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
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Avoid. Internet always slow and drops out. Switched to a new service and they couldn't even be bothered to let us know when they'd cut the WiFi, I'm studying online so I'm relying heavy on the Internet at the moment so to be left without anything to access my lectures is ridiculous. They also lied to us about speeds in our area and said we couldn't get fiber or anything faster than 10mbps. Funny how we now have fiber and 70mbps.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Horrible service! They overcharge you for no reason. If you decide to leave after contract, they will blackmail you by fabricating some conditions which never appear in the initial contract. Don’t waste your time/money and get into trouble by joining them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Swapped from BT infinity to First Utility. No problems at all, I haven't installed the First Utility router, just left the BT hub in place and it all just works. BT speed was fine but the price was not. Not notable difference in speed. So far so good. Not sure about customer service as I haven't tried to use it.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Speed has been bad for a while. Portal calls become impossible due to the constant dropouts and wildly fluctuating download speeds. I'm paying for a fast 60mbps fibre service. Today I did four speed checks over a period and it went between 4mbps and 8mbps. This is worse than the old standard copper connection. Terrible provider, even worse than BT and that's something! My contract is almost up and, believe me, I'm off to another provider as quickly as I can.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    If I could give less than 1 star I would. Complete garbage. My order has been put through 3 times now, 9 days after the first request I still have no broadband. Don't even have the router. Quick enough to set up the direct debit though & take the cash!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    They are getting money under false pretences in the last 15 minutes the connection has failed 5 times. Netflix is unusable due to the download speeds. Trying to find a customer service number is hopeless I can’t even access my account as I need to reset my password but the system never sends me a reset email. Avoid them like the plague
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheringham
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely shocking company and I will get out as soon as I can.
    As I write this review I have been on hold for 45 minutes waiting to get through to find out where my router is, which should have been sent out by them a week ago (this is only because I purchased a house which uses their broadband and they insist on a new router for a new customer). What a stupid system as the other providers I have used have ALL just transferred the service without the need to change the router.
    Still waiting for them to answer so BEWARE if you decide to use them, you have been warned, from a very dissatisfied new customer and as quickly as I can an ex customer.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Shrewsbury
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    Rude customer service, miss lead, broadband is unreliabily and very slow. Never ring you back when they say, don't deal with companys
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sidcup
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    AWFUL!!!! Miss sold on the promise of the first 3 months being free.... to then receive bills ??? Called up OMG SOOOO RUDE!!! Like I’m a criminal!!!! Asked them to check there call recordings to prove how they’ve lied to which I’m told..... will give you £10 credit to drop the case???? AWFUL. Have reported and left!!!! First month in and this bad!!!! AWFUL AVOID AVOID AVOOD
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sidford sidmouth devon.
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This is dreadful .so many bad reviews why is no action taken they just don't care I was put onto this by carphone warehouse won't deal with either ever again .18 months of no hope .
  • Reviewer
    Location
    sittingbourne
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    Comments
    useless disconnects more than is connected what a disaster sign up if you like but you might regret it later on complained countless times I will terminate my contract and go else where why should I pay for a service I cant use.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Slough
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    Comments
    Pathetic customer service. Broadband did not start on the day it was promised. I had to call them everyday for six days for follow up. No one ever bothered to call me to provide an update on the status of my complaint.
    Asked them to terminate my contract since there was deficiency in their service.
    Their complaints team is even worse, an extremely rude person called me and said If I wanted to exit I must pay £279. He also threatened to pass my details to Debt Collectors (even before sending the bill and before attempting to take money from my account by direct debit). Service finally started on 8th day. Now stuck for 18 months with this bunch of idiots.
    When I called them on 9th day for compensation they offered me £10.00 when it should be £35.00 (£5 per day) as per Ofcom guidelines.

    Have raised another complaint, if they do not agree with the compensation amount will take them to Ombudsman.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Solihull
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    AVOID AT ALL COSTS
    31ST July i was meant to be connected, its now the 10th august and have no connection still. Openreach are to blame apparently. Customer care is a total shambles. Yet they expect money to be paid b4 ive even got my services up and running. Really wish id read reviews before signing up with them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    somerset
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Somerset
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Poor customer service. No access to the customer service after 4 pm easter saturday, we lost internet and phone line access at 20.15. No facility to report potential fault (I'm being kind assuming this) until tuesday am. Who would go into a contract with a company who an individual cannot report a fault for 3 days... not me, I'm off.
    However shell want to charge me money to leave even if 30 days notice is given.
    Avoid this company.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South Coast
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South Lakes, Cumbria
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Avoid at ALL costs.

    Internet connection constantly dropped. Almost daily and sometimes for as long as an hour and a half. Even when it was working, video calls and gaming were nearly impossible.

    When customer service was contacted they first said there was no fault on the line, then changed their mind a week later and said an engineer would be out. No one turned up, and when I rang back the fault was magically fixed! They decided a new wire would fix the job. It didn't, obviously.

    Their modems are from 2010 roughly, and I suspect that didn't help. But I am 100% certain that the problem was with their equipment, as I am now with another provider and have had no issues.

    I paid to leave Shell early. They cut off the internet a day sooner than they were supposed to, leaving us with no internet for a day, which was nice.

    They also are not a member of OFCOM (whatever the broadband regulator is), and so I think this is why they don't feel like fixing anything.

    All this is just a long rant to say AVOID AVOID AVOID. I hope to God that at some point they will have no more customers left and concede defeat.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South London
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South Wales
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    NOT FOR THE DISABLED OR VULNERABLE!!!

    I took a gamble with Shell Energy a year ago after some 10yrs with Talk Talk. What a disaster! The router is a Tuppeny halfpenny thing which had to be upgraded immediately. The internet speed has been OK, but wait till you have a problem!
    The support staff are technically incompetent and will subject you to half an hour of TOTALLY irrelevant questions. When I reported no dial tone but that my internet was working I was asked what model of router I was using??? I had already explained that I had removed the faceplate of my BT master socket and had plugged a brand new phone into the then only remaining socket in the Master backplate!! Grrr! Yes, I can see how it would be important to know the model number of the router that was now disconnected and sitting on my workbench, what a bunch of idiots!
    HOWEVER...... the worst part came when they identified a fault on the line but said it would take 48hrs just to get a response from the engineers. When I asked to get the job marked as urgent the support rep refused, despite me advising that I was registered disabled and vulnerable with my local council and utility companies. Three times I asked and three times I was refused. I then lodged a complaint with the adviser and was told it would be investigated. Following morning I get an email telling me the case is closed! My internet is still running at half speed and I still have no voice calls! Yup, case closed, if you want my advice (which is why your here I assume), run for the hills or rely on smoke signals rather than sign up with Shell Energy for your broadband and phone!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Southampton
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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
  • Reviewer
    Location
    southampton
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Stay away! this company mis-sold broadband to me, they then emailed me saying apologies we mis-sold this service to you, then i cancelled (this all happened day one) i then received many emails saying i have not paid my bills, they then threatened me with court or a cancellation charge of £323. They are a joke and will damage your credit rating after they lie about what service they can give you. i will be keeping all emails for proof.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Southampton
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Southport
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Very unreliable and slow
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Southwest
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Moved house, tried to move contract over to new house. Was told we would not receive an early termination fee. However, 3 months later, being pestered to pay £150 for an early termination fee! Impossible to get through to them over the phone. Absolute rubbish.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    St Helens
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    I moved to superfast broadband. According to their speedchecker I was getting 28M downstream and 0.1M upstream. On independent speedcheckers it was more like 6M downstream 0.1M upstream. I can't use it very effectively for my work, as the upstream bandwidth is not sufficient to provide video on a zoom or teams call. I had Sky previously on exactly the same line with absolutely no issues at all. I believe Shell use TTB and I would avoid them at all costs, pay another £3 a month and get a useable service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    St Helens
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I joined shell broadband just before the pandemic began . On the day it should have started nothing happened .This affected my burglar alarm as it was linked to my phone.After days of nothing I tried to get in touch .No answer .I was left with no communications at a time when I badly needed contact .After two weeks I phoned another company as it was impossible to contact shell
    And I asked them to take over the line .Shell then sprang into action wanting an early exit fee .As I hadn’t broken the contract they had broken it I refused to pay .A year on I have had to pay and now I am still
    Being asked for the money .Age 74 and living alone they are constantly harassing me. Anything is better than Shell just don’t go there .You
    Can tell them
    A hundred times you have paid but there is no
    Communication
    Within the company
  • Reviewer
    Location
    st helens
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    Ive been with Post office without a contract for several years and many time Ive thaught of transferring,

    Post office are now passing BB onto Shell and what Ive read up to now I have second thoughts, can only hang on until the switch over.

    I was going to go fiber but now ????

    thanks for the info
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stafford
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Is supposed to be a Fast Broadband service. average 33Mb download 11Mb upload
    Over Xmas noticed that broadband was very slow and continually dropping out.
    In New Year found that phone was not working so raised service call.
    Broadband speed down to 6Mb download and 4Mb upload...a joke!!
    Within 24 hours told that tests had shown fault on line and they will arrange for BT engineer.
    5 days later still waiting to hear when appointment.
    My wife has cancer so we need phone to receive hospital appointments and to make emergency calls if needed.
    Having to raise formal complaint now with Shell.
    They do not seem to care at all.
    We will get out at first opportunity
  • Reviewer
    Location
    StHelens
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Having signed up with them life descended into a nightmare .Self isolating fault on phone line for 12 days . Internet appalling . I switched to another company on the cooling off period only to be told I was out of time . Actually NO I wasn’t . I was wise enough to log each/incident . E mails unanswered ,vantages get through to them .Hours on mobile trying to get help . The worst company ever .
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stockport
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Avoid this company like the plague. They are incapable of delivering stable, reliable broadband speeds. Mine is frequently at an mbs of 0.45. Abysmal.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stockport
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I had a problem with broadband speeds and an engineer was sent (with the usual threats, of "if it's your wiring you will be charged") There was a fault on the local box. Fixed and no more problems.Near end of contract decided to change to different supplier who was offering fibre for same price as ordinary broadband with shell. Charged me £0.85p.
    So far so good: then received email asking for return of router and accessories, never had that before don't know where they are, be interesting to see where we go from here!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stockport
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Comments
    A total bag of excrement it has not given me anything near the speeds advertised it is always buffering and when I finally managed to contact their "Technical people" I was expected to monitor my broadband for 24 hours on the normal socket and then monitor it on the test socket for a further 24 hours and compare the two and give them the results.
    I would leave them now but am tied into a contract with exit penalties so what can I do?
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stoke-On-Trent
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I am a disabled person who has to input my medical blood results every day, these incompetent guys have left me with no phone and no internet and are even trying to charge me £60 for a new line which wasn’t installed. I’m now left with nothing for a week because that’s how long they have said an engineer will take to come out. I do not know the levels of medication I’m meant to take because I cannot input my blood score so this time tomorrow I could be in hospital because I could have taken to much medication or to less and these people at Shell just don’t give a crap so they have left me frightened ***AVOID AVOID AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE ***
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stoke-on-Trent
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible on all fronts, the broadband is expensive and unreliable and customer service must rank amongst the worst in the country. Due to their ineptitude I've been landed with big bills more than once, despite having a monthly direct debit in place. They cocked up and didn't collect it but didn't tell me. I can't wait to leave this bunch of cowboys I'm seriously considering cutting my losses and paying the hefty exit fees just to get out
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Suffolk
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    AWFUL - DO NOT USE.
    We swapped from Sky Broadband and it was a massive mistake.
    This was 3 months ago. Wifi drops out all the time, speeds are rubbish (7mb on router, 0.5MB wireless).
    Should have stayed with SKY broadband - didn't have any problems for the 5 years I was with them.
    Tried to get help from them on the phone - waited AN HOUR for someone to answer.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    sunderland
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    changed from virgin media was paying 48.00 a month now pay only 27.00 a month for much faster broadband glad i changed should of did it years ago everything very good and good customer service too very happy
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Surrey
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    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.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Surrey
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This has got to be the worst internet I have ever used I’ve not even had it a month yet and I will be getting rid asap.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sussex
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Appalling. Even if the speed was any good (it isn't) it's no use because it is constantly dropping out.

    Customer service was basically a fifteen minute phone call that resulted in them suggesting I turned it off and on again.

    AVOID AVOID AVOID
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sutton
    Reviewing
    Shell Energy
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely *****! Internet keeps dropping in and out nothing but problems. But quick enough to suspend you when your a few days late with a payment but they can make you go without internet for a week or more!

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