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Speed
Monthly
Usage
Set-up
Cost
OfferMonthly
Cost
First UtilityFirst Utility First Broadband
11Mb
average
speed
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Zero
set-up
cost
£18.99p/m
includes line rental1st year cost: £227.88
First UtilityFirst Utility First Broadband + Eve & Weekend Calls
11Mb
average
speed
Unlimited
monthly usage
(truly unlimited)
Zero
set-up
cost
£21.99p/m
includes line rental1st year cost: £263.88
First Utility First Broadband + Eve & Weekend Calls
First Utility
  • 11Mb average download speed
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Eve & Wknd calls (add at checkout)
  • 18 month contract
    11Mb
    average
    speed
    Unlimited
    monthly usage
    (truly unlimited)
    Zero
    set-up
    cost
    First UtilityFirst Utility First Broadband + Anytime Calls
    11Mb
    average
    speed
    Unlimited
    monthly usage
    (truly unlimited)
    Zero
    set-up
    cost
    £25.99p/m
    includes line rental1st year cost: £311.88
    First Utility First Broadband + Anytime Calls
    First Utility
    • 11Mb average download speed
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Anytime calls (add at checkout)
    • 18 month contract
      11Mb
      average
      speed
      Unlimited
      monthly usage
      (truly unlimited)
      Zero
      set-up
      cost
      First UtilityFirst Utility Super First Broadband
      35Mb
      average
      speed
      Unlimited
      monthly usage
      (truly unlimited)
      Zero
      set-up
      cost
      £31.99p/m
      includes line rental1st year cost: £383.88
      First Utility Super First Broadband
      First Utility
      • 35Mb average download speed
      • Truly unlimited monthly usage
      • Pay as you go calls
      • 18 month contract
      • Usually £31.99 - Save £126
      35Mb
      average
      speed
      Unlimited
      monthly usage
      (truly unlimited)
      Zero
      set-up
      cost
      First UtilityFirst Utility Ultra First Broadband
      63Mb
      average
      speed
      Unlimited
      monthly usage
      (truly unlimited)
      Zero
      set-up
      cost
      £34.99p/m
      includes line rental1st year cost: £419.88
      First Utility Ultra First Broadband
      First Utility
      • 63Mb average download speed
      • Truly unlimited monthly usage
      • Pay as you go calls
      • 18 month contract
      • Usually £34.99 - Save £90
      63Mb
      average
      speed
      Unlimited
      monthly usage
      (truly unlimited)
      Zero
      set-up
      cost
      First UtilityFirst Utility Super First Broadband + Evening & Weekend Calls
      35Mb
      average
      speed
      Unlimited
      monthly usage
      (truly unlimited)
      Zero
      set-up
      cost
      £34.99p/m
      includes line rental1st year cost: £419.88
      First Utility Super First Broadband + Evening & Weekend Calls
      First Utility
      • 35Mb average download speed
      • Truly unlimited monthly usage
      • Eve & Wknd calls (add at checkout)
      • 18 month contract
        35Mb
        average
        speed
        Unlimited
        monthly usage
        (truly unlimited)
        Zero
        set-up
        cost
        First UtilityFirst Utility Ultra First Broadband + Evening & Weekend Calls
        63Mb
        average
        speed
        Unlimited
        monthly usage
        (truly unlimited)
        Zero
        set-up
        cost
        £37.99p/m
        includes line rental1st year cost: £455.88
        First Utility Ultra First Broadband + Evening & Weekend Calls
        First Utility
        • 63Mb average download speed
        • Truly unlimited monthly usage
        • Eve & Wknd calls (add at checkout)
        • 18 month contract
          63Mb
          average
          speed
          Unlimited
          monthly usage
          (truly unlimited)
          Zero
          set-up
          cost
          First UtilityFirst Utility Super First Broadband + Anytime Calls
          35Mb
          average
          speed
          Unlimited
          monthly usage
          (truly unlimited)
          Zero
          set-up
          cost
          £38.99p/m
          includes line rental1st year cost: £467.88
          First Utility Super First Broadband + Anytime Calls
          First Utility
          • 35Mb average download speed
          • Truly unlimited monthly usage
          • Anytime calls (add at checkout)
          • 18 month contract
            35Mb
            average
            speed
            Unlimited
            monthly usage
            (truly unlimited)
            Zero
            set-up
            cost
            First UtilityFirst Utility Ultra First Broadband + Anytime Calls
            63Mb
            average
            speed
            Unlimited
            monthly usage
            (truly unlimited)
            Zero
            set-up
            cost
            £41.99p/m
            includes line rental1st year cost: £503.88
            First Utility Ultra First Broadband + Anytime Calls
            First Utility
            • 63Mb average download speed
            • Truly unlimited monthly usage
            • Anytime calls (add at checkout)
            • 18 month contract
              63Mb
              average
              speed
              Unlimited
              monthly usage
              (truly unlimited)
              Zero
              set-up
              cost
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              What you need to know

              • Prices last checked and verified 20th September 2018
              • Broadband speeds may vary
              • Monthly costs include line rental
              • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
              • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract
              • Some providers offer line rental reduced prices when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

              First Utility broadband review 2018

              | Dan Howdle | Tuesday, June 26th 2018

              Would you trust an energy provider to deliver your broadband service? First Utility is among a growing number of energy companies cross-selling telecoms to its existing customers and new recruits.

              First Utility made its name in the energy market but is something of an unknown quantity in the broadband space. It offers a decent budget deal – competitive prices and zero set-up costs – but you’ll need to sign up for a minimum of 18 months. Here's what we think.

              Speeds

              First Utility has a pretty straightforward broadband offering. Its entry-level product, First Broadband, offers an average download speed of 11Mbps. This kind of speed is ideal for daily browsing and social media, and a decent speed to stream music and the occasional TV show or film.

              For households needing a faster connection, First Utility offers two fibre packages: SuperFirst Broadband at 35Mbps and UltraFirst Broadband at 63Mbps. Fibre connections are much faster than standard broadband and more than capable of handling streaming and downloads from multiple users across a range of devices.

              These are pretty standard speeds – and largely reflect what is offered by the majority of broadband providers. The exception is Virgin Media, which offers top speeds of 350Mbps and more. If you're not sure as to which package you need, our guide to deciding what broadband speed you need has all the answers. All First Utility’s broadband deals are unlimited, unlike some other providers that impose monthly caps.

              Upload speeds

              Broadband users don’t just need to download data from the internet, but upload stuff too. You’re uploading when you save photos to the cloud, post a YouTube video or send a tweet.

              Upload speeds for First Broadband average 1Mpbs. SuperFirst 35Mbps broadband offers upload speeds up to 9.5Mpbs, and UltraFirst 63Mbps offers up to 19.5Mpbs.

              These are pretty decent upload speeds that are on a par with Plusnet, Vodafone and NOW Broadband, and are actually quicker than BT and Virgin Media. However, it’s worth remembering that these speeds are only estimations and, when it comes to uploading a few photos, a second or two more won’t make a massive amount of difference.

              Contract length

              First Utility is keen to hook customers in. All three of its broadband deals are for a minimum of 18 months. There are no 12-month deals, no nine-month student contracts, and no 30-day rolling contracts. It’s 18 months or nothing.

              Make sure you opt for paperless billing and payment by monthly direct debit when you sign up. Paper bills cost an extra £1 a month, and you’ll also pay an extra £1 each time if you pay by any method other than direct debit.

              First Utility doesn’t hike the price you pay at the end of the contract like most other providers do. As a result, you can just let your broadband keep rolling on as long as you want to, safe in the knowledge you won't be paying any extra. However, it’s always a good idea to have a look at alternative deals when a fixed period comes to an end – you may still find a cheaper deal.

              Discounts

              First Utility advertises its standard broadband prices, but if you are an existing First Utility energy customer, you will get a discount on your broadband depending on which package you buy and which energy tariff you are on. The monthly discount ranges from 50p (so £6 a year) on an 11Mbps connection to a much more worthwhile £5 a month (£60 a year) if you’re on UltraFirst broadband and have signed up to a long (30 months plus) energy tariff.

              Bear in mind that if you get a discount due to being a First Utility energy customer, that will stop if you switch energy suppliers. Savvy energy subscribers will know that the only way to keep your gas and electricity bills down is to keep switching. This means that taking both broadband and energy from the same supplier may not always offer the best value.

              No extras

              First Utility is a strict no-frills provider. There’s the option to add a calls package, but that’s it. You’ll need to rely on Freeview TV or buy TV channels from a separate company such as Sky or Virgin if you want a greater range of channel choice.

              Unlike some other providers, such as BT, there also aren’t any bundled security or storage products – you’ll need to buy these separately too.

              Equipment and installation

              One great thing about First Utility broadband is there are no set-up fees – it’s totally free to get going (unless you don’t have a phone line – that will cost you £60 to install which is fairly standard). Other providers often charge for a router, installation, or delivery – or all three.

              On the subject of routers, First Utility provides a fairly basic router in the form of the Technicolor TG588v2. This is a single band router that will do the job but not much more. You’re under no obligation to use the router you’re provided with – you can use one from a previous provider or buy your own high-spec one.

              Reliability

              First Utility uses two types of infrastructure to provide broadband services: Openreach’s national infrastructure and TalkTalk’s LLU (local loop unbundling) platform.

              This means First Utility doesn’t have a fully nationwide network and therefore may not be able to provide a service in certain areas. Those areas which do get a service will see a similar level of broadband reliability that they’d get from BT or TalkTalk services.

              When you place an order, First Utility will run a check to see what products are available and provide you with an estimate of what speeds you will get. This speed estimate is the ‘line speed’ you can expect, assuming your line and router are working optimally. In reality, the speed you’ll actually see will be affected by factors such as how far your home is from the local cabinet, the quality of your internal wiring, and even the weather. Note that wi-fi speeds are always slower than wired connections.

              First Utility doesn’t operate traffic management policies which means your broadband speed won’t slow down during peak hours.

              Customer service

              First Utility is something of a new kid on the block in the broadband market and, as such, is a bit of an unknown quantity.

              However, that’s not the case in the energy sector where it has a chequered history. Back in 2014/15 it faced a backlash from disgruntled customers fed up with unresolved complaints and call waiting times. At the time First Utility blamed the problems on its own success; it grew customer numbers so quickly that it didn’t have the resources to cope with them.

              So has it learnt its lesson? Hopefully. It’s certainly been more careful about its rate of expansion in the telecoms market, having first only offered broadband to its energy customers before expanding into the general market.

              Conclusion

              First Utility’s offering is nice and simple: no set-up costs, decent prices, unlimited downloads and no price hikes at the end of a contract. On the downside, there are no fancy extras, no TV option and the router you get is pretty basic.

              First Utility energy customers qualify for a discount – but don’t let this influence you too much. In most cases you’d be better off getting the best energy deal possible than sticking with First Utility energy just to get money off your broadband.

              First Utility’s lack of customer service may be a concern especially as you’ll be tied into an 18-month contract. But if you fancy taking your chances for a cheap broadband deal then it may be worth a shot.

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