One of the largest Internet service providers in Australia is TPG broadband. It offers several different packages, with the emphasis on "unlimited
" offerings. In Australia, TPG broadband is one of the largest ISPs. In addition to providing ADSL services, TPG also provides a complete range of broadband services in locations serviced by the NBN
, as well as ADSL
services in most other locations. This company places a lot of emphasis on providing "unlimited" data allocations.
Cost of TPG's Broadband Plans
TPG plans come with different contract lengths and connection types.
You can get an ADSL2+ plan on the TPG network with a 12 or an 18-month contract. TPG also provides Naked ADSL2+ packages with 6 or 18-month contracts if you don’t need a telephone line.
Six-month and 24-month contracts are available for bundled ADSL2+ with a TPG phone line. Monthly pricing is not affected if you sign up for 24 months, but your setup cost will be reduced.
TPG provides what it terms as "off net" ADSL2+ plans with 6-month contracts for people living or working outside the company’s infrastructure.
The company also provides a fibre to the building (FTTB) product to certain localities with 6 or 18-month contracts. The monthly cost is the same for both contract lengths, but there is a setup fee of $99.95 for the 6-month contract.
You can get a month-to-month plan with NBN for a $99.95 setup fee. The alternative is an 18-month contract with free setup.
Additional Services Offered by TPG Telecom
TPG offers a variety of packages including phone provisioning together with its Naked ADSL2+ and standalone plans. The higher tier packages provide unlimited local, national and 13/300 calls, while the lower cost ($39.99-$59.99) bundles operate on a strictly pay as you go basis. Some of the higher tiers have started to include international and calling minutes as well.
The unlimited data bundle offered in the NBN space is on a pay as you go basis for calls. All of the other NBN packages offer unlimited local and national calls. The highest tier is the XXL plan, which also offers unlimited Australian mobile calls. You also get 100 international calling minutes if you opt for the Fibre To The Building plan.
TV and Movie Options
TPG has a free IPTV offer for clients on its ADSL2+ network. These clients can view standard definition programmes from Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, France 24, Channel NewsAsia, Deutsche Welle, Russia Today, Indonesian TV, Hungarian TV, TRT, Phoenix Infonews Channel, TV5 Monde, Thai TV5, Cuba Vision, and VOA.
Exceeding the Limit for Monthly Downloads
By definition, you should not be able to exceed the download limit on an unlimited plan, though acceptable use policies can apply. For those plans with a download limit, you can be “shaped” (where your download speed is downgraded) for the rest of your month. Your speed can go as low as 64K, depending on your plan.
Pros and Cons of using TPG Telecom
- Free IPTV. TPG does not have an extra charge for its IPTV service.
- Vast assortment of plans. Depending on your location, TPG’s plans cover all kinds of connection possibilities, with various term lengths, so you have lots of flexibility.
- Naked Options. If you feel a landline connection is unnecessary, you can leave it out once you’re an ADSL customer.
- Peak and off-peak timing for quota plans. Your plan will be split between peak and off-peak hours once it has a quota. As a result, you might not get the full value of your plan if you don’t do much browsing overnight.
- Some plans require that you waive the Customer Service Guarantee. With these plans, you’re actually agreeing to give up your right to a proper resolution of any customer service issue you may have.
- No ADSL coverage in Tasmania. TPG does not offer ADSL deals in Tasmania