Shell Energy 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 Shell Energy.

Recent Customer Ratings for Shell Energy

  • Satisfaction
    1.6 stars
  • Customer Service
    1.6 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars

Based on 606 customer ratings since 2021-08-12 (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.

886 Customer Reviews over 23 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Malvern
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Very slow broadband and First Utility are not interested in improving their broadband speeds. They tie you into an 18 month contract and they know that there is nothing you can do until your contract expires. They have no interest in improving their download speeds because of their long contracts
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Devon
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    The biggest issues with the company that I've experienced are a rubbish router and poor customer service. I was paying BT a fortune so decided it was time to change providers, the second I switched to FU (how ironic) the performance dropped to zero. I'm supposed to be on the 35Mbps product, but I couldn't even get a stable connection to Netflix servers let alone actually watch a programme or film from start to finish.

    I raised the complaint immediately and it took them a couple of weeks to even respond. It's clear they allocate your message to a new advisor each time you respond, as it's like you're starting again from scratch. About two months into trying to resolve and getting nowhere, I got an email from one first-class complaints advisor who stated "there is no issue". Okay mate, nice one. Another advisor stated "we can send someone around to check your hardware, but you'll probably have to pay for it". Not happening.

    So this morning, granted my TV and phone are both WiFi and will have been potentially doing their own thing in the background, but I'm trying to load a webpage on my laptop and it's like dial-up over a modem in the 90s. So I run a speedcheck through a website and it gives me 0.32Mbps, absolutely laughable. I live in a 1 bed flat and the router has to be in the kitchen because that's where the master socket is, so I went and sat on the kitchen floor and to be fair, it did then manage a lightning fast 7Mbps (of the 35 that I'm paying for). I turned my TV and phone off, and ran a wired connection into my laptop, and did finally manage to get 32Mpbs out of it. Unplugged the cable and again, sat a foot from the router and with no other devices switched on except a fridge, the speed dropped to 12Mbps.

    In conclusion, the router is dog-poop - this is despite the fact that the one half decent thing one of their advisors has done is send me an "upgraded" router. If this is the best they can manage, I'd a) factor the price of your own router into the deal you're looking at, or b) just go elsewhere. I considered looking up the settings and then trying to get my BT router set up to connect to their network instead, but their website is unsurprisingly rubbish and I absolutely dread the prospect of phoning them up and having to speak to them, given the experience so far. I certainly won't be staying with them beyond the end of this contract.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Peterborough
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I love the energy supply with first utility and moved from Sky broadband to first utility as I was told that it would be the same service as Sky but cheaper.. massive mistake as the speed is half the speed of Sky and keeps dropping out . Will move as soon as my contract is up. Complained the customer service and was told to read the contract
  • Reviewer
    Location
    gateshead
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    been with them for 12 months and almost no issues, the router supplied is not the best (this is same for most routers supplied by ISP's) after 2 weeks I contacted them for details as purchased my own ASUS AC68 Wifi Router, tech agent went thru and supplied PPPoA username and password (user name is simply landline numer@first-utility.com) the guy even stayed on the line until router had connected.
    anyone who wishes to use own router just go thru to tech and they will assist
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Blackburn
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible broadband connection low speed or no speed. Terrible customer service with watertight contract they will rip your pans off if you leave them
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Horrible service! They overcharge you for no reason. If you decide to leave after contract, they will blackmail you by fabricating some conditions which never appear in the initial contract. Don’t waste your time/money and get into trouble by joining them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Rushden
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Have happily been with them for years for power and recently went to them for Broadband. At first my speed on my desktop upstairs was dreadful but got a very helpful Customer Services assistant delegated to me who gave enormous help and always rang when he said he would and in the end the problem was sorted with the help of power line adapters and now have really fast connection upstairs and down. It was a pleasure to get such good customer service and I am now a very happy customer. Great service
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    OMG!the worst company every. I have only been with them less then a month and all i have to say is i got nothing, but problems after problems. I wish i stayed with Talk talk ..i try to save a few pounds and end up with more problems then i ever had with any other company. ATAY WAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Kent
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    They actually charge you £15 now to leave! Outside of your contract! Section 5.11 in their t&c's. They say it is to cover the admin. cost of the transfer! Also tried to say that this is 'standard', it bloody isn't! Despicable! Avoid them at all costs!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cornwall
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    4 days in and no connection, poor customer service, an engineer booked who didn't arrive, don't even know when we are going to connected. Cool off period is a joke as it ends before the contract starts. Offcomm need to take them to task.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Coventry
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    1.8mb/s internet Speed. Contract will be cancelled asap
  • Reviewer
    Location
    hartlepool
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    Comments
    was excellent when i first got my broadband in now if im connecting to it im constantly doing so most of the day or night. pile of ***** should of stayed were i was
  • Reviewer
    Location
    LARGS
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Had this broadband package about a month now had no problems at all in fact I would say it is better than my BT package that I had before as with BT everything would buffer and that was with superfast fibre with first utility I just have the basic cheapest package and so far its great. I think its just your luck and where you live to be honest.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North tyneside
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    I carnt even give any ratings not that I would give them any stars not eve half a one there customer service is terrible and we were supposed to be connect 10 days ago and are still not now because I’ve put a complaint in they want to send an engineer in which they say will incur costs up to £130
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Mordor
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    At the beginning - I was very happy, because of the price for broadband service in First Utility. But then, just after cooling period, my internet connection has started to dropping down every day about 30-40 times in random moments. Of course I have reported that problem immediately to them, and they were "trying" to "solve" that issue. After 4 engineers visit, couple complains, official "Resolver" complain and thousand of internet drop outs and about 11 weeks after first problem report to First Utility, I have decided to change broadband provider, because actual was not really cared about my connection problems. Before I done that, I have asked First Utility through "Resolver" to confirm, that they will not charge me for that cancellation. The only answer which I have received about "not charging" me was:

    "We are very sorry that we still haven't resolved this for you and can appreciate your request to cancel without fees."
    (...)
    "If we are unable to reach an agreeable level of service after this escalations, then we will of course review matters with regards to the termination charges."

    Of course they failed to reach "agreeable level of service", but after when I have sent them message with information, that (again) engineer did not solved the problem, so I am going to terminate this contract immediately - no one answered me, but they decided to charge me for about 300 qiud, for "early termination", because it is not their fault, that the connection is screwed up, and they do not really give a damn about this.

    That is the model of First Utility business - force you to terminate your contract, so they can earn money faster just by charging their former customers for early contract termination.

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cannock
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Quite possibly.the worst thing you can do is change to first utility broadband, chat to them about problems & they say we will update you...they never get back to you.if you prone to let them know of a problem.... You're charged for the call.a new provider with.i guess,no infrastructure& no experience,launched before everything was in place.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    derby
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    AVOID THIS HORRIFIC COMPANY!!!!! by a mile the most incompetent,rude and underhanded company i have ever dealt with. where to start?? i was told i wouldn't pay an installation fee with my broadband i was charged 60 pounds anyway without even telling me 3 months later i still haven't been refunded even though they swear blind they've done it. they changed my gas meter readings and charged me £150 gas just for march tried ringing up no help whatsoever basically told theirs nothing they can do. i live in a 1 bed flat its impossible to use that much gas.my electricity tariff was a fixed term of 52 pounds a months for a year they then after around three months start charging me very high random amounts once again with no notification. i phoned to complain and opened a sales investigation a fortnight later i phoned as i still didnt hear anything they told me the sales investigation had been closed because quote " the sales team will just try to get a sale your actual agreement we send to you by email" which as you might of guessed i never received. To sum it all up first utility really are scumbags they will do anything to squeeze every penny they can out of you for the worst service you can imagine if you value your money and your sanity steer well clear of these cockroaches
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bishop Auckland
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Complete and utter rubbish. No one wants to help, they then promise to ring back and never ever do. We have not had internet for over 5 weeks now
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Central Scotland
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    (First are just a TalkTalk reseller by the way). The ISP that doesn't supply you with the password for your own broadband. The PPPoA password is preinstalled on the router and hidden from you, ok. Want to change from their cheap, disfunctional router? You'll need the password, obviously. Try emailing customer service and they will systematically ignore repeated requests to supply you with your own password. To the extent that it is now being taken to an ADR. Quite surreal.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Newmarket
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    No customer account on website, very low quality customer service, they will never answer your phone call when you want to report broadband issue. Very bad broadband reliability - I have many internet connection cut outs every day, and still company is doing with that, and of course - they are taking money for that pathetic service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reading
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    Disgraceful. Intermittent broadband for 2 months. Got to a point they can't fix it. Customer Services are well trained to give false hope that someone will deal with your issue. I expect to have to fight to not have to pay an early cancellation fee for a service they can't provide. bring it on!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Durham
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    This BROADBAND IS NOT FIT FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN! AVOID!! This is because there are no parental controls.
    I was told that internationals calls were free and unlimited. But it was not so. There is no account for the customers and hence the customer would not know the usage and billing on the website. The phone does not show incoming numbers. The broadband will be activated after the cooling period and you will be tied to this nonsense broadband for 18 months.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    East Kilbride
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    What can I say except that it's the best and cheapest I have ever been with. I love it!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    york
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    If you go with this company for Broadband you will pay for something they can't deliver and YOU'll BE SORRY, AVOID this company and its broadband.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bridgend
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Closed my account within an hour of opening due to reviews. Now I'm getting emails saying I owe different amounts. 5 calls 5 different locations put through to no one wishes to help. Totally appauling stay clear!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Finsbury park
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    First utility bill worst company ever you over charge me £600 from April 1st to June the 23rd you rip me off gas and electric and you give false reading gas and electric metre which is not mine that I've gave you !am going to report you to the newspaper for ripping customers off I wouldn't recommend your company to anyone I'm doing a review on first utility company! Your service is appalling your staff are rude they don't no how to deal with customers on phone strictly speaking I give you zero for all the stress that you caused me for the short time I was with the company Bad Company
  • Reviewer
    Location
    durham
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    IMPORTANT : Read this before taking this broadband. Please note that the customer service is very poor. Also, the broadband does not provide any security especially when you have children at home. The company does not have any account for broadband customers.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Never ever again - I've never had so many problems with broadband in that short period of time (about 2 weeks) in my whole life.

    Avoid at all cost.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Tickencote
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Very very very bad quality broadband. Can't even watch smoothly any movie longer than 2 minutes on YT. Internet keeps dropping randomly.

    Tried to contact with their customer service. After 2 hours on hold, been hanged out!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bothwell
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    An utterly horrendous company to deal with - they are only interested in getting as much money out of customers as possible. They screwed up the initial contract charging me hundreds of pounds for phone calls when I had requested an 'anytime' call package. I left them and they kept sending me bills when I had a new ISP. A nightmare to get sorted - a nightmare company to be avouided AT ANY COST. You have been warned !!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Colchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Cant believe we were sucked in to signing up for broadband with First Utility. We were told we were getting like for like deal that we had with EE and that the price we pay would never go up. Guess what?? The deal didn't include calls to mobiles like EE and the price went up straight away. And the actual connection is shockingly bad. Speed fluctuates so much and almost daily the connection disappears. DO NOT SIGN UP WITB FIRST UTILITY. So I tried phoning customer services and guess what? Couldn't get through, just got put on hold for ages. EE customer service was 2nd to none. And to leave I'm probably going to have to pay a fee. Absolutely gutted.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Northampton
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Do not move to this company for broadband. We were energy customers of First Utility & thought we’d save money by moving to them from BT. Nothing has worked since. We have had 2 routers & a BT engineer out. The line is fine & the old BT Wi-fi worked perfectly. The Wi-fi doesn’t work, the kids can’t play on the PS4, And we’ve used all our 3G allowances on phone as a result. This has been nothing but grief. We have refused to pay so far & they now want to charge us over £200 for an early termination fee on the contract, for a service they haven’t provided. The customer service just passes you around the houses & any decent company would have the good grace to allow us to move on. The manager is not available to speak and apparently will call us back in 48hrs. The representative told me that she’d tell me the same thing though. Avoid this provider unless you want stress & grief. Worst provider of any service I’ve dealt with. Will also be cancelling my gas & electric with them as a result of this.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Thetford
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Avoid if you don't want to be stressed!

    Overall satisfaction - I would like to give them 0 stars, because the only thing I have after 1 month of using their broadband is massive stress.

    Customer service - don't try to call their call center, because you'll spend about 30-60 minutes on waiting, sometimes you'll be hanged out by clever call center employee. 2 stars, because at least someone's pretending to solve your problem on online chat. But that's not enough to actually solve it.

    The only way to contact with them is the online chat - but not all the times you'll be able to be connected with any agent, and second problem - in case of no internet connection, online chat will be useless for you.

    Broadband speed - 5 start, because speed and only SPEED is FINE. But that means nothing, if I can't use full speed because of ISP gateway reliability problems.

    Broadband reliability - is a JOKE. There's no any reliability! I have about 40-50 connection timeouts EVERY DAY. Checked any single phone socket, wires and even BT service socket - problem source is outside my flat, in ISP gateway. I've had an engineer appointment for today (18.06) - no one showed up, no one knows in call center what's going on, and I still have the same problem with connection timeouts.

    More than 2 weeks and problem hasn't been solved.

    I've never had any problems with BT Infinity 2 service, but I just wanted to save some money on internet bill, so I've decided to try First Utility.

    That's my punishment I think - for being too greedy.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Switched from talk talk as they kept upping my bill and I already have duel fuel with first utility no problems very smooth switch no problems encountered happy
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Great edstone
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    Just joined broadband ok but found out they charge for 0300 and some 0800 calls won't let me leave contract been whith them 2 months
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hitchin
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Once I was set up with first utility the 14 day cooling off period had finished so from the initial set up I realised I was locked into 18 months of useless broadband. I can't watch BBC iPlayer without buffering every couple of minutes. It is an appalling service and they do nothing. Download speed 1.8Mbps, upload 0.7Mbps.
    I STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST SIGNING UP.
    When you do get through finally to customer support they are pleasant but can do nothing to fix the problem.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    liars cheats and frauds do not trust 1st utility they overcharge you for no reason don't waste your time joining them they will con you.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hackney London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Turned to their services because of an excellent Utility Service they had provided. Sadly a wrong move. The Customer Conduit is non-existent? They make it very hard to contact them and then they do NOT seem to know what's going on? A very poor service for a so-called Broadband provider, they buy their services from Talk Talk who have already the worst reputation in the entire country and in this sector they SUCK, made a huge mistake switching to them?
    When I complained hey quoted that I had 13 devices on at the same time, when I actually only have a PC a Printer total? wonder are they making a case for themselves for when I leave...? Because they have been appallingly absent when needed, nasty service DO NOT SWITCH TO THEM.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Burscough
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Had initial issues with speed,customer service was acceptable although we were off line for 5 days, sent engineer out whilst at work, problem now solved and speed is not only good but constantly better than previous broadband
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Aberystwyth
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Works perfectly, really fast broadband & great customer service. Could not recommend First Utility any more and its £20 cheaper than I was paying BT.

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