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
    2.3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.5 stars
  • Speed
    2.3 stars
  • Reliability
    2.4 stars

Based on 210 customer ratings since 2018-12-12 (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.

202 Customer Reviews for Shell Energy

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The speeds provided will not even stream a Youtube video. Rang up to complain and did not get a call back for 6 weeks. Customer service is non existent. Avoid at all costs, these are by far the worst broadband provider in the UK
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham Shell Energy  
0 stars for everything.its the worst provider ever hâd before. No speed promised, no support. My internet stop working every 2 hours and starts again after 10-20 min. I made the worst decision swaping from sky to shell. For all the People how maybe Want to choose shell please: DONT DO.
new Malden Shell Energy  
not sure the reviews are accurate
broadband speed advised in advance is correct for my area its shown in advance
fibre depends on provider and price
80mb is not the norm
milnrow rochdale Shell Energy  
What a SHAMBLES of a company, Customer service, May as well ring Santa clause, he may reply to telephone calls now been waiting 5 HOURS for ring back service, live chat emails now been waiting 5 DAYS still unable to log on now excuse is experiencing network problems,(what is your next excuse)First utility you are a JOKE. Bet you wont take as long to DEBIT my bank account. ADVISE steer well clear. Looking to transfer energy supply to them, NO CHANCE.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sutton Bridge Shell Energy  
I guess it was policy to restart my contract with the company when I moved address so I shouldn't really hold that against them. But it has only gone downhill since then. The person who administered the move told me that it would be a new, 15-month contract (which ill come back to).
Internet was intermittent for months at my new address. It should have been around 25-30mbps but was more like 3mbps. After months of complaint and finally threat that I would leave, they finally pulled their socks up and started asking OpenReach to come over and sort out the issues.
They agreed to recompensate me for the really poor service for I think what was around 4-5 months with a month-and-a-half refund. OK not the happiest, but I accepted it was all they were willing to offer. 2 months later, I start to get emails that I was behind on payments due to the 1.5 months that I had not paid. I was a little tired of this so I asked the person on the phone how long I had left on my contract and was surprised that it worked out that I was an 18-month contract since moving and not a 15.
I asked them to investigate the conversation I had with the person who arranged for the internet to be set up at my new residence (because all calls are recorded for training purposes) and 3 phone calls later they apologise for not having followed the issue up earlier will be raising the issue and (promising this time) they will be letting me know of the outcome of their investigation. My internet speed has improved I guess so I shouldn't really complain.
Oh! I shouldn't leave out that for the period it was really bad and I threatened to leave (for the 3rd time) I couldn't receive a WhatsApp message on the wifi without it affecting another service in the house using the internet.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Kent Shell Energy  
Estimated speed on signup to Fast Broadband 7-12MBps actual speed 8.5MBps.However i have speed test results going back years which prove my line now supports 13+MBps so was expecting near top of their quoted range. After over 2 months of emails (and they are slow to respond) they have just gone full circle back to it must be my internal problem. Please note they are a TalkTalk reseller. Avoid both these companies and any other TalkTalk reseller if you want the best speed your line can support.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
West Midlands Shell Energy  
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
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bishop Auckland Shell Energy  
Everything has been fine - speed has been tested and I get what I expected - Customer Service has not been utilised - however now I have come to leave I have been billed £15 to exit - the fine of £35 for not returning the router has not yet been officialy communicated...

...being retired and having nothing better to do I look forward to wasting the time of the Customer Service Dept in pursuing a refund of the £15 should it be deducted by Shell Energy - no doubt it was hidden within the 30 page T&Cs - but, like others listed here, I have completed an initial period with First Utility before I was migrated to Shell when FU called it a day.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Davenham Northwich Shell Energy  
Internet is appealing ... drops out on the tv every 5 seconds or so ... 1 hour programme, even on non peak time, ends up taking 1.40 hours ...

Can no longer work from home as internet is so appalling ...
Fareham Shell Energy  
They are getting money under false pretences in the last 15 minutes the connection has failed 5 times. Netflix is unusable due to the download speeds. Trying to find a customer service number is hopeless I can’t even access my account as I need to reset my password but the system never sends me a reset email. Avoid them like the plague
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sheffield Shell Energy  
Rubbish ...... been waiting since 4 November
Don’t use this procuder
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Derbyshire Shell Energy  
I have had the Broadband contract for the last 13 months and it will finish in another 5. I have already put into my calendar that I need to look for another Internet provider.

The speed of the Internet dropped when I moved my house. I have logged in a complaint as that's what they suggested to do. Well, it sounds that they have theirs house in order however it is just to delay your decision about the change. It took me about three months, one visit of the engineer to hear that the speed of the Internet is as expected. It was such a waste of time. They have offered that I an cease my contract only for 58.5 not the full price. Well that is not a solution for me, they also said that the speed is ok even though the Open Arch engineer came and said that is is slow and the fault is on the Internet provider side.

Another problem was just at the time when I started with them. They just simply never send to me the broadband starter kit! I rang them few week after that as I was travelling and they said they will send it again. They have never refunded the days which I didn't have the Internet!

If you have a choice go to someone with good customer service and actual broadband.

Thank you.

Anna
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Southampton Shell Energy  
I have been the first utility customer for 18 months! As I had to move house I had to stay and prolong my contract for another 18 months so now I have 6 lengths left. First year was OK. Now, the last 6 w notes since I moved to the new house were a joke. Internet was slow, unreliable. Theirs customer service said that they can upgrade me to fiber for 24 gbp and I negotiated that this will be only for the remaining 6 months. Otherwise I would have to pay exit fees! Also, I ensured that they will drop the contract if the speed is not as we agreed on the phone. If yiu can avoid that company please do! If not then ensure you have all terms and conditions clarified with as they will black mail you or robe you!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Southampton Shell Energy  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cannock Shell Energy  
worst experience ever, very poor customer services & reliability, would not recommend this service
London Shell Energy  
(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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Central Scotland Shell Energy  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Devon Shell Energy  
Has turned out to be good broadband for the money.
We did lose our connection one day but that was due to BT´s engineer working on various cable connections out in the road and broke our connection, but repaired it later on.
As far as speed goes, not to bad and for 16 quid per month pretty good all round.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Isle of Wight Shell Energy  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Shell Energy  
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
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Rushden Shell Energy  
Oh how I wished I had read these reviews before switching to First Utility.I moved from Sky through the Carphone Warehouse. I have had nothing but bother since I joined them 6/7 months ago on an 18month contract. The internet speed is not just slow, at times its non existant.When it does work, it constantly buffers or loses connection completely.I am now at the stage of cutting my losses paying up for the remainder of the contract and moving to someone more reliable. Be warned stay clear of First Utility Broadband or anything else to do with them for that matter.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Falkirk Shell Energy  
low broadband speed and when I brought they said the would be up to 17 but I get less than 5 if they told me it was less than I would went some else with better speed
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
dorchester walk Shell Energy  
Works perfectly, really fast broadband & great customer service. Could not recommend First Utility any more and its £20 cheaper than I was paying BT.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Aberystwyth Shell Energy  
We have infrequent disruptions of service but when it's disrupted it is 5+ hours where the connection disappears every 1-5 minutes.
They have sent out engineers to find the fault, concluded it wasn't local and left it at that without sorting the problem.
We are moving to a different ISP as this is intolerable.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Llangollen Shell Energy  
Don't wast your time or hard earned money on this so called internet supplyer.should have left as soon as shell took over from first utilities.
Well download speed today 1.78mb upload speed 0.85mb absolutely a joke.Stay well away from this company as soon as we can change we will.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Isle of wight Shell Energy  
i never have had a contract with shell or first direct and shell keep sending me invoices for £162.21 which they say is outstanding.i have spoken to there customer relations team who dont no there backside from there elbow,but keep on sending me these letters for a contract i have never had.total rubbish i will not buy anything branded shell.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dewsbury Shell Energy  
Absolute rubbish that’s all I can say. I have never had such slow broadband
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bath Shell Energy  
My internet is not very good. Always buffering. Stopping. And not very fast
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham Shell Energy  
Worst company for broadband I have felt with, I have not once received the promised 63mb of Broadband in my home and after months away at work finding out they would not deal with my wife. So for 5 months we have not received the speeds we are paying for and have never received the phone line we are paying for. I get home from work and raise a complaint and they proceeded to do nothing for 2 weeks until I then lost the broadband completely, I contacted shell and they sat for 2 days until finally they decided to say they will send out an engineer to resolve it. When the engineer comes he managed to fix our internet but even noted that the speeds weren’t even half what I was meant to get. I then call again to complain and am left on hold for 30minutes and am then told I have to wait 24 hours to speak to a manager. In the mean time I ask how I can cancel my contract early and am told there is now way I would be aloud as it is still another 10 months until it ends. After waiting 3 weeks I still have nothing done about my speed. Which is currently at 1mb with a max of 5mb.
DO NOT USE SHEEL. If you want Fibre Broadband Get Virgin as they are the only ones that have dedicated lines. I should have went with them from the start.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland Shell Energy  
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!
Mordor Shell Energy  
AVOID AVOID AVOID

no internet even after ringing up and complaint still no internet. Rang back a couple of days later they will send an engineer out which you have to wait in half the day for and couple be charged for.
Takes 2 weeks plus to switch company by the time you realise that they are an awful company it's too late your outside your 14 day cooling off period with no I internet an increasing phone data bill and a life dial engineer charge.

CAN NOT WARN YOU ENOUGH PLEASE AVOID THIS COMPANY
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
West midlanda Shell Energy  
In the last two days trying to get assistance with the Shell Customer service is a joke, only yesterday I spent 2 hours trying to get a problem solved and today just the same, their service stinks.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
LEAMINGTON SPA Shell Energy  
Fast and reliable and the same speeds as BT who i was with for 8 years.
VERY PLEASED.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
KENT Shell Energy  
Very good, and cost effective, never had an issue, had a fault found out it was an outage in the area, bit annoying but it happens and openreach fixed it.

Also im on the Ultra First, i was advised on estimated speed range, same as all other providers on openreach network, such as BT, Sky, Plusnet.

Ultra First Broadband 34.99 speed up to 76mbps my estimated speed range is 40-67mbps (im not going to expect 76mbps come on guys) it all depends on how far you are from the exhange.

I have no issue with First Utility seems straight forward cheaper then the rest
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Manchester Shell Energy  
Do not sign up for broadband with this company! Incredibly slow internet connection, it barely works. I am only a couple of months into my contract and seriously hate the idea that I have to live with such a horrible internet connection.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hastings, UK Shell Energy  
If you don't improve broadband speed and continue to ignore customers comments definitely everyone turns to another supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
This company broadband is RUBBISH please AVOID AVOID, If you planning to switch broadband to the First Utility may face huge financial debt If you terminate a contract, or you may get stress until the end of the contract. I don't recommend First Utility broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
SCAM DO NOT APPLY FOR ACCOUNT after they took over first utility they has been nothing but issues disconnection three days before payment date without warning then inflate the bill I started at 38 for high speed for streaming then get told I owe 71 so pay the balance two weeks pass and disconnected again contact them and they tell me I owe 51 so I ask why so high they say I owed 99 with a discount of 7.00 I owed 91 but yet when I paid the bill I was strictly told 71 is all I owe for that month hmmmmmmm talk talk here I come and another point to all customers of shell if your not offered the deal you was originally offered as of 12 month ago you can walk from the contract check Martin Lawrence s website explains everything there
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Heckmondwike Shell Energy  
Rubbish. Frequent drop-outs and, strangely, can't connect to either Gmail or Yahoo e-mail services (if I connect using a mobile hotspot, these e-mails miraculously appear...)
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Oxford Shell Energy  
Stay away! this company mis-sold broadband to me, they then emailed me saying apologies we mis-sold this service to you, then i cancelled (this all happened day one) i then received many emails saying i have not paid my bills, they then threatened me with court or a cancellation charge of £323. They are a joke and will damage your credit rating after they lie about what service they can give you. i will be keeping all emails for proof.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
southampton Shell Energy  

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