John Lewis Broadband Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for John Lewis Broadband.

Recent Customer Ratings for John Lewis

  • Satisfaction
    2.4 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.7 stars
  • Speed
    2.2 stars
  • Reliability
    2.4 stars

Based on 100 customer ratings since 2021-08-19 (Show all time ratings)

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 ratings placed, whichever is largest.

797 Customer Reviews over 20 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Staffordshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I signed up with a half price offer for 3 months and was charged full price (refunded after a complaint).
    When broadband went down I was told they can no longer check the fault, it has to be sent to the faults team who could take 72 hours. It was resolved but took 24 hours. Took 4.5 and 9 minutes to answer phone but was a UK agent. The router needs resetting about once a week
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I moved to JL thinking their reputation was a reliable yardstick and reviews seemed generally ok.

    They messed up the transfer from the previous provider - didn't hear from them and then when I called - 'oh looks like the button wasnt't pressed to switch you over'. Took them another 2 weeks.

    There was confusion over the package for calls I went onto - I was landed with a big first month bill I hadn't expected - it may have been me - I'm not sure to be honest but the call centre manager dealt with this very well although their system are poor and cannot update my monthly package for another month.

    The internet line cuts out occasionally - the password disappeared one day stopping it working altogether.

    The download speed is ok -it does vary though. The upload speed is terrible - 0.3 mb which is only around 30% of my previous providers - makes using dropbox very very slow.

    Not particularly impressed thus far. I'd like to leave ..but can't.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Liverpool
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I am extremely dissatisfied with the service received since switching to John Lewis for phone and broadband.
    After a catalogue of errors setting up my service, I was without broadband for five days, and have been without a working phone for 5 months. I had to make almost daily calls to try to resolve the matter.

    Five months later, after repeated attempts to get my telephone line working again which has been off for four months, I still have not been given a timeframe it will be working.

    The speed is also very slow, again this has not been resolved.

    Responses from JLB (Plusnet) have been very disappointing, following escalating the complaint.

    I believe most customers do not know the real level of service that they are buying, assuming they will get excellent customer service, as I did. The service is provided by Plusnet.

    Sadly this is very far from the case and I would strongly question where review companies and Which? took their initial data from.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilkley, West Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    The John Lewis broadband service is provided by Plusnet. My experience as a Plusnet customer is much the same as other reviews, i.e. nice enough people but a bit hopeless. On the positive side once they get the service up and running it is quite good.
    The big problem is that when you contact John Lewis Broadband, you are actually speaking to Plusnet. There is a massive gap in the very high standards of John Lewis and the rather amateur/poor service from Plusnet.
    John Lewis need to sort them out otherwise people will think that it is them providing a shoddy customer service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    We switched to John Lewis from BT because they had a good offer on broadband and we were tempted by the fact that John Lewis won Which best buy on customer service. Ever since we switched we had nothing but trouble with customer service. The agents themselves are nice and polite over the phone, but things just don't get done. First of all it took over 2 months for a switchover, because despite us sending a mac code on time no one bothered to let us know that it didn't work until I chased them myself. Then we decided to switch from regular to Fibre broadband. Again, over the phone I was told the day the engineer was coming so I cleared the day, until I got an email, saying that the date has been confirmed for the engineer to come out and it was a different date! So that is one day wasted for me. In the meantime I received a couple of emails saying that they regret we decided to move away from John Lewis broadband, which we didn't, so I had to chase those emails up as well and turned out it was just because we were switching between different packages. Then, we finally got our Fibre broadband and all was good until the first month charge notification came through - the deal was that the first three months were free, yet I was being charged full price! Now I ring John Lewis to find out the cost of cancelling the contract, and since the service been so poorly I asked if there was any discount they could give on cancellation fee they said no.
    So bottom line - think carefully before you switch to John Lewis. It's been a nightmare for us.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    I've had no Internet connection for a week. There seems to be no sense of urgency from their technical team and they don't honour their 'will get back to you within 24 to 72 hours'- deadline which has now expired twice without them getting in touch with me. They just say that the problem is with BT and they will let me know when there's any news. But as there's no news, they don't get in touch. I need the Internet for my work so this is a total disaster.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Midlands
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    My first IP was Waitrose, and now John Lewis. I have had excellent service for over eight years. The customer service team and tech support have been brilliantly helpful, and I have no problems to report.
    I recommend JL broadband.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hampshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    John Lewis' reputation must no longer be important to them - quite the most incompetent, ineffectual and dishonest broadband provider I have used so far. I can't rate the broadband speed because even after five engineer visits, it still hasn't been connected yet. Changing to John Lewis in reality means you will be without phone or broadband for an indefinite amount of time (but John Lewis are really sorry, and will get it sorted as soon as possible..........in a couple of weeks)
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    Comments
    I got an agreed order from John Lewis on 8th of May. Just been told they couldnt transfer my number and will start the process from scratch again. I will have to wait another 2 weeks. All very nonchalant.

    Asked to speak to manager. Was fobbed off twice.


    This doesn't bode well.
    So far unimpressed.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North Wales
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Broadband not working for 12 days so far. The service has been truly appalling. The engineer has failed to attend for the third arranged inspection today. John Lewis request a BT engineer to attend and if this was the only problem I would not be giving a negative review, despite the three missed appointments. However, there have been other issues re long periods waiting on the phone, incorrect info being provided, calls not returned and matters not been followed. I am sick of speaking to this company.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Warwick
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    We have hated dealing with John Lewis Broadband. Foolishly we expected a high level of customer service because we have been used to this in JL stores and thought (after a terrible experience with Virgin) that John Lewis Broadband would at least be reasonable to deal with. BUT we have consistently had obnoxious young men on the end of the phone and the broadband service itself has often been poor. The lack of basic politeness over numerous calls has been quite shocking actually. And they aren't upfront about charges… so we've just been stung for £25 for cancelling the service because we're moving house and not switching to another provider at this address. If you're reading this thinking about using JL, don't! ALthough we have no idea who to switch to since poor service appears to be an industry standard.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Droitwich
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    We thought we might be taking a chance having read all the reviews on here about John Lewis Broadband.
    But, as it turns out, everything is up and running exactly as it should be and have had no problems with customer service. It is easy use the online support, and they do get back to you. Honestly! I'd recommend them. And at a very fair price for rural areas with everyone paying the same.
    I have the Standard 20gb, and Anytime phone package
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    The speed was very poor during evenings and streaming was a nightmare specially with Netflix. From time to time without explanations there was no service Customer service kept blamed the fault to be my modem or router so spend a fortune replacing equipment's twice over and no change. Then they start blaming my computers and TV for it! No discount was offered as they believed it was not their fault as the line tested ok, Speed at its best for fiber was 13Mbs. 14 months of putting up with the service changed and never looked back. Now with same modem and router as before and no other modification getting 48MBs !!! So noting wrong with my equipment then just very poor service!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    East Sussex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    I was told I would regret the decision to change to John Lewis and that is an understatement. Nightmare. Logs out constantly, unbelievably slow, impossible to complain. I could go on.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Norwich
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Took ages and many interactions to get phone and broadband set up following my house move. Have had regular problems since then. I endorse what others have said about waiting time to speak to a support person, and the 'on hold' music is excruciating - not what I expect from John Lewis. The service level is way below what I expect from John Lewis. Given that I could have gone direct to Plusnet for less money, I am very disappointed.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Lincolnshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Cannot believe the poor broadband speed. Made mistake of changing from BT (great speed, poor customer service) to JL broadband and am regretting my move. Now stuck for 12 months until I can change back. I would not recommend JL at all.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    If you're considering moving to John Lewis broadband because of the brand reputation for quality and customer service, THINK AGAIN. The move into phone and broadband must have been a disaster for JL and if I was in charge of brand I'd be getting out as quickly as possible. As their customer I will be getting away from them as quickly as possible. Service is AWFUL. Response to dealing with problems is AWFUL. Yes their call centre is based in the UK but I've seen more competence from call centres everywhere else than I've had from John Lewis. And it's only possible to get them on a free phone number, fine if you've got a landline but if they've cut off your landline and you're calling from a mobile you'll spend a fortune. Which they won't refund you for. To sum up JL broadband in three words: AVOID. AVOID. AVOID.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Port Talbot
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I after many years with BT I migrated to John Lewis Broadband because of cheaper advertised prices and the excellent customer service received at their stores.
    Unfortunately it's been a disaster: fibre line speed is less than before - 60% worse for upload, customer service is terrible - John Lewis stores don't want to know about problems and JL Broadband doesn't care nor resolve issues.
    Since I moved in December 2014 there have been 4 outages, including one today for 4 hours and counting.
    I can't wait for my year's contract to expire so I can return to BT.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Somewhat of a let down for the John Lewis brand....
    The customer service is great when you talk to somebody - all the agents have been thoroughly helpful - however you need to call them far too often. The speed is ok sometimes but is frequently dropping to an unusable level. For fibre I'd strongly recommend going elsewhere and given our phone has had a line fault for the majority of the last 6 months I can't recommend the phone either. Overall: terrible.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Warwick
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Don't touch them with a bargepole. The most unreasonable and unhelpful company I've had the displeasure to deal with. I ended up pulling out just before the cooling off period finished and even then they made things difficult and wouldn't acknowledge my request and tried to direct debit money from my account.

    You have been warned.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    RG31
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I signed up for Fibre broadband with them a month ago and to date still no service. I have had a clueless BT engineer turn up, have spent hours on the phone with the Plusnet customer support and have been given a modem and am now on the second router. Still no service. Have now given up and will try to get my money back and go with Virgin.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Devon
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Absolutely appalling customer service from a company that boasts of its reputation in dealing with customers. I suggest that they may wish to review there partnership with Plusnet or lose loyal customers. I will never again shop with John Lewis in any respects.A shame after 20 years. Reputations are quickly lost.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Dorset
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    For the higher price we expected a better customer service from John Lewis however the service is no better than a much cheaper provider. Yes you speak to a uk call centre but only if they answer the phone - after about 5pm it will take an average of 13mns to get an answer. Overall all companies seem to be the same -at the mercy of Openreach and therefore you should just choose the cheapest provider.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North East
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    I wish I had read the other negative comments before I signed with John Lewis Broadband as my experience echoes theirs. OK at first, and then when the connection started dropping-out, so did the customer service. All the things listed by other users I experienced: broken promises; engineers not turning up (at all); compensation promises renegaded on and so forth. I chose John Lewis because of their reputation, as a brand, for customer-service and I think that 'their' broad-band is likely to do them considerable reputational damage. Do not sign up to this service (especially at the 'premium' price which they charge - it is a disaster).
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cornwall
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Started ok, but after a line fault it took over 8 weeks to sort out, mainly down to customer service not being able to do anything other than what their computer screen said. As this service is run by plusnet, i'd stay clear of both.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Malvern
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    OK as long as you don't need customer service. They locked me out of their email account due to a problem they discovered. A 15 minute wait on the phone (not too bad I suppose). New password issued. Tried to log in but it didn't work. Another call to "customer services". I was ot typing it in wrong so transferred to tec services. 45 mins later my battery dies. As I'm up at 5am I thought I would get through. High call volumes at 5AM !. By 6 AM my phone died. Saga continues...... John Lewis seems to have joined the race to the bottom that is UK customer services. We've had your money now sod off.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Somerset
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    It's OK unless you need technical support, but the support is simply awful. 'Higher than expected call volumes' at 6.30am! Waiting for ages having to listen to loud awful pop music (who do John Lewis think their customers are?) that you can't turn down before you just give up. I'm going back to BT when my contract expires!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Horsham
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This company should be truly shameful and i would stay far far away from their broadband service.
    I joined them on the 25th April and my activation date was 13th May, But on the 13th no bb so i contacted them and they said sorry it should be active by the 14th but that didn't happen so after a long time on the phone and a lot of messing about with routers and passwords they finally said they would send out an engineer the engineer never showed so JL (john Lewis) said they re-booked the engineer but again no show this happened 4 times and was escalated 3 times during that time, any company that escalates your problem more than once is not to be taken seriously. I phoned this JL up and canceled my account today due to the fact they are useless and have done nothing but waste my time i was in my 30day cancellation time by 1 day, but i cant seem to get any of my money back that they took up front. They are also sarcastic as soon as you request a cancellation.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Milton Keynes
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Total disaster trying to get fibre. Discovered that Plusnet who are the JL service provided is much cheaper direct! JL even mucked up doing the MAC code!
    Far better than BT but not up to usual JL standards
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Borders
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    It took nearly a month to get everything working, they just don't seem to know what they are doing half the time. Poor service and even a bad attitude at times.I will be switching at the first opportunity.

    This is NOT the standard you would expect of John Lewis
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ruislip MIDDLESEX
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    We have fibre broadband and the speed is excellent. Customer services is also excellent and free and are based in this country. Completely STRESS FREE. Everything was set up on the days quoted and I would recommend to anyone.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible customer service ordered fibre no engineer turned up wasted a whole day of work no one informed me then changed to adsl with them and my adsl router has not arrived although promised for today. False promises and hopes from the beginning would not recommend at all and now just waiting for my contract to finish john lewis broadand gives the company a bad name. Their staff are rude also!! They have not resolved my issue or even compensated me although i made my complaint over a month ago not worthy of your money at all.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Wessex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    After being with BT anything else seems like a relief. The great things are that there is one level of phone menu with only four options, so you get to the right person without going round in circles. Getting through is fairly quick and you get someone who speaks English that is understandable (the call centre is in Sheffield). Broadband speed is largely down to the local exchange and how far you are from it and is not within the providers control, and the reliability is actually down to BT but if there is a problem, you get John Lewis to sort it out rather than having to try to deal with the inaccessible BT engineers. Cost is the same as BT except that you get twice the download allowance (20Gb per month).

    There are only two disadvantages:
    1) You don't get mobile Wifi
    2) When you are on hold although it isn't for ages you are forced to listen to some really terrible pop music - not what you'd expect from John Lewis. They don't play it in their stores and I don't see why you have to endure it on the phone!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    Comments
    An update on my previous comments: The matter has been resolved with John Lewis to my complete satisfaction. Well done John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    Comments
    I am in the process of migrating to JLB. I checked yesterday whether the Direct Debit had been set up on my bank account. It has, but it is in the name of PlusNet. If I had gone to PlusNet direct then I could have got a far, far better package for LESS than I am paying JLB. I think the least J.L can do is offer a 'like for like' with maybe a couple of pounds extra. I cannot really comment on the speed or reliability as yet. However, the first attempt at streaming from iPlayer was not good as I kept getting a message advising "insufficient bandwidth".
  • Reviewer
    Location
    East Sussex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Basically a good service but not very savvy regarding the 20gB limit. On the one occasion when I unknowingly (visiting Grandson) exceeded the limit the first I knew was when it virtually stopped working. No warning at all and the reason why only became clear when I contacted them. Room for improvement here I think.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    bournemouth
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    okay but overcharged me for FIFTH month running and they're just not bothered!!!

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