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
    2.1 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars

Based on 318 customer ratings since 2019-10-29 (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.

333 Customer Reviews for Shell Energy

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Absolute worst broadband out there on the market, since i’ve signed up a month ago my broadband has been crashing every few hours we’re lucky to have 6 hours of internet a day before it goes down, customer service is absolutely appalling would definitely not recommend and looking to switch very soon.
London 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  
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  
liars cheats and frauds do not trust 1st utility they overcharge you for no reason don't waste your time joining them they will con you.
London Shell Energy  
Very pleased with service now for many months,no problems at all. Same as any other top service provider but a lot cheaper.
Well worth the switch and a happy customer.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
london Shell Energy  
AVOID. Go elsewhere, you will regret signing up with these clowns.

Wish I'd read the reviews before being lured in by the download speeds of 63mbps and low price.

Speed drops off repeatedly every day during the day and in the evening. Tried all kinds of troubleshooting but finally concluded the problem is on their end - they're just completely unreliable. Customer Service is bloody appalling.

Cheap does not = good. Go elsewhere.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London 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  
Nice speeds and netflixs works excellent for me.
A consistence and stable connection for quiet a while now.
Switch over was hassle free and exactly what i was told.
Saving money too. Happy days. xxx
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
london Shell Energy  
Switched from Plusnet because of the cashback deal. Big Mistake. Broadband is very slow.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london 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  
OMG!the worst company every. I have only been with them less then a month and all i have to say is i got nothing, but problems after problems. I wish i stayed with Talk talk ..i try to save a few pounds and end up with more problems then i ever had with any other company. ATAY WAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!
London 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  
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  
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  
Worst company ever!!!!
Been without internet for the past 7 months.. and they keep charging me for it. I’ve called them so many time, asking to review my case, they just state that the charges are fine because from their end all connections are good. I asked them to check data flow and they refused to do so.. I’m just so dissatisfied about this company.
AVOID at all costs!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
Avoid! Attractive headline prices but misleading sales advisors abound.
We signed up having checked twice with Shell staff (and on their website) that we could keep our landline number. Apparently it is simply not possible for the majority of Virgin Media customers to take their phone number. Shell call centres woefully short staffed so expect to spend 30 minutes to get anything dealt with (charged number). The clue is in the name: sHELL!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
This company broadband is RUBBISH please AVOID AVOID, If you planning to switch broadband to the First Utility may face huge financial debt If you terminate a contract, or you may get stress until the end of the contract. I don't recommend First Utility broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London 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  
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  
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  
Anyone who is looking to switch to first utility broadband please don't they are the worst internet provider ever. I have been having problems from day one and still have.I wish i read reviews before i joined, but its too late now.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
I have had First Utility for energy and broadband and have never experienced such a poor service from broadband. The ideal situation for me was to have all services from one supplier so I was happy to sign up for broadband when it became available. I have now changed energy supplier because of the association with broadband being so shoddy, and can't wait for the contract to end so that I can switch broadband as well. My previous broadband speed was 12Mbps and when I was quoted an average speed of 11Mbps I accepted that because of the aforementioned convenience with energy. In reality I have never received 11Mps and because of failures to connect devices I started monitoring line speeds. The maximum speed measured was 7Mbps but more often than not this was around 4 or 5. Sometimes it is not possible to connect at all. Constant reports to the service line have not made any difference to the service even after telling them that previous suppliers have had no problems in the feed. I do not know what difference Shell will make to the services but on what I have experienced I would recommend that any prospective customer look very carefully at the provision and try to get some assurances before signing up. Thankfully my contract expires in June and I will be looking for a proper broadband service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Shell Energy  
The worse internet I've ever had. Stay away as far is possible. the speed is so slow that you won't be able to do anything.

AVOID!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london 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  
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  
Do not use Shell Energy, moved house and was told that they were best provider in area. Advised them not to send router until after we had moved in on 19th July, they sent a week before to an empty house. Broadband and phone meant to go live on 22nd July, no phone until 31st July and Broadband went live on 12th August after many calls. Broadband speed expected to be slow but is even slower than advised at 240k average. Called to cancel service once realised how slow it was to be told that there was a £120 charge to get out of contract early despite being within 14 days of service actually going live. They don't do 14 day back out apparently! Absolute rubbish company, don't go near them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Lympne 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  
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  
Existing Shell dual energy client...decided to take the offer and add broadband into my service bundle. Worst switching experience ever. Still not connected 3 days after the e-mail received "all up and running plug your router". Called many times, been on the queue for more than 2h etc... Avoid if you could
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Shell Energy  
Not very helpful to people who have fallen on hard times due to covid. Asked for an extention to pay my bill by a week from now and have been told they will suspend my services anyway until it is paid. I got laid off from work for a few months and only just been able to go back and am still awaiting first wage. Cutting me off means I can't do my job from home meaning I don't get paid! Not very helpful shell energy! I'll pay my bill then ill be looking elsewhere!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Manchester Shell Energy  
Was meant to of been connected to phone line for my broadband on the 28th of November did not hear anything by the afternoon after waiting in so phoned only to be told that they drop it been cancelled he would find out what was wrong and phone me back possibly the next day I did not hear anything by the 2nd of December I phoned to find out what was going on only to be told that they would connect me without any waiting but I complained about not receiving the phone call and not being kept in the loop customer service appalling I would write them as a zero
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
Manchester Shell Energy  
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!

Absolutely the worst broadband provider EVER! It even takes the title over from when we used to be on dial up.
It's slow as a snail but the that's not even the worst part of it.
It drops connections over 50 times a day. Trying to have calls with work without interruption is neigh on impossible. I can't wait to switch once I am out of contract. Pay the extra and go with a known established brand!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Shell Energy  
Simply the worse, shop around if your already locked in a contract with these cause some companies will pay your contract out like Iv luckily had done. 15 months of absolute garbage lmao
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Shell Energy  
Very good, and cost effective, never had an issue, had a fault found out it was an outage in the area, bit annoying but it happens and openreach fixed it.

Also im on the Ultra First, i was advised on estimated speed range, same as all other providers on openreach network, such as BT, Sky, Plusnet.

Ultra First Broadband 34.99 speed up to 76mbps my estimated speed range is 40-67mbps (im not going to expect 76mbps come on guys) it all depends on how far you are from the exhange.

I have no issue with First Utility seems straight forward cheaper then the rest
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Manchester 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  
Aweful, can't get out of the contract even though they can't provide the promised speeds. Customer service horrible also.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Middlesbrough Shell Energy  
not sure the reviews are accurate
broadband speed advised in advance is correct for my area its shown in advance
fibre depends on provider and price
80mb is not the norm
milnrow rochdale 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.

three times on
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes 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  
Completely and totally dissatisfied customer. I really wish I had read the reviews of so many others before I bought. Wifi constantly drops, customer service is shocking. I've had to call 4 times and spend an hour chatting and still nothing. I was sent an email of steps to walk through which included unscrewing the front of the broadband box on the wall. When I told the agent I was chatting with it was ridiculous to ask people to do that, he responded that it wasn't ridiculous. I'm so so so fed up and angry, I'm considering paying the fee to end my contract.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
MILTON KEYNES Shell Energy  

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