Direct Save 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 Direct Save.

Recent Customer Ratings for Direct Save

  • Satisfaction
    2.5 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.9 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 100 customer ratings since 2020-03-04 (Show all time ratings)

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 ratings placed, whichever is largest.

445 Customer Reviews over 12 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Birmingham
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Signed up with this absolute joke of a company and its been a headache from this point onwards. Uneducated clueless staff that sound about 16 and so many errors in the whole of my application. Complete waste of time would recommend everyone boycotts this second class company and find a real company, unless u enjoy having to repeat and explain yourself constantly. dont be fooled by their prices either
  • Reviewer
    Location
    north wales Betws y Coed
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    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I have have been with dst for 7years with a break of 2years because they did not supplie vista .since i have gone back at first they were fine but in the last few months they have been hopless i have joind BT .But DST HAVE BEEN so kind and seent me a bill for£60 even though i had been without broadband for the last 2to3 months .
  • Reviewer
    Location
    north wales Betws y Coed
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I have have been with dst for 7years with a break of 2years because they did not supplie vista .since i have gone back at first they were fine but in the last few months they have been hopless i have joind BT .But DST HAVE BEEN so kind and seent me a bill for£60 even though i had been without broadband for the last 2to3 months .
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Locked in 24 month contract. Hidden fees as much as double. Avoid at ALL COSTS!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
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    Ratings
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    Comments
    Be careful when signing up for the month by month contract, there are lots of hidden boxes and clauses which mean that you can't get access to the month by month contract and it is made to be very obviousness. If you want to leave they you have to pay a massive fine. They hike on hidden charges constantly so you always have to pay close attention to your bill. Regularly had problems with the box sometimes would be without broadband for a couple of days. If you want to call then you do usually have to spend between 20-40 mins on hold.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Coventry
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    This is an amazing provider it offers a fantastic price for broadband. I have not noticed any difference between directsave and BT for broadband reliability. I only need broadband for basic requirements but it suits my needs.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sutton Coldfield
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    Joined in May,bills bigger than expected.Just had 13 days without internet.Endless time on the `phone.£439-45 to leave.Don`t be fooled keep away.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    West Wales
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    Avoid like the Bubonic Plague! Ombudsman currently investigating. No account has come in on budget, inexplicable hidden charges. No help with any problems. Various financial savings claims are false. Advertisement's claims are false. No stars from me!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Money pinching and difficult people to deal with. I had a faulty router which was replaced. I returned the faulty router and have a receipt to prove it. I was charged for the cost of the same router under pretence that DirectSave had not received it. They just took £36.95 from my account via Direct Debit without any notice in advance. When I notice the charge on my account I called and sent emails stating that I posted the faulty router. All were ignored. for about five months. I had enough by then and cancelled the Direct Debit upon which I was charged £9.99 for not being able to still more money from my account. I am still in credit with them. I was then called and lied to. Everything is denied and twisted to suit their purpose. Last thing I told them I will complain to the Ombudsman and left it at that. Anyone considering switching to them should be careful. You will allow pickpocketing company access to your bank account.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Wales
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    Comments
    Thieves, worse 12 months service in every way. Do not sign up they should pay us for the time they waste. My connection was so bad couldn't use it for most of 10 months, attitudes of staff are poor, never follow up on promises, won't send engineer to fix anything just sell you more expensive packages, invoices wrong numerous times always making you pay more, you can't believe a word they say, the advertising is grossly misleading and forget the no sign in thing, you will be told you have no service unless you do and end up with 18 months. Outrageous rogues who should be investigated.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    SHADEWELL
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Never ever go with direct save broadband. These are bunch of thieves.
    Initially i was told that engg needs to visit the site ... 24 hrs ago.. a sms - engg will not have to visit the site now.. i said ok... deduced 49 pounds.
    Next installment will be in 7 days and you will not receive bill for 2 months. I said ok. Paid - 44 pounds.

    I received bill for both months - 33 and 45 for 2 months... dont know why.

    They always have a rubbish back up answer.
    The contract is written as if you give 28 days prior notice , you can terminate the contract. Now they are saying you have to pay 60 £ for termination

    Thank god i cancelled my direct debit. Now i will not pay them a single penny. Because there is no ethics in direct save. They alwaysdo whatever they want and speak rubbish. Not sure how they got the license to operate in UK market
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Herfotdshire
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    Absolutely awful!! Set up date was a lie, first bill disgusting kept getting fobbed off by customer service then I'd get angry because they keep fobbing me off and then they'd hang up on me! They expect you to pay for a service that doesn't even work!! Or isn't even live yet! I will be cancelling the direct debit and not paying no more to this absolute sh** service!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hailsham
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible my kids are buffered constantly
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Huddersfield
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I have to agree with the other comments.

    First their online web registration system is a total failure. I went through the process countless times giving all the information requested, direct debits etc. and the final 'submit' button takes you back to the start. At first I waited a few days for the conformation. Then I tried again. and again then gave up and telephoned them.

    "Do you want a router?", I was asked. "Not if I don't need yours, I have half a dozen routers already!", I replied. The router came regardless and I was charged for it.

    I pre-paid the annual line rental but the monthly bill was much higher than expected. I was being charged for 'caller ID' more per month than the charge for internet and the calls package combined! I had never asked for this, was never told about before and never given the option not to have.

    I had to threaten legal action to get the caller ID charge removed and customer service were totally dismissive and patronising throughout.

    I have found this site today because my broadband connection has become extremely slow and unreliable. I cannot even get the braodband speed checker to give me a figure because the connection won't hold long enough. Let us just say that the speed is insufficient to listed to the radio with iPlayer - less than old dialup speeds of 28 kbps.

    Avoid, avoid, avoid.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    isle of wight
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    The service is terrible. They lie about the set up time, send out and charge for a router (twice now, last year and this) even when you tell them you have one and they agree not to. The service team are rude and unhelpful. Tried to cancel (after waiting nearly a month for set up) before the service was initiated to get a refund and was told I needed to give 28 days notice. The worst company and service I have ever known.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bovey Tracey
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    I am getting the same speed as I got from Plusnet at a fraction of the price ! !
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    Comments
    Told me a load of lies, Changed from BT to Direct Save and it would not cost a penny due to the price hike by BT lies been billed for £200 by BT for cancelling mid contract. Get your facts correct Direct Save before cold calling please what a hassle.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Durham
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I completed a contract on line but did not get the same contract. I was sent a router I said I didn't need. Paid far more than stated for the annual line rental (to be fair this may have gone up after waiting for connection so long) I haven't got the half price deal. I got charged £1.70 per month for paper statements I didn't want. Couldn't log into account on website. When I phoned I was told I needed to prove the contract signed regarding half price etc. Not too sure this review will send as connection is a bit hit and miss. Still cheep though!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ray
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I opted for 17 mb unlimited plan.dude on customer care. We guwrantee you 8 mb speed. I said " can you guarantee me atleast 4 mb. I am ok. He said. Confidently yes. I am watching movie on youtube . for 1 hour movie to finish it took 2 hrs.chexked my speed. Its 1-2 mbps ... Very poor service. Never go for. I paid 90 pounds for 1 month.. For wat...disappointment and frustrated..cancelled my direct debit.. Will not pay. A penny now...
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilfracombe
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I've been with Direct Save for a few years now and paid in advance for phone and £1.95 a month for broadband so I put up with slow speed But recently Broadband has been very unreliable Have decided to leave and they've sent me termination invoice of £304 which is roughly 20x my monthly bill. tried customer services to get written breakdown of bill and won't send, ask for manager and none available, also very unhelpful. Worst decision I ever made switching to Direct Save (big joke as cost more in long run)
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    Worst company ever come across, stay well away from then. Joke of customer service, joke of hardware, they send you the cheapest modem possible even second hand... connection lasted 1 day then cut out intermittently from then on. Had no chance but to move to a different provider. More needs to be done to stop companies like this stealing customers money! !
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Derby
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I use the internet all day every day. I am programming websites. After moving to direct save I have been constantly sidestepped. Using standard 3mb broadband It cut off several times per week and was generally unreliable. I upgraded to fibre and its gotten worse. I have been cut off from editing my sites 4 times thins morning alone. On top of that they dont let you access the router so you can either replace it with one that works, or make sure there isnt a firewall bocking. As a constant user I need to know this and I need to control it. Best move back to a more reliable supplier. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Nottingham
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Switched from Sky and should have done it long ago. Great savings and the contract price guaranteed for 2 years, unlike sky who constantly put it up! Change over was easy with no problems. I would definitely recommend Direct Save if your looking for a good value for money provider.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bristol
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    We have changed to Direct save after being cold called. We have changed from Sky in an attempt to lower our bills (we are pensioners). The broadband speed is low to nonexistent and living in a fairly large city I find that surprising to say the least as do I find the couldn't care less attitude of the company. We are very dissatisfied to say the least!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    london
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    total rip off really rude customer service not helpful in one bit asked to speak to the manager and get told I am speaking to the manager by mat which was a blatant lie the line was working for an hour now they want £60 for me from nothing i say nothing 1 hour of Internet connection be warned of daylight Robbery 11/04/2016
  • Reviewer
    Location
    newcastle
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    this is the worst company for broadband .when you sign up for broadband they tell you that the line is not suitable for normal speeds (when i was getting 4 mb then dropped down to half a meg)so that i sign up for fibre a guy called matt so he said . they are villians and will be taking this to the ombudsman they will rue the day they did this to me
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Essex
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Have had no problems with this company at all. Changed to them after being with sky for years, who's bills had gone astronomical. Changed after searching for better deal and found this one on U switch. Paid line rental year in advance (£11.50) a month saving me £8.49 a month compared to sky, and broadband deal of £1.95 a month (unlimited usage) saving another £6 month. Did everything on line and all was completed easily and satisfactory.
    Sky cut line off dead on the dot of 8am on changeover leaving me with no phone so called direct save customer service spoke to a helpful young man who said he would check it out and were connected within the next half hour. No complaints about that..
    Broadband speed is better than sky.
    Surprised when first used it as to how quick it was. Have had no problem with any monthly bills for phone calls. The only thing is the free wifi router is obviously a cheap version but it works OK , it does drop out if wander too far away but easily corrected if use a better router or extender. Had my doubts before changing after reading reviews but unfounded all in all no problems or complaints. Thankyou Direct save and U Switch. Saving £15 a month . happy happy.☺
  • Reviewer
    Location
    chester
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Cheap but reliable changed address with no problem at all 2 months ago. No need to reconfigure the router with the new line. Speed 5-7 mbit. upload under 0.9.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Darwen
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely shocking service, DO NOT USe direct Save! I joined them because I thought I was getting a good deL. turns out my router has never worked from day one and they want ME to pay for the engineer when there are no faults on my end. The man I spoke to FOUR times was so rude, has a French accent, very hard to understand was mocking me over the phone saying I said I wouldn't take the panel off because I'm a woman! What on earth? I did everything they have said and I'm still not receiving any wifi! I've complained to them time after time, and still have not got a response or received any wifi! I repeat DO NOT USe ever!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    stoke
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Conned into buying a package told us it would be cheaper than talk talk but was not true when the bills came as their prices were quad ripple that of talk talk money had been taken through direct debit so no refunds avoid scammers thief's be aware
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North lincs
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I was phoned by this company offering cheaper service, after a long chat on th phone, decided to go with them, I was told everything would be taken care of, sit back and wait for the change over,at the time we were still in contract with BT but said to leave it with them and there would be no contract charge to leave BT not the case BT started emailing me with contract charges for leaving, on top of that I was getting several bills from direct save , I made many phone calls to this company but no one returned them. Also my router never arrived for the setup date , phoned them again and was told they had run out and not sure when they will get some more in , with that I phoned BT and they still had control of the broadband so they put a block on it so direct save were unable to take over,but unfortunately they had got the phone line and for the 3 weeks they had it the line was dreadful with crackling, I couldn't make a call.
    To conclude my whole experience with Direct save was harrendouse and cost a lot money, my advice on hearing the name direct save , run away as fast as you can
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Weybridge
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Cowboys - AVOID!!! Signed a 2 year contract with them. Had frequent problems, they always overcharge and refuse to refund (eg double charging on line rental - you pay for about 16 to 18 months each year!!!). Poor broadband (only 30% of the speed of previous providers we have used). Poor reliability, often went down. Rude abnoxious, uncaring customer service. How bad can you get.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Foxhall Ipswich
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    changed supplier. They took an extra months money by mistake?? and charged £19 for not giving 28 days notice. They said that they could not give WRITTEN reason for these errors. Awaiting full refund as promised.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Fareham
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    From day one I have had a very intermittant internet speed, Direct save are saying it is my signal extender not the internet. The booster can only boost what it gets it can't increase the signal.Blame is always laid elsewhere. No chance of a refund if you have paid up front. Absolutely do not use these guys except for telephone. There needs to be questions asked where the internet is going to be used in relation to router and what type of signal can be expected, we are not all technical geniuses some of us are of a different generation and need guidance! an expensive steep learning curve.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Louth, Lincs
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Been with them since early days and recently upgraded to fibre. Excellent service, helpful staff who do what they say.
    Had a problem over last few weeks of declining broadband speed. Rang them yesterday (25/01/16)and was promised new router which arrived today. Talked through set up step by step and system now running well. Many thanks to VJ.
    Cannot recommend them enough.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Glasgow
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I would really love it if there was a no stars choice as my selection would be blank. Directsave are by far the worst company I have ever dealt with, took a years line rental up front and from day one I've had very bad phone line and my broadband is up and down like a prosties drawers. Directsave have been called 30 or so times and I've never had a call back nor have they done anything to fix my problems, only thing Charlie in customer services does is blame everything bar Directsave crap line. Ombudsman is now involved but not holding my breath, just need to get away from this cowboy company and get a provider that can give a service that works. I would most definitely NOT recommend Directsave to anyone.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    WATFORD
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    been with direct save for a while and i find the speed with the broadband and signal strenth is very very good .. im happy with my service and beening uk based is a very very helpfull but i never need to contact as all is perfect and for a GREAT PRICE !!!! line rental payed up front an bb for £0.95p
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Coalville
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I thought I was completely satisfied and happy with direct save until today when I found out there is a limit of 1500 minutes per month I was shocked that is only 48 mins a day I can use that on 1 call,I am home all day and make a lot of calls to friends and family.After speaking to a customer adviser who was very sympathetic and polite, I have now got to watch my minutes until my contract runs out as I have only been with them for a couple of months and paid my line rental upfront for 12 months, I have got a long wait before I can leave them,unless they come up with a better deal before then.SUCH A SHAME.They charge 14p connection and 7p per minute over the 1500 limit,SCANDALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    bedford
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    broadband doesnt deserve a star and their customer is shocking. They changed my telephone number back in May without me knowing, I called on several occasions to sort out my payment method and the service I received was appalling, I have sent an email to their customer services back in July was assured I would get a reply and still havent and its now November!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sheffield
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I recently changed provider from Talktalk to Directsave, I got fed up of the continual price rises over the last two years, so looked elswhere and checked reviews and although directsave had some bad ones, so do most of the others, so I'm giving them a chance.
    To start with now Iam now paying £13.45 with Directsave compared with £27.70 for the same service from Talktalk.
    The changeover went very smoothly, router came pre configured just needed to put the wifi password into my laptop.The BB speed (over 8Mb/s) is exactly the same, as is the evening & weekends phone service.
    Overall pleased with the savings and the customer service up to press.
    Like all service providers, there may come a time that I become dissatisfied, as I have on the three previous occasions.
    But I am always willing to give a smaller, less greedy company a chance.

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