Vodafone broadband review

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Vodafone has been one of Britain’s main mobile networks since the days of T9 keyboards and phones that needed vast battery packs just to make a call. In the broadband space, however, it’s a relative newcomer.

Despite that, it has quickly gained a reputation for offering fast fibre optic broadband at prices that won’t break the bank. So, how does it measure up to its highly rated mobile network? And what can you expect if you sign up? Read on for a complete Vodafone broadband review.

Vodafone broadband review

Vodafone broadband review: Cost

Vodafone’s fibre broadband deals are lower in price than major competitors like Sky and BT. You’ll pay more for its Pro Superfast 1 and Pro Superfast 2 packages, as these come with a Super WiFi booster and 4G backup designed to prevent any downtime in case your broadband fails.

Costs are similar to those from similar budget providers – such as Plusnet, EE, and Now Broadband. And they’re significantly cheaper than those from BT and Virgin Media, even when you compare packages with similar speeds.

This is how much Vodafone costs right now:

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*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Vodafone broadband review: Speed

Vodafone has stopped offering standard ADSL broadband, which means it now offers two basic fibre optic broadband packages as standard: 35Mbps and 63Mbps (average download speeds). These are more than ample for standard internet use, with the latter better for larger households where everyone needs to stream, browse the web or ensure a stable connection for those late night gaming sessions.

As with other suppliers, Vodafone broadband is also available in selected areas at speeds of up to 100Mbps (part of its Superfast range), 200Mbps, 500Mbps (dubbed Ultrafast) and what it calls Gigafast internet, which tops out at 900Mbps over a wired connection. However, not everyone will be able to access such speeds.

To see if you can, use our postcode checker to see whether Vodafone broadband is available even faster than usual in your area.

Vodafone broadband review: Data limits, fair usage and traffic management

All broadband from Vodafone is truly unlimited. There’s no usage cap or limit on how much you can use and download. And there's no traffic management, so your speeds won't ever be artificially slowed down.

That means completely unlimited internet from Vodafone, meaning a big thumbs up from us.

Vodafone broadband review: Router

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All Vodafone broadband deals come with the Vodafone WiFi Hub as standard. Compared with rivals, this is an impressive piece of kit, with support for up to 50 devices and the ability to set up a guest network, meaning you never have to share your password with visitors.

There’s a clever Device Boost function which allows the router to speak with a specific phone, tablet, console or computer that might be struggling for a connection, such as when it’s in a distant room. The router comes with AC wireless as standard, four Ethernet ports and two USB slots. The latter are really handy - plug in a hard drive and any connected device can access its contents.

You can also control the entire set up via the Vodafone broadband app, with the ability to control family screen time, prevent access after certain times, prioritise which device benefits from the best speeds and see who is using your network at any one time. This is what truly sets Vodafone broadband apart.

Those on Superfast Pro and Ultrafast deals also receive a Super WiFi booster which will extend coverage further into the home.

Vodafone home phone review

All Vodafone broadband includes line rental too, which you can make pay-as-you-go calls on. Alternatively, you can upgrade to include evening and weekend calls to landlines, or anytime to calls to both landlines and mobiles.

That's not bad - it's nice to see calls to mobiles included, for a start - but it’s worth keeping in mind that Vodafone home phone isn't the cheapest around. Anytime calls come as standard when you sign up for the priciest Vodafone Pro Xtra package.

You can add quite a few calling features too, such as anonymous call rejection, three-way calling and call divert. There's more available on a landline from BT, for instance, but it's still a better range than what other similar providers have to offer.

Extras

  • Vodafone mobile - Vodafone is well known for its massive range of mobile plans - read more about them here. However, unlike with some providers (BT, Sky, EE), there aren't currently any extra benefits for customers who take out both broadband and mobile.
  • Cancellation credit - If you switch early from your current broadband contract, you can claim up to £100 from Vodafone to help with the termination fees.
  • Security - Along with the smart router and app, you also get security for your network that blocks dodgy websites, malware, and any sites you don't want the kids to see. You can add F-Secure anti-virus software for your devices too, free for the first six months.

So there are enough extras with Vodafone to make it worth your while, but it's got nothing on bigger broadband providers like BT and Sky in this regard. It helps keep costs down, mind.

Our verdict

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It's almost worth getting Vodafone broadband for the router alone. With its smart features and top-notch technology, it really stands out compared to a lot of routers you get with broadband at a similar price point.

We'd recommend Vodafone for families - particularly if you've got kids who are juuust old enough to be using the internet. You can get faster fibre speeds for a really good price, and of course the ability to stay on top of your household's internet use at the touch of a button. Or, with these speeds and prices, it'll also do just nicely for homes of two to four internet users.

It's not the best in class for standard ADSL broadband, on the other hand. For basic, budget broadband, you're likely to find a cheaper deal elsewhere.

It also falls short of a lot of providers - Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, and so on - in that you can't get a bundle of broadband and TV together, and there aren't any added extras for mobile customers.

But for just broadband, it's not bad at all.

Pros and cons of choosing Vodafone broadband

Pros

  • Great value. Vodafone broadband offers dependable speeds at low prices.
  • Faster options available. Extra fast fibre optic can be secured if you live in the right area.
  • Excellent router. The Vodafone WiFi Hub is great, especially as it can be fully controlled via the compatible smartphone app.

Cons

  • Extras are limited.
  • No proper TV bundles.
  • Not enough to entice existing mobile customers.

Our latest Vodafone broadband deals

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*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

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