Two months ago, Vodafone started selling home broadband in the UK again. The service was only available to a small group of customers in Manchester, however, as well as parts of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. Well, now the company is opening the floodgates. Any Vodafone customer can sign up for the service, which is separated into three tiers: Broadband ADSL (up to 17Mbps), Superfast Fibre Broadband (up to 38Mbps) and Superfast Fibre+ Broadband (up to 76Mbps). The provider is relying on BT's Openreach infrastructure to do the heavy lifting, as well as the Cable & Wireless backbone it acquired in 2012.
There's plenty of competition in the home broadband space at the moment, but Vodafone is hoping to stand out with its "Connect" router and mobile app. The pair offer parental controls such as "Boost," which prioritizes a specific device for up to 2 hours, "Family Time" for limiting children's usage, and "Guest WiFi" for when you have people over. None of these features are earth-shattering, but it's an important move for Vodafone -- to compete with the likes of Sky, BT and Virgin, it's slowly becoming a quad-play provider too.
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