Vodafone Connect has launched in the UK offering customers cheap UK broadband and home phone services. Here's what you need to know about Vodafone Connect including price, speed, features, availability and how to order.

Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO of Vodafone UK said: "This is a really exciting move for Vodafone in the UK as we move our business into a new phase. We're looking forward to bringing our consumer customers the benefits of our experience in providing fixed and mobile services, both here in the UK and elsewhere around the world. Our significant investment is creating hundreds of new jobs over the next couple of years. We are looking forward to the year ahead, including our move into offering TV services, as one which will prove to be a step-change in our customers' lives."

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Vodafone Connect: Price

There are three different Vodafone Connect packages to choose from offering different speeds (see below). Vodafone customers will get a 50 percent discount for the first year meaning broadband will cost as little as £2.50 per month. The most expensive package will cost £20 per month at full price.

As per usual, line rental is not included in that price and costs £16.99 per month. However, you can save 20 percent by paying a lump sum of £163.10.

See the table below for a full price breakdown:

 

Standard price (available to non-Vodafone customers later in the year)

Existing Vodafone Mobile customers

ADSL (up to 17Mbps)

(18 months contract)

£10.00

£5.00 (£2.50 for 12 months)

Fibre 38Mbps

(18 months contract)

£20.00

£15.00 (£7.50 for 12 months)

Fibre 76Mbps

(18 months contract)

£25.00

£20.00 (£10.00 for 12 months)

Broadband usage

Unlimited

Unlimited

Calls

Evening & Weekend included (landline calls)

Evening & Weekend included (landline calls)

Vodafone Pay monthly Red customers: Anytime & Mobile 300 mins as well

Line rental

£16.99

Or Line Rental Saver £163.10 – 12 months upfront for 20% discount

£16.99

Or Line Rental Saver £163.10 – 12 months upfront for 20% discount

Online security

F-Secure SAFE free for 6 months (up to 5 devices) and then just £39.99 a year (RRP £79.99)

F-Secure SAFE free for 6 months (up to 5 devices) and then just £39.99 a year (RRP £79.99)

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Vodafone Connect: Speed and availability

Vodafone Connect is available initially to existing mobile customers but will also be offered to non-Vodafone customers later this year. It says the fibre optic network is 'business-grade' and already reaches exchanges which pass nearly 20 million premises across the UK.

Customers in Manchester, Berkshire and parts of Hampshire and Surrey will be able to get Vodafone Connect first followed by Essex, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire in the 'next few weeks'. The firm said it will roll out to the rest of its customers later this summer. You can register for Vodafone Connect here.

The mobile network says its broadband can provide download speeds of up to 76Mbps. That speed is the fastest, available via the Ultrafast Fibre Broadband package. Superfast Fibre Broadband provides up to 38Mbps and Broadband ADSL will serve up to 17Mbps.

All three packages come with an unlimited download limit.

Vodafone Connect: Features and what's included

As well as unlimited downloads, customers will be able to make use of free evening and weekend landline calls. Vodafone Red monthly customers will also gain 300 anytime and mobile minutes.

F-Secure SAFE also comes bundled free for 6 months (up to 5 devices) and will then cost £39.99 a year.

As you might expect with a broadband service, Vodafone will provide a free router. The Vodafone Connect router is worth £130 "utilises the latest Wi-Fi technology, allowing priority to be given to a chosen device - supercharging Wi-Fi for seamless video streaming and gaming", the firm says. A Vodafone Connect companion app will allow customers to easily change the password, manage users and make use of features such as 'boost' and 'beam'.

Boost lets customers give Wi-Fi priority to a selected device for up to 2 hours and Beam supposedly focuses the Wi-Fi signal where it is needed for compatible devices. Other features include 'family time' which allows you to control when Wi-Fi is available and 'Guest Wi-Fi' provides control over, er, guest Wi-Fi with a click.

Vodafone Connect router specs:

•    Chipset : Broadcom 63168/6303
•    4 x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
•    1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN (RJ45)
•    1 x ADSL2+ / VDSL2 (RJ11)
•    WiFi 11ac: 5GHz 3x3 / 11n: 2,4GHz 2x2 dual band concurrent with MIMO and Beamforming
•    2 x USB 2.0
•    DDR3 128MB + 256MB NAND FLASH
•    ADSL2+ / VDSL2 (incl. vectoring)
•    DLNA Certified
•    Fibre compatible WAN port
•    Unique status LEDs activated by proximity sensor
•    Ambient bottom glow shows device status

Vodafone Connect app features

•    Edit SSID (Wi-Fi name) for main Wi-Fi or Guest
•    Change Wi-Fi Password
•    View number of devices on your wireless network
•    Schedule Wi-Fi on/off time
•    Select Wi-Fi Frequency and Band
•    Set up a guest network
•    Set up a timer for guest access
•    Simple connect through WPS
•    See a history of devices that were connected to your network
•    Remove/Bar a device from returning to your wireless network
•    Re-enable a device on your network
•    View Frequently asked questions in Help & Support
•    Adjust router LED light status
•    Enable notification in when a new device joins your network (Android only, coming soon to iOS)