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Vodafone Broadband review 2020

Is Vodafone Broadband any good?

Our Vodafone Broadband rating: 4/5

The home broadband arm of mobile operator Vodafone provides fast fibre optic internet at low prices. But are Vodafone broadband deals any good, and are they right for you? Read our Vodafone Broadband review to find out.

Vodafone Broadband user review

The following ratings from Vodafone customers are taken from our annual home broadband survey. Customers were asked to rate their provider in each category; the score is the percentage of positive answers, and the overall rating is the combined average score.

Customer care: 82%
(average: 81%)

Value for money: 75% 
(average: 70%)

Trust: 80%
(average: 80%)

Would recommend?: 75%
(average: 74%)

Overall Vodafone broadband customer rating: 78%
(average: 76%)

While it wasn’t the recipient of any awards, Vodafone had some respectable appraisals from its customers and got solid scores in every category, with its best result coming for Value for Money. It was also in second place for speed in the ultrafast downloads category.

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Vodafone Broadband - the Broadband Genie review

We like We don’t like
  • Great value fibre optic broadband
  • Price does not rise after contract ends
  • Truly unlimited
  • No options for ADSL internet
  • Limited range of call packages

Vodafone Broadband speed

Vodafone average download speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

  Vodafone BT Sky TalkTalk Virgin Media
ADSL N/A 10Mb 11Mb 11Mb N/A
Fibre optic 35Mb / 63Mb 36Mb / 50Mb / 67Mb 36Mb / 59Mb 36Mb / 67Mb 54Mb / 108Mb / 213Mb / 362Mb / 518Mb

Vodafone upload speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

  Vodafone BT Sky TalkTalk Virgin Media
ADSL N/A 2Mb 1Mb 1Mb N/A
Fibre optic 9Mb / 19Mb 9.5Mb / 19.5Mb 19Mb 9.5Mb / 19Mb 5Mb / 10Mb / 20Mb / 36Mb

Vodafone is unusual for only supplying 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. Some quote slightly faster speeds, but the difference is relatively minor.

Vodafone Broadband value for money

Vodafone Broadband cheapest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Vodafone Superfast 1 (35Mb) BT Broadband (10Mb) Sky Broadband Essential (11Mb) TalkTalk Fast Broadband (11Mb) Virgin Media M50 (54Mb)
£23 £24.99 £22 £22.95 £38

Vodafone Broadband fastest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Vodafone Superfast 2 (63Mb) BT Fibre 2 (67Mb) Sky Broadband Superfast (59Mb) TalkTalk Superfast Fibre (67Mb) Virgin Media M500 (516Mb)
£25 £29.99 £25 £26 £45

Last checked September 2020. Prices displayed above are the initial contract cost for new customers; price may increase after renewal. Cheapest price is the lowest monthly cost regardless of speed, fastest price is the fastest service available on Broadband Genie for the lowest cost. Does not include TV bundles or special offers.

Vodafone is one of the cheapest fibre optic broadband providers. Unusually, both fibre packages (35Mb and 63Mb) are the same price, and both cost less than many 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 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 homephone

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.

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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