Review of TPG mobile phone plans
Founded by enigmatic billionaire David Teoh back in 1986, TPG is now Australia’s second largest internet provider and one of the biggest challenger mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). TPG utilises the Vodafone 4G Network to provide fast 4G speeds to the vast majority of its customers, and offers several cheap, good value phone plans in keeping with its overall budget image. Recently, TPG announced it would build its own network to challenge the Big 3 – Telstra, Optus and indeed Vodafone. However, until that happens, TPG customers will be on the Vodafone network, which is definitely not a bad thing.
In a sea of low-cost, value-packed phone plan providers, it isn’t easy for a company to have its voice heard. But as the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and TPG has been causing a squawk in the telco industry lately with its takeover of iiNet. However, there’s more to TPG than strict business – it offers some competitive SIM Only mobile phone plans that could entice you to ditch your existing carrier and get on the TPG bandwagon. Here, we outline what to expect from TPG’s prepaid mobile plans, as well as how its inclusions compare to the competition.
TPG Mobile Phone Plans
|Price Per Month||Features|
|$1||50MB data, pay as you go texts and calls|
|$14.99||$275 call and text value, 1GB data|
|$19.99||$550 call and text value, 1.5GB data|
|$29.99||Unlimited calls and texts, 3GB data, 100 international minutes|
|$34.99||Unlimited calls and texts, 7GB data, 100 international minutes|
|$39.99||Unlimited calls and texts, 10GB data, 100 international minutes|
Source: TPG website
In short, TPG offers six distinct, concise, ‘no-fuss’ plans across a range of price points. All service options are SIM Only, allowing you to bring your own device, and come on a month to month basis – meaning you won’t be locked into a contract if you’re unhappy with your service.
- A one-off $10 SIM card fee applies if you’re taking out a plan for the first time. This is $30 for the $1 ‘pay as you go’ (PAYG) plan
- Besides the three plans with international minutes included, PAYG apply to international calls – Canada is a mere 3c/minute plus 35c flagfall, for example
Let’s get a better rundown of all plans on offer from TPG, after a news report that announced the news about its new mobile network.
TPG $1 Phone Plan
With 50MB of data as a given, you’re otherwise left to fend – or pay – for yourself from then on. Luckily call and text rates are pretty cheap:
- 9c per minute plus 10c flagfall for calls, making the cost of a 2-minute call 29.8c
- 9c for each text message
- Additional data is 10c/megabyte
This means that for about $30, you could potentially get up to: 100 texts ($9.90), 50, 2-minute long calls ($14.90) and 102 total megabytes (50MB standard, plus 52MB equaling $5.20). Credit is preloaded as with any usual prepaid plan would be and your usage is deducted from that.
TPG $14.99 Phone Plan
The next step up is a pretty significant one. For less than $15 a month (though you’ll pay $10 extra in the first month), you get a nice value inclusion as well as 1GB of data. Once again excess data is 10c/MB. You also get unlimited calls to TPG mobile and landline phones. As for how much you can get for your $275 value:
- A 2-minute phone call costs $2.38, including 40c flagfall
- Standard texts are 25.3c each
Beyond that, having 1GB of data is a solid amount for casual social media browsing, maps directions and the like. While you likely won’t get very far with video or YouTube streaming, it’s a good amount for the casual user.
TPG $19.99 Phone Plan
For less than $20, you’re entering Great Value Territory, partner. 1.5GB of data is handy for social media on the commute to work and a hint of gaming. Don’t worry if you use too much data too – data is 10c a megabyte thereafter.
The $550 of value included also provides a fair chunk of calls and texts. When you dive into details, you’ll find that TPG bills calls at 99c a minute, plus a 40c flagfall. Texts are billed at 25.3c each. This means that theoretically you could make up to 231 calls, as per TPG’s Critical Information Summary, or over 2100 texts. We imagine you’ll be able to achieve a good balance of both with this plan.
TPG $29.99 Phone Plan
A significant step up, putting $10 more on the table will see your data inclusions double, and you won’t have to worry about calls and texts anymore – they’re unlimited! This is a serious step-up in the value stakes, which will see you browsing and gaming with the best of them. No maths is required to see how many texts or calls you have left either – you can chat and type until your heart’s content. This is also the first of the plans to include 100 international minutes, which is a nice cherry on top.
TPG $34.99 Phone Plan
For a mere fiver more, you’ll see yourself receiving 4GB worth of extra data. This is a pretty good ploy by TPG – who wouldn’t want 4GB more for $5?! With this much data you’ll be able to stream the odd footy game or two, play games on the bus and look up memes til your dark humour cravings are well and truly satisfied.
TPG $39.99 Phone Plan
The top-end plan in TPG’s line-up is still quite cheap by comparison to a lot of other telcos. For under $40, you can dive into 10GB of data heaven, which will have you gaming and streaming with the best of them. This is a great plan for those always on the move and needing web access wherever they are. Plus, with Vodafone’s 4G coverage, you can be assured you’ll be browsing with decent speeds – especially in major metro areas.
How does TPG compare to other mobile providers?
TPG’s plans range from $20 to $40 per month, which lands the MVNO right in the mainstream in terms of both pricing and credit inclusions. Let’s see how the above plans stack up in a heated prepaid mobile competition.
$1 Plan Compared
As one of the lowest-cost plans in Australia, what you get with TPG is pretty decent call and text rates, a little data to play with… and not much else. In the prepaid sphere it competes alongside the lowest-cost plans in the country, and what you’ll find is that for a little bit more per month you’ll get some more inclusions, but nothing beats the flexibility that TPG affords with this plan. Both Yomojo and Vodafone have a plan you can customise and make your own – keep in mind that Vodafone’s billing periods vary here. OVO Mobile is one of the cheapest providers to offer 1GB of data for a normal 30 day recharge.
$14.99 Plan Compared
This plan sits at a pretty weird place in the TPG line-up – it’s neither here nor there. For $15, you can probably do better in the prepaid world. Kogan and ALDI Mobile both come into the picture, and while ALDI’s value seems low, its call and text rates are dirt cheap. Kogan is one of the cheapest providers to offer unlimited calls and texts, while Yomojo is one of the cheapest to offer unlimited inclusions with 2GB data.
$19.99 Plan Compared
This plan sits nicely amongst the competition. TPG’s main rivals in this price bracket are ALDI Mobile, Coles Mobile and Yomojo. But TPG looks set to take the crown here. While Coles wins out in the data inclusions, it should be noted it’s on a 28 day billing period, meaning you effectively get billed 13 times a year instead of 12. TPG also trumps ALDI in value-included and Yomojo in data.
$29.99 Plan Compared
The $30 range of prepaid mobile plans sees TPG up against some tougher competition. In this price bracket, there are simply more providers offering more data. The question is, who reigns supreme? TPG competes against Amaysim, Kogan and Lebara. While the two former telcos offer the same data, it seems that Lebara wins out with a hefty 5GB. All in all, it’s pretty neck and neck and bonus offers can come into effect here as well.
$34.99 Plan Compared
As we move up in the mid-tier of mobile plans, we see that telcos are ramping up the data inclusions. TPG again sits very well among the competition, however it loses out to OVO Mobile and Kogan as far as data is concerned. Also in competition is ALDI Mobile again, but TPG trumps its plan by a gigabyte.
$39.99 Plan Compared
TPG faces even more providers in this price bracket. However, a promising thing to learn is that it is the only prepaid telco to offer 10GB of data for less than $40! If that’s not value, then we’re stumped. Here, TPG wins out against Coles Mobile, Optus and Boost Mobile, but these guys simply cannot compete with TPG’s data.
Is a TPG mobile plan worth the money?
Throughout TPG’s prepaid offerings, you will notice a trend. That is, TPG is always at or near the front of the pack when it comes to included value at the price points it competes in. As plan prices increase, so too does the value – and dramatically. At less than $20, the $19.99 plan faces the hardest time out of TPG’s six plans. You’ll find that the $39.99 plan is arguably the most exciting – if you’re in the market for a prepaid plan around $40, then going with TPG will give you the most data. Overall, TPG is consistent in offering good value for money, and if you’re in the market for a plan at the prices TPG offers, then we suspect you’ll be putting TPG into your list of telcos to consider.