Shell Energy Broadband Buyers Guide

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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Shell Energy Superfast Fibre
£29.99 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Exclusive discounts for existing energy customers
  • 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

Shell Energy Superfast Fibre Plus
£34.99 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Exclusive discounts for existing energy customers
  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 17Mb average upload speed!
  • 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

Shell Energy Fast Broadband
£19.99 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Exclusive discounts for existing energy customers
  • 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 Shell Energy 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 - Shell Energy's standard broadband offering is among the cheapest on the market
  • Possible savings for Shell Energy energy customers - you might get a cheaper deal if you're already with Shell Energy
  • Cheap petrol - Shell Energy broadband gets you access to the Shell Go+ benefits scheme, including discounts on petrol
  • No end of contract price rises - unlike other providers Shell Energy won't increase the price when your contract ends

Possible downsides

  • No standalone broadband - line rental has to be taken from Shell Energy
  • 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

2.5 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 243 customer ratings since 2018-06-21. See more Shell Energy customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-06-10

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 Shell Energy.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.5 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.5 stars

Based on 243 customer ratings since 2018-06-21

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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
I switched broadband and phone, my change over day was today. Broad band switched phone is dead, broadband so weak can’t get Netflix or Amazon.
Been in an online help que for an hour now.
Wish I’d stayed with Sky.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
Penzance Shell Energy  
absolute rubbish. didn't like shell's predecessor 1st utility because of talk talk involvement but this is worse. continual dropouts,frame freeze, inaccessible internet.continually rebooting router.simply cannot sit down and enjoy watching without the above at any time of day or night. i'm done
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
chester le street Shell Energy  
Got switched from First Utility to Shell Broadband automatically. We were very happy with First Utility. The speed was good, and it was cheap. But Shell Broadband has been terrible from the day we were switched over. The wifi drops out multiple times a day. Has anyone found a way of avoiding the extortionate early exit charges?
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Derby Shell Energy  
I joined first utility that became shell energy. They failed to connect me on the set up day then I had to wait a further 5 days to be connected because of a phone line fault. The 14 days dissatisfaction starts from sign up so I was unable to leave without charge
My internet then dropped out completely within 2 months. I was advised to still unscrewing sockets on my wall as this was a phone line fault. At this point I paid £109 to lesve.Terrible service please save yourself the bother, cost and lack of internet provision.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leeds Shell Energy  
i thought the broadband service from shell would be excellent as they are a big company and new to bb services but this is the worst broadband i have ever had and tha includes talktalk it disconnects every 10 minutes and sometimes is on and off like a light switch surely they must be aware that either their service wrong or there is something wrong with the router as if i reboot everything it will work for a day or so and then keep disconnecting again and as i have just started a 18 month contract i dread to think what the termination charges are but anyone considering joining them please thin twice YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
bradford Shell Energy  
Think twice before joining. Once joined when you decided to leave you will have to pay additional £15 even you are over the fixed contract period, and you will be charged for another £35 if failed to return their router within 30 days. The speed is slow compared to my previous provider (Plusnet) and now i am going back to Plusnet, no additional charge when leave and their price is already included the router i do not need to return it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
My broadband went live on Wednesday,whilst I was out the country,so on my return on Saturday I set up my new router etc,but couldn't connect to the internet, it's now Wednesday and still no connection, having phoned them on numerous occasions I'm first told there's an outage,then a walled garden problem,what does any of that mean?? Fobbing me off I think!!! I'm then told it should be sorted in 2 to 3 days,so that's a full week with any internet,missed important emails,missed eBay purchases, internet TV not working etc,how about if I was running an internet business through this connection!!!!
Extremely poor service,leave well alone,wish I'd never joined them!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
Tamworth Shell Energy  
i never have had a contract with shell or first direct and shell keep sending me invoices for £162.21 which they say is outstanding.i have spoken to there customer relations team who dont no there backside from there elbow,but keep on sending me these letters for a contract i have never had.total rubbish i will not buy anything branded shell.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dewsbury Shell Energy  
Pathetic customer service. Broadband did not start on the day it was promised. I had to call them everyday for six days for follow up. No one ever bothered to call me to provide an update on the status of my complaint.
Asked them to terminate my contract since there was deficiency in their service.
Their complaints team is even worse, an extremely rude person called me and said If I wanted to exit I must pay £279. He also threatened to pass my details to Debt Collectors (even before sending the bill and before attempting to take money from my account by direct debit). Service finally started on 8th day. Now stuck for 18 months with this bunch of idiots.
When I called them on 9th day for compensation they offered me £10.00 when it should be £35.00 (£5 per day) as per Ofcom guidelines.

Have raised another complaint, if they do not agree with the compensation amount will take them to Ombudsman.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
Slough Shell Energy  
Wish ide never heard of this broadband provider since going over to them my computer takes ages to get on internet keeps buffering my tv keeps going off as there is not enough speed it supposed to be 2.5 mpm but only delivers .75 as they are not providing me with the service i'm going to leave without penalty
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
BORDON Shell Energy  

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Shell Energy Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Shell Energy right for you?

Can I get Shell Energy Broadband?

Shell Energy Broadband is available in all areas covered by BT telephone exchanges. This means you're all but guaranteed to be able to get it, unless you live in a remote rural area.

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 households, and the features and price are the same whether you're in an urban or rural area. Use our postcode checker to see if Shell Energy Broadband is available where you live.

Shell Energy is owned by Shell and was previously known as First Utility. It was rebranded in 2019. The company also supplies gas and 100% renewable electricity. If you're already a customer for this, or are willing to switch, you may be eligible for a discount on your broadband price of as much as £7 a month. However, you would lose that discount if you choose to switch energy suppliers in future.

What packages are available?

Shell Energy offer three broadband packages. There's one standard deal and two fibre broadband packages.

The three options each with a fixed price, no connection fee and line rental included. They are:

  • SuperFast Fibre Plus - totally unlimited ultrafast fibre broadband with average speeds of 63Mb, on an 18 month contract
  • SuperFast Fibre - totally unlimited fibre broadband with average speeds of 35Mb, on an 18 month contract
  • Fast Broadband - totally unlimited standard (ADSL) broadband with average speeds of 11Mb, on an 18 month contract

None of these deals include calls as standard, 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 Shell Energy customer.

Choosing one of these deals also makes you eligible for the Shell Go+ scheme, which runs via a mobile app. This gives you access to various benefits and rewards, including 3% off the price of up to 60 litres of Shell Energy fuel each month (at participating petrol stations). You aren't automatically enrolled in this scheme, you must remember to sign up separately once your broadband deal is activated.

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 Fast 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. It's a fairly basic package, so if you think you might outgrow it you should look to one of the faster deals.

SuperFast Fibre 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 SuperFast Fibre Plus package is the one you should consider.

As you would expect, Shell Energy's coverage and average speeds are totally in line with those of other providers that use the Openreach network. This makes it a little harder to compare Shell Energy with those other providers. Price will be a main factor in your comparison, along with user reviews. Even though the core service is virtually identical, the reliability and customer service performance of each broadband supplier can vary considerably. Also, take a look at the extras you can get from each provider. Shell Energy probably won't be for you if you're looking for a premium TV package as well, although its no-frills approach may equally be a selling point for some.

Points to consider before you choose

  • Are you a Shell Energy energy customer?
  • 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 Shell Energy 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. It's a fairly basic model, in keeping with the company's no-frills approach.
  • Free UK based customer support - Free support is available by phone between 8am and 6.30pm on weekdays, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Among other options there's also live chat via their website between 7am and 9pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm weekends.
  • 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 £4 per month if you need it.
  • Shell Go+ membership - You can save on petrol, and also access other discounts and rewards through the Shell Go+ scheme. You need to download the mobile app and sign up to make use of it.

What are the benefits of Shell Energy Broadband?

These are the reasons why it's worth considering signing up for Shell Energy Broadband

  • Competitive pricing - Shell Energy'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 Shell Energy 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 Shell Energy Broadband?

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

  • 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 - Shell Energy'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 - Shell Energy 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 - As a newer and smaller player in the broadband market, it's difficult to know exactly what kind of service you'll get from Shell Energy. 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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