First Utility

Unlimited standard and fibre broadband packages from a well-known energy supplier

  • Free UK-based customer service
  • Truly unlimited broadband
  • Fibre broadband available, average speeds of 35Mb and 63Mb
  • Range of call packages
  • No upfront charges

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First Utility Super First Broadband
£31.99 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 35Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Existing energy customers can get up to £4 a month off their package!
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

Buy now

Or call us on
0800 093 2384

First Utility Ultra First Broadband
£34.99 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 17Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Existing energy customers can get up to £5 a month off their package!
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

Buy now

Or call us on
0800 093 2384

First Utility First Broadband
£18.99 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

Buy now

Or call us on
0800 093 2384

Reasons to choose First Utility Broadband

  • UK-based customer services - get support from a guaranteed UK call centre using an online chat service
  • Unlimited broadband as standard - All packages come with unlimited usage allowances
  • Fibre package available - average speeds of 35Mb and 63Mb available in enabled areas
  • Phone service included - choose between a range of inclusive call packages including an international calling option
  • Competitive pricing - First Utility's standard broadband offering is among the cheapest on the market
  • Possible savings for First Utility energy customers - you might get a cheaper deal if you're already with First Utility
  • No end of contract price rises - unlike other providers First Utility won't increase the price when your contract ends

Possible downsides

  • No standalone broadband - Line rental has to be taken from First Utility
  • No short contracts - the only contract option is 18 months
  • No frills service - the service comes with few extras, and there's no option to add a TV bundle

Features at a glance

  • Average 11Mb standard broadband, 35Mb and 63Mb Fibre download speeds

  • 18 month contracts

  • Unlimited usage allowances on all packages

  • Free UK-based customer support

  • Range of inclusive landline minutes available with every deal

2.6 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 265 customer ratings since 2018-03-21. See more First Utility customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-03-19

Customer 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 First Utility.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.6 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.9 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.6 stars

Based on 265 customer ratings since 2018-03-21

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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 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
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 First Utility  
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 First Utility  
Having read all the reviews i can only endorse the negative points made by the broadband customers of First Utility.This company should not be allowed to offer broadband as it doesn't appear to be able to keep its promises regarding speed etc plus the fact the customer service is terrible to say the least.It costs a small fortune how they keep you hanging on with only an occasional robotic voice and dreary music for company,this might be acceptable if your problem was sorted by them but alas no this is not the case as all they could offer was an engineer in three days time,no offer of compensation only to be told if the hub has been tampered with the engineer will inform you that his visit will cost you £140. So come the end of my contract its bye bye First Utility broadband and thanks to customer service it will be bye bye to gas and electricity too
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
northwest First Utility  
Appalling service, no stars can be given. Bitterly regret leaving BT 4 months ago, since when we have received a totally inadequate service. The internet is very intermittent and cuts out continually. We have been quoted £290 to cancel the contract, which seems appalling. In any other circumstances, if goods prove faulty you can return them and go elsewhere. Shame on you First Utility, we have been very satisfied gas and electric customers for the last 3 years, but shall now go elsewhere in protest at your shabby dealings with us
Bolton First Utility  
Absolute dishonesty from start to finish. They get you aboard for £19pcm but forget to mention anywhere that it's £19 plus VAT. You get a max of 9 Mbps for 4 days followed by .08 Mbps. When you contact them they suggest you switch to £35 per month plus VAT for a faster speed. They will ignore all complaints except when you cancel the DD - then they write, boy how they write. When they know they've lost - as in when you are with a reliable supplier - you will hear nothing for 2 months. Then you will receive a threatening e mail from their 'collection agents' etc. I have opened a case against them with the CAB who believe enough other like complaints will see the Trading Standards take over, even the police maybe. Get your money back off these sharks, ask for some deserved compensation off them for their behaviour towards you; then register the complaint with the CAB.
Emsworth First Utility  
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 First Utility  
I don't believe that First Utility have the technical capability or business acumen to offer a broadband service. They fail miserably on aspects of delivery and support. They should be avoided at all costs. I would also add that no organisation that I am aware of can take so much negative reports without attempting to even investigate the criticism. I firmly believe that we have been conned.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Rainham, Essex First Utility  
Not too bad until you decide to leave.£15.00 cease fee and £35.00 charge if you don't send their router and wires back within 30 days.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Rotherham First Utility  
Been stuck with them for over a year. Broadband speed very slow (8mbps - should be getting 35+). They said there was nothing wrong with it. Eventually I got fed up and paid for BT put in another line. BT coming down at 35 - 45 Mbps. turned out the First Utility engineer had split the wires when connecting the service which led to their dodgy speed. First utility customer service not interested so I paid up the contract and left. Absolutely useless customer service, terrible broadband - I will never use them again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Woodford Green First Utility  
We are very unhappy with first Utility I would not recommend them at all. We always have interruptions to the service . Very slow internet speed and have always had trouble with the service and go hours without internet. We have complained but they have not helped out at all or even give us reasonable advice. They have actually been rude and unhelpful. My advice is to avoid first utility, I can’t wait until I am out of the contract so I can change provider. I would not stay with first utility even if they were giving it free as it is completely useless. We only surf the net we are not gamers and are not heavy internet users . So avoid FIrst Utility. .
Richhill First Utility  

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First Utility Buyers Guide

Can I get First Utility Broadband?

First Utility Broadband is available in all areas covered by BT telephone exchanges.

The service runs on a combination of TalkTalk's low cost network and the Openreach network. It's available to well over 90% of UK premises, and the features and price are the same whether you're in an urban or rural area.

What packages are available?

First Utility offer one standard and two fibre broadband packages, each with a fixed price, no connection fee and line rental included.

The three broadband deals available to you are:

  • UltraFirst Broadband - totally unlimited ultrafast fibre broadband with average speeds of 63Mb, on an 18 month contract
  • SuperFirst Broadband - totally unlimited fibre broadband with average speeds of 35Mb, on an 18 month contract
  • First Broadband - totally unlimited standard (ADSL) broadband with average speeds of 11Mb, on an 18 month contract

None of these deals include calls, so you'll only pay for what you use. If you make a lot of landline calls you can add a package as an optional extra. There are two to choose from - Evening and Weekend Calls, and Anytime Calls. You can also get a lower price on all of these broadband packages if you're already a First Utility energy customer.

Which package should I choose?

All three packages can be described as "no-frills". This means your choice is simply down to what speed you need.

The First Broadband package, with average speeds of 11Mb, is best for smaller or less demanding households. Typical usage would include web, email and social media, and perhaps a single user watching Netflix or iPlayer.

Real world broadband speeds are almost always slower than the advertised maximum speed. Speeds differ from one property to another based on the distance from the nearest telephone exchange (for standard broadband) or street cabinet (for fibre). If you are a long way from your nearest exchange then the speeds you can get with standard broadband may be too slow for reliable TV streaming in HD. In this case you might want to consider looking at a fibre option even if you regard yourself as being a less demanding user.

SuperFirst Broadband is the mid-range deal for larger households where you may have two or more people streaming movies or downloading large files at the same time. If you need even more speed beyond that, the UltraFirst package is the one you should consider.

Points to consider before you choose

  • Are you a First Utility energy customer?
  • How far are you from your nearest telephone exchange?
  • What do you use the internet for? Mostly browsing and social media, or lots of streaming, gaming and downloading?
  • How many people will be using your internet connection at the same time?
  • Are you happy to commit to an 18 month contract?
  • Would you prefer to get your broadband, phone and TV from the same company?

Compare all First Utility Broadband packages

What do I get when I sign up?

It's important to know exactly what you're getting when you sign up with a broadband provider. This enables you to factor in the cost of any extras you may need to buy.

  • Free wireless router - All broadband customers get a free N-rated wireless router
  • Free UK based customer support - Free support is available by phone between 8am and 8pm on weekdays, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays
  • Line rental and pay as you go calls - Line rental is included in the price, and you only pay for the calls you make. You can add an optional calls package from as little as £3 per month if you need it

What are the benefits of First Utility Broadband?

These are the reasons why it's worth considering signing up for First Utility Broadband

  • Competitive pricing - First Utility's prices are competitive. This is especially true of their standard broadband package, which ranks among the cheapest on the market
  • Line rental included - Line rental is included in the price, so you know exactly what you're paying when you sign up
  • No end of contract price rises - There will be no unpleasant shocks when your contract ends, as the monthly price will not be increased
  • Cheaper price for existing customers - You can get a personalised quote if you're already a First Utility energy customer. This may be cheaper, although the price may also rise if you subsequently switch to a different energy supplier
  • No setup fees - There are no setup fees or other up front costs
  • UK based support - Customer support is free, available by telephone, and based in the UK

What are the drawbacks of First Utility Broadband?

No company is perfect. What factors should you be aware of that count against First Utility?

  • No short contracts - The only option available is an 18 month contract, which is not great if you need something shorter or don't want to commit long term
  • No standalone broadband option - There's no option to take broadband on its own, as line rental is required for all deals
  • Support hours are limited - First Utility's customer service is well regarded, but its availability is limited. If your internet goes down on Saturday evening you'll have to wait until Monday morning to speak to someone
  • Minimal extras - First Utility offers a no-frills service. You can add a calls package, but you'll need to buy TV services from a separate company. The free router is quite basic, and there are no other extras
  • A new and unknown quantity - Although well established in the energy market, First Utility is new to broadband. The lack of a reputation (good or bad) makes it an unknown quantity, which may be a concern given the absence of short contracts
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