Direct Save 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 Direct Save.

Recent Customer Ratings for Direct Save

  • Satisfaction
    3.3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.3 stars
  • Speed
    3.1 stars
  • Reliability
    3.2 stars

Based on 207 customer ratings since 2018-07-15 (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.

358 Customer Reviews for Direct Save

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Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
AVOID AVOID !!!They took out £180 of our account without any warning Still in dispute with them They then terminated our line without any warning- Turns out bt engineer fixed the fault on the telegraph pole They passed on charge even though outside our property Shocking slow speeds- continuous dropping line Customer service beyond RUDE -They don't care Zero communicate !!Unbelievably poor /no service
AVOID AVOID ALL ALL COSTS
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Direct Save  
If it was possible to give this company a zero I certainly would. Everything about this company is appalling. One of their representatives called my disabled 90 year old mother who has many different health issues and has a medical alert phone with BT. On testing the her bracelet which we do monthly, it didn't work. I phoned BT to tell them only to find that Direct Save had taken over the phone. On questioning mum she said BT had rung to offer her a better deal with them. Looking into this I found out that she believed and kept asking their operator if this was BT because she needed to stay with them. This operative led her all the way to believe that it was BT who she was speaking to and my mum even stupidly gave her bank details over the phone to this company. I managed to get on to her bank and explain and they cancelled the standing orders, etc immediately. I asked the company to produce the tapes as they say that they record every conversation, which was the advice I received from Ofcom. I have written to this company and emailed them and they have denied receiving any correspondence from either myself or Ofcom or any complaint was made or recorded against my mum's account with them. I cannot believe a company can carry on like this and stay in business. The guy who had the conversation with mum, who I agree the other comments here I think they only have about two members of staff, said he didn't realise she was elderly or had Parkinson's disease and didn't understand she had a special phone, I cannot understand that as her voice is weak and shaky. I am still trying to get them to produce this recording, they are still chasing my mum for cancellation fees, etc. and have today sent her a debt collection letter. Once I spoke to the debt collection agency they said they would go back and speak to Direct Save themselves. Ongoing fight but I believe a company is only as good as their service when things go wrong, so I just want to add beware if you are going to use this company. They even told me they believed that her medic alert would have worked with their service after they denied she told them she had one. They just constantly put the phone down on you if you try and reason with them, unbelievable.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Salisbury Direct Save  
Only been with them a week so will update in a few months too but so far they are great. We have always been with BT as we live in a rural area and they were the best option (we can't even get Sky) but then saw this company for so much cheaper and as I am on Maternity Leave was looking at ways to reduce our bills. Customer Service has so far been fine, got through quickly to someone I can understand (unlike BT). Broadband speed/connectivity has been fine - able to stream on my laptop while my husband is online on the Xbox too(unlike BT where is used to waver/buffer a lot) and websites load up quickly. So yeah so far so good (fingers crossed it continues). I was wary as just couldn't believe we would get the same service at such a cheap price but as of yet it has been better than BT.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Northamptonshire Direct Save  
Had to speak to Direct Save on a couple of occasions due to bills being more than quoted when i signed with them. I have to be that some of there customer service skills are to be desired. Was told I would get a credit on my account for having to call up and not being happy with the service, but then that credit never got added so had to call again.
The broadband is a bit slow in our area and i think it is quite expensive for the service that you get. But we brought a Persimmon Home and you get tied into a deal with a choice of 4 providers which no one has ever heard of.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Hethersett, Norwich Direct Save  
Apparently I can't be connected, after numerous phone calls, going through various stages & log-ins on computer and two routers, I have never received broadband from the start of their service.
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
SHEFFIELD Direct Save  
This company is a farce, they are inept in every manner and provide a diabolical service. They have cut off a disabled vulnerable person who needs the phone line for her care call and emergency care line due to being extremely vulnerable and even after three calls and them saying it is our fault you should not have been cut off, but there is nothing more we can do! Reconnect instantly would be what you ethically should do! They are putting my mothers life at risk and has caused us stress, upset and worry not just to her daughter but her as well she has been so stressed, upset and is worrying, how can a company be allowed to run in this manner, disgusting, despicable and deplorable they can get away with it! AVOID them as they are cold money grabbers who have no care or compassion for their customers!!!!!!!! Horrid company
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Essex Direct Save  
I have been with DST for over 6 years. At first they were great. The past 18 months have been terrible. Incorrect charging, service drop-outs, inconsistent advice for customer services. I have requested on-line billing (many times) and they still can't seem to manage that (I still get paper copies!). I have asked for my MAC code twice and am still waiting. Excuse after excuse. The sooner I can leave the better.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Direct Save  
AVOID!!!!! This company is the worst I have ever encountered. Their service is diabolical.

We ordered broadband from them and it took 10 weeks for it to be connected! The excuse they gave was that it was BT's fault. I checked with BT and this was a lie.

After 5 calls - to different people - who didn't have a clue what the last person had said, eventually it was connected and was half the speed of other providers - so I switched. However, because I'd prepaid my line rental, they "reserved" my number and I had to have a new one.

Oh, and if you do want to make a call to customer services, make sure you have a good book to read while you wait for them to answer. The record was 40 minutes on hold.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Staffordshire Direct Save  
Direct Save are a good reliable company that supply my home phone and broadband. I have not had any real problems with them.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
bournmouth Direct Save  
Been with them for over a year now, completely satisfied. Never had any problems. When i have had to contact Customer Services they have always been 100% polite and helpful. Would definately recommend them.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Cumbria Direct Save  
Direct Save Telecom is a great company with the cheapest line rental in the uk. I have never had any prblems with my broadband and i have been with them over 2 years. The ammount of money of i have saved in the past 2 years has allowed me to DO SO MUCH THINGS I wish i had become a DST customer years ago. There staff are very friendly and helpful along with there great customer service team. I would also like to commend one member of staff by the name of Rosie who went above and beyond to help me....Thank you DST
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
croydon Direct Save  
Broadband has been unbelievably slow keep on having to reset box to even get slightest signal
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wigton Cumbria Direct Save  
Have been with them for more than 8 years now and they have always been helpful and so far have been able to provide excellent service to our house.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Leatherhead Direct Save  
Good value for money.

Occasionally slow

Pleased with what I have had
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Edinburgh Direct Save  
my point of view about this is that i was very happy to come to use this broadband speed was very good untill now as its cuts out all the time now i had this before when i was with itaik i just wonder why pay money to this if you can not get online, but direct save says they have change my settings and still no luck if this keeps ongoing much longer i will leave if anyone having the same thing on your broadband what can you do
  • Speed
    1 star
YEOVIL Direct Save  
The test of any company is how they cope when things are going wrong. I am willing to givepeople the benefit of the doubt. There were some very good and helpful advisors but some extremely rude ones too. We took on the telephone and broadband from previous occupants. It took them 10 days before they informed me I would need one of their modems to access broadband. It took a week for the modem to be sent, which was sent to the previous occupants who had moved 20 miles away. They would not reissue a modem so I had to drive to collect. The passwords provide did not work with the modem and technical support are only available during office hours. No one available at weekends either which is tough when working away from home in the week. Eventually I got someone who knew what was wrong (passwords were set up for previous owner) and so 22 days later we have internet. My goal was to not go a day without internet as I work at weekends and evenings so this has been hellish. Next challenge is the 0.3mb/s speed. Down expect calls to be returned. At the end of the day you get what you pay for.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
dorset Direct Save  
As good as it can be given the broadband speed available.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
High Wycombe Direct Save  
Recently moved house. What really matters is when problems occur they are dealt with quickly. An 0800 number and getting through in a few seconds matters. Helpful staff sorted out issues quickly and efficiently when I needed to configure my own router. Very cost effective compared with TalkTalk. Try dealing with issues with TalkTalkcan take ages on the phone. No comparison.

Speed excellent. However, I am now nearer an exchange. 10Mb/sec compared to 2Mb/sec.
STROUD Direct Save  
Absolutely appalling service, never have I been so repeatedly fobbed off on the phone. Our broadband has not worked for over a week, every time I've tried to phone I just get a lifeless robot saying she has raised a ticket for engineer to give me a call the next working day. That has now happened 3 days in a row with not a single returned phone call.
DO NOT USE DIRECT TELECOM.
Absolutely diabolical
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Direct Save  
Money pinching and difficult people to deal with. I had a faulty router which was replaced. I returned the faulty router and have a receipt to prove it. I was charged for the cost of the same router under pretence that DirectSave had not received it. They just took £36.95 from my account via Direct Debit without any notice in advance. When I notice the charge on my account I called and sent emails stating that I posted the faulty router. All were ignored. for about five months. I had enough by then and cancelled the Direct Debit upon which I was charged £9.99 for not being able to still more money from my account. I am still in credit with them. I was then called and lied to. Everything is denied and twisted to suit their purpose. Last thing I told them I will complain to the Ombudsman and left it at that. Anyone considering switching to them should be careful. You will allow pickpocketing company access to your bank account.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Direct Save  
Extremely bad customer service. I received a faulty power socket adapter so couldn't connect and only 2 weeks later I found out that this was the problem. They sent me a new adapter but wouldn't refund me for the line costs of the first 2 weeks.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Northampton Direct Save  
Short version, Don't touch em but if you do, read the small print and don't expect quality if you need service or help.

Had two contracts with these people, quit the first one early and was charged a fortune, yes I know I should have read the small print but the charges were many and sucked even more money away... The one that stands out is the charge of £40 for a none returned modem... Had I have had notification or similar I would have returned it and trying to get through to them and get a straight answer or someone to take action seems impossible...

Customer services don't exist, the staff seem ready to contradict you, so don't say Good Morning they may disagree on both counts. They will not answer email or back up their promises with paper or other actions.. They just dip into your account and take what they say you owe....

My other contract was terminated after the contract end, but they still managed to extract £19.50 for the transfer being done before the end of the 28 day notice period... Which I swear I didn't have to give.

The service on the domestic line was a joke too, every month the fibre seemed to switch down and I had to call the tech support who would fiddle with something or call a local engineer and within a day or so I was up and running but this happened repeatedly for over a year.

The tech people were helpful to be fair, but I would rather not have to speak to them if you know what I mean.

I have used BT, Sky and Talk Talk, all offer a more stable and superior setup and I have never been stung for switching or had to return a modem. Likewise service at my house at least has been smooth with the big players ... There are enough decent deals and short contracts out there with the big boys not to have to bother with the shop front companies like this.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
UK Direct Save  
Horrible. They collect your money and deliver you the worst service ever. Stay away.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
DA1 5UG Direct Save  
Excellent value for money! Switched from Sky a few years ago and not repented! Boradband speed is better than Sky but could be improved.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Leicester Direct Save  
I haven't had any problems with direct save and would recommend it to everyone
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
S.E.20 Direct Save  
Crap service, crap support crap everything. Dial-up is quicker. No point phoning, they just lie to you.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Kent Direct Save  
Very very slow.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London (Islington) Direct Save  
Customer service slow and unhelpful. Broadband keeps disconnecting, internet buffers, but according to Direct Save, they are giving a good service.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Norfolk Direct Save  
Do NOT touch this company with barge-pole. They are NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE! Constantly losing internet connection!APPAULING download speed(as low as 0.5mbs)Hence at peek times? the connection is lost. I have to say, in ALL my years of being on the internet? NEVER,EVER have I had the misfortune of being landed with such a disgraceful service provider as this 1. PLEASE! do yourself a HUGE favour and do NOT have ANYTHING to do with this company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Midlands Direct Save  
Very unreliable with Internet speeds far below the advertised ones. In the evenings I cannot watch TV over IP as the download speeds are very low.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Charlton Heys Direct Save  
tried to order, accepted my order and new line should be in 14 days.engineer arrived after 3 days ,not expected until another 4 days,said i dont need i new line,but am still being charged for new line,phoned direct save,they made excusse for still charging £30 for new line i dont need,but stil not connected,engineer who should have arrived 5 days later didnt,but router did arrive,phones again i was told another excuse ,email 2 days later no reply,again 3 days later no reply next day phone again ,all calls from my mobile,they are surprised i got no land line to call,still not called me back,phoned again today,3 weeks after original order,and they tell me there is a fault on the line,will be another 15 days before engineer can come out to have a look ,so i cancelled in disgust,and they will refund the £30 for new line after i have sent the router back to them,so its cost me in phone calls,and postage for router and to return it ,so am having to find another supplier ,or renew mobile contract and mobile broadband
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
north wales Direct Save  
Have had no problems with this company at all. Changed to them after being with sky for years, who's bills had gone astronomical. Changed after searching for better deal and found this one on U switch. Paid line rental year in advance (£11.50) a month saving me £8.49 a month compared to sky, and broadband deal of £1.95 a month (unlimited usage) saving another £6 month. Did everything on line and all was completed easily and satisfactory.
Sky cut line off dead on the dot of 8am on changeover leaving me with no phone so called direct save customer service spoke to a helpful young man who said he would check it out and were connected within the next half hour. No complaints about that..
Broadband speed is better than sky.
Surprised when first used it as to how quick it was. Have had no problem with any monthly bills for phone calls. The only thing is the free wifi router is obviously a cheap version but it works OK , it does drop out if wander too far away but easily corrected if use a better router or extender. Had my doubts before changing after reading reviews but unfounded all in all no problems or complaints. Thankyou Direct save and U Switch. Saving £15 a month . happy happy.☺
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Essex Direct Save  
I am trying to get hold of someone to find out how to change my password, I have now been trying for two days ! No info on website. There is no email address at all, and phoning just gets message "lots of calls waiting", hopeless. I have had enough.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Dorset Direct Save  
Having recieved 4-5 hubs in the first 12 months, had an unanounced increas in my broadband price I am not at all imprest with the service
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Dalnabrec Direct Save  
Broad band tend to cut out every so often.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
FELTHAM MIDDLESEX Direct Save  
Following unhelpful discussions I still think you should provide explicit reasons why I am not able to return to my previous supplier following your contract with the housing assoc where I now live Plus your phone charges are much higher than my previous supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Cambridge Direct Save  
Absolutely outstanding service I have been Directsave for a 8 years and the service from them is flawless.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Cheshire Direct Save  
this is the worst company for broadband .when you sign up for broadband they tell you that the line is not suitable for normal speeds (when i was getting 4 mb then dropped down to half a meg)so that i sign up for fibre a guy called matt so he said . they are villians and will be taking this to the ombudsman they will rue the day they did this to me
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
newcastle Direct Save  
As with others I wish I had read the reviews before I bought this product. I didn't even receive it. I called a number of times to find out when the router was going to arrive and when my broadband was going to go live. I was told two different timings by different people. Then I read the reviews and decided to cancel the whole thing - it was not worth the hassle. I called to cancel and the woman said to email in writing to the customer service department (fine), which I did, did not receive a confirmation email so emailed to ask for one, still nothing. Then I rang to make sure and they said they didn't receive one, then they checked and 'oh yes, it's here'. I wanted to get a refund of the £50 fee but that was not possible because there is no 'cooling-off period' when activating a line (or something like that). I agree with all the negative reviews. Customer service was far from pleasant. Just don't waste your energy of this lot.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh Direct Save  
I'm perfectly happy with Direct Save an an ISP - hasn't failed once in the past 6 months (so haven't called customer service)and the telco rates are cheaper than elsewhere.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Haywards Heath Direct Save  

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