TPG’s acquisition of its competitor iiNet has created a telco superpower in Australia. Despite that, the two brands are still run as separate entities and their products remain unique – at least for now that is. This means Aussie customers still have a wide range of options to choose from when looking for a new home broadband or mobile phone plan.
TPG’s offerings have traditionally been focused on lower prices and value for money, whereas iiNet’s focus has been on more premium services such as the NBN, fibre to the home and fully-loaded bundles, as well as customer service and advocacy. However, with TPG’s emergence as Australia’s second largest home internet provider (behind Telstra) its image has shifted somewhat to a more ‘big brother’ provider, with prices on the whole pretty similar to those of iiNet. So how do the two brands stack up in terms of their plans for everyday customers?
TPG vs iiNet: NBN Compared
iiNet at face value is more expensive, but you often get 500GB as a base data amount, whereas with TPG your data allowances are as low as 10GB, which is quite low nowadays. However, in the NBN space, competition heats up a bit. On the ‘Standard Plus’ speed tier, TPG offers some of the cheapest unlimited data plans out there.
iiNet’s NBN offerings are pretty exciting, with a full complement of plans, where most start at $60-odd a month for 500GB of data. While TPG’s entry price is generally lower, its starting data caps are lower as well. Another noteworthy thing is that for rural or remote customers, TPG might not even be on the agenda, as it doesn’t offer SkyMuster satellite plans. However, along the coastlines and in populated areas, both have pretty comparable plans with their fixed wireless and fibre service.
- TPG’s cheapest unlimited plan is $29.99 and is available with no contract, but this is on the Basic speed tier and with only 10GB of data (100GB will set you back $49.99, and unlimited for $59.99).
- iiNet’s cheapest unlimited offering is $59.99 for Basic NBN 12 with 500GB of data, and is available on both a six-month contract, or month-to-month (excluding modem charges and extras).
- As for speed tiers, Premium Evening Speed plans (NBN 100) with unlimited data are priced from $99.99 with iiNET, and from $89.99 with TPG.
- Both providers use VoIP services for home phone calls.
It’s pretty neck-and-neck between them: iiNet charges a higher base price, but offers more data, while TPG offers call packs as standard with selected plans.
iiNet NBN Plans
iiNet have a wide range of NBN plans across all four NBN speed tiers. You can choose between month-to-month or six-month contracts, along with if you need a modem included or you’re happy to BYO.
The below table features all published six-month iiNet NBN plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a wider range of providers. These are products with links to a referral partner.
TPG NBN Plans
TPG offers its NBN plans across the NBN 12, 50 and 100 speed tiers. You’ll have a choice between month-to-month or 18-month contracts and a WiFi modem is included as standard. However, choosing the month-to-month option requires you to pay an upfront setup fee.
The below table features all published 18-month TPG NBN plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a wider range of providers. These are products with links to a referral partner.
ADSL2+ Plan Comparison
If you’re still on an ADSL2+ internet connection, both TPG and iiNet are some of the more competitive big providers out there. Prices start at just $30, but this – in TPG’s case – does not include much data by today’s standards.
- The cheapest unlimited option comes from TPG, at $59.99 per month.
- iiNet’s cheapest unlimited plan is $79.99 per month, but a $59.99 500GB option is also available.
However, you need to look at more than just cost alone to determine overall value. TPG’s plan, while cheaper, requires an additional home phone line, which can cost $20 in some cases. iiNet might win out here, as it includes home phone line rental with PAYG calls, and comes on a no-contract basis.
Naked DSL Plan Comparison
If you want to do away with pesky line rental or don’t have much need for a home phone line, naked DSL is a great option for no-fuss broadband. While you’ll generally pay a bit more per month as opposed to ADSL2+ plans, the convenience factor may be worth it – especially for young people or renters.
- TPG’s plans start at $29.99 for which you’ll get 50GB, and iiNet starts at $59.99,with 500GB of monthly data.
- For unlimited data, prices start at $59.99 with TPG, and $69.99 from iiNet.
Another thing to consider here – especially if you’re renting – is contract length. TPG’s contract options are either 12 or 18 months, with a $59.95 set-up fee on the 12-month plan. iiNet offer no-contract plans, with monthly options incurring a $99.95 set-up fee and optional extras. iiNet’s ADSL2+ plans include line rental anyway, so this option may be worth a look into if you’re looking for naked DSL.
TPG vs iiNet: Phone Plans Compared
You may not normally associate TPG and iiNet with mobile phone plans, but both have some reasonable SIM-only deals up for grabs.
TPG’s mobile offerings are fairly simple and easy to understand. It sells four basic 4G plans, all of which come SIM-only and paid month to month on a prepaid basis. This is in contrast to iiNet’s plans, which are postpaid.
- You can’t really go wrong with either, but your choice may depend on whether you prefer a prepaid or postpaid connection.
- TPG utilises the Vodafone Network, while iiNet uses the Optus Network.
- TPG offers more data, while iiNet’s plans are somewhat restrictive at the cheaper price points.
iiNet Mobile Plans
iiNet’s two cheapest plans at $15 and $19.99 don’t include unlimited standard national calls and SMS like many other providers do. You’ll be restricted to $550 of call and SMS value, to use as you need. If you don’t tend to many many calls or send many text messages, this included value will most likely be enough for you. You’ll also get 1GB of data on the $15 plan, or 2GB on the $19.99 plan.
The following table shows a selection of iiNet postpaid plans with unlimited call and SMS value as published in Canstar Blue’s database listed in order of lowest standard monthly cost to highest. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database.
TPG Mobile Plans
While TPG doesn’t have the cheapest prepaid plans on the market, there is still some pretty decent value in its range of four plans. Starting at $19.99 with 4GB of data and going up to $39.99 with 20GB, with these plans running on a 30-day expiry.
The following table shows all TPG prepaid plans as published in Canstar Blue’s database listed in order of lowest standard monthly cost to highest. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database.
TPG and iiNet Entertainment Options Compared
One of iiNet’s big drawcards is its recent addition of iiNet TV with Fetch. In an almost identical move to Optus, iiNet has partnered with TV service Fetch to offer customers a set-top box and access to a number of entertainment services. These include pausing, recording and rewinding live TV, buying and renting movies and TV shows, and streaming from services such as Netflix and Stan.
- iiNet TV by Fetch is often included for $0 extra on select six-month plans, but is otherwise offered from $5 extra per month (with a $59.99 set-up fee). Optional channel packs are priced extra.
TPG had previously offered a service called IPTV, however it doesn’t seem to be offered to new customers signing up to a TPG NBN plan.
TPG vs iiNet: Who Wins?
The product sets of TPG and iiNet show some clear similarities and some big differences too, however, what you will find is that both offer compelling internet and mobile phone plans. Both are good alternatives to the bigger guys, and it’s hard to separate the two.
Apart from a few little differences, iiNet and TPG are fairly similar when it comes to pricing – and the value you get. Despite TPG owning iiNet, it seems that both providers have maintained their own identities. We’re rating this one a tie, as both have some strong positives – and only a few arguable negatives. In the end, it all depends on your own circumstances; you might find one is better for you than the other.