Origin 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 Origin.

Recent Customer Ratings for Origin

  • Satisfaction
    1.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    1.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.2 stars
  • Reliability
    2.2 stars

Based on 100 customer ratings since 2022-12-30 (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.

1,022 Customer Reviews over 26 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    WALES UK
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Do not use this company... They will scam you and turn your internet off... They also help themselves to your bank account even after you have paid in full.... Warning!!!! Do not use this company!!!! Warning!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stoke Gabriel
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Sharp practice when contract comes to an end. Do they think we are stupid? £21 per month for the contract. At end of the contract increased to £36 in the hope we didn't notice or act. Will change to a more honourable supplier in due course. If they were fair then they would have had a customer for life.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Portsmouth
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I was switched to this dreadful company by SSE. On May 1st they emailed saying my contract is due to end on June 5th. Brilliant, I thought as I can finally be rid of this terrible company. So, I signed up to a new provider. May 2nd, I contacted Origin to state I did not want my contract to continue after June 5th. I was told I had to pay a cancellation fee if I was to end my contract on this date! They don't follow any basic business practices. I have emailed cancellations and complaints department multiple times. Yet I’m still getting numerous calls from some rude staff telling me I must pay a cancellation fee. How difficult it is to cancel my contract on the date I have been told it is to end? They even had the cheek to send me an email four days ago saying my new contract is being set up. This company needs closing down!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Milton Keynes
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Been with origin for over 2 years and twice now they have cancelled my direct debit and claimed I have cancelled it. They have shut off the services after 9 months without payment and put me in debt. Their way to notify you of any payment issues is to send an email stating “Hello
    We hope you're enjoying your services with us. Your monthly statement is attached
    A very warm welcome.
    The Origin Team ” this friendly email from them clearly does not state there are any issues with payment so personally I have felt no need to open the statement, they do not send letters or call you to discuss payment issues even though they confirm both important information in their security checks.
    I was advised by a manager that whilst they investigate the direct debit issue my services would be reactived within 2-24 hours and was asked to email proof my bank direct debit is still active but the email address provided to me for them is not monitored. It has been 25 hours and still no services. Would highly suggest avoiding this company at all costs. Rude customer service team and very unhelpful. Basically trick you into getting into debt.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Glasgow
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I'm another customer who has been ported over from SSE/OVO. Speeds and reliability have always been good, however customer service is worse than abysmal. They make it extremely difficult for you to pay your bill then cut you off without warning because of arrears. I wanted to pay but couldn't because they didn't have the infrastructure in place to accept my payment. This has happened twice. I'm moving providers this month.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    UK
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Been left with an old router for over 5 years. Called to arrange a house move after we completed on a house just before the bank holiday only to be told we wouldn't get a new router even though it would be a new contract. We found another provider with a better service and they are now trying to charge exit fees for a contract I never signed up for. The only email I have from them says I started a new contract 1st January 1970!! Customer serive is rubbish, Internet quality is rubbish stay well clear
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible service. They never respond to emails, even official complaints, and it's impossible to contact them on the phone. They don't even provide you with basic information, such as the term of your contract.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Swindon
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This is a company that does not tell truth. Will attempt any means to try to part you from cash. Had 2 year contract at £21 month they then tried to take £132 they said it was mistake but next month tried £164. Thankfully I reported attempted theft to my bank. Direct debit guarantee scheme ment bank refunded me. Then phone charges started appearing. My contract ends 15th march. I'm so glad to get rid of this terrible company
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Comments
    The worst broadband company of all time!! Didn't honor my contract, mismanaged complaint, rejected my new providers request to let me leave despite contract ended. SHOCKING
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    They blamed openreach for poor service then I switched provider at the end of my “contract” and it’s all sorted. Operators are rude and don’t know their own so T&C’s and therefore provide you with false, contradictory information. There’s clearly a lot of frustration as you can hear other operators shouting on calls (presumably at clients) in the background. Their email comms are also deceptive and misleading. They conveniently can’t find emails sent to them and as non-UK agents don’t seem to understand basic english phrases. Avoid if you don’t want to get fleeced or endure frustrating calls with long holds! I’ve since switched and my line is better and happily deal with friendly, UK-based agents.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Solihull
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Abysmal - in nearly 30 years of internet these are by far the worst, even compared to broadband overseas! I have just switched to Sky.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Suffolk
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Just awful all around. I cannot understand how they have a licence.
    Have given notice to quit.
    Please AVOID
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Notfolk
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    A dreadful firm to deal with: appalling administration from their take-over of our contract from SSE to date - utter incompetence at every juncture: I can’t wait to take my business elsewhere - anywhere! I doubt we could do worse. At the end of our (SSE) contact they have increased our monthly charge from £29 to £41 and won’t permit us to port our number of 36 years away from them! In my view this is blatant extortion and I have written to OfCom.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Carlisle
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I was another customer dumped on Origin by SSE/OVO. The promised download speed of 40mbs is regularly down to single figures and the connection frequently cuts out while I am in the middle of trying to work. I have tried twice in the last week to contact their "customer service" with no response. Absolute rubbish company. Do not touch with a bargepole.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Worksop
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Calling on behalf of my dad who has dementia and now living in nursing home. Tried to canx and told I can't and will have to pay 28 days notice. Pointed out no-one at the bungalow why are they charging an 83 yr old pensioner. They said if he had died they could canx from next day. Absolutely no compassion or special dispensation. Shame on you Origin. SSE was far better.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Market Harborough
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Tried to transfer broadband to new house and after 3 attempts and an hour on the phone, decided to cancel (which only took 6 minutes) and went to a different company which took 17 minutes to do in total. Origin were not helpful or easy to communicate with at any stage.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Brighton
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Comments
    Such a bad experience. Spent hours, days and pulled my hair out ringing support trying to get my internet set up. From being told I could migrate the package to a new flat, to then being told I was informed incorrectly. Now after one month of having the internet, I have spent 3 hours on the phone for them to say they've just noticed my account has been closed. This is the worst broadband experience I've ever had.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Been with origin 2yrs now and I must say I have nothing good to say about them
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Dorset
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Previously with SSE and everything was fine.
    Now with Origin and they're simply appalling in every respect.
    Will be leaving.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    AVOID THIS COMPANY
    I informed Origin in November 23 that my mother (their customer) had died. They continue to send me bills, the latest received on the day of her funeral. I have sent 2 complaints (Nov & Dec) to email address provided on their website; absolutely no response. Have rung them numerous times to discuss and when I explain to their "service" representative the reason for the call I am cut off every time; are they deliberately hanging up???
    So they don't answer complaints and won't talk to you on the phone.
    Undoubtedly the worst company I have ever encountered.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    West Midlands
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Used to be with SSE, was moved without my say so. Orgin are terrible. I phoned up to cancel after my renewal date the 4th Feb but was told I had to do 28 days which is 12th February. So not sure if they put me on another tariff. Woman on the phone was rude and useless. Cancelling my direct debit after final payment not sure who to complain too
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This is on behalf of my 89 year old FIL. They take your money but dont provide the service. What a joke this company is. providing 5mb download, supposed to be 18 minimum,even that is bad service. They say nothing is wong. Taken 2 months forthem to admit something is wrong. Promised an engineer would call. Never showed up.Utter utter joke. And they wont comensate us, release us out of contract. Avoid like the plague is my advice.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Frankly, poor in every aspect.
    They don't give automatic compensation in line with Ofcom's guidelines, so why would you go with a company that behaves like that?
    Poor speed of less than 10Mbps, drops out too often and takes a week before anyone fixes it.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Oxfordshire
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    I've been with Origin since early 2019. At that time they were a great company. I've always had a speedy internet connection, and usually get close to max 78mbit/s down and 20mbit/s up. The router does occsaionally seem to drop the connection, but usually in the middle of the night (probably firmware updates), and they sent me a new one a few months back completely free which I've not installed yet.

    At some point in the last six months though, something's gone very wrong. Customer service chat and email addresses have been removed from the website, so you have to ring a call centre instead. We were not notified of this. They don't know anything there and can't help. There's no longer any account login, and their postcode/account checker simply doesn't work - it always tells you it can't find your details. On the call I was told the website was "low" - whatever that means - and that we'd receive an update about it in January. I'm not holding my breath, it seems very odd to take down the live service. If they're developing a new backend it'd be done in a dev environment before seamlessly rolling out to production... I'd encourage everyone to avoid Origin until they've actually sorted out their systems.

    A real shame to see the downfall of a company which was so good and had great service when I joined five years ago.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cwmbran
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Old SSE customer, moved over to these. Slow intermittent broadband that rarely worked. Phoneline didnt work either. Cancelled service, told it'll be cancelled in 28 days. Had 2 direct debit taken since as 'final bill'. No call back, email unanswered. Avoid at all costs.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    If you want disgusting service from staff that lie to you and can’t be asked to do your job, tell they’ll call you back and then don’t, and just generally don’t want to help you, then this is the company for you.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Plymouth
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    My account was taken over from SSE, had the paperwork saying my account was £23 as signed up for that and that price would stay the same until my contract ends. £69 has been taken via direct debit for 1 months rent, it's ridiculous.
    I've emailed 2 complaints but no response, absolute rubbish company
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Devonshire
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Comments
    Years ago, I had a satisfactory association with SSE. They were taken over by OVO and the level of service immediately plummeted. SSE/OVO provided unquestionably the worst level of internet connection and customer support of any provider. OVO pulled out of the broadband business leaving SSE to be absorbed into the Talk Talk empire. Nothing changed. Talk Talk dumped this failure of an enterprise on Origin who have ensured that the abysmal standard of service assiduously has been preserved so that the frequent drop-outs of internet connection which have plagued my frustrating involvement with these companies have been maintained at very regular intervals. One has to admire the consistency of dreadful performance of these people and their steadfast unwillingness to either help a customer or improve their level of service. Avoid them like the plague.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Cut off my 89 year old mother as sent correspondance to the wrong address after taking over account from SSE/OVO but continued to take money from account still struggling to get her reconnected 3 weeks later with their terrible Customer Service spent many hours on phone and frequent trips needing to be made to our mother flat by myself and my sister terrible company, should not be allowed to operate in the uk market
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Leicester
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I was passed on to Origin from SSE for phone and broadband. I sent a cheque in payment 8th April 2023 to SSE and was then billed for charges from Origin together with the value of the cheque until November this year. Meanwhile the cheque was cashed through my bank on the 10th of July. I therefore have not paid curent charges until I was refunded the amount of the cheque which surprisingly arrived recently. On the 10 th November and 13th Nov, I called Origin with the intention of paying by credit card but they will not accept payment by normal procedure saying that it has to be done by a link and that I have to have Direct Debits.I'm a very sceptical person and smelt a rat. The girl said it was company policy whereupon I said it wssn't my policy and I would find another supplier. I have tried to contact Origin again but there is no longer anything on the internet to say they exist. Perhaps they are in administration, it would make sense having read a few of the reviews on here.In any case they are very badly administrated, if they are still in business don't get caught.I am left not knowing how to pay the outstanding amount.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely shocking business practices. Scamming people by providing a shockingly poor quality service for huge costs. I’m surprised they are still about. Scammed me out of money by not providing a service that was fit for purpose. Receiving a laughable 4bpm and told this is all I could get and they wouldn’t even try to improve it. Also when asked if I could cancel they said yes but 28 days and payment in full. Haha for something that’s not fit for purpose, I don’t think so. Reported to trading standards.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Doncaster
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I had my energy and broadband supplied by SSE which was a great service, it all moved to OVO energy and was all good until I found out I had been moved over to origin for my broadband without my consent, this is where it goes downhill, no internet for 4-5 hours at a time, tried phoning them but on a hold line for 2-3 hours at a time to be finally cut off ,the service is shambolic and that’s being polite, I have now come to the end of my tether and moved to SKY, I have cancelled my direct debit , it will be interesting to see how quickly they contact me
  • Reviewer
    Location
    TROON
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Once it was a very good broadband and customer service. I do not know what happened but now it is nightmare. Live chat is gone, they don't respond to emails, if you have problem you have to phone which is very expensive. I lost 25 pounds calling them and got nothing done. On September 26, I lost my internet connection and I still have no signal. Instead of fixing the problem they sent me a new bill! Stay away from them!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Deal, Kent
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I am too exhausted from the wasted hours spent on the phone with this bunch of incompetents to write a detailed account of the horrors I have endured with Origin. I would simply advise anybody thinking of signing up with them to think again.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cardiff
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Comments
    Absolutely discussed how they conned a 85 year old lady,
    The contract was ended in April when she was put on bt ,may they collected £46 ,which they denied taking although I sent in copy of bank statement...which was final payment. To have a letter October demanding a payment of £261 ,she was still paying for telephone ,that she was supposed to have ended April...5 phone calls talking to a bunch of half wits ,repeating the same thing to me that didn't even make sence ..advising people not to go with this company as they don't care who they insult or take advantage of ..terrible company avoid with all cost
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Northumberland
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Well I thought I was still with sse only found out yesterday that I wasn’t by a text sent yesterday there wanting me to pay 360 pound surely you wouldn’t wait this long to contact someone to tell them I’m furious never heard of this company before don’t trust them there asking for money will be hopefully speaking to a manager soon see what comes of that but will change supplier after what iv read about them
  • Reviewer
    Location
    CROMARTY
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Don't even think abut going with Origin. we ended up with them thanks to SSE Broadband dumping their customers to them (presumably without doing any proper due diligence). Continuous breaks in broadband and slower speeds. Eventually switched to BT after numerous complaints to Origin which made no difference to quality of provision. They are now pursuing us for £160 for terminating their crappy "service" Zero out of Five in reality.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Aberdeenshire
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Update on my review on 1/10/2023
    After hours and hours on hold and hours and hours talking to agents in South Africa , the agent said she would cancel my direct debit so Origin could not take the £201.51 from my bank account , on 11/10 /2023 , as I had received little to no service and shouldn’t have to pay an exit fee.
    Today when visiting my bank I was informed that my direct debit had been cancelled by the agent, but Origin had still collected the fee by setting up another direct debit, without my permission, under the name “Origin Communications”. Is this legal?
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Gloucester
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Don't use. Refused to re-connect a landline unless internet was added.Oh and you will be speaking to South Africa. Dreadful
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Origin
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely disgusting service, SSE transferred me this broadband company so didn't have a say in it,never able to get through by phone to them when I did finally get in touch thought everything was sorted and now they have turned my Internet off.

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