Vodafone has solid reputation for fast fibre optic broadband at prices that won’t hammer you in the pocket. But else what will you get if you sign up for one of its packages? And how does it compare to the likes of BT and Sky? We've got the answers you seek...
Is Vodafone any good in 2022? Our Vodafone review in a nutshell
Vodafone’s pedigree with mobile phones goes all the way back to the days of battery packs for phones and T9 keyboards. When it comes to broadband, however, it’s something of a newcomer.
But don't let that put you off. Vodafone's core broadband packages are very well priced, with get you really good speeds.
If you're prepared to spend a bit more and live in a large town or city, you can get a lightning fast service of up to 900Mbps.
And it's worth noting that all packages come with an excellent router too, which you can control via the Vodafone broadband app.
Of course Vodafone broadband isn't perfect. For one thing it doesn't offer lavish TV bundles a la Sky and Virgin Media. And customer reviews aren't all they might be.
Keen to find out more? Read as we take a close look at what Vodafone broadband has got to offer.
Vodafone broadband review: Cost
Its Pro Superfast 1 and Pro Superfast 2 packages will set you back more, as these come with a Super WiFi booster and 4G backup, with the aim of preventing any downtime in case the unthinkable happens and your broadband goes down.
At the time of writing (November 2021), a Superfast 1 35Mbps Vodafone broadband deal costs £19.50 a month, rising to £21.50 a month for a 63Mbps Superfast 2 deal.
That goes up to £32.50 and £34.50 Superfast Pro 1 and Superfast Pro 2 packages. Ultrafast deals cost more, depending on where you live.
Vodafone broadband review: Speed
Vodafone no longer offers standard ADSL broadband. Instead, its basic offering consists of two simple fibre optic broadband deals, clocking in at 35Mbps and 63Mbps respectively.
These are more than good enough for standard internet use. The latter is best suited to larger households where everyone needs to stream, browse the web or ensure a stable connection for those late night gaming.
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.
These are only available in selected areas, though. To see if you can get the latter, use our postcode checker.
Vodafone Broadband: Data limits, fair usage and traffic management
When it comes to Vodafone broadband, there’s no usage cap or limit on how much you can use and download.
Vodafone doesn’t indulge in irksome traffic management either, so you don’t need to worry about speeds being artificially slowed down at peak times.
With Vodafone serving up truly unlimited broadband, its service gets a vote of confidence from us.
Vodafone Broadband review: Router
Every Vodafone broadband deal comes with its Vodafone WiFi Hub as standard.
It’s a decent piece of kit, especially when stacked up against the free routers offered by other providers, with support for up to 50 devices and the ability to set up a guest network.
The latter means you don’t have to share your password with visitors.
The WiFi Hub also features a smart Device Boost function which allows the router to speak with a specific phone, tablet, console or computer that’s struggling to connect to the network.
And you get 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.
Vodafone broadband app also lets you take control of the router via your smartphone or tablet.
That gives you 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.
If there’s any one thing that makes Vodafone stand out from the crowd, then this is it.
Those on Superfast Pro and Ultrafast deals get a Super WiFi booster, further enhancing coverage around the home.
Vodafone Broadband review: Home phone
Vodafone broadband comes with line rental as standard, letting you make pay-as-you-go calls.
If you want more, you can upgrade to include evening and weekend calls to landlines, or anytime to calls to both landlines and mobiles.
Anytime calls come as standard when you sign up for the most expensive Vodafone Pro Xtra package.
While it’s great that calls to mobiles are included, you should remember that Vodafone home phone deals are not the cheapest on the market.
That said, its extras - anonymous call rejection, three-way calling and call divert - are impressive. BT offers more, but similar providers don’t have as much in their arsenal.
Vodafone Broadband review: TV
Unlike BT or Sky, Vodafone doesn’t have TV packages you can bundle with its broadband.
However, if you snap up its Vodafone Pro Xtr packages you can score a free Apple TV 4K and three months of free Apple TV+.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Apple offers a year of free Apple TV+ to anyone who buys one of its products directly, though.
While it’s improving all the time, Apple TV+ lacks the breadth of content compared with Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Vodafone Broadband review: Extras
Existing Vodafone mobile customers can get a free Amazon Fire HD8 tablet whenever they sign up for a new Vodafone broadband contract.
There’s also a £100 voucher for new customers too, available 120 days after activation.
These are neat extras, although not quite on a par with some rival providers.
Pros and Cons of choosing Vodafone Broadband
- Great value. Vodafone broadband offers dependable speeds at low prices.
- Lightning fast options available. You can score next level broadband, as long as your area is served by Vodafone’s rapid network.
- Cutting edge router that can be fully controlled via Vodafone’s excellent companion app.
- Limited extras
- No TV bundles - but chance for free Apple TV+
- Not enough to entice existing mobile customers.
How does Vodafone compare with other providers?
Vodafone vs Sky
Vodafone has excellent credentials and its prices are in line with Sky. However, the latter’s TV and broadband packages are a cut above, meaning if you want an all-in-one deal, the latter is better.
Vodafone vs BT
BT’s broadband is increasingly impressive, matching Vodafone’s fast service. However, Vodafone provides equally good value for money.
Vodafone vs Virgin Media
Virgin’s standalone network means it can offer broadband that’s faster than anyone else, including Vodafone. That said, its network is more limited than Vodafone’s, the latter using OpenReach tech to reach more homes.
Vodafone vs TalkTalk
Vodafone and TalkTalk are pretty much neck and neck in the broadband market. Speeds are comparable, as are the prices of their packages. Vodafone’s router controls set it apart, though.
Vodafone vs PlusNet
PlusNet likes to throw in vouchers and sweeteners to get new customers on board. And while its prices are similar to Vodafone’s, the latter’s growing ultra fast network gives it the edge.