TPG vs Vodafone: NBN Plans Compared

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It’s rough looking for an NBN plan that works for you – there’s so much lingo and information to know about, and every provider uses different words to describe their very similar services.

That’s why it’s important to put providers on blast and compare them and what they offer very closely. Today we’ll be comparing TPG and Vodafone, outlining the key differences between both of these providers. There’s some very subtle differences like installation costs and typical evening speeds, but once we get to perks, you’ll find that there’s a lot you can get out of researching your plan well.

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What NBN plan is right for me?

Before we put TPG and Vodafone up against each other, let’s break down the different types of NBN plans. Picking the right NBN plan is tough, but it can be simple if you look into it a little bit. It all comes down to what speed is right for you – you can lower your cost with some providers by getting plans with limited data allowances per month, but ultimately the deciding factor in plans is speed.

NBN 12 Basic Evening Standard

NBN 12, otherwise known as the Basic Evening Speed, is the lowest speed NBN plan available on the market. With this connection, you won’t necessarily see a huge difference compared to an ADSL2+ connection. This speed is ideal if your internet plan isn’t a huge priority, and is great for basic social media usage, emailing and web surfing. It’s important to note that Vodafone does not offer this speed tier.

Remember, access to services like Stan and Netflix aren’t locked to a certain NBN speed. If nobody else in the house is using the internet at the same time, you could watch something online easily with this speed.

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NBN 25 Standard Evening Speed

NBN 25, or the Standard Evening Speed, is the standard NBN speed tier across Australia. This is a hassle free stock-standard plan, and would have more than enough speed to never notice an issue watching videos. This speed is a great choice if you’re wanting to run a business from home, or if you do a lot of video calling. It’s important to note that TPG does not offer this speed tier.

NBN 50 Standard Plus Evening Speed

Also known as the Standard Plus Evening Speed, this speed tier would be great if you watch a lot of high definition or 4K content online. Typically with speeds below this, high definition content would take long times to load, but with this plan you’ll be set to click the button and enjoy.

Be aware though, NBN 50 and 100 have higher prices than 12 and 25, and you might be paying too much for what you want from the internet.

NBN 100 Premium Evening Speed

NBN 100, or the Premium Evening Speed, is the ultimate extra-fast speed for the NBN. This speed-tier is typically for high definition content and for online gaming, but it could also be a great way to stay hassle-free online.

If you’d like a bigger deep-dive into what these speeds mean for you, we’ve prepared a great article on that here.

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TPG and Vodafone at a glance

TPG is mostly known within the internet space, providing great speeds and great value across NBN 12, NBN 50 and NBN 100 speed tiers. TPG’s plans are not necessarily glamorous, bundled with a phone at most, but they’re low cost and certainly worth looking into.

Vodafone on the other hand is one of Australia’s major telcos, and offers similar value to TPG. Unlike Telstra and Optus, Vodafone doesn’t glue its plans together with awesome perks like Fetch or Telstra TV. However, with Vodafone’s hand already in the telco game with its own mobile network, modems sold through Vodafone give you 4G access if your internet goes out – this might be great if you live in a spotty area, where there are constant drop-outs.

TPG, however, offers a bundled in phone, which is great if you’re used to using a home phone. TPG’s value also appears to be better generally over month-to-month periods, but it’s worth looking into all of these plans for what you want out of your plan.

We do rate Vodafone higher than TPG as far as Customer Service & Support goes, scoring an eight against TPG’s seven.

TPG’s Basic NBN 12 plans

TPG is one of the few providers in the country that still provides NBN 12 plans. NBN 12 is the lowest speed NBN tier, but it’s also the most affordable NBN option. TPG offers this speed grade at a few levels of data, offering 10GB, 100GB and unlimited packages, all of which bundle in a WiFi modem and phone line. TPG projects typical evening speeds of 10.9Mbps with this plan.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG NBN 12 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Vodafone’s Standard NBN 25 Plan

Unlike TPG, Vodafone offers Standard Speed NBN 25 plans as its lowest speed NBN package. Note that Vodafone doesn’t offer anything beyond a one month contract – this is probably a good thing if you want to dip your toe in and experience the plan before over-committing to it. That $65 per month is great value for standard NBN too, especially with projected speeds of 23Mbps, and a bundled-in $180 modem is great. You’ll also get the modem included free if you stay for 36 months! On top of that, you get a 4G backup, making use of Vodafone’s 4G network in case your wired internet goes down.

The following table shows all published Vodafone NBN 25 plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

TPG and Vodafone Standard Plus NBN 50 Plans

Here’s where these two NBN providers can start going head to head. At face value, it looks like TPG wins out on month-to-month pricing. While TPG’s monthly cost is set at $69.99, Vodafone’s is at $75. With modem costs, TPG has Vodafone beat out, offering a $10 modem when you sign up for 18 months. This is TPG’s take on Vodafone’s offer of an included modem if you stay connected for 36 months.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG and Vodafone NBN 50 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

TPG and Vodafone Premium NBN 100 Plans

This is the internet speed tier for if you’re an enthusiast – if you’re big on hardcore online gaming or into high-definition 4K video streaming, you’ll be wanting speeds on these plans.

TPG and Vodafone both offer pretty well-rounded NBN 100 plans, although it looks like Vodafone beats out TPG as far as month-to-month value goes. Vodafone’s NBN 100 plan sits at a reasonable $75. Bundled with a minimum spend of $255 over one month (including modem), and currently offering a $20/mth discount on plan fees for six months, Vodafone’s plan is a strong contender for one of the vest value NBN 100 plans.

TPG offers a similar-value NBN 100 plan. With its bundled in phone, $10 modem for 18 month plans, and a faster evening speed (85.6Mbps against Vodafone’s 83Mbps), it tallies up to $89.99, a similar price to what Vodafone would be offering after the first six months ($95). It all comes down to how long you think you’ll be with the provider, then. TPG appears to be better value in the long-run, but Vodafone has better short-term value on this speed tier.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG and Vodafone NBN 100 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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