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
    2.2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.4 stars
  • Speed
    2.1 stars
  • Reliability
    2.2 stars

Based on 428 customer ratings since 2020-05-16 (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.

426 Customer Reviews over 11 pages

  • Reviewer
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    London
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    Shell Energy
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    worst experience ever, very poor customer services & reliability, would not recommend this service
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
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    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    london
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    Shell Energy
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    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely terrible! Please don’t go near shell energy broadband. My broadband connection is so bad that I cannot FaceTime from my living room or stream even with a repeater when I’ve had no issues with previous suppliers. They then charge you 15 to cease your broadband even once you are out of contract. AVOID AT ALL COSTS
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
    Date
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    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
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    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Is just absolute trash never seen such a bad broadband, TalkTalk all the way
  • Reviewer
    Location
    london
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    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    london
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    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Switched from Plusnet because of the cashback deal. Big Mistake. Broadband is very slow.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
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    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    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!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
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    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Failed to connect a 90 year old's telephone and left her without a phone line (she lives alone) in the middle of this pandemic.

    Call centre staff polite but harassed - they are not provided with sufficient information to help customers and the phone installation department does not take or make calls.

    The recorded message facility to leave feedback was unable to record because it was full! I'm not surprised.

    To sum up:

    Shell Energy Retail Ltd can't connect phone lines
    Shell Energy Retail Ltd won't connect phone lines
    Shell Energy Retail Ltd can't make phone calls
    Shell Energy Retail Ltd can't receive messages on an answerphone

    AVOID AVOID AVOID this company at all costs.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    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!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
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    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    Comments
    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!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    london
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I normally switch broadband regularly and never automatically renew. Shell Broadband is the worst I have ever come across. The broadband was not too bad until Feb 2021 when they claimed to have upgraded it and its gone worse.

    My contract with them ends in May 2021 and today they tell me I have to pay a cease fee for ending the service even if I end it after my contract has ended. This is daytime robbery in my opinion. They are penalising me for leaving them. This feels like its aimed to deter people from leaving them and its unfair. Are we supposed to stay with the company for life or else we incur a penalty charge? Ridiculous!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible customer service - absolutely unhelpful! We called to say that we are moving to a new address and were promised to receive a new router in a week time. We didn't receive it for more than 10 days and called - after an hour waiting on the phone we were shouted at by a customer service representative that they don't have a record of our call and we need to wait for another 2 weeks and pay more fees for someone to come and check our property. We were not given options to cancel and the guys just hanged up the phone! Stay awayfrom them!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Luton
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Agreement was 'VAT included' prices. First bill had VAT added to these prices!
    Unable to get a reply from Shell, looks like OFCOM next.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Lyme Regis
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Lympne
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Malvern
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    wish I had read reviews first,worst broadband provider I have evedr had,an absolute disgrace,cannot wait to leave
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Don't use this company. Their customer service is appalling. If you have any problems or issues they won't help you. As soon as you've signed their contract, that's it, they are not interested. Shell got my order wrong and I ended up with the lowest broadband speed and not the 'plus' service. Unfortunately, I didn't realise as I have brain fog from chemotherapy and now the 14 day 'cooling off' period has passed. They won't put it right for me. It wouldn't take much effort to give me the broadband speed I thought I had signed up to. They made the mistake in the first place; my only crime is that I didn't spot that when they sent their confirmation email. Where are the companies whose attitude would be: "I can see a genuine mistake has been made here, even though the 'cooling off' period has passed, I can change that for you"? It really is no skin off their nose to rectify this. They just don’t want to. In fact, the customer service person I spoke too, made it clear it was my fault as I didn’t check their confirmation email properly. Try living with a terminal cancer diagnosis and let me know how many things slip your mind. Next stop, Facebook, Instagram and Google.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    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!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    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

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