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 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2.1 stars

Based on 220 customer ratings since 2019-07-04 (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.

278 Customer Reviews for Shell Energy

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Everything has been fine - speed has been tested and I get what I expected - Customer Service has not been utilised - however now I have come to leave I have been billed £15 to exit - the fine of £35 for not returning the router has not yet been officialy communicated...

...being retired and having nothing better to do I look forward to wasting the time of the Customer Service Dept in pursuing a refund of the £15 should it be deducted by Shell Energy - no doubt it was hidden within the 30 page T&Cs - but, like others listed here, I have completed an initial period with First Utility before I was migrated to Shell when FU called it a day.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Davenham Northwich Shell Energy  
Prior to switching I had had fibre with Sky for 3 years with no issues and was getting a speed of between 67mb and 71mb. Switched to Shells equivalent package (Superfast Fibre Plus) so should be getting exactly the same speed; however, I am now getting between 29mb and 38mb. Pathetic! Have tried to call their customer services but gave up after being on hold for 28 minutes. Already counting the days until my contract ends and I can switch back to a decent provider.
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Cornwall Shell Energy  
Usage to date : 3 months.

No. of previous Broadband suppliers : 3.

Speed : Decent but not as fast as previous suppliers. Especially noticable on Netflix loading times.

Reliability : A couple of minutes of dropped connection, about once or twice per week on average, but tolerable.

Customer service : Friendly, average waiting time 20 min.

Other notes : Initially provided with faulty router, hence no connection for a week. Sent over engineer to confirm this. Router replacement received about 2 days later. Later, errorenously charged for engineer visit (around 80 GBP) so had to contact them to correct this.

Not recommended as it has under performed in all categories compared to previous suppliers.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
London Shell Energy  
Impossible to contact first utility via email or their pathetic online 'chat' thing. No matter what you ask, it always comes back with "I'm sorry, i'm not trained to answer that"
My monthly DD was supposed to be £18.99, after 4 months into the contract they upped it to £19.00 without saying a word to me. Regret going with this shabby company.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Norfolk Shell Energy  
Switched from talk talk as they kept upping my bill and I already have duel fuel with first utility no problems very smooth switch no problems encountered happy
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Shell Energy  
was on plusnet befor useing bt hub6 worked fine wireless printer, moved to first untily router would not sink with computer when useing rj45, or wireless, but would not print wireless, technicolor tg588v2 given ttal wat of time still not printing wireless first untill cannot help as part of talk talk.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
ossett Shell Energy  
So far BLOODY USELESS.
To get your ppp user/pw you have to PHONE THEM, and guess what LONG WAITS on the phone, callbacks that don't happen.
1st bill they add a few days on so instead of £26.99 it is over £30 no reason why just because they can.
Router would be fine 15 YEARS AGO. single band, 100mb ports poor wifi.
Wish I had NEVER JOINED!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Galashiels Shell Energy  
Terrible customer service - poor response times, poor advice given, promises not kept. Complained and still a rubbish experience. There are plenty of other similarly priced broadband deals available - pick another provider, not Shell.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
East Sussex 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  
Avoid if you don't want to be stressed!

Overall satisfaction - I would like to give them 0 stars, because the only thing I have after 1 month of using their broadband is massive stress.

Customer service - don't try to call their call center, because you'll spend about 30-60 minutes on waiting, sometimes you'll be hanged out by clever call center employee. 2 stars, because at least someone's pretending to solve your problem on online chat. But that's not enough to actually solve it.

The only way to contact with them is the online chat - but not all the times you'll be able to be connected with any agent, and second problem - in case of no internet connection, online chat will be useless for you.

Broadband speed - 5 start, because speed and only SPEED is FINE. But that means nothing, if I can't use full speed because of ISP gateway reliability problems.

Broadband reliability - is a JOKE. There's no any reliability! I have about 40-50 connection timeouts EVERY DAY. Checked any single phone socket, wires and even BT service socket - problem source is outside my flat, in ISP gateway. I've had an engineer appointment for today (18.06) - no one showed up, no one knows in call center what's going on, and I still have the same problem with connection timeouts.

More than 2 weeks and problem hasn't been solved.

I've never had any problems with BT Infinity 2 service, but I just wanted to save some money on internet bill, so I've decided to try First Utility.

That's my punishment I think - for being too greedy.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Thetford Shell Energy  
I have to restart the router at least once a day; most often it needs two restarts to connect to the internet. When it is working the speed is as good as with my previous supplier. Needless to say I will be changing when my contract ends.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Northumberland Shell Energy  
Estimated speed on signup to Fast Broadband 7-12MBps actual speed 8.5MBps.However i have speed test results going back years which prove my line now supports 13+MBps so was expecting near top of their quoted range. After over 2 months of emails (and they are slow to respond) they have just gone full circle back to it must be my internal problem. Please note they are a TalkTalk reseller. Avoid both these companies and any other TalkTalk reseller if you want the best speed your line can support.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
West Midlands Shell Energy  
I joined via Moneysupermarket. What they don't tell you is that customer service is non-existent. I'm on a rate which includes VAT but Shell Energy have added VAT on top! When you raise it they don't ever answer, you just get an email saying they will contact you asap but never do. The broadband itself is Ok but I suggest you stay away
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Kingston Shell Energy  
Broadband is okay, is not the fastest but it's quite reliable.
However I've just realised that Shell has charged me £54.16 for having to send the technician out because they couldn't tell me what to do and what to look for when I was installing the modem. It turns out that they could have told me the lines come from the back of the houses not the front and saved me time and money, but they didn't. How should I have known their lines come from the back of the house?
Very poor service!!!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
York Shell Energy  
User experience is awful - Bills available to view in current month only; logged in account functions are very poor and finding a sensible answer to any query is a real challenge. Avoid
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Hertfordshire Shell Energy  
Agreement was 'VAT included' prices. First bill had VAT added to these prices!
Unable to get a reply from Shell, looks like OFCOM next.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Luton Shell Energy  
Changed over from EE on the 18th, changed cos it was half the price i was paying with EE, but not even a month yet and it keeps crashing, not happy, going back to EE
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Londin Shell Energy  
OK. I went for the cheap 12 mth deal and now regret it. Switch over was smooth but there are PPP connection losses every day for a few hours. Next time I'll pay a bit more for reliability. Cheap but not worth the lack of reliability.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
The North Shell Energy  
1.8mb/s internet Speed. Contract will be cancelled asap
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Coventry Shell Energy  
The biggest issues with the company that I've experienced are a rubbish router and poor customer service. I was paying BT a fortune so decided it was time to change providers, the second I switched to FU (how ironic) the performance dropped to zero. I'm supposed to be on the 35Mbps product, but I couldn't even get a stable connection to Netflix servers let alone actually watch a programme or film from start to finish.

I raised the complaint immediately and it took them a couple of weeks to even respond. It's clear they allocate your message to a new advisor each time you respond, as it's like you're starting again from scratch. About two months into trying to resolve and getting nowhere, I got an email from one first-class complaints advisor who stated "there is no issue". Okay mate, nice one. Another advisor stated "we can send someone around to check your hardware, but you'll probably have to pay for it". Not happening.

So this morning, granted my TV and phone are both WiFi and will have been potentially doing their own thing in the background, but I'm trying to load a webpage on my laptop and it's like dial-up over a modem in the 90s. So I run a speedcheck through a website and it gives me 0.32Mbps, absolutely laughable. I live in a 1 bed flat and the router has to be in the kitchen because that's where the master socket is, so I went and sat on the kitchen floor and to be fair, it did then manage a lightning fast 7Mbps (of the 35 that I'm paying for). I turned my TV and phone off, and ran a wired connection into my laptop, and did finally manage to get 32Mpbs out of it. Unplugged the cable and again, sat a foot from the router and with no other devices switched on except a fridge, the speed dropped to 12Mbps.

In conclusion, the router is dog-poop - this is despite the fact that the one half decent thing one of their advisors has done is send me an "upgraded" router. If this is the best they can manage, I'd a) factor the price of your own router into the deal you're looking at, or b) just go elsewhere. I considered looking up the settings and then trying to get my BT router set up to connect to their network instead, but their website is unsurprisingly rubbish and I absolutely dread the prospect of phoning them up and having to speak to them, given the experience so far. I certainly won't be staying with them beyond the end of this contract.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Devon Shell Energy  
just started with them with first bill,they have put vat at the end of the bill? is this right? talked to them cant get a positive answer , not had this with any previous supplier, not in the small print about this,feel conned ? buyer beware.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
BENFLEET Shell Energy  
Broadband is so weak, I can’t even watch Catchup without constant buffering. I’ve never had a problem with any other provider before.
Can’t wait for this contract to end so that I can leave Shell.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
East Sussex Shell Energy  
This BROADBAND IS NOT FIT FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN! AVOID!! This is because there are no parental controls.
I was told that internationals calls were free and unlimited. But it was not so. There is no account for the customers and hence the customer would not know the usage and billing on the website. The phone does not show incoming numbers. The broadband will be activated after the cooling period and you will be tied to this nonsense broadband for 18 months.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Durham Shell Energy  
Since set up in February this year have had to restart the router every day as it freezes, more recently the internet keeps going offline several times a day,have tried everything they have suggested on how to resolve it but no joy.
Been told it's my BT master socket causing the issue.
Never had a problem with sky, plusnet or talk talk.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Westhoughton Shell Energy  
When I first purchased Shell broadband, I thought it looks decent. I was previously with Sky broadband. For the past 24 hours, all of a sudden, my internet stopped working on my laptop and phone. I called Shell I was told that someone will call me back. Nothing. It's frustrating because I work from home. I have to go Internet cafe just to work. Ridiculous. Really angry. I regret coming off sky.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
New Cross Shell Energy  
was excellent when i first got my broadband in now if im connecting to it im constantly doing so most of the day or night. pile of ***** should of stayed were i was
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
hartlepool Shell Energy  
Stay away from them!
Today was my activation day, first day with their active broadband. Since after a couple of hours I realised that I was downloading at half the speed of my previous provider I contacted them to cancel.
Their contract says that "you have 14 days to cancel without charge", unfortunately I discovered that they start calculating the 14 days from when you confirm that you want to switch.
the day you confirm that you want to switch to them and if I cancelled I would have to pay the full year of supply. Since between the day you sign and the activation date you have to wait 2/3 weeks there is no way to really test their services.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Shell Energy  
Signed up for the service back when they were still First Utility, at which stage they were nothing to write home about, but inexpensive and serviceable enough - the occasional drop-out notwithstanding.

Since the takeover by Shell Energy, the company has become increasingly unable to provide the service we pay for. Of late, they have even resorted to aggressive 'traffic management' (throttling of downstream speeds) at peak times; it's been a lot like using an ISP from the early 2000s. In 2020, with homes far more reliable on a stable, reliable internet connection than they were in, say, 2003, this level of service is wholly unacceptable.

Worse, from the moment we informed them we were leaving, the issues have increased. As we await the switchover to BT, Shell have quite blatantly de-prioritised our account in reaction to our departure... and will be charging us an arbitrary £15 for the pleasure of extracting ourselves from an inadequate and worsening service.

Poor to begin with and petulant towards the end. I'd strongly advise potential customers to opt instead for grown-ups who can operate a service fit for the 2020s.

Use Shell Energy only if you're nostalgic for the early days of broadband. Or even, at peak times, the good old days of dialup speeds.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
South Coast Shell Energy  
An utterly horrendous company to deal with - they are only interested in getting as much money out of customers as possible. They screwed up the initial contract charging me hundreds of pounds for phone calls when I had requested an 'anytime' call package. I left them and they kept sending me bills when I had a new ISP. A nightmare to get sorted - a nightmare company to be avouided AT ANY COST. You have been warned !!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Bothwell Shell Energy  
Very slow broadband and First Utility are not interested in improving their broadband speeds. They tie you into an 18 month contract and they know that there is nothing you can do until your contract expires. They have no interest in improving their download speeds because of their long contracts
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Malvern 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  
Wifi is at best shocking - anything located more then 2 foot from the router will have issues connecting!
It is the old adage; you get what you pay for and this maybe be cheap but it is crap
We'll be moving to Sky as soon as the contract is up.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Cheltenham Shell Energy  
Only get this off you love alone and use your device within a 20cm radius of the router. Incredibly slow and incredibly unreliable. You are better off paying a little bit extra to go anywhere else.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
West Midlands Shell Energy  
Wish I'd never heard of these jokers.
What a shower! Phoning the "helpline" (pause for howls of laughter) is a nightmare;ditto the live chat (who was the idiot who first dreamed up live chat-another nightmare)
I moved in recently, their engineer came to reconnect a line, asked how many extensions I wanted activating (note, activating NOT installing) we agreed on three or four I forget which and away he went.
Several days later I find not one is working and when I complained I was told they only install one and if I want more extensions INSTALLING (note installing, not activating)I should get it done by an electrician.
They obviously did not read my first email and it took two reminders to get a reply at all.
STICK TO SELLING PETROL SHELL-you're useless at Broadband.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR PROSPECTIVE BROADBAND PURCHASERS-GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
West Sussex Shell Energy  
I started having my broadband with Shell Energy 26.03.2020 and today 21.04.2020 I have left them. I regretted the decision to go with them because the broadband was inconsistent, cutting out multiple times. I tried to contact Shell but it was impossible as they are extremely busy. Today I had an email to say that I will be charged £111.36 early termination charge. I spoke with a resolutions gentleman, who was polite and understanding, however his senior manager said that they could not waiver the charge. I am thoroughly disgusted and disappointed with their decision.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Surrey Shell Energy  
On the 24th October 2018 i cancelled my broadband account due to unforeseen circumstances. The account was only opened within 14 days of cancellation so i should have had a cancellation free of charge but i didn't.
I understand that there is a 30 day cancellation period, so my account was cancelled on the 24th November and i was told i could pay my final bill from then. I phoned yourselves as i had not received an email with my final bill and was told that i would get it on 5th December instead for £266. Today, 5th December, i still have not received a final bill so i called you again and was told the bill had not yet been produced. How long does it take to produce a bill!?

Meanwhile, i was receiving emails from yourself stating i owe £72 to recover my account, if not debt collectors will be at my door. I do not want to recover my account as i personally closed it. When i called and asked about this, no-one really knew what i was meant to do, whether i needed to pay it or wait for my final bill...

I have now been told i will receive my final bill around the 19th December which will include the £266 cancellation fee, plus £20 usage fee and possibly plus the £72, which has randomly been added!

Every time i have called to speak to someone, i have waited over half an hour and never got an answer by the first person i have spoken to, My average phone call with you is usually around an hour long... absolutely ridiculous!!

So now, 6 weeks after i cancelled my account with you, I am still waiting my final bill! All i want to do is pay you and yet i am receiving hate mail stating that you are sending round debt collectors when i do not even know what i am meant to be paying yet!!

I am 19 years old and on minimum wage, I hope you feel very proud of yourselves for making this such an horrific experience for me! I will be taking this further, as i am absolutely fuming!

Disgraceful company!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
England Shell Energy  
We had a few weeks of very poor service which we tried to remedy ourselves- even with a password that doesn’t work on the router website. This fact continues to be ignored by Shell.

When I contacted customer service they told me to follow processes - which I did and which made no difference. I went back and told them. They came back to say they had tested the line and it was our problem not theirs. Miraculously the line worked after that.

A couple of weeks later we had the same problem. Customer service responded 2 weeks later with the same set of processes to check.

They really don’t seem to care. I will be moving as soon as my contract is up.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Taunton Shell Energy  
Paid for high speed of 14-21 gbps, getting between 8 and 10. totally dissatisfied. Feel I'm being ripped off.
Said they would get Open reach to investigate, but nothing has been done DO NOT SIGN UP.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Shell Energy  
If you are thinking of switching to Shell broadband my recommendation would be DON'T DO IT.
The advertised speed is only achievable when ALL wifi devices are turned off and you are connected by ethernet.
The router its self is very poor quality and I cannot get a signal in areas of my house that I could prior to switching to Shell.
Customer services are quick to respond via Facebook but not email. They had me jumping through hoops when I complained about the speed. First I had to wait 14 days. Then I had to ensure my router was in the optimum position. It was then a hard factory reset followed by the submission of 3 official speed tests which showed a significant loss on the advertised speed. After all this Shell told me I was indeed receiving the correct speed and told me to perform a speed test via ethernet with all wifi devices turned off. This did return pretty much the correct speed but is totally useless for modern day living.
I will be leaving at the end of my 12 contract. In the meantime I have to have 2 wifi extenders in my small 3 bed house
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Mansfield Shell Energy  
So, we signed up for this, went on holiday and read the reviews after.
Dumb move on our part.
I rang to discuss my worries....45 mins later, still no answer to my call.
I call back again, another 40 mins. This time I didn’t care what they had to say, waiting 40 mins to speak to a human, anyone, is not acceptable.
I cancelled and called plusnet. Straight onto an advisor for only £3 a month extra, I’ll pay for that level of customer service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Hull Shell Energy  

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