Tuesday , August 21 2018

While the major carriers have been fighting amongst themselves over who can release the most limited “unlimited” smartphone data plan, TPG has been working on getting its mobile network ready for customers later this year. Today, TPG announced that it would offer a monthly plan at $9.99 which includes “unlimited” data.

However, TPG is imposing limits a little differently to the three other major carriers; instead of a monthly amount of data at full speed (as per Telstra and Vodafone), or just crippled speed all month (Optus), TPG will offer a “cap” of 1GB of data per day, and as a sweetener, the first six months of the plan will be free.

Like other carriers, exceed that 1GB of data per day, and you’ll be speed restricted to 1Mbps for the rest of the day. This is a touch slower than the others, which are slowing to 1.5 Mbps, but the catch is that it only applies for the rest of the day.

So, conceivably, get your Netflix binge out of the way in the morning (on your train ride to work, maybe), and then make do with 1Mbps data for the rest of the day. That speed should, it’s noted, be ample for browsing news, email, social media and so on.

TPG’s Executive Chairman, David Teoh said in a statement that:

the TPG team has been working hard constructing our own network and I feel proud and excited to be introducing our very first on-net mobile product offering. We are inviting users to register to experience our coverage and network performance as well as to take advantage of unlimited mobile data for free. This promotion is the first of its kind in Australia and signals a new era of competition in the mobile market and will undoubtedly bring great benefit to Australian consumers.

TPG is describing the launch of the plans as a “trial”, so there’s clearly scope for it to change up speeds, data inclusions and pricing before it goes wider. It’s opened up a site where you can put forward an expression of interest, noting that priority will be given to “existing TPG, iiNet and Internode broadband customers.”

TPG has also detailed where it expects to provide mobile network coverage for its trials, and not surprisingly, it’s concentrated around CBD areas, specifically in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.

Unlike the established carriers, TPG’s network will initially be limited to a (relatively small) list of suburbs around major capitals Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. For example, at Ausdroid’s office in Hornsby, TPG won’t (initially) be offering any service .. so it’s for inner-suburb dwellers only at launch.

How quickly TPG will grow beyond that we simply don’t know, but the company has given its expectation that it’ll grow to 80% population coverage .. but how quickly that happens remains to be seen. However, it takes time to build a carrier network (unlike an MVNO which can pop up and disappear overnight), so we look forward to seeing what TPG can do here.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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I know it will at least be available near my parent’s house which is not too far from me as I talked to the guys installing the fibre link to their tower a few months ago just down the street from my parents. I am also an Internode customer so this sounds very interesting. I do already have Kogan mobile which so far has been enough for me but I wonder about it for a tablet or laptop?

nobodyatwp
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If the network was more full, not less than 95% of the population, then perhaps this $9.99 plan would be useful with data as a bonus.

nobodyatwp
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80% of the population is too low.
For those thinking that 1Mb/s is too low, remember when Hel$tra limited everybody to 1500/256 or 512/512 — sure, current websites use a lot more video, script and other junk these days; it is disgusting that a website makes oodles of connections, including advertising rubbish and so much more tracking and other rubbish; for that reason alone, Internet connections need more bandwidth unless you limit access to the junk with the use of adblockers an other helpers.

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Unlimited calls and SMS?

Seems pretty good value if its just that.

TPG is optus right?

nobodyatwp
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Yes…. and no. Originally they were Optus, but they tried to move everyone to Vodaphone. They sent me a SIM, but I kept my Optus plan and threw away the new SIM. So, for new people and everyone they moved over, they are on Vodaphone; for some, like me, still on Optus. I use the $1 per month plan, no call inclusions at all and only 50MB of data, but…. I use it mostly for an incoming only line and with trusted WiFi, so it is all good.

D DT
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Most people don’t use 30gb a month, beside, netflix allows pre-download so no data usage when watching, not really useful considering you lose the flexibility use a bunch of data in one go

dbareis
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I don’t think that any plan should allow you to reduce the speed that much, maybe 2-3mb/s would be more reasonable (still usable), but the 1Gb per day sounds great.

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