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
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.5 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 390 customer ratings since 2019-08-10 (Show all time ratings)

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667 Customer Reviews for John Lewis Broadband

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I didn't believe all the bad reviews because I'm the kind of person that normally just gets on with things but this has been an awful process.

They haven't connected the internet, nobody can tell me when it will be connected, every time I call there's a different answer or problem. Nobody replies to the written complaints and I've been lied to multiple times.

It feels like they're gaslighting me.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Finchley John Lewis Broadband  
We've had a huge problem with our John Lewis/Plusnet broadband since May and it's now August. Appalling customer service, refused to send out Engineer and every time I call them, they go from the beginning again ...."I'll run a test on the line"....."Oh, yes, it's falling out"...they refused to send a new router but when they finally did, the problem still continued. I've lost business because of it, as I can't work from home with this rubbish. What am I paying for? I daren't swap suppliers at the moment incase I fall down a big hole of helplessness and no-one then takes responsibility. Avoid. I expected more from John Lewis and this whole saga has changed my impression of the company. We had problems last year too. Cheap skates.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Absolutely disgusted with this service. They were quick enough to take my money. Not had any confirmation, still waiting even though the 3 dates I provided have now been and gone. I want to cancel but can't get through on the phone. Avoid!!!!!!
Ramsgate John Lewis Broadband  
John Lewis (JL) mismanaged my account for a year, then kept wildly overcharging on each bill (not even emailing me bills, but just plonking them on an online account that I didn't realise existed), stopping my internet, etc. After months of this, I paid up for longer than needed & switched provider. But JL continued charging monthly for months, even though I'd left, & threatened me with debt collectors. After much stress, JL finally accepted there was no debt, gave miserly compensation, & promised they'd told their debt collectors to cease pursuing. But after a couple of months, the 'debt' reappeared with letter from JL saying they'd instructed PCS to collect. Suddenly being harrassed again by JL, credit rating threatened, & now PCS harrassing me also. The nightmare continues... will I ever be rid of them?
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
England John Lewis Broadband  
Price increased within a few months. Informed me via email that unfortunately I didn't get as it went into my junk. Please note that all their other emails come into my inbox!
Coverage was poor and service satisfactory.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
surrey John Lewis Broadband  
PLease be warned! I took this contract on the back of the John Lewis name and reputation.Within 1 week of my contract they informed me of a price increase - the offer is just a hook!
They then, when I cancelled, decided I owed them over £90.00 for the privilage of being conned!! - beware and do not touch this offer, it is not real or sincere. Customer services will be rude and dismissive.m Worst broadband experience of my life!!!!!
PLEASE AVOID AT ALL COST.
  • Reliability
    3 stars
North Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
They give you the worst possible speeds until you call them and ask them to fix it. They then feed you some technobabble jargon that even they clearly don’t understand and unthrottle your speeds. Then if you power ever goes out or if you need to unplug your router for whatever reason. You’ll have to do all of it again. Couldn’t recommend less.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South London John Lewis Broadband  
Just completed my 14 day initial period and everything is working how it should with the promised speed. Had to contact customer services at one point and Mahmood was very helpful and polite and got everything on track. So far so good even in the middle of Covid-19.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Romford John Lewis Broadband  
Awful. Very slow speeds and we have currently been cut off with no internet for 9 days and the same thing happened last year for 10 days. They are just Plusnet rebranded, who in turn are BT, but I have stopped shopping at John Lewis and Waitrose as a result.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Thatcham John Lewis Broadband  
Don't.
We have been struggling with our JL broadband service from joining. Inconsistent connections and slow speeds are what you eventually are bound to. PLEASE read the Terms and conditions... they DO NOT GUARANTEE WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY. Which basically says it all.
Unfortunately we are going to have to pay for the remainder of our term but are looking to another provider to switch asap. Not worth it.
Disappointed in John Lewis, we joined with good faith in the brand.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham John Lewis Broadband  
They pick up the phone when you're placing an order, once you have a problem with it you're placed on indefinite hold till you give up. Beyond ****.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Birmingham John Lewis Broadband  
Joined JL 3yrs ago and it has up till now been good. However it is now abysmal fault calls being ignored even though when the contract was agreed for minimum 3mbs ( the most we could get at the time)they now say they have re-written the contract down to .9mbs ( no notice given) currently it won,t even register to test. This is how they treat key worker 2hr requirement needs!
AVOID AT ALL COSTS they could not care less. PLUSNET have to be one of the worst
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
MISTLEY John Lewis Broadband  
I changed to JL broadband after daytime connectivity issues with my previous supplier during lockdown. JL broadband is, if anything, worse than my previous connectivity and is problematic not only during the day but in the evenings too. Furthermore, one of the features offered by JL at sign up was a JL gift voucher, which has not materialised after two months since signing up with them.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Oxfordshire John Lewis Broadband  
BE WARNED! This is John Lewis in name only. I was tempted by what seemed like a good price and by the JL reputation for quality and customer service. Once you've signed up John Lewis drops out - the contract is with plusnet.
Slow broadband and regular loss of signal. Customer service is terrible - if you can get through!
A big mistake. The worst ISP I have ever experienced.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Signed up so I would be able to work from him as soon as I had moved in. Was told I would be called regarding my complaint. Never was. It turns out they didn’t put the order through so lost £££ in buisness. As way of compensation I was offered 2months free internet but still paying line rental (so about £6 off) very annoyed. Internet isn’t even reliable or strong. Wish I could get out of this now but can’t.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Taunton John Lewis Broadband  
When I moved house I called JL to take the boradband to the new address. 2 weeks later I was expecting it to be working. When it wasn't I called to find out why only to be told the order had not been put through their system. I was told someone would call me to rectify this - they did not and when I called back to try and re-order the broadband package, I spoke to someone who was very patronising and not at all apologetic. I gave up and signed up with someone else as I felt the experience had been so poor.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Canterbury John Lewis Broadband  
Have been a customer for phone/broadband for a few years with no problems. However, this all changed when I tried to upgrade my connection to fibre. Placed my order on 3rd June and as of today, (25th June)I have, at the moment no internet whatsoever. It is too painful to re-live the problems here but briefly, after activation, (which was late due to the order being incorrectly cancelled at their end|), my speed dropped from 1.7 mgps (ordinary broadband) to 0.4 mgps, ('fast fibre'). I have contacted John Lewis every day for the past 3 weeks; I have always been the one who has needed to be pro-active otherwise we wouldn't have even got this far. As we all know, John Lewis ride on the back of PLusnet, who are currently doing all they can to trash the brand. My only hope is that this continues for another week or so and my contract will become cancellable due to their inability to provide the promised product.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Halesworth John Lewis Broadband  
Still waiting for connection JL have no effective communication links with BT who supply the infrastructure service and as a key worker moving home I needed my BB ASAP to maintain my NHS role during my 1st week off since COVID -19 . A request by JL to BT to expedite my connection was made but declined as I had a live service ... live meaning the previous owner had a connection but not one I could ever use or access so I actual fact very dead ( sounds very much like a Monty Python sketch) Now after 2 weeks I’m still waiting for my BB as they also forgot to send out the router.
This was the only utility I had any problems with during my move and not only very inconvenient but time consuming meant where I should have been able to work from home whilst getting straight I couldn’t . Ever hopeful of one day getting a connection but STILL WAITING.......
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Worcester Park John Lewis Broadband  
Cancelled TalkTalk and the JL router didn't work so no internet for 6 days. Lost £kkk's in business and they gave £10 compensation.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Tiverton John Lewis Broadband  
Never had any issues with speed or connection. Got a free google home mini for joining. Some small issues setting up due to disconnect in processes: open reach don’t leave until it is working, but JL said they don’t activate until they’ve left and marked it done. Called up JL and got open reach to speak to them. They raised the price a few pounds after around 6 months which was annoying. And it gives you the option to change payment details online but it didn’t work so I connected JL and they said it can’t be done online.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Plymouth John Lewis Broadband  
AVOID IF YOU CAN!! I have tried to set up a fibre installation with them. We agreed on a date for the engineer to come (within 5 days) but suddenly decided to change the visit up to 2 weeks later (without asking me for permission). This is completely unprofessional. I called them back and they tried to explain it with the National situation. Well we all understand what is happening with the virus at the moment So just tell me the truth from the beginning don’t lie to me. How can I trust a company who lies. They are 100% unreliable. The only positive thing is that I could cancel my account as quick as I created it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
How this company has a license to even advertise broadband is beyond me .
When I first set up my connection well in advance they couldn't even get that right. After being lied to numerous times telling me I am connected which was simply not true. When calling the so called customer services to find out why my connection hadn't happened I was just palmed of with a load of jargon of technical rubbish. Also without being rude or shouting they will just simply hang up on you when they can't give you a reasonable answer.
Thankfully out of contract with them and never to return. I would advise anyone looking for a reputable Broadband supplier never sign up with John Lewis.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Ashington John Lewis Broadband  
New customer rang Customer services as charged £96.00 instead if £26.00 contract fee. Told extra was because I had cancelled my contract, completely untrue. Customer services said someone their end must have done, it had happened before. Said he would sort and then was transferring me to another department re the cancellation, hung on for over 20mins, I rang off. Rang customer services back, same result, rung off again, rang customer service again,phone put down on me. Rang again this time lady said she would sort and yes I was due a refund of £70.00 as I had not cancelled. Email arrived I would get a refund of £48.22. . Again rang customer service to be told refund comes in two parts, a manager has to authorise the rest and i would get email. 5 days later no such email has arrived. I still have no idea whether my contract will be ended or whether they have corrected this. My last resort is I have written to their office in Sheffield, recorded delivery. Hoping for a personal contact who can sort this problem.Customer support hopeless and frustrating. Not worth bothering with.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Warmington John Lewis Broadband  
I have just switched to John Lewis broadband, the whole set up was so simple and I have a good fast connection at less than half that I was paying bt which is ridiculous considering bt own plusnet which is who John Lewis is supplying, the trouble with bt is they give great deals for new customers but ignore loyal customers, I won't go back to them, ever.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
West Rudham Norfolk John Lewis Broadband  
Sent request to cancel broadband and telephone service in the begining of March (to take effect the 4th April) as a new supplier was commissioned to take over from that date.
They sent a final invoice for telephone service for the period up to the 10th of April even though the it was not used
All in all a rubbish company to do service with !
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
Back in November I wrote a dire review of John Lewis having left BT.
The problems were blamed on the lines in my house although I was convinced that wasn't true. One support person seemed to go beyond the norm in trying to help and I was grateful but I decided to leave. There was a penalty to pay but it seemed worth it.

A day later Open Reach apologised to the entire town about their failures during the previous weeks.

So I retained my account and since then connectivity has been pretty good.
They would not be my first choice provider but at least I'm happy to wait until the end of my contract.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Cheshire John Lewis Broadband  
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!! It is Plusnet in disguise!
We chose John Lewis Broadband as I have many insurance policies etc with them and they have always had amazing customer service. We moved to a new property just before lockdown in the UK and it did not have WiFi (we work from home). Knowing there would be a long wait for broadband, we were surprised to find no notice of restrictions etc to set up on the website and so paid the £85.99 to install everything.
For a week I was then bombarded with phonecalls from Plusnet who had an aggressive sales manner- one stating I was "foolish" to go with John Lewis and not Plusnet as they would be cheaper. On the third call I specifically asked not to be contacted again and still had calls from mobiles of their sales team!
A week later I still had no confirmation email or slot for delivery etc. I was shocked when I called up that it was Plusnet I was dealing with not John Lewis. After being on the phone for an hour, a rather rude assistant said that they were definitely coming out the following Tuesday to put in WiFi and that is have an email.
Two days later, no email. I called again and again was passed around for 42minutes. I then got to a customer advisor who can only be described as the rudest person on the planet. When i said I was told that the broadband would be installed next week he laughed and then said "there's no way that will happen, don't you see the news?! No one is able to install anything until June!" When I said that that is fine, I'd like to cancel and a refund as we will Lok at alternative arrangements (I didn't say but I was going to call my mobile company and get a dongle), The boy laughed again and said "you're really stupid aren't you? No one can do this for you before us." I was then told everything for me was cancelled and I could expect a cheque in the post (to which I asked why they could not refund a card) and told I was ride for talking over him when he kept explaining how stupid I was.
I would strongly recommend abiding this atrocious company.
We then went with BT expecting a delay and actually the technician came out 3 working days after our enquiry!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Pembrokeshire John Lewis Broadband  
Had a few minor glitches when we first joined, but had been notified that this might happen at switchover from our previous provider. Since then a good service, no problems at all. And I think Customer Service has been fine. I have only had to ring them twice all year and they were helpful and courteous. Don’t do gaming or anything very high tech so would say strength of broadband suits us OK.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
West London John Lewis Broadband  
I can’t Believe how bad John Lewis has been ,the Internet is absolutely awful ,Customer service no help at all, said if I want to cancel they will charge me £73 even though they say if it’s their fault they will cancel you free of charge, iv been told To unscrew the socket from the wall I’ve never gone through anything like this before , Also telling me they have 30 days to resolve the problem so basically I’m still paying them but have no Internet for 30 days never heard anything like it I have now paid To come out of the contract I definitely definitely do not recommend John Lewis to anybody.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
East sussex John Lewis Broadband  
I’m sorry to say I will be changing ASAP as they have been the slowest broadband provider I have ever had. Just taken over an hour to download one program and it’s still going!! Snails pace is faster!
They promise a fast fibre and just haven’t delivered. It’s so slow and buffering is the norm. Would never recover use again. Nothing good to say about John Lewis Broadband :-(
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Lancashire John Lewis Broadband  
The gorilla at the London Zoo probably knows much more about what broadband is that the clowns calling themselves John Lewis Broadband team. I have given one star as this website does not let you to leave a review without given a star rating. One star is one too many for these loosers. No customer service, no broadband, their own website does not work for bill payments. It has not been working since September 2019. Emails complaints, phone calls do not help. They just do not care because they are not intelligent enough to understand and resolve their own issues. They should be banned from calling themselver a "broadband provider" for life. John Lewis may be a good department store but they neew to put their own house in order and get rid of the so called "broadband team." They could at least start by reading reviews online.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
Oxford John Lewis Broadband  
If I could give zero or negative ratings, I would. Dire customer service, broadband speeds not as promised and additionally they promised an engineer to visit for connection purposes on signing up. The engineer didn't show up and I had taken a day off as A/L. Losing a day of A/L. When i phoned they said even though I had received confirmation of the engineer visiting by email, my order had not yet been placed! No refund of anything given for this and internet connection delayed by a month. Please guys cut your loses. Do not sign up with JL broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Marshfield, Chippenham John Lewis Broadband  
Customer service is very hit & miss...more so miss. Entered a fix price 12 month contract which some months ago increased by £3.15 per month. We also asked for VAT receipts to be e-mailed to be told that it was not possible & that we were not registered as a company but we are a company & DD comes out of a company account. Got absolutely nowhere with numerous telephone calls & despite being told that the contract price was fixed no refund has been forthcoming & John Lewis are still debiting the increased amount.Initial set up was fine but ongoing service is totally unsatisfactory.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Shropshire John Lewis Broadband  
A brilliant company to deal with, cannot praise them highly enough. Competitive pricing and great communication.
Not like me, but I will not be shopping around for a bargain this time, John Lewis have been so good that I'm going to stay with them for at least another year.
5 * Service, thanks John Lewis!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
North Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
Don't bother, 12 months at discount price was fine, when it was hiked I switched, phoned up before and told don't worry, we know, I don't have to do anything, they took a months fee from my bank the day my new provider started, phoned, don't worry they said, it will be refunded, they said, a few weeks later rang back, apologises, will raise a ticket and get it back dated and you will be refunded, a month later get a mail saying they are taking next months payment, then get a mail saying sorry your ticket was never auctioned, phone this number, I did, they hung up, don't touch them with a barge poll, reporting to ombudsman
Coventry John Lewis Broadband  
Terrible. Takes over half an hour to get through to customer services, that is if you ever get through. Broadband speeds are terrible, and to top it off they increase their prices mid contract. They make talk talk look good!
Bristol John Lewis Broadband  
Quite possibly the worst experience of a life time. Paid to get out of the deal and run back to BT.
Customer service is operated by my cat.... “well everything is fine from what we can see at our end’. Well it would be wouldn’t it, get down here an you experience it! Several (over 15) calls placed with tech support if not more.

Don’t be tempted by these cheap deals. Really awful apparently they white label the service to Plusnet. If you do take it read the small, small print as you will get stung for loads of additional charges for call thresholds etc etc.....
HELLO BT XXXXXXXX WE HAVE MISSED YOU!111
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Taunton John Lewis Broadband  
This is the worst phone and broadband ever I’ve never been so ripped of . I’m
A disabled lady and need to order meds online and use my phone . There’s never been a week without trouble it’s more money than I paid fir my last service but diabolical . No ones
Dealt with I’ve now been cut if 24 hours after my bill I’m iller sinse having this company it’s stopped me living
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Somerset John Lewis Broadband  
Awful - do not bother or waste your time with this supplier. Speeds are poor to say the least, Internet unreliable to say the least, customer service just go round in circles with customers. I'm completely fed up with this supplier and wouldn't recommend them to my worst enemy
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
West Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
Please do not take up the current offer with John Lewis which alleges to include £40 gift voucher, they never send the same and when query they say not added to your account. Their speed is terrible only joined less than 3 weeks ago. Avoid avoid avoid
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London John Lewis Broadband  

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