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
    2.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 100 customer ratings since 2020-02-11 (Show all time ratings)

Visit Direct Save   Read our Direct Save buyers guide

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.

444 Customer Reviews over 12 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Peterlee
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Customer service is poor just joined direct save had no invoice or nothing to say i have to put 25 pound after a couple of weeks of joining and i rang and have not been told nothing about this no letter or email so disconnected me customer agents start arguing with me over the phone if i dont pay this now we will cancel your contract and send you to debt collectors as a new customer i am discussed in the service im receiving
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Woking
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    They steal from you even after your contract is over…

    I used Direct Save back in my old property as at the time, it was the only provider that did a monthly rolling contract which suited the house share situation I was in. At the time of signing up, they told me over the phone that I can either send a letter to cancel the contract or just cancel my direct debit. All sounds great at this point, but straight away things go downhill. I receive the box thinking I'm pretty much set to go, but there was about a week of them faffing about on their end until we eventually got connection, even then it was slow speeds and decided to stop working several times a week for over two years (please note that the customer service has always been awful and I have never been satisfied after calling them).

    At the end of my tenancy, I cancel my direct debit as originally advised thinking I have cancelled my contract (as they told me it would). About a month later I receive a phone call saying that I owe them money, which at this point I tell them that I cancelled my direct debit as instructed, and they didn't say anything more about it.

    Over a year after that incident and hearing absolutely nothing from Direct Save (despite the fact that they have my telephone number), I receive a phone call from a 3rd party debt collection firm demanding that I pay them money to Direct Save. Unwillingly I paid the fine but am now trying to get a refund as I feel as though I was wrongly accused and am paying for their own mistakes.

    Avoid this provider at all costs, you're better off having no internet than the crappy internet and worst possible service that they provide. They have caused much headaches for me over the past few years and I'm surprised they're still allowed to operate.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Salisbury
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Was with them for a long time - customer service was dire, VERY VERY expensive, broadband. Rubbish rubbish company
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Essex
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This company is a farce, they are inept in every manner and provide a diabolical service. They have cut off a disabled vulnerable person who needs the phone line for her care call and emergency care line due to being extremely vulnerable and even after three calls and them saying it is our fault you should not have been cut off, but there is nothing more we can do! Reconnect instantly would be what you ethically should do! They are putting my mothers life at risk and has caused us stress, upset and worry not just to her daughter but her as well she has been so stressed, upset and is worrying, how can a company be allowed to run in this manner, disgusting, despicable and deplorable they can get away with it! AVOID them as they are cold money grabbers who have no care or compassion for their customers!!!!!!!! Horrid company
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Welland
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Staff are endlessly helpful, far beyond that one could reasonably expect. Spent half an hour talking me through set-up of TP-Link Relay kit, which just wasn't playing ball, but didn't give up till it worked.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Beaminster
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I have been with Directsave for 10years or more, Yes I have had some difficult times but not so much that it could not be sorted over the phone i am not sure what is going wrong for others but for me I am in no hurry to move.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Birmingham
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Excellent!! That's all I can say after being a customer of well known provider and being totally cheesed off with them, price rises , trying to contacting them spending ages on the phone. Direct save is a pleasure to deal with. We have had no problems, with Internet or phone. They give a detailed itemised bill & customer service have been good . We have just recommend friends.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Selby
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I had a problem with my broadband first time I called them they told me my broadband was setting up and ring back after 8pm and the red light was still flashing internet not working so l rang back and women on the phone engineers will ring you back tommorow but if you read the contracts it says that engineers work 24 hours 365 fays a year but I asked to speak to a engineer she said you can't I have passed your issue to them and they will contact you in the morning so there are no engineers she said yes me so you help me with my issue and she said straight forward no so I said I think I will report this to of com as you are not telling the truth of your engineers working 24 hrs a day 365 days a year what do you think?
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bromley, Kent
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    This company is definitely a pork pie short of a picnic.
    I signed up online on the 15th January 2018 and received confirmation dated 16th January stating that it would be transferred within two weeks and my router would arrive shortly.
    On the February 2nd, with still no router, I was advised it could take up to six weeks for the transfer.
    On 3rd February I signed up with now and was connected on the 5th February.
    Direct Save Telecom is a third world company trying to pass on its third world values to customers here in the UK
  • Reviewer
    Location
    County antrim
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Please read some reviews before taking a contract. We didn't and we conveniently went active on final day of our "cooling off period" to find our broadband was between 1& 3 mb. Their only advice was to go fibre optic. This made no sense money wise but they where only interested in charging £360.00 if we broke our contract. An absolutely useless lot, not even sure if they are a real company but please AVOID!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    ackworth
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    i joined this shambolic company{ if it is a company}in january 2017 ,stole £14 out of my account before connection day ,10 days after connection day stole £43 from my account ,tried contacting customer service with no answer .after days of trying to contact them i finaly spoke to a woman who's phone manner was appalling when i questioned the billing ,her answer was administration fees £1.50 per paper bill and letters of your connection day ,it mentions nothing about this when subscribing to these licensed burglars .i wished i had read the reviews about this scamming firm like the plague ,.i binned them as quick as i could tried charging me with breaking contract fee of £350 ,letters of threats with bailiff action also binned , i have been with SSE for 10months and have not one single problem in either billing or broadband service ,once again give direct save a wide berth not worth of any star rating
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Oldham - Manchester
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    After leaving EE Broadband, which i have been with for some time and looking for a new provider, I came across Direct Save Telecome on a comparison website for home phone and broadband. After seeing the price and thinking how good it was i visited the website, read all the details and signed up for Broadband Opt 1 with them, on signing up i filled out all my information and received an email from them (this email never said anything about a router being delivered, just presumed this would happen). A few days later i received a letter from them in the post with all the details of the contract i had signed up to, i checked this and everything seemed fine to go ahead and i was just waiting on the delivery off the router. On this letter though there was no live date, so i was left wondering when this live date was, was i to be left with no internet ?

    I signed up to Direct Save Telecome on the 02/01/2018, on the 10/01/2018 i still had not received a router from them but instead received a letter with a go live date of the 19/01/2018 and an INVOICE which stated it would be taken out of my account on 14/01/2018 - I hadn't even gone live yet, no router had arrived, but this wasn't the only problem, the invoice was for a lot more than i had signed up for, they had added extra charges on already and i hadn't even gone live with them !

    After reading peoples reviews on this company i was appalled to see what they were really like and realised i would be experiencing many more problems with them, i phoned my bank straight away to cancel my direct debit, i then phoned Direct Save Telecom to cancel with them - the lady who answered the phone was very rude, her tone was appalling and she wasn't very interested in speaking to me as soon as i said i wanted to cancel.

    So glad i visited this website and read all the reviews before my router arrived and before the go live date.

    Any one thinking off going with Direct Save Telecom AVOID ! I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    AVOID AVOID AVOID
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ramsgate
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    What they fail to tell you is after the VAT and added cost they are no cheaper than their competitors and unlike a larger company have no real customer service. I am going to quit.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Do not get a contract with DirectSave whatever you do. My mother I'd not fluent in English. Thinking they were her previous providers they got her to sign up to a contract with them over the phone even though she did ask them are you (the name of the previous provider). I called and explained this, they said the contract has been agreed and that's it. They lied and mislead her.

    The broadband service itself is very poor, slow and unreliable. Connection drops etc. Customer service is rubbish, no help at all, they act like they rather be elsewhere!

    Router stopped working and was told to purchase a new filter, which they did not offer to provide or post out. Wasted my money as that was not the issue, refused to send a new router out. Literally telling my mum to sign up to another year and then they will send a router for free. The cheek! No help service absolutely frustrating to chat to these people. Like the previous comments....DO NOT GO NEAR EVEN WITH A BARGEPOLE.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Devon
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I have been a loyal BT customer for 25 years until I found out they had put by bill up 20% without informing me and wouldn’t give me a better deal unless I committed to an 18month contract. Moved to direct save on a recommendation and they have been marvellous, the customer service is fantastic and the phone and broadband are reliable, I had a problem connecting and they answered the call in under 2 minutes and sorted in 1 minute. They can’t do enough for you. Exceptional service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Leyton
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    The signal strength in some parts of my house was weak. I asked for advice on a local FB forum and one suggestion was to contact the provider and ask them to change the frequency. The 2nd one was to instal a range extender.
    When I spoke to Directsave, I got the same advice and since installing the range extender, the signal strength has improved a lot.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Great Yarmouth
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Moved to our new home and made sure we had sorted out the internet prior to moving in. 10 phone calls plus on hold 5-10 Mins at a time, no call backs and on Saturday no engineer available so not great service at all! Especially frustrating when your told they will set it up a day later to still having no net. Asked for refund
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridge shire
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    They deserve 0 star. There are so many hidden charges which they won't tell you when you order your broadband. Once you sign the contract, they will send you a bunch of bills. They hung up if you call to complain. Do NOT ever deal with this company if you want a peaceful life.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ware
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Not totally happy. Internet 'drop out' happens frequently which is irritating
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London SE
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Transferred from a major supplier to DirectSave. It was not seamless. Over a day to get everything working - that's a day without any phone line or internet. Speed is now one tenth of what I had before (about 0.6Mb download speed, compared to their advertised 17Mb and 7Mb with the previous supplier). Think twice before transferring
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Oakham
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    After years of suffering other providers this facility is a real pleasure.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridge
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Do.
    Not.
    Touch.
    With.
    A.
    Ten.
    Foot.
    Bargepole.

    They are lying, dishonest and incompetent.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Due to living in a new build can only go with 1 of 4 companies initially went with direct save before reading the reviews and on reading the reviews immediately after tried to cancel was made aware that there was no cooling off period and no chance of getting a refunding or cancelling this was not made clear at any time and was told to read the terms and conditions however the router did arrive the next day and was easy to install my 16 year old actually did it herself. I have had no issues with the broadband service at all at the moment and so far in all seems well. The customer service is admittedly not that professional and when I mentioned I had wanted to cancel due to negative reviews the lady I spoke too was quite defensive and a bit rude but calls were answered quite promptly so all in all I guess I can't complain too much at this stage.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    West Cornwall
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    I have been very happy with Direct Save since day one when I left a major Broadband supplier as its customer care was so poor. In contrast, Direct Save customer service has been excellent, partly because you can make contact and talk to people and they are in a position to respond positively (unlike a call centre in Asia!). I would thoroughly recommend Direct Save - and more importantly I live in a fairly remote rural area and I have excellent broadband (which is what Direct Save said it would be) again unlike other major suppliers.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Salisbury
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    The best broadband provider we have encountered.
    We were messed about by Virgin when trying to maintain our contract on moving to rented accommodation .
    Had 2.5 months without broad band!!
    Direct save sorted it within 3-5 days, have excellent technical back up when I was unsure with regards a fault and if I’ve had any questions regarding any thing
    I haven’t been sitting on hold endlessly waiting to speak to a parrot who can’t speak English properly.
    I would highly recommend Direct Save down to my positive experience.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    As with others I wish I had read the reviews before I bought this product. I didn't even receive it. I called a number of times to find out when the router was going to arrive and when my broadband was going to go live. I was told two different timings by different people. Then I read the reviews and decided to cancel the whole thing - it was not worth the hassle. I called to cancel and the woman said to email in writing to the customer service department (fine), which I did, did not receive a confirmation email so emailed to ask for one, still nothing. Then I rang to make sure and they said they didn't receive one, then they checked and 'oh yes, it's here'. I wanted to get a refund of the £50 fee but that was not possible because there is no 'cooling-off period' when activating a line (or something like that). I agree with all the negative reviews. Customer service was far from pleasant. Just don't waste your energy of this lot.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Mansfiele
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Worst broadband ever !!costumer service rubbish!stay away from them..!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    colchester
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I hated the experience with this provider and hope I never come across such company again. Can't believe a company like this could still operate in 2017 UK. Charged £196.57 for nothing and then refused to refund me that money. Very dishonest. Stay away from this company.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    Service is rubbish.Plus they are vicious ,they instruct debt collectors rather than send a correct invoice.
    Do`nt sign up you WILL regret it.
    They take out money from your bank account for services which you have
    NOT used.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Herefordshire
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Signed up last month and already loving the service, had a problem with setting up the device and customer service instantly provided a solution, was on hold for no longer than 20 seconds and was done setting up within 5 mins.

    over the moon with the savings im making was originally spending way too much for so little with Plusnet, glad im rid of them!
    after reading the reviews of DST im glad to say i believe its the vocal minority, they saved me money and gave me a no nonsense service! reccomended!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Somerset
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    When I lived in town it was fine but when I moved the transfer was a shambles and I had to go 4 months without broadband. Customer services are a joke. Got tied up in a contract which ends this month. I can't wait to be rid of them. Line speed is inconsistent and I have to reset the router every day. I do not recommend this company to anyone.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Worthing
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    3 months in and no complaints at all. Very quick to set up and no problems with speed. Admittedly I am a light user so can't comment on gaming but perfect for me. Great value.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Powys
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Wish I had read the reviews sooner. Joined in April. Was never told about Out of Area Charges. Very expensive set up. Still not able to work out why.
    Higher bills than expected every month.
    Cheap and nasty router which has two unsightly and very long antennae on top and keeps falling over.
    Phoned 5 times to try and find out what was going on, and on 5th call I asked to speak to supervisor who said he was too busy to speak to me. They admitted I hadn't received the correct information in the sales call but said I should have picked it up in the information they sent me. The information sent out was as clear as mud and even after the 5 calls I can't make a lot of sense out of it. Tied in for 18 months. Will be keeping close eye on billing and will leave as soon as I can.
    Not feeling very valued as a customer. Wish I had stayed with plusnet.
    Would advise everyone not to sign up with this company.
    AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Wigan
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    Avoid like the plague !!! initial offer looks great but the speed of the is tiresome with frequent periods of crashing. The company extracts money from your account via using direct debit without your knowledge and itemises this as administration. Customer service is lower than a cows udder. When trying to switch services when outside of your contract they have a 28 days clause long enough to extract further money from your bank account again itemised - administration
  • Reviewer
    Location
    bideford
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    Comments
    awful speed and awful customer care. they accused me of lying when I said previous provider was getting 13-15mg download, whereas directsave only giving 5-7.5mg.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    manchester
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Simple -they are Lower than low
    1-They take money out of your account without any notification /warning
    2- direct saves inner departments don't talk to each other -no clarity know literally have no idea Even though they say "will look into this "
    3- They lie / scam /deny knowledge /thus banging your head against a brick wall (literally for hours )
    Horrible company ran by horrible people
    AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID !!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    norfolk
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    all was great to start with until after a few months into the contract the price kept rising and I needed my phone line moved to have some work done on the property, so I phoned direct save and was told we don't deal with it and it will cost about £160.i phoned bt and they said I have to call network provider. I called direct save again and they said they cant help, I said I would cancel the contract and was laughed at over the phone and told ok you will pay an early cancellation figure of £100,please don't get caught with these crooks, I will certainly not go back to them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Newcastle
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Comments
    Customer service is none existent they say someone will call you back never happens. Bb speed is pathetic,
    moved house told we would have phone same day bb in 10 days 3 weeks later no service whatsoever still took payment. Phoned to cancel and get refund was told that she would get that sorted didn't happen. Received a bill 3 weeks later as cancelled direct debit. Avoid like the plaque.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Southampton
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Amazing prices, I opted for paper billing because I didn't believe how cheap they were. Just changed to online billing over the phone, got put through straight away, fantastic customer service. Iv had the service for a year now and Iv had no problems with Internet speed or anything. Would highly recommend! Thank you Direct Save for a stress free survice
  • Reviewer
    Location
    SUTTON COLDFIELD
    Reviewing
    Direct Save
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Service is rubbish.Plus they are vicious ,they instruct debt collectors rather than send a correct invoice.
    Do`nt sign up you WILL regret it.

The reviews published on this page are those of the individual authors who have warrantied that they abide by our review guidelines. Reviews are not the opinion of Broadband.co.uk.