and Virgin, while Sky also provides the new Sky Q Hub if you are a TV customer.
  • BT, Plusnet and EE supply 802.11ac routers with their fibre packages, and N-rated routers with standard broadband. BT offers a paid upgrade for standard broadband customers, but the other two don't.
  • Origin customers get an N-rated router, and need to pay at checkout to upgrade to a faster AC-rated unit.

If you've been with a provider for some time it's possible you're still using an older N-rated router and aren't getting the fastest possible speeds from your broadband. In this case it's worth checking with the provider to see if they'll swap your router for a newer model for free. Some may give you one in exchange for you signing a new contract. Just make sure you know exactly what you're getting, and that you aren't charged or placed on a new contract without knowing.

Lastly, a handful of providers, including Plusnet, Zen and Origin, allow you to use own router, so you can shop around and check independent reviews to get the best model for your needs.

The router is a frequently overlooked part of the broadband service. It's natural to assume that broadband problems are the fault of the provider, but the reality is that if your router is too slow you can easily be cutting your internet speed in half without even realising.

Give your router a quick check now to see if you would benefit from an upgrade.

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Vodafone Buyers Guide

Can I get Vodafone Broadband?

Vodafone has installed its own fibre network equipment at exchanges across the country.

Vodafone's fibre broadband service is currently available in more than 24 million UK premises. This is around 85% of homes, and only just short of the coverage of the Openreach network owned by the BT Group. Therefore, if you're in a town or city you will almost certainly be able to get Vodafone Broadband - coverage is likely to be patchier in rural areas.

Use our postcode checker to see if Vodafone Broadband is available in your area.

What packages are available?

Vodafone Broadband offers two packages with a choice of speeds:

  • Unlimited Fibre 38 - a mid-range fibre broadband package with speeds up to 38Mb. 18 month contract with one-off connection fee and no line rental
  • Unlimited Fibre 76 - the high-end fibre package with speed up to 76Mb. 8 month contract with one-off connection fee and no line rental

Both packages allow for unlimited usage. You get the high-tech Vodafone Connect 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.

Which package should I choose?

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

The Unlimited Fibre 38 package is available for the same price as many other provider's standard phoneline broadband deals. It's an attractive option if you need fibre broadband now, or think you might need it in future. You do have to pay a one-off connection fee of £49, though (although this is frequently half price, free or cut to only £1 during special offers), so remember to factor this into the costs.

For heavier use, such as in larger households where users would be streaming media to multiple devices simultaneously, or making multi-gigabyte games downloads, the fibre packages would be much more suitable.

Vodafone’s coverage checker shows which of their packages are available in your area, as well as the maximum speed you might be able to achieve. In practice the speeds you get are dependent on numerous factors, including how far you are from your nearest telephone exchange, and the quality of the copper wiring in your home.

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?
  • How far do you live from a BT telephone exchange, and would these be a problem for standard broadband speeds?

Compare all Vodafone Broadband packages

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

  • Vodafone Connect router worth £130 - the 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 Connect smartphone app - the router can be controlled by the Vodafone Connect 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?

  • Clear pricing - Vodafone's integrated pricing structure means you know exactly how much you will need to pay each month.
  • 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 Connect 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 get few other extras for your money.
  • Expensive fibre connection fee - when it's not removed or reduced by a special offer, the packages include a £49 activation fee.
  • No phoneline 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 phoneline broadband product.
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