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

Based on 223 customer ratings since 2019-07-07 (Show all time ratings)

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279 Customer Reviews for Shell Energy

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I guess it was policy to restart my contract with the company when I moved address so I shouldn't really hold that against them. But it has only gone downhill since then. The person who administered the move told me that it would be a new, 15-month contract (which ill come back to).
Internet was intermittent for months at my new address. It should have been around 25-30mbps but was more like 3mbps. After months of complaint and finally threat that I would leave, they finally pulled their socks up and started asking OpenReach to come over and sort out the issues.
They agreed to recompensate me for the really poor service for I think what was around 4-5 months with a month-and-a-half refund. OK not the happiest, but I accepted it was all they were willing to offer. 2 months later, I start to get emails that I was behind on payments due to the 1.5 months that I had not paid. I was a little tired of this so I asked the person on the phone how long I had left on my contract and was surprised that it worked out that I was an 18-month contract since moving and not a 15.
I asked them to investigate the conversation I had with the person who arranged for the internet to be set up at my new residence (because all calls are recorded for training purposes) and 3 phone calls later they apologise for not having followed the issue up earlier will be raising the issue and (promising this time) they will be letting me know of the outcome of their investigation. My internet speed has improved I guess so I shouldn't really complain.
Oh! I shouldn't leave out that for the period it was really bad and I threatened to leave (for the 3rd time) I couldn't receive a WhatsApp message on the wifi without it affecting another service in the house using the internet.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Kent Shell Energy  
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 Shell Energy  
In the last two days trying to get assistance with the Shell Customer service is a joke, only yesterday I spent 2 hours trying to get a problem solved and today just the same, their service stinks.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
LEAMINGTON SPA Shell Energy  
We have infrequent disruptions of service but when it's disrupted it is 5+ hours where the connection disappears every 1-5 minutes.
They have sent out engineers to find the fault, concluded it wasn't local and left it at that without sorting the problem.
We are moving to a different ISP as this is intolerable.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Llangollen Shell Energy  
My internet is not very good. Always buffering. Stopping. And not very fast
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham Shell Energy  
I can only agree with all the other negative reviews - AVOID!!! I had been with Virgin Media for more than ten years, but unfortunately had to switch as they don't provide my new area. Shell customer service is the worst, a bunch of useless call centre employees who are not in any position to make changes/cancellations etc. but forward your request again and again. They confirmed by email that they would push back my activation date, but I then received an email a day before original activation date, that my service would go online next day. I called them (finally getting through after 20 minutes) only to hear that my request had been rejected, but they couldn't tell me why. They also could have let me know instead of me calling them to find out (even though they had confirmed by email)! I then asked to cancel my contract within the 14-day period I was allowed to do so as I wasn't even living in my place yet. Request rejected as well! What a joke!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Shell Energy  
Don't use this company if you think you might need customer service. Almost impossible to contact unless you are prepared to spend ages on the phone and listen to dreadful music. Email does not work.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Burnley Shell Energy  
I get 40mb with Shell, PlusNet were far faster.

I also didn't use the correct link to get the 'deal' and by the time the first bill came, I contacted them and they just said 'well it's too late to cancel now'. Awful customer service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Shell Energy  
I am absolutely disgusted with this service and have obviously been sold a pup. I can't speak to anyone so in desperation have moved to anothet supplier after the first month.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Lyme Regis Shell Energy  
Once I was set up with first utility the 14 day cooling off period had finished so from the initial set up I realised I was locked into 18 months of useless broadband. I can't watch BBC iPlayer without buffering every couple of minutes. It is an appalling service and they do nothing. Download speed 1.8Mbps, upload 0.7Mbps.
I STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST SIGNING UP.
When you do get through finally to customer support they are pleasant but can do nothing to fix the problem.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hitchin Shell Energy  
I have had the Broadband contract for the last 13 months and it will finish in another 5. I have already put into my calendar that I need to look for another Internet provider.

The speed of the Internet dropped when I moved my house. I have logged in a complaint as that's what they suggested to do. Well, it sounds that they have theirs house in order however it is just to delay your decision about the change. It took me about three months, one visit of the engineer to hear that the speed of the Internet is as expected. It was such a waste of time. They have offered that I an cease my contract only for 58.5 not the full price. Well that is not a solution for me, they also said that the speed is ok even though the Open Arch engineer came and said that is is slow and the fault is on the Internet provider side.

Another problem was just at the time when I started with them. They just simply never send to me the broadband starter kit! I rang them few week after that as I was travelling and they said they will send it again. They have never refunded the days which I didn't have the Internet!

If you have a choice go to someone with good customer service and actual broadband.

Thank you.

Anna
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Southampton Shell Energy  
I’ve been with First Utility since 5/2, so one day and one month, and I have to say the speed is absolutely awful. As my son put it, it’s actually slower than dial-up of all those decades ago: The last three tests over the last 2 weeks were 0.9 and 1.36 and 1.36Mb download with NAN and 1.15 and 0.20Mb/s on upload - this using two different speed tests over the days too. This is absolutely appalling. Not only this, it has cut out three times in this time and two of those were for over five hours. The company has come up with every single excuse these companies usually use for why they have failed so much, but of course I’m not buying any of it.
The call centre manageress said that I had received emails to send their own specific speed tests to, but eventhough I filled the initial form in online correctly, they have my surname spelt incorrectly, and it took a while for her to admit that that’s why I have not received the emails, trying to say it was my fault it seemed. She did admit it in the end. It’s lucky that I have actually taken speed test results from the start of this contract, and I know that can be used legally somehow for some part of refund or something like that, because I refuse to pay for something that I do not receive.
The last point here is that the manageress tried to convince me that because FIRST UTILITY have a great reputation with their gas and electricity, that therefore they must have a great one for broadband, and again it took me ages for me to get her to admit that the people who are engineers for the gas and electricity side are not the same people who are responsible for the broadband, and eventually she said that it’s talktalk who operate their broadband, again she admitted I was telling the truth, well at least nearly, as near as I was going to get from her.

It is way beyond unacceptable, I’ve been with BT and Sky, BT speeds were not brilliant (I moved because they tried to overcharge me from the first month by £100.00) but FU is miles off that.

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  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes Shell Energy  
DONT USE. Not much better speeds than the old dial up used to be. Definitely DONT GET IN FRONT WITH PAYMENTS. I've been waiting over 4 months for money they owe me. Appalling service!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Wales SHEFFIELD Shell Energy  
The broadband kept cutting out so we would have periods throughout the day when internet wasn’t available. This happened nearly every day over the 12 months we were with First Utility. It was also slow. They blamed other households using internet but we have never had these issues with the other 4 providers we have used. So could not receommend this company
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South London Shell Energy  
Paying for 78 mb when only getting 32-40. My last isp was able to give me 80mb. not happy at all
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london Shell Energy  
If you don't improve broadband speed and continue to ignore customers comments definitely everyone turns to another supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
IMPORTANT : Read this before taking this broadband. Please note that the customer service is very poor. Also, the broadband does not provide any security especially when you have children at home. The company does not have any account for broadband customers.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
durham Shell Energy  
Definitely the worst broadband provider ever on planet earth. Connection began to drop since December 2019 and have had to call them to repair it for 6 times, with them booking BT engineer for 3 times however after each visit the service begins to go off again after 2 days. I was forced to listen to their t&c every single time without exception even though the person on the phone provides absolutely no help at all. Worst of all is it is not possible to cancel the contract even though the service goes off on a weekly bases and a they’ve had to book a BT engineer over and over again. This company is disgusting and should be avoided at all costs!! Absolute waste of time!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
I don’t usually write online reviews but wish to try save anyone else from purchasing WiFi from shell. It’s frustratingly slow and CONSTANTLY drops out. I previously had sky internet and had no issues - lured by the shell deal unfortunately. I live in a small apartment and watching tv in the bedroom a few metres from the box is impossible - Tv works perfectly fine when I stream programs using my 4g which I now have to do all the time. Also the cancellation period is 14 days after you start the contract but you won’t get connected to the internet for at least 14 days! Brilliant!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Chester Shell Energy  
shell broadband are an utter shambles! I moved over from plusnet, getting 17 Mb/s, and with NO problems but with cr@p shell, I'm only getting 11 Mb/s, why?
Worse, 35 days into their 'service', I've had random disconnections every day which they are unable to explain - or fix. Basically, they couldn't care less, and their staff are useless, including the executive resolution team.
I've wasted hours on them now, with at least 3 phone calls of a total of about 2 hours and at least 17 emails to them.
AVOID like the plague.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
I have never received the speed I understood I was sold for. I plugged my laptop directly to the router by cable connection. I used the Watchdog Broadband check while talking to customer services. I was then asked to provide speed data over 3 days. This I did but they say the speed checker I used is not valid! I believe Watchdog from the BBC must be acceptable. I will change provider as soon as my contract expires.....
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Rutland Shell Energy  
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 Shell Energy  
low broadband speed and when I brought they said the would be up to 17 but I get less than 5 if they told me it was less than I would went some else with better speed
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
dorchester walk Shell Energy  
Is just absolute trash never seen such a bad broadband, TalkTalk all the way
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Shell Energy  
what words can i say about first utility, well i was paying £18.99 a month for broardband when i left first utility energy my broardband went upto £23.99 for a servive that was well below par.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
somerset Shell Energy  
In my opinion this company must be run by rude idiots. Although they are supposed to be doing calibration, they give NO warning when the service stops, maddening when playing chess online & winning, never mind skype etc. It's like a very rude person who barges into a private conversation, no manners whatsoever.
They should ASK for permission to do calibration, also giving an option to delay it for a while at customer discretion.
As it is, upload speed is about 0.2 - 0.3 Mb/s, when their competitors have got it up to 0.9.
AVOID this CRAP company.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
Worst company for broadband I have felt with, I have not once received the promised 63mb of Broadband in my home and after months away at work finding out they would not deal with my wife. So for 5 months we have not received the speeds we are paying for and have never received the phone line we are paying for. I get home from work and raise a complaint and they proceeded to do nothing for 2 weeks until I then lost the broadband completely, I contacted shell and they sat for 2 days until finally they decided to say they will send out an engineer to resolve it. When the engineer comes he managed to fix our internet but even noted that the speeds weren’t even half what I was meant to get. I then call again to complain and am left on hold for 30minutes and am then told I have to wait 24 hours to speak to a manager. In the mean time I ask how I can cancel my contract early and am told there is now way I would be aloud as it is still another 10 months until it ends. After waiting 3 weeks I still have nothing done about my speed. Which is currently at 1mb with a max of 5mb.
DO NOT USE SHEEL. If you want Fibre Broadband Get Virgin as they are the only ones that have dedicated lines. I should have went with them from the start.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland Shell Energy  
Please Avoid! Gone from 50Mbps with Sky to averaging less than 10Mbps with Shell, whilst paying for 75Mbps! They tell me it's to do with the positioning of the router/number of devices connected which is absolute rubbish as everything consistent vs previous Sky setup. Will be cancelling and going elsewhere.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
West Sussex Shell Energy  
I switched from BT to First Utility less than a month ago based on a recommendation of the scouts they've set up at Currys PC world. I was told their service was just as good as BT but cheaper. The boradband service is absolute trash I've complained a few times.BT actually warned me about the service and they were damn right. Now it will cost me more because if my wifi speeds doesn't improve to the BT levels I'll pay off the rest of the contract and leave them, can't survive this rubbish service for another 17 months. The frustration will kill me.
nobody should move to them just because they have cheaper prices, their service is also cheap trash.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes Shell Energy  
Trying to connect to the internet is terrible, It has taken just over three hours today and has just dropped out again after 15 minutes, don't know when I will be able to get reconnected. Only been with this company for two weeks, but not for much longer. Must read reviews on other suppliers.
Warning don't use this company, it will drive you doolally very rapidly rapidly.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Huntingdon Shell Energy  
Everything about them stinks ! Bad customer service .. bad WiFi signal ! AVOID AVOID AVOID !!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wakefield Shell Energy  
Had faster dial-up , the broadband is inept barely works 17mbps.. My arse! Avoid at all costs pay a bit more use uSwitch to find the best deals .. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Port Glasgow Shell Energy  
wish I had read reviews first,worst broadband provider I have evedr had,an absolute disgrace,cannot wait to leave
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
manchester Shell Energy  
I love the energy supply with first utility and moved from Sky broadband to first utility as I was told that it would be the same service as Sky but cheaper.. massive mistake as the speed is half the speed of Sky and keeps dropping out . Will move as soon as my contract is up. Complained the customer service and was told to read the contract
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Peterborough Shell Energy  
Beware you get charged £15 to change supplier and make sure you return router as they will charge you for it .Very slow broadband similar to dial up at times . Look elsewhere !
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Durham 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  
Disgraceful service ...Useless !

Having been a BT customer for years I switched to Shell Broadband.
BT disconnected but no connection to Shell.
After 5 days without a phone line or broadband Shell just say they are waiting on Openreach to resolve. Now they say it will take another 5 days so 10 days with nothing.

We live in a poor mobile reception and I have a seriously ill mother who needs contact.

DO NOT RISK THE CHANGE TO SHELL.....they clearly have no power or authority with Openreach.
After speaking to one of their managers he just said "there is nothing we can do".
I would never have switched if I had known !
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Yorkshire Shell Energy  
Stay AWAY from this broadband they are a bunch of scums, I had to cancel my broad band because my home was renewed,the engineer was there with my neighbour, t7ried to contact them the day before stating that my landlord didn't allow me to have it they said I would have to pay costs over this, the broad band was not installed, it did not go live and the engineer was there called them on the 19/02/202 which they put me o hold for over 50 mins, to cancel again because there was no open breach cable, they scums twists the things around saying that there would be a cost for £65 for missing the appointment the scums first told me they needed 48 hours before the engineer updated the report, then after they kept on saying I miss the appointment and I should be glad there would not be any extra costs, requested to speak to manager she did not put m through to him instead put me on hold for another 40 mins. They still send an email to make another appointment with the engineer , i told them I would be making a complain to OMBUDSMAN they say I could do it on they website tried to go in comes to appoint that it doesn't let you further. YOUR BLOOD Sucker just want your own commission to pay of your salary, an email will be send to every were I can to put your **** company down.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Borehamwood Shell Energy  
Please avoid this company. I originally just had gas and electric through Shell (which was First Utility then) and I've had no problems with that. I received an email offer to join their super amazing brilliant broadband... Which I fell for. It's only a little cheaper than my previous provider.

The broadband drops all the time, unable to connect more than one device. I've had an open complaint for around 2 months now and still not resolution. They've sent me 2 replacement routers that are meant to be the best they have. It's made no difference.

There's no online account service for broadband which makes things difficult. The email responses are slow and repetitive. Usually reply with "please confirm this is what you're asking" although I couldn't have been clearer in my complaints. Feel it's just constant delay tactics to deter you from continuing with a complaint.

Terrible service all around, will never use again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Nottingham Shell Energy  
Got this online and since then always been disappointed with the service and lack of transparency. The broadband took 45 minutes and a number of calls to customer service to get started.Speeds have been terrible. No framework and minimum options like parental controls..Customer services take ages to respond. A complaint (which they take very seriously apparently) took them a month and a bit to reply. Got fed up and cancelled the contract..at a loss of £140 which is there charge for early termination...the telecom regulatory should investigate these guys.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Rugby Shell Energy  

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