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
    2.7 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars

Based on 100 customer ratings since 2019-12-17 (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.

434 Customer Reviews over 11 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Orpington
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    DST are best avoided. I signed up in 2007 and was initially pleased with their efforts to improve my broadband speed although they never got it better than about half a meg without the line dropping out constantly, but at least they tried and customer services were reactive. When the line went down completely last winter it took weeks to fix with dreadful service levels in response to the problem and now I'm struggling to get anyone at their end to recognise that the fact that I gave notice to cancel service means that I shouldn't have to pay a charge for cancelling without notice.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    County antrim
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Please read some reviews before taking a contract. We didn't and we conveniently went active on final day of our "cooling off period" to find our broadband was between 1& 3 mb. Their only advice was to go fibre optic. This made no sense money wise but they where only interested in charging £360.00 if we broke our contract. An absolutely useless lot, not even sure if they are a real company but please AVOID!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    If I could give them 0 stars then I would. Bad customer service, endless helpful phone calls to get my WiFi started, paid for WiFi that didn’t work for 11 weeks,
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Warwickshire
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Hands down, the worst company I have EVER had the misfortune of dealing with.

    All I can give you lovely people is some tips so as you don't get caught out by these morally banktrupt salesmen.

    1) they typically sign you up with Vodafone - Go direct, they usually accept poor credit history and you'll get the contract cheaper than going through DST - And without the hassle! It's amazing when you get a bill and it's actually for the amount agreed!

    2) Record ALL your calls with them, they constantly change their story and will pass you around like a joint in a hippy session.

    3) Send the "Free" router back, or you'll get charged at the end (the sheer cheek!)

    People, please put your trust in me when I say AVOID this company. It's not worth the stress in the long run.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilfracombe
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I've been with Direct Save for a few years now and paid in advance for phone and £1.95 a month for broadband so I put up with slow speed But recently Broadband has been very unreliable Have decided to leave and they've sent me termination invoice of £304 which is roughly 20x my monthly bill. tried customer services to get written breakdown of bill and won't send, ask for manager and none available, also very unhelpful. Worst decision I ever made switching to Direct Save (big joke as cost more in long run)
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Atkinson
    Reviewing
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    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Speeds drops a lot, I work from home a fair amount and the speeds I get are a big concern. Several times I have called in to ask why the speeds so slow and theyve always blamed third parties or just said theyre not... Their customer service team are very poor at their roles; limited knowledge and very obnoxious.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Seaford
    Reviewing
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolute load of rubbish. Stuck in a contract for another 6 months yet. Last 12 months have been hell. Internet that goes off for up to 48 hours at a time. Constantly losing connection.slow speed.when it does work it's poor at best. Customer services palm you off with restarting router every time this is a temporary fix as it just goes again within the hour. Router constantly flashing! They say the light stays solid when a good signal is made but never had that yet. Can't wait to be rid of this awful provider and go with someone else. Would pay more for reliable Internet as we use it for work and home life. Don't waste your time even phoning these guys they set you up super quick and call you a lot in first few days to ensure all is well.....so you think they are a good company.... false sense of security believe me it's all been down hill since then.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Orpington
    Reviewing
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    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Dreadful company. With them 4 years and they were initially ok but has gone down in terms of pretty much anything you'd want to judge a provider on.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North lincs
    Reviewing
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I was phoned by this company offering cheaper service, after a long chat on th phone, decided to go with them, I was told everything would be taken care of, sit back and wait for the change over,at the time we were still in contract with BT but said to leave it with them and there would be no contract charge to leave BT not the case BT started emailing me with contract charges for leaving, on top of that I was getting several bills from direct save , I made many phone calls to this company but no one returned them. Also my router never arrived for the setup date , phoned them again and was told they had run out and not sure when they will get some more in , with that I phoned BT and they still had control of the broadband so they put a block on it so direct save were unable to take over,but unfortunately they had got the phone line and for the 3 weeks they had it the line was dreadful with crackling, I couldn't make a call.
    To conclude my whole experience with Direct save was harrendouse and cost a lot money, my advice on hearing the name direct save , run away as fast as you can
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ray
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I opted for 17 mb unlimited plan.dude on customer care. We guwrantee you 8 mb speed. I said " can you guarantee me atleast 4 mb. I am ok. He said. Confidently yes. I am watching movie on youtube . for 1 hour movie to finish it took 2 hrs.chexked my speed. Its 1-2 mbps ... Very poor service. Never go for. I paid 90 pounds for 1 month.. For wat...disappointment and frustrated..cancelled my direct debit.. Will not pay. A penny now...
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible services, and really disoriented and unhelpful customer service! My internet drops once a day every day for about an hour, and customer service told me that this is very normal and I should only call them for help if it starts dropping more than 2-3 times a day. Speed is also not very good, and I am surprised they ask for that much money for their service... An advice to people checking it out: just go to another provider.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Tockwith
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I would avoid this company, very unsatisfactory service and poor customer service skills + their service is always going down/slowing down.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    i can only echo the numerous points below. avoid...not worth slightly cheaper rates
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Southampton
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    4day waiting for a response to my phone call on Monday and still waiting???
    Will not be renewing with you?
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Perthshire
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Avoid, avoid, avoid,. If you ever finally get through to customer service they are rude and unhelpful. Been with them less than 6 weeks and no end of trouble, stayed in for engineer, no show, finally got set up 7 weeks after I bought the service, connection was rubbish, speed less of 0.36, called 3 times, each call lasting nearly an hour and still no improvement. Their staff are rude and unhelpful, manager even worse. Please do not waste time or money signing up, you will have no end of trouble
  • Reviewer
    Location
    manchester
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Simple -they are Lower than low
    1-They take money out of your account without any notification /warning
    2- direct saves inner departments don't talk to each other -no clarity know literally have no idea Even though they say "will look into this "
    3- They lie / scam /deny knowledge /thus banging your head against a brick wall (literally for hours )
    Horrible company ran by horrible people
    AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID !!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Kent
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Crap service, crap support crap everything. Dial-up is quicker. No point phoning, they just lie to you.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Wales
    Reviewing
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    Comments
    Thieves, worse 12 months service in every way. Do not sign up they should pay us for the time they waste. My connection was so bad couldn't use it for most of 10 months, attitudes of staff are poor, never follow up on promises, won't send engineer to fix anything just sell you more expensive packages, invoices wrong numerous times always making you pay more, you can't believe a word they say, the advertising is grossly misleading and forget the no sign in thing, you will be told you have no service unless you do and end up with 18 months. Outrageous rogues who should be investigated.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Chelmsford
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely appalling company. No Internet for over three weeks now and no closer to a resolution. Queue times are horrendous to speak to customer service or support. When you do get through there is zero contrition, instead a chippy and conbative attitude. Unbelievable!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    BIRMINGHAM
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Donot touch direct save no phone for 4 weeks broadband up and down complete robbers
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bristol
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    The worst Internet provider I have ever had. Constanly unreliable service, slow Internet speeds (currently 2Mb for a fibre boradband is a freaking joke). Every time I call them it's all fine on their end. Have tried 3 routers already (as they always blame it on my router) and I keep having problems. Since I joined, in 2 years the price has gone up by £10 while the quality of service keeps decresing. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Darwen
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Do not use this company. I have been with them for 18 months. They are trying to charge me £ 130 for engineer. Told me to buy my own router.... Still doesn't work. They are terrible, we still have no wifi!!! 18months later DO NoT USEever!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Warwick
    Reviewing
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Can't emphasise enough how much hassle this shambles of a company caused me.

    They persuaded me to go for a slower internet speed as I explained that I needed my broadband set up as soon as possible, to which they predicted it would be 10 days. 28 days passed before one of them bothered replying to any of my communications to which they fobbed me off and told me that they were 'waiting on engineers.' a month after that communication I finally get told that an engineer is coming to my property (so at this point I have waited 2 months) and the engineer doesn't even turn up, so that's one day I had to take off work wasted.

    At this point I am sick of the company so email them that I am cancelling my account. The next day I get an email billing me for the 2 months that I have had no service and telling me that a router has been sent to my property. I decide that this is the company acknowledging that I have been forgotten about and that they are sorting my problem, so I call them to ask why I have been billed for time that I have not had internet and they apologise, tell me that they will give me the money back and that my internet will be up and running when my router arrives.

    Any customer of Direct Save will not be surprised to find out that I didn't get the money back and that when I plugged the router in it didn't work. I call up again and ask what has happened and after 45 minutes on the phone of the 'technical expert' insisting that I am plugging the router in to the wrong socket(?) she realises that maybe this has something to do with the fact that the engineers never turned up the previous month (I told her this 45 minutes previously). So she apologises and books for the engineer to come the following week.

    Shocker - the engineers don't turn up again and when I call up to ask why, the girl at the other end of the phone tells me that they were never booked to come. I ask if she can just book me an appointment with the engineers as soon as possible and she tells me there will be a delay because the engineers need to assess my property before they can arrange an appointment, even though this is apparently what created the initial 2 month delay.

    At this point it is nearly Christmas and I have gone so long without internet in my property I decide to just wait until the New Year to see if anything happens. 4 months after the initial enquiry and I am no closer to getting internet than I ever was. So I call up the bank to get back all of the money that I had given them (bare in mind I'd been charged for these 4 months) and to cancel my direct debit. Well shockingly I get a phonecall the next morning from them telling me that I need to pay them back all the money or they won't do anything more. I tell them that they haven't done anything yet and they won't get a penny from me until they do. Well with 2 stubborn parties unable to agree on how to proceed from there unsurprisingly my contract got cancelled.

    The next day I went with BT (who were only £2 a month more expensive) and 2 weeks later my internet is sorted.

    Avoid Direct Save.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Claton on sea
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Waste of time have no phone or broadband nowand have to pay to get phone line back so cancelled
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Gloucestershire
    Reviewing
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    Date
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Like so many other reviewers on this site, my experience with Directsave Telecom has been utterly appalling.

    When I decided to switch to another provider, I initially made the mistake of not giving 28 days notice, for which they charged £54.45 "admin fee" and router charge. As soon as I realised this, I used the new provider's cooling off period to cancel the switch, checking very carefully and repeatedly with Directsave that if I did this they would not take this charge. Their employee checked with the manager, confirmed that the charge would not be taken, and emailed confirmation.

    Shortly afterwards the £54.45 was deducted from my account by direct debit.

    Following multiple attempts to contact DST by phone, which were either unsuccessful or resulted in pointless conversations with people who knew nothing about my account, I cancelled the direct debit and gave 28 days notice to leave.

    Since then (this was in November 2016) they have been sending me bills with the £54.45 still included, have demanded rudely that I send the router back, despite there being no mention of sending the router back anywhere in their Ts & Cs, and have billed me for service for the whole of November and December despite the fact that I left them in mid-November. In their latest bill they appear to threaten me with court action.

    So ... like many others, my advice is DO NOT EVER, EVER THINK OF USING DIRECTSAVE - GO ANYWHERE ELSE.

    By the way, I am now paying much less for 52 MB fibre than I was for 4MB with DirectSave.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    worcester
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    Comments
    tried to order, accepted my order and transfer should be in 5 days. no contact after 9 days have e mailed twice with no response so have cancelled order in disgust. stay well clear
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Newcastle upon tyne
    Reviewing
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    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I payed them but they still havent installed the broadband. When I called and asked them they just said that the installation had been canceled. They didnt offer me anything in return. They just made me wait even longer for the broadband to be installed.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    UK
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely shocking company!!!! It says on their website 24/7 technical support. Rang up this evening and told they have no engineers so will have to wait for a call back in the morning. Supposed to have Fibre Broadband but speed is showing at 0.7!! Not happy at all.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    carshalton
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    i have just had 4 days from hell with this companay after they tried to take over my BT phone and broadband without my permission.

    came home from a weeks holiday to find a email from BT to say that another company wants to take over the services at my address which i did not know anything about.

    have had to make phone calls to bt 3 times in 4 days as this company keeps putting in requests to take over the services and i have to get BT to stop this every time.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Newcastle
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Haven’t even got my internet yet and all I’ve had is hassle from them. Called up 3 times now and every single time I’ve been told something different. I don’t think anyone in the call centre actually knows what they’re doing. Been a joke from start to finish and now they can’t even give me fiber even though I’m paying for it. Wouldn’t recommend. Dreading to see what comes next , plus the call waiting times are 20 mins+
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Newtownabbey
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Haven't had internet for nearly a week, customer service is terrible, keep telling me the same story, wouldn't recommend it to anyone
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Durham
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Be very careful with these people.
    I went thinking it was the cheapest only to find I can have Fiber broadband chaper! At 10+ times the speed.
    When the hit and miss internet service fails - you can not get a response from them.
    Then when they roll you over onto a new contract they add charges for additions (evening and w/end calls) you did not ask for and then when you terminate with them they charge you for Administration fees! of £19.50. Very Poor. Will not ever use again.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bedfordshire
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This is the worst broadband & telephone & customer service I have ever had I have had so many issues with this company for different reasons. I wouldn't recommend them to my enemy as they would recieve the message as the broadband services are slow. Maximum 80mb for about £46 per month. It is a second rate service from a second rate company.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Coventry
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    I have cancelled my direct debit due to the fact I have tried to talk to someone about my contact only to be cut off every time. I have been unable to talk to someone and I've had enough of there service its bloody rubbish.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Shepshed
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Awful awful awful!! I've just cancelled my direct debit with these and signed up to plusnet because after months and months of me emailing them and requesting call-backs (which they ignored 99% of the time) seeing as they don't provide a contact number anywhere it would seem, I've had no choice. I've had absolutely shockingly low speeds on my line and that's when it was actually working, which most of the time, if wasn't. They have done nothing but fob me off with excuses and are extremely rude when dealing with them over the phone. Paying £22 every month for no reason whatsoever, I finally had enough. I'm still in contract until December but they won't be getting another penny from me!! Cannot stress this enough - AVOID THIS COMPANY!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Brampton
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Just had a letter from Direct Save as I am leaving them on 6 April and said that they have calculate that you have 18 months left on your contract and we estimate that your termination fee to be £270.00. So I phoned them and said I was not in contract as it ended last month so have now put it in the hands of Ofcom. As after the contract ended it should be on a month basis. I would never go back to them as had trouble with them from the start as had to phone to see where the modem was and it was late being set up then the modem did not connect to the internet and found out the modem was not set up right and found that out on Monday and the broadband was meant to go on Friday
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stourbridge
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Do not go anywhere near. They lie steal and rob you at every opportunity. I have been overcharged given false information and even been entered into another contract that I no anything about. Talking to Trading Standards on how to deal with it all
  • Reviewer
    Location
    belfast
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    They change contract terms and increase charges. They charge hunders of pounds to terminate contracts. Need I say more. You have been warned.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Chelmsford
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Having read all of the poor reviews left about this company. I can only say that words cannot express what a disgustingly poor service Direct save provide ( having experienced it myself)and I am astounded that the regulator allows them licence to continue trading. They should be investigated for fraud and shut down!
    Be warned.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    York
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I had to buy out of my contact early with direct save. From the moment with took up the broadband and telephone service we had problems. I asked them to waiver the early end of contract fee, but they would not agree. The service was appalling, the equipment was of poor quality. The service used to cut out every day, or buffer. I lost several days work because of the service was not fit for purpose. It cost me £59 to leave. I am now with BT and we have an excellent service now.

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