Vodafone Broadband - the Broadband Genie review
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Vodafone Broadband speed
Vodafone average speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media
|ADSL download speed||N/A||10Mb||11Mb||11Mb||N/A|
|ADSL upload speed||N/A||2Mb||1Mb||1Mb||N/A|
|Fibre download speed||38Mb / 67Mb||36Mb / 50Mb / 67Mb||59Mb||38Mb / 67Mb||54Mb / 108Mb / 213Mb / 362Mb / 516Mb / 630Mb|
|Fibre upload speed||9Mb / 19Mb||9.5Mb / 19.5Mb||19Mb||9.5Mb / 19Mb||5Mb / 10Mb / 20Mb / 36Mb / 41Mb|
Vodafone only offers fibre optic broadband so if you’re just interested in ADSL, or cannot get fibre, then Vodafone won’t be able to help.
Other than that, there’s nothing surprising about the speeds Vodafone offers; it uses the Openreach network like almost all other ISPs, so averages are roughly in line with the fibre packages available elsewhere.
Vodafone Broadband value for money
Vodafone Broadband cheapest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media
|Vodafone Superfast 1 (38Mb)||BT Fibre Essential (36Mb)||Sky Superfast (59Mb)||TalkTalk Fibre 35 (38Mb)||Virgin Media M100 (108Mb)|
Vodafone Broadband fastest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media
|Vodafone Superfast 2 (67 Mb)||BT Fibre 2 (67Mb)||Sky Superfast (59Mb)||TalkTalk Fibre 65 (67Mb)||Virgin Media M500 (516Mb)|
Last checked September 2021. The prices displayed above are the initial contract cost for new customers; charges may increase after renewal. The cheapest price is the lowest monthly cost regardless of speed. The fastest price is the fastest service available on Broadband Genie for the lowest monthly cost.
Vodafone is one of the cheapest fibre optic broadband providers. Both its standard fibre packages have a very similar price, and both cost less than some ADSL deals. And these aren’t introductory offers; Vodafone does not automatically increase the cost after the contract ends (though that doesn’t exclude the possibility of price rises).
Vodafone Broadband features and extras
All packages include six months free subscription to F-Secure SAFE anti-virus. Free security tools are always a nice bonus, and we recommend using them if you don’t have anything else, but it’s a shame that the subscription doesn’t last for the entire contract.
Vodafone Pro packages have the same speeds as the standard Superfast 1 (38Mb) and Superfast 2 (67Mb) but include a wealth of useful extras in return for a higher monthly fee.
Perhaps most valuable is the free 4G backup connection — if your broadband goes offline the 4G link will automatically take over until it's back online. That's going to be especially helpful if you're one of the many people now working from home. The Wi-Fi guarantee will also be welcome; Vodafone promises reliable Wi-Fi in every room, or you can cancel for free. And there's an expert Wi-Fi support team on call to help with any issues.
Vodafone Pro also offers a 12 month Norton 360 Premium subscription to secure your computer and other devices, a free upgrade to ultrafast FTTP fibre when it's available, and a discount for Vodafone mobile customers.
Vodafone broadband rewards
While Vodafone deals don’t include free gifts as often as some other providers, they are still regularly available with vouchers and other bonuses. Recent special offers have included an exclusive shopping voucher that was only available via Broadband Genie.
Vodafone Broadband router
Vodafone supplies a Wi-Fi router with all broadband packages, charging an £11.99 fee for delivery. While it’s not at the bleeding edge, this is a decent bit of kit that should satisfy most users. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi so you can use both 2.4Ghz (longer range but slower) and 5Ghz 802.11ac (faster but shorter range) networks. It offers “beamforming” technology too, which means you can focus and optimise the signal to improve performance for specific devices. There are also four gigabit wired networking ports and a USB connection for file and printer sharing.
Vodafone broadband includes line rental, but by default, there are no inclusive calls. If required, you can add one of the following plans:
- Evening and weekend calls. £4. Unlimited calls to UK landlines during evenings and weekends.
- Anytime landline and mobile calls. £8. Unlimited calls to UK landlines and mobiles.
This is a small selection of calling packages compared to some providers. Notably absent is any kind of international call plan, so if you regularly phone abroad, you’ll need to consider that and look for an alternative to avoid racking up a large bill every month.
Vodafone Broadband review conclusion
Our Vodafone Broadband rating: 4 / 5
Vodafone fibre optic broadband delivers real value for money. Not only do you enjoy low monthly prices as standard, but it’s also truly unlimited, and the bundled router is fairly powerful.
And as well as offering cheap broadband deals, Vodafone is catering to high-end users with the optional Vodafone Pro packages. You are paying more for this, but they come with some genuinely useful extras, especially if you're working from home and need ultra-reliable broadband.
But Vodafone packages are only available with fibre optic. That means that if you’re mostly concerned about cutting costs and don’t care too much about speed you can save more with a very cheap ADSL deal. Vodafone’s inclusive call packages are also limited, which is not a problem for everyone but could be a concern if your landline usage doesn’t fit with the handful of calling plans on offer.
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