EOFY sales have started! Save on tech, furniture, fashion & more
View deals

TPG broadband plans compared

TPG is one of the largest players in Australia’s broadband landscape, with a strong focus on “unlimited” broadband offerings.

Broadband Offer

TPG NBN Fast Bundle Unlimited 50/20 Mbps 1 Month

$69.99

Monthly

Min. Total Cost of $199.94

Provider Logo
Unlimited

Data

50 Mbps

Download Speed



TPG's top NBN & ADSL plans

TPG Telecom

TPG has been around for over 30 years in Australia and has grown into the country’s second largest Internet service provider. Through a series of acquisitions and other corporate happenings, TPG owns the second-largest ADSL2+ infrastructure in Australia, as well as broad fibre-optic networks, giving it the capacity to connect customers and also deliver them high-speed connectivity in more locations.

TPG first offered "unlimited" plans some eight years ago, and though there has been much wrangling over proper disclosure of all fees, conditions and such since, TPG continues to offer plans with "unlimited" data, and in many cases, at quite reasonable costs.

Today, TPG offers both newer NBN connections and legacy ADSL2+ connections, as well as a range of specialised services intended more for business customers.

Somewhat unlike other ISPs, TPG offers plans on both month-by-month contracts and 18-month contracts rather than the more-common 12-month and 24-month contracts offered by competitors. However, like other providers most of TPG’s plans are technically bundles, with all NBN plans including some form of home phone line service, though this essentially comes at no extra cost unless you plan to use it. ADSL services are available with and without a bundled phone service, though the price difference is negligible.

Beyond the ADSL and NBN consumer plans which we compare here, it’s worth noting that TPG has a range of plans on offer for small, medium and large enterprise too, including ADSL and NBN plans, as well as more specialised higher-bandwidth options.

How does TPG compare?

Though TPG’s ADSL plans are a little complex, the company’s NBN plans are relatively straightforward, and comparisons are more easily made. Due to the way the NBN works, provider plans typically vary within a fairly limited window of data inclusions and price. That said, TPG’s plans generally offer good value.


NBN plan comparison




How do TPG’s phone packs compare?

Pricing of phone add-ons on the NBN appears to have stabilised around two price points: $10 each month for unlimited calls to local, national and Australian mobile numbers. This is what most of TPG’s plans adopt.

TPG’s cheaper Standard plans offer slightly more expensive phone options. $10 a month only gives you unlimited national landline calls while mobiles are an extra $10 on top of that.

For most other plans, though, it’s just $10 extra for all calls within Australia, and this is on par with virtually all TPG’s competitors.

TPG ADSL plan comparison




TPG NBN plan analysis

TPG supports NBN services over fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) and fixed wireless NBN technologies. These services are available on three of the four main NBN speed tiers: Basic, Standard Plus and Premium. The pricing for these different speeds is the same regardless of your NBN access technology. It’s worth noting, too, that the NBN Standard speed tier (25/5Mbps) is not offered by TPG at present.

TPG ADSL plan analysis

For those not yet in an NBN service area, TPG offers broadband over ADSL in two configurations. In areas where TPG has equipment, the plans can be bundled with a home phone, or delivered standalone.

There’s one thing worth pointing out across all of TPG’s ADSL services. Where a data limit is specified, that amount is actually split in two. Half that amount will be available during Peak, and the other half during off-peak times. Peak usage is everything from 9am until 1am, and off-peak is from 1am to 9am. This means that, unless you happen to be a night-owl, there’s a fair chance your monthly data limit will be effectively halved. However, as the industry increasingly moves towards unlimited data caps, this will become less of an issue.

Why should you consider TPG?

For NBN services, comparing providers on cost is just one element, and in the case of TPG, there are some cheaper providers.

However, you should also consider quality of service, set-up costs and, perhaps most importantly, the actual speed rather than the theoretical maximum speed.

Comparing for all these variables, TPG’s NBN plans offer generally pretty good value, and compare favourably against most competitors.

In cases where the price difference is minimal, TPG’s service offers a higher anticipated actual speed, and this makes the higher asking price each month worthwhile. As with most things, you get what you pay for.

TPG’s ADSL services, though, are generally less competitive. For bundled services, Exetel offers better value, but the price difference is usually no more than $10 per month.

Outside TPG coverage areas, the company’s off-net ADSL plans aren’t great value. For customers in areas not serviced by TPG’s own ADSL infrastructure, one of two things will generally offer better value: Telstra’s bundled ADSL services (which include a home phone service) or NBN over Satellite or fixed wireless. There's a good chance this will be available, which can offer significantly faster speeds at (usually) significantly lower costs.


For more broadband news, deals and offers, follow and subscribe below


Latest broadband news

Back to top

Read more on this topic

The latest broadband offers on finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked