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
£20.00 for 18 months
£25.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 20% off fibre broadband
  • Up to 38Mb download speed
  • Up to 9.5Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • Free connection
  • 18 month contract

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Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 76
£24.00 for 18 months
£30.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 20% off fibre broadband
  • Up to 76Mb download speed
  • Up to 19Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • Free connection
  • 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

  • £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

3.2 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 1636 customer ratings since 2016-09-26. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-09-12

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
    3.2 stars
  • Speed
    3.1 stars
  • Reliability
    3.1 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.3 stars

Based on 1636 customer ratings since 2016-09-26

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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
Half way through a 18 month contract and multiple engineers later. We are still getting less than half minimum speed if it even works at all!
Vodafone keep telling me there is a fault between the fibre box and the router. I know this to be false as technicians they have sent have tested the line with me there and shown me the results as they receive it. These results show as NO FAULT ON LINE!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Salterbeck, Workington Vodafone  
Not getting the speeds I pay for 50% of the time I'm on it. Customer service is ok but was told my speeds are in the limit I'm paying for by thier technical support team. Got the 60 meg deal getting speeds of average 25 meg. TV keeps buffing videos on tablets same as tv. End off contact I'm leaving.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Gillingham Vodafone  
Really annoying switch to VF. First of all they changed our number which we had had for 40 years. I rang to complain and was told that they could sort in 3 days. I then rang again shortly after to clarify another issue and was told it would take 4 weeks to get our old number back but no guarantee. Fortunately the first person was right! My first bill was just for a couple of days use so no surprises there. The second bill had over £40 of call charges despite having asked for the £8 anytime calling feature. Their website was down - not an unusual occurrence. Spent half an hour waiting for someone to answer in their call centre and gave up. Eventually got a response from an overseas call centre. They said that my order had not stipulated anytime calling and although they would add it to my contract there was no way that they were going to refund the overcharge. Also be aware that their "Manage my account" app is only designed for mobile use - it was difficult to get this set up as a broadband user. I am locked in now - I hope things get better.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Cheltenham Vodafone  
Had this broadband for a year, and I have got to say it is the most unreliable and slowest internet I have ever had. Never had problems like I have had with Vodafone. My internet drops out 3-4 times a week and I lose connection. I play online gaming a lot and it's a pain and when streaming Netflix or YouTube it buffers, which for this day and age and these 'supposed' speeds it's utterly ridiculous. I've had engineers out to check my phone line etc but no improvement. The customer service is pretty much non existent. The usual 'we will check your phone line' and 'your speed at your router is what it should be'. I'm lying for the Up to 76MBps broadband, and use a hard wired connection for what I can, and I receive at max 20MBps download with 5MBps Upload which is daylight robbery. I have patiently waited until this contract ended and I will not be renewing with Vodafone. My parents experience the same issues, when they also have never had any issues until switching to Vodafone.

Avoid them like the plague, absolutely dreadful broadband service, and you would think they would provide a great service after being fined for bad customer service not too long ago. I highly do not recommend this broadband. Terrible experience.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Aberdeen Vodafone  
My wife and I have just moved into our first home and the first thing I wanted to get up and running was the internet as I know this is usually what takes the longest.

I did some researching online and price comparing for fibre Broadband and Vodafone along with Talktalk were by far the cheapest available. My mother has Talktalk fibre and I really can't say a bad word about them but what sold me to choose Vodafone was the current offer they have on where you can choose a free gift. I chose the Wireless speaker which I've wanted to buy for a while so it was a no brainer for me.

I was given a date for an engineer to come round and fit a new line as ours had been cut completely by I presume the people living at the flat before us.

The engineer called me 15mins before arriving just to let me know he was on his way. He was very friendly and the work carried out was very neat so no ugly cables running up and down the walls. He finished the job within an hour or so and said once the router has turned on and done what it needs to do it should all be up and running.

5 hours later and we still didn't have any Internet so I decided to call Vodafone just to check this was normal as I was told it can take up to midnight for the line to be activated.

I called at about 7pm and there was a que of just under an hour so I decided to use their call back service. I received a call back from a lady who was really brilliant from start to finish and she told me that something needed to be done their end to get our internet up and running. I stayed on the line for about 15mins whilst they done the necessary bits their end, she then explained how to reset the router and then said to leave it to work through it's boot up process and to try again in half an hour to see if it was working. She also promised a call back in an hour to make sure it was working.

Within 20 mins or so our Fibre broadband was all up and running and straight away with the speeds we was told we would get. I was called back as promised too just to make sure everything was up and running which I thought was fantastic as usually companies will promise a call back and you'll never hear from them again!

Other than the minor delay it getting it up and running so far I really don't have a bad word to say about Vodafone's broadband service.

Along with the best price available there is no traffic shaping meaning no slowing you down during peak hours, no download limits, possibly the most helpful and friendliest customer service I have ever used and a free wireless speaker worth £180!!

Vodafone have clearly put a lot of effort and resources into getting their broadband right and competing with the big boys and it most definitely shows.

It's early days but so far I have been nothing but impressed and won't hesitate to recommend you to everyone I know!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Vodafone  
I have had Vodafone Broadband for over nearly two weeks now, and I can only say it is great. I switched from BT Infinity which i've had for a number of years since it was first released.
The switch over was painless, I was told to plug the router in before 8am on the morning of the switch over. I plugged it in at 6:30 am , and the service was already live.
Speed is better than BT, 76m line and am getting 74m+ was only managing 68m on BT.
I was using my own Netgear router with BT as the home hub is one of the worst routers I have ever used and asked if I could again , I was told that was not possible, so I have run there router since install and have found it to be as good as my own.
Remember to switch the channels from auto to another one, I use wifi analyzer on my phone to see the best channel to use, this removes any problems with wifi clutter from other peoples routers. Changing channels is simple with the Vodafone Router's simple web interface.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Abbey Wood Vodafone  
Signed up Home Broadband with Vodafone. It is supposed to go live on 13 Sept but didn't happen. After multiple calls with Vodafone, they top me up 50GB on my mobile, so that I can still use hotspot to work with my laptop. Vodafone said the broadband should go live after midnight. Next day still the same, no broadband. Call Vodafone again, the support staff said there was a technical fault on the line that OpenReach needs to resolve and it won't get fixed until 18th Sept!!!! So Vodafone left my family stranded without internet at all for another 5 days!!! The live chat staff ensured me that I can collect a USB mobile dongle from a nearby Vodafone store to plug into my broadband router for the time being.

So I went to a store to collect it. The staff said you can't get it free. They have to put a £20 charge on my account and sign up a new £30 monthly contract for that. Then cancel within 30 days after the broadband is fixed and get a £20 refund back.

Despite endless hours (and many more in the future) of trying to sort it out and none of this is my fault (well, apart from signing with Vodafone Broadband), THEY UPSALE MY PROBLEM.

All the customer service teams were trying to be helpful and polite but there solutions actually bring more hassle.

Since I am going from a normal broadband to fibre which I imagine it requires proper technical upgrade at the exchange box, I would recommend anyone to sign a 12 months fibre contract with the broadband company which actually owns the physical line and then switch to another cheaper fibre provider after that.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Wokingham Vodafone  
I was just after fast, inexpensive 'no frills' broadband and that's exactly what I got. I went for Unlimited Fibre 76.

No hassle, the change over worked when they said it would, nice router. No hassle and day one it was 4 times faster than my old sky instantly getting 65 mbs which I suspect will hit 70+ mbs once its settled in.

At last, a 21st century internet connection at a very reasonable cost.

Never had to call customer service, which is fine by me.

I'm not impressed easily but this has been a great experience (so far!)
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Kent Vodafone  
Rubbish do not even think about getting these in. Organised setup for 8-9-17, its not 13th and still no internet. They had no problem cancelling my old ISP but getting this one working is not happening. After being on hold for hours (no joking) they try and fob you off with, its Openreach not us. Rang again 2 hours to be told my date has been changed to the 25th, well thanks for updating me on this and you can shove that date. Then was told the 13th is a go and I am so lucky!!! Not really when I should be surfing with a 50Mbps download right now but currently getting 0. I read the bad reviews and still gave them a chance and i'm sure tomorrow when its not working i'll be cancelling and trying Plusnet
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Northampton Vodafone  
I originally had sky broadband 17mb and decided to give Vodafone a try due to their deal on he 38mb broadband with a free £200 gift. I received the router in the post and plugged it in and was told my activation date was the 7/9/17.

Towards the evening on 7/9/18 the service was still not active so I called Vodafone. After waiting an hour I got through and the Vodafone person said just wait until midnight. The next day 8/9/17 I called Vodafone again as the service still wasn't active. I waited again for an hour and got through to someone who said he would need me to reset the router by pressing down the reset button. I did this and then he said it'll work in 30 minutes. Obviously it didn't.

So I again called Vodafone and waited another hour on the phone before being connected. The lady said that I needed to download the Vodafone app on my phone and then id be able to set up the router via the app. She then proceeded to say 'is there anything else I can help you with' at which point I told her that she will need to stay on the phone whilst I download the app as it takes an hour to get through to someone and so far nobody seems to know what they're doing. I then downloaded and opened the app which of course didn't work with my router. The lady on the phone said she will just need to check something and put me on hold. She then came back and said that actually you can't activate the router via the app. So in other words she was about to fob me off again. She then proceeded to set up my router from her end. After she did this she told me my service will be live in 1 hour. So I then waited an hour, and guess what? obviously it didn't work.

So then I called back again and waited again for an hour and finally got through to someone who then actually did activate the broadband.

The broadband was initially fast. I had the 38mb package and was getting speeds of 33mb. Towards the evening the speeds dropped to between 1 and 2 mb. The homepage (which is google) also stopped loading and occasionally all internet services would just stop.

So I called Vodafone who told me to change the channel on the router. I did this and the same problems occurred. That was their only suggestion and they weren't sure what else to do.

My previous broadband was with sky ADSL 17mb and I got 17mb as their router is fantastic. The Vodafone router will just drop off and the worst thing is Vodafone do not allow you to connect your own router.

The only routers they accept to be connected to their broadband are open reach approved routers of which there is a very limited list of very specialist routers costing around £500 each.

Luckily you get a 30 day cooling off period so Ive now cancelled Vodafone. I don't know how I would have coped for 18 months with Vodafone broadband. More than likely I would have had to just pay the early termination charge (which would have been massive) just to get a working broadband service.

Do not touch Vodafone. They are voted the worst company for customer satisfaction for a reason. Ive now moved back to sky who answered my call in just 5 minutes as opposed to Vodafones 1 hour. I'll never make the mistake of moving to Vodafone for any of their services again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
birmingham 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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