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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AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID Put our prices up after not telling us if we left as energy customers our price would go up! We didn't even know that the price was special as it was the same for non-energy customers all over the internet. Their terms and conditions have been very well put together to basically charge and do whatever they like. they did not cancel my contract as I asked in writing in August 2017 and still continue to bill me to this day to the tune of £508!!! They have 5 people in their compaints department and cannot get back to you or answer your complaint 11 weeks later, their names are useless, incompitant, waste of space, why are we paying you and numpty! If you want a good provider for Home Phone and Broadband, go direct to Talk Talk!
James Shell Energy  
I’ve been with First Utility since 5/2, so one day and one month, and I have to say the speed is absolutely awful. As my son put it, it’s actually slower than dial-up of all those decades ago: The last three tests over the last 2 weeks were 0.9 and 1.36 and 1.36Mb download with NAN and 1.15 and 0.20Mb/s on upload - this using two different speed tests over the days too. This is absolutely appalling. Not only this, it has cut out three times in this time and two of those were for over five hours. The company has come up with every single excuse these companies usually use for why they have failed so much, but of course I’m not buying any of it.
The call centre manageress said that I had received emails to send their own specific speed tests to, but eventhough I filled the initial form in online correctly, they have my surname spelt incorrectly, and it took a while for her to admit that that’s why I have not received the emails, trying to say it was my fault it seemed. She did admit it in the end. It’s lucky that I have actually taken speed test results from the start of this contract, and I know that can be used legally somehow for some part of refund or something like that, because I refuse to pay for something that I do not receive.
The last point here is that the manageress tried to convince me that because FIRST UTILITY have a great reputation with their gas and electricity, that therefore they must have a great one for broadband, and again it took me ages for me to get her to admit that the people who are engineers for the gas and electricity side are not the same people who are responsible for the broadband, and eventually she said that it’s talktalk who operate their broadband, again she admitted I was telling the truth, well at least nearly, as near as I was going to get from her.

It is way beyond unacceptable, I’ve been with BT and Sky, BT speeds were not brilliant (I moved because they tried to overcharge me from the first month by £100.00) but FU is miles off that.

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  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes Shell Energy  
So bad broadband I have submitted at least 10 speed tests for their attention but still no good .Happy to take money ,spend your money elsewhere!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Consett Shell Energy  
This is an appalling company. I had been with them for over a year with very slow connection speeds of around 4 MBPS despite being on the fibre network, when I moved house. They arranged to move my broadband to my new address but told me it required a new contract and a wait of a month before they could connect me at the new address. The engineer failed to turn up after a wait of a month. When I contacted them (three hours on hold...yes!), I was told that the order had been "declined twice" and therefore cancelled. All my bills were paid in full by direct debit so there was absolutely no excuse for this cancellation. Furthermore First Utility failed to contact me in any way, and at any point in this whole process to tell me there was a problem. The representative I spoke to suggested another month long wait for another installation appointment but I explained I couldn't wait without broadband for so long and told him politely that I'd rather cancel the order. The representative then hung up on me! I then received a bill for an early termination of the contract for a full year's cost of £220 because they said cancellation occurred after the 14 day grace period, but they had never provided a service and I wasn't told they had cancelled my order until after the 14 day period!

I'm appalled by the level of corruption, incompetence and rudeness I've been subjected to by this company. I will contact the ombudsman now to see how I can get my money back. It's so time-consuming, frustrating and upsetting I would urge you all to avoid this company at all costs. Even if you have a simple enquiry you will routinely be kept on hold for more than 30 minutes at any time of day. Avoid!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Kelso, UK Shell Energy  
Trying to connect to the internet is terrible, It has taken just over three hours today and has just dropped out again after 15 minutes, don't know when I will be able to get reconnected. Only been with this company for two weeks, but not for much longer. Must read reviews on other suppliers.
Warning don't use this company, it will drive you doolally very rapidly rapidly.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Huntingdon Shell Energy  
Swapped from BT infinity to First Utility. No problems at all, I haven't installed the First Utility router, just left the BT hub in place and it all just works. BT speed was fine but the price was not. Not notable difference in speed. So far so good. Not sure about customer service as I haven't tried to use it.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Sheffield Shell Energy  
I've just left, and they charged me £80 early leaving fee.

Been with then 6 months, and had nothing but trouble. You cant log into your account because the did not send a user name or password, I asked if I could have a new password and user name, and was told 'NO'.

I wanted to add calling features like caller display and call forwarding, I was told 'NO', I eventually got caller display, but it was a right game, had to go through customer services, which is a joke.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol Shell Energy  
Excellent speeds and connection.
Very happy.
Thank you.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Chadwell heath Shell Energy  
Was told by a friend to use this service and i am happy i did.
I have saved money for the same service and speeds.
Never disconnected and good WiFi.
No regrets.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Romford 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  
I've had my gas and electric from them for years and never had a problem, so decided to give their broadband service a go. I signed up for £18.99 a month.
I have been with them 6 months and have never seen a bill and can't access anything online. They charge me random amounts whenever they seem to feel like it, 3 months in a row, weird amounts then miss a month then it starts again and my broadband drops off intermittedly most evenings around 8pm. I have tried calling their call centre several times, I held for 20mins the first time, 30mins the second then 30 the third time, I never actually spoke to anyone any of the three times I called as I got sick of waiting and hung up realising it was probably costing me a small fortune being on hold for so long and doubting anyone was actually there, I emailed them a few days ago, got an automatic response but have yet to be contacted back by a human.
I would definitely recommend them for their gas n electric, but I don't think they're actually set up properly yet to do broadband customer service, so I would avoid them if I were you.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dinnington Sheffield Shell Energy  
worst experience ever, very poor customer services & reliability, would not recommend this service
London Shell Energy  
So so bad! Made countless complaints and they always tell it is not possible that my speed is half what it was before I switched!It has now halved again! Just waiting the contract out now. I was a gas and electricity customer for many years, I will NEVER use them again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
sevenoaks Shell Energy  
Faster and More stable than TalkTalk, which I find strange as its TalkTalk that's actually providing the service. The downside is their cheap routers, which means crap wireless connections
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Wiltshire Shell Energy  
I feel that I am getting a raw deal paying for 38mb only getting 13mb staff don't have any answers I will not renew my contract with them when contract ends. (RUBBISH)
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
york Shell Energy  
changed from one bad provider got one just as bad have contacted First utility about the speeds etc, waste of time, paying for some thing I am not getting very, very disappointed. going to change provider when my contract ends soon, would not recommend this service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
york Shell Energy  
Avoid this company like the plague. They are incapable of delivering stable, reliable broadband speeds. Mine is frequently at an mbs of 0.45. Abysmal.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Stockport Shell Energy  
I have to say we are both happy with the service and speed. Friendly and polite. Thank you.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
west london Shell Energy  
Nice speeds and netflixs works excellent for me.
A consistence and stable connection for quiet a while now.
Switch over was hassle free and exactly what i was told.
Saving money too. Happy days. xxx
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
london Shell Energy  
Very pleased and all good.
I work from home so use the internet all day long.
Its never let me down so i can only praise the service.
GREAT..
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
essex Shell Energy  
Switch over to first utility when i realized what i was really paying for my broadband and phone connection.
Connection is good and has never failed since the switch.
Excellent value and a great saving.
:) :)
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
KENT Shell Energy  
what words can i say about first utility, well i was paying £18.99 a month for broardband when i left first utility energy my broardband went upto £23.99 for a servive that was well below par.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
somerset Shell Energy  
Awful, awful broadband!!! I never usually leave bad reviews but I feel I should on this occasion. Like other reviews we were told when we changed over it'd be the same speed as our original supplier but cheaper. It's absolutely disgusting. So bad sometimes netflix won't load properly. Customer services are a disgrace as well on the phone for nearly 50 minutes then was told basically there's nothing wrong with the speed, sent us a speed checker of theirs and same speed as the test we done! Oh and when I used the ring back service no one rang back, I've reported this company to the ombudsman, I don't see why we should be paying for a service we aren't receiving.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
County Durham Shell Energy  
Very pleased with service now for many months,no problems at all. Same as any other top service provider but a lot cheaper.
Well worth the switch and a happy customer.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
london Shell Energy  
good solid connection and a lot cheaper as there's no TV advertising to pay for.BT spend the most on advertising so this accounts for the big price difference.
Looking forward to saving thousands over the next ten years plus.
If you don't switch you will never know or save.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
colchester Shell Energy  
Customer service is awful went with them on 7th december everything wad ok till 20th december it all went off no phone or internet rung them told engernier would come out but not till 27th december they came said nothing wrong with the line or exchange and that there is no signal from their server so they must of switched it off still did not get it back on till today they rung and said my internet wsd going live today to me that means that they had switched it off so dont go with them at anycost
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Pontefract west yorks Shell Energy  
The worst service I have ever received.
If there was an option for less stars I would.
I am currently sorting a complaint that has gone on for 6 + months. This has now gone to the highest possible complaints department apparently, yet no resolution.
They informed us our meter was broken and they would have an engineer out to fix it. Took 1 month to get the engineer and two call outs to fix a new one. (Engineer confirmed to us that it is broken).
We still carried on paying monthly as we were of course using energy. They have now got a an extortionate outstanding bill from when the new meter was fitted. They have estimated what we use now to what we have had before and charged accordingly. Even though there in no way of proving how much we used.
I argued this case and First Utility said that the meter wasn't broken and we are using roughly the same amount now as the meter reading were showing before (in actual fact were using slightly less now going by their theory). Trouble is we have significantly more appliances so you would expect our amount to be more now. There is no way of proving how much we have used as the meter was faulty so how can they charge us this estimated amount.
Unreasonable and UNHELPFUL - constantly going round in circles.
Having to call and chase the updates twice a week on the phone for 45 minutes at a time. COMPLETE WATE OF TIME! Just want the debt cleared so I can move on with another supplier ASAP!
First Utility push back each phone call to next week. Always asking for more meter readings on each call after giving them over and over again. Wanting more time too look at our case because its gone on for so long!
At a loose end with no light at the end of the tunnel. So waiting for another call next week. We are so angry, frustrated and annoyed at this horrendous company.
First Utility will time waste as much as possible so that they can wrack up another bill.
Unreasonable horrendous company. DO NOT USE!
If you are with them LEAVE!
Shell Energy  
I am absolutely disgusted with this service and have obviously been sold a pup. I can't speak to anyone so in desperation have moved to anothet supplier after the first month.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Lyme Regis 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 switched from BT to First Utility less than a month ago based on a recommendation of the scouts they've set up at Currys PC world. I was told their service was just as good as BT but cheaper. The boradband service is absolute trash I've complained a few times.BT actually warned me about the service and they were damn right. Now it will cost me more because if my wifi speeds doesn't improve to the BT levels I'll pay off the rest of the contract and leave them, can't survive this rubbish service for another 17 months. The frustration will kill me.
nobody should move to them just because they have cheaper prices, their service is also cheap trash.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes Shell Energy  
Don't use if you want to ever think you might need to contact customer service. It's a joke. Takes nearly 5 minutes to even join the queue and then for ever to actually talk to anyone. If you are unlucky you then are put in another queue. Customer service is nonexistent
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Burnley Shell Energy  
Customer service is fairly good and helpful, however, customer service should be low down the list of desirables as ideally you shouldn't need it. Speed is ok. The biggest let down for First Utility is the frequency of broadband outages and disconnections. In terms of reliability they are appalling. This is why I have rated customer service quite high as I often need to contact them to ask why I have no connection!

Overall impression ... steer clear. Very unreliable.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Lewes Shell Energy  
Don't use this company if you think you might need customer service. Almost impossible to contact unless you are prepared to spend ages on the phone and listen to dreadful music. Email does not work.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Burnley 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  
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  
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  
I have never received the speed I understood I was sold for. I plugged my laptop directly to the router by cable connection. I used the Watchdog Broadband check while talking to customer services. I was then asked to provide speed data over 3 days. This I did but they say the speed checker I used is not valid! I believe Watchdog from the BBC must be acceptable. I will change provider as soon as my contract expires.....
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Rutland Shell Energy  
Early days.
We wanted it connected before we left for a break but they were unable to make the date by two days so we contacted them.
The first attempt was not so good as the guy we spoke to said, no worries, we will get someone to call you back within 2 days. SILENCE!
I called back and spoke to a "Zoe". She apologised and then promptly sorted it.
The router arrived early, thanks, Zoe. I was able to configure it to match my old network and on the go live day, up it came and all looks good.
Have not used it much yet but so far, so good.
The call centre staff do, seem, rely on unseen technical staff, Zoe had to ask them a question that I wanted answered. Now it may be a case of "Chinese Whispers" but she was given an incorrect answer.
I will update when I have more use.
Conclusion.
Simple to buy, seems a good price, very helpful staff mostly, works and the company seem to want to keep me happy. Nice.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
North Ayrshire Shell Energy  
Terrible speed, terrible customer service, terrible reliability, cheap terrible router supplied. Stay well clear of this outfit, they're terrible.
I cancelled and they're now trying to charge me a sky high cancellation fee after a month without broadband which is they're at fault for.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Pembrokeshire Shell Energy  

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