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

  • Black Friday: £5 off for the entire 18 month contract
  • Up to 38Mb download speed
  • Up to 9.5Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • £25 off activation fees for existing Vodafone customers!
  • 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
£25.00 for 18 months
£30.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • Black Friday: £5 off for the entire 18 month contract
  • Up to 76Mb download speed
  • Up to 19Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • £25 off activation fees for existing Vodafone customers!
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Vodafone Unlimited Standard Broadband 17
£25.00 per month
18 month contract

£49.00 upfront cost

  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Up to 17Mb download speed
  • £25 off activation fees for existing Vodafone customers!
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • 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

3.1 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 1771 customer ratings since 2016-11-18. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-11-16

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
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.9 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.2 stars

Based on 1771 customer ratings since 2016-11-18

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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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If I could give less than 1 star I would. Never, ever join. Faulty router after 3 months and 3 weeks later they still don't have a replacement in stock..no reason, no answers, no help, no f'in idea the lot of them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Chester Vodafone  
I am so disappointed in Vodaphone, i have had an issue with the Router and it took over 3 weeks to resolve. The biggest disappointment is Vodaphone advertise fixed length contracts but they will not commit to the price being the advertised price for the duration of the contract. im not even half way through an 18 month contract They decided to increase my contract price. DO NOT BUY VODAFONE
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Barnsley Vodafone  
I am appalled by Vodafone home broadband and I feel like I have no recourse. I chose to move to Vodafone and was told that fibre broadband would be available in 10 days. Two months later with limited contact, Vodafone took over the line and have left us with no internet connection for 4 days to date. They have now told me I have to make myself available for 3 days so that an Engineer can turn up on the one that suits him.I have lost business because of lack of connection and now I am expected to take up to 3 days off work to be available to their Engineer.I just don't know what I can do to get broadband back. There is a shocking lack of concern or urgency on Vodafone's part. They don't care that I'm without internet and they cannot promise internet connection within the next week. It is the most shockingly bad customer service I have ever come across. I feel completely desperate as they are making no progress on getting me connected despite all of my pleas. If anyone can help point me in the right direction to get things moving, please do. Even my official complaints to Vodafone are ignored.
  • Speed
    1 star
Suffolk Vodafone  
Got vodafone installed 21st of March 2017, started complaining about a problem on 7th April. Been complaining about said problem in drops and kicking devices off the network ever since. Keep getting told, theres not a problem at their end (how great for them). So I have to either put up with this rubbish provider for another 8 months or pay 8 months to cancel it! This even though I've been complaining since within the 30 day cancellation period! Wish I hadn't of bothered. What a waste of my hard earned money!

Please avoid like the plague!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
DEWSBURY Vodafone  
Pity that Virgin doesn’t supply my area. Vodafone is the worst broadband I’ve never had. I wish you good luck with the customer service
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Nottingham Vodafone  
Have fibre broadband with speed up to 38mbs and only reaches the high teens, not good enough.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Stirling Vodafone  
We've tried most ISPs over the years (TalkTalk, Sky, EE, BT and now Vodafone, and we have had by far the best experience with Vodafone. The most important issue for us was internet speed, (particularly upload) as we upload videos to YouTube as Kiducation UK. We had major issues with BT at our current address - even on fibre the best we could get was 20Mb/s download and 0.4Mb/s upload, meaning 10 minute videos had to be uploaded overnight. BT insisted that this was due to the cable from the exchange to our premises, and that those were the best speeds we WEre going to get as all the other providers available to us use Openreach infrastructure (we live in an area where Virgin Media is not available).

We switched away from BT to Vodafone due to the horrendous customer service, not expecting anything in the way of improvement in speed given what the engineers and advisers at BT has told us. We were shocked when the engineer arrived and plugged us in to 30Mb/s download, 6Mb/s upload, Vodafone fibre. This has been a massive improvement, and allows us to consider some opportunities that we thought would not be available to us (online tutoring for example) due to poor upload speed.

Please do not fall into the trap of assuming that BT will give you better service because BT Group owns several of the other providers (EE, Plusnet) and also the phone lines via Openreach. For us this was not the case, and we get much better speeds from Vodafone despite the fact that they utilise some of the Openreach infrastructure. The customer service provided by Vodafone has restored some of our faith in ISPs after terrible experiences with BT - it got to the point where we had to record all calls with BT customer support to prove what had been said previously, after BT reps "couldn't find a record of that conversation on their system'.

TL;DR
Speeds much better than BT for us
Customer service faultless so far, infinitely better than BT
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Gloucestershire Vodafone  
Please don’t! Been complaining since July. Dropped connection speeds at 12mbps despite being on top package. They can’t fix it but keep closing my tickets as resolved. It’s not resolved!!!! Will be buying another and let this lapse as cheaper than cancelling.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Newbury Vodafone  
Utterly incompetent. Avoid at all costs. Have been trying for almost 8 weeks to switch to Vodafone broadband. Repeated delays, excuses, service inexplicably cancelled. Latest switch due for the 5th November so I called to double check and ask where router was. Told it would be dispatched in time. Not received and then received s text saying there was s technical problem that would delay the switch. Would that be the lack of a router?!! Told them to cancel. Going to Sky instead.
Marple Bridge Vodafone  
I haven't even started my broadband yet and I am already annoyed. They changed the install date, the day before it was meant to happen with no explanation, when I rang up to ask why, the guy just stuck me on hold to get rid of me.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
Norwich 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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