Vodafone Broadband Review

Vodafone is one of the leading 4G mobile operators in the UK, but also offering the superfast 5G service in many cities and towns across the UK.

Vodafone home broadband which was launched in 2015, is now, equally popular for its low cost fibre broadband packages and the new Vodafone Pro packages which come with 4G support.

Vodafone offers fibre broadband plans with attractive pricing, but, is Vodafone broadband reliable? Is it any good for your broadband needs? Which is the best Vodafone broadband package?

Vodafone Broadband and Phone Deals

VodafoneSuperfast 1

38 Mb average speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG calls
Offer: Free setup + 
£100 voucher
Cost: £20 p/m
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VodafoneSuperfast 2

67 Mb average speed
Unlimited downloads
PAYG calls
Offer: Free setup + 
£100 voucher
Cost: £20 p/m
More Info

Vodafone offers two, entry-level, fibre broadband packages which are bundled with home phone and line rental.

Superfast 1 comes with 38Mbps average download speed and 10Mbps average upload speed. Suitable for most homes with 3-5 users, for most internet uses – browsing, downloading, streaming and gaming.

Superfast 2 which comes with 67Mbps average download speed and 20Mbps average upload speed is ideal for the needs of busy households that spend more time in streaming,  gaming and sharing. Great for watching 4K videos, TV shows and for playing bandwidth-intensive games online. 

PlanAverage
download speed
Average
upload speed
Minimum
guaranteed
speed
Vodafone
Superfast 1
38Mbps10MbpsYes
Vodafone
Superfast 2
67Mbps20MbpsYes

Vodafone Pro Broadband

Vodafone Pro broadband packages come with some extra features such as:

  • Super WiFi
  • WiFi Xperts
  • 4G broadband backup 
  • Norton Internet Security
PackageCost
Pro Superfast 1
24 month contract
38Mbps average speed
PAYG calls
£35
Pro Superfast 2
24 month contract
67Mbps average speed
PAYG calls
£35
Pro Superfast 1 Xtra
24 month contract
38Mbps average speed
PAYG calls. 4K Apple TV
£43
Pro Superfast 2 Xtra
24 month contract
67Mbps average speed
PAYG calls, 4K Apple TV
£43

Super WiFi gives the promise that  every room gets minimum WiFi speeds. If the speeds drop, Vodafone will provide boosters to boost the signal strength and coverage. If the customers get only slow speeds, they can cancel the service without exit fee.

Vodafone will offer better support with a team of WiFi Xperts who will do regular checks on the line and fix the issues such as slow speeds and faulty setup.

4G broadband backup is a router feature that will ensure unbreakable connectivity during broadband outage. Vodafone provides a 4G dongle with 40GB data which will connect to Vodafone 4G network when there is no broadband connectivity. 

Pro customers will also get free upgrade to full broadband (FTTP) which can offer 900Mbps speeds. However, the free upgrade depends up on the location.

Vodafone Pro Xtra plans which will cost extra, come with anytime home phone & mobile calls, 4K Apple TV and 12 month free Apple TV+ subscription.

Apple TV+ subscription allows you to stream & watch movies, exclusive Apple Originals and shows in 4K HDR and with Dolby Atmos sound quality.  Each subscription can be extended up to six devices. 

You can add Amazon Prime Video or Now TV plans which would cost extra. You can stream TV shows from popular online players such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and My5

Existing Vodafone mobile customers will get price discount and a free Amazon Tech Pack which includes a free Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and a Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation).

Vodafone Broadband Hub

Vodafone WiFi Hub

The regular Vodafone broadband packages include WiFi Hub which comes with 4 gigabit connections, seven antennae and advanced Intelligent WiFi feature for reliable WiFi speeds. Vodafone WiFi Hub has the capacity of connecting 50 devices simultaneously.

Vodafone Pro broadband plans include 4G broadband backup which provides connectivity using mobile internet when the broadband services goes down. You will need to plug the 4G dongle into the router to access Vodafone 4G mobile internet for unbreakable connectivity.

In addition, Vodafone Pro service offers Super WiFi boosters to fix the WiFi issues by improving the coverage and signal strength.

Vodafone Gigafast Broadband

Vodafone offers three ultrafast plans –  100Mbps, 200 Mbps and 500Mbps.

In addition, Vodafone offers a Gigafast broadband plan which comes with average download speed of 900Mbps.

Vodafone’s fastest plans are excellent options for homes to connect multiple devices for high quality streaming, downloading  and online gaming.

Features

Symmetric speeds
Vodafone Gigafast Broadband SpeedsVodafone Gigafast is full fibre  broadband (fibre to the premises) so it offers symmetric speeds which means you can get the same upload speed as the download speed.

For example, Gigafast Broadband 900 comes with 900Mbps average download and 900Mbps average upload speeds.

Vodafone ultrafast and gigafast broadband plans are subject to availability. You can use the postcode checker on Vodafone website to check the availability.

Vodafone Broadband Features

Truly unlimited usage

With Vodafone, your internet usage is truly unlimited. This means your monthly data usage is not limited by any usage cap. No monthly download limits apply.

Likewise, no traffic management or traffic shaping applies to your plans. Your connection won’t become slow at peak times.

Pay As You Go Calls

As home phone is included, you get PAYG calls as standard. You can add call plans like evening & weekend, anytime and mobile calls, if you want to upgrade.

Vodafone WiFi Hub 

Vodafone offers dual band, wireless router which comes with the latest 802.11ac standard for faster speeds and good range.

Vodafone WiFi Hub can also be connected to mobile devices via app so you can change various settings like connect, disconnect and signal boost features.

WiFi Hub is included with all broadband deals for no extra cost.

Affordable pricing

Vodafone offers the lowest priced fibre broadband, when compared to its competitors like Sky, BT and Virgin Media. 

Its promotional offers often include free activation to help you save more money. 

Our exclusive voucher offers also help you get the best value for your money

Exclusive discount for Vodafone mobile customers

Vodafone pay monthly mobile customers usually get £2 monthly discount, when they take home broadband from Vodafone. This means, Vodafone mobile customers can get exclusive savings of £24 a year on broadband costs. 

Internet security

New Vodafone home broadband customers get  F-Secure anti-virus for 6 months at no extra cost.

However, it would cost extra, when it is used for next 12 months. F-Secure comes with licence for up to 5 devices.

Parental controls which you can use to block specific websites, are included for no extra cost.

Is Vodafone broadband any good?

Vodafone fibre broadband plans are low priced and budget-friendly. They are the least expensive fibre options when you compare them with similar packages offered by BT, Sky and EE.

Vodafone offers its starter level fibre packages – Superfast 1 and Superfast 2 in most of the areas across the UK. However, the availability of its ultrafast and gigafast broadband depends on the location. 

Vodafone Pro packages come with reliable, unbreakable home WiFi by using 4G mobile internet during the times of broadband outages. Pro service also includes better support, fixed price guarantee and other free extras.

Vodafone broadband vs BT

Cost

Vodafone broadband is cheaper than BT and its deals promise great value for money with free activation and gift vouchers. By contrast, BT fibre plans are expensive, instead, Plusnet which is owned by BT, offers low priced fibre packages which are as good as Vodafone’s.

Speeds

BT offers better range of fibre speeds than Vodafone. BT Fibre 1 comes with faster download speeds than Vodafone Superfast 1 (50Mbps vs 35Mbps).

Speed tests also show BT speeds are more reliable than Vodafone speeds. The average latency level of BT Fibre 1 was also found to be lower than Vodafone, which means, BT broadband is better option for online gaming.

WiFi

Both BT and Vodafone offer excellent WiFi routers with advanced features like WiFi ac standard and smart channel selection.

BT Smart Hub and Vodafone WiFi Hub come with 7 antennas for wider coverage and stronger signal around the home. 

Both providers offer minimum WiFi guarantee when the customers subscribe for an add-on. Vodafone Pro packages include 4G backup which provides connectivity through mobile network when broadband goes down.

In a similar way, BT Halo 3 provides unbreakable WiFi by connecting Smart Hub 2 broadband router and mobile network.