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TPG vs Optus: NBN Plans Compared

When you’re planning to sign on for an NBN plan, you need to do your research first – you can’t just pick up a plan and be satisfied with it. You’ll need to find the plan that is right for you: right with price, right with perks and right with service.

With this in mind – we bring to your attention TPG and Optus, two heavyweights in the internet world. While TPG usually dominates our NBN provider ratings when compared to Optus, take note of Optus’ quality perks and bundles. Every listing in this article includes a bundled home phone plan as well, so if you’re looking for NBN with a phone line, these two providers are perfect for you.

While TPG is mostly known in the NBN market, Optus is a heavy-hitter across the telco industry. With a much bigger budget, Optus is also able to offer things like 5G home broadband and home wireless.

With that extra experience and budget though, comes extra costs – which might bring you to prefer TPG over Optus. We’ll be diving deep into both of what these providers have to offer when it comes to NBN plans.

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TPG and Optus plans at a glance

We can cut NBN plans down the middle by thinking of them like this – plans that are just internet (which would be the majority of plans in Australia) and plans that are part of bundles (including streaming services, phone lines and so on). When you start to work in extras like discounts, Netflix access and other perks, things can get complicated quick.

TPG and Optus offer both of these kinds of internet deals – it’s just a matter of finding the one that is right for you.

Let’s break down some key differences. Both brands offer a modem, bundled into the package, but the price difference between Optus and TPG’s modems is massive:

  • TPG offers an included modem when you sign up on a six month contract, and offers it included on month-to-month contracts (with an added $99.95 setup fee), whereas Optus’ included standard modems are $252, but are reduced to $0 when you stay connected for 36 months.
  • Optus doesn’t charge customers setup fees, and TPG will only charge setup fees on the month-to-month plan when you sign up with an included modem.
  • Optus offers gaming-oriented and family ready plans on NBN 50 and NBN 100 which include extras like a gaming modem and a WiFi booster.

TPG’s NBN 12 & NBN 25 plans

TPG is one of the few providers in the country that still provides NBN 12 and 25 plans. NBN 12 is the lowest speed NBN tier, but it’s also the most affordable NBN option, while NBN 25 is still quite affordable but has a little bit more speed. TPG offers NBN 12 with different data inclusions — 10GB, 100GB (50GB peak, 50GB off-peak) and unlimited data, all of which bundle in a WiFi modem and phone line. TPG projects typical evening speeds of 12Mbps with this plan, while NBN 25 has typical evening speeds listed as 25Mbps. Optus does not offer these speed tiers.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG NBN 12 & NBN 25 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 Optus Standard Plus (NBN 50) Plans

You can pick up NBN 50 speeds from both Optus and TPG, with Optus starting its NBN plans at the NBN 50 speed tier. Both of these providers offer bundled-in home phone plans, however Optus offers access to Optus Sport on all plans and the optional add on of Fetch. Fetch is a set top box that connects to your TV and gives you access to watching free TV (and recording Live TV if you choose the Fetch Mighty box), along with access to video streaming apps like Netflix and Stan, plus movies and some paid TV channels. Optus Sport is a must for any soccer fan with access to leagues including the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Both providers offer typical evening speeds of 50Mbps.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG and Optus Standard Plus 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 Optus Premium (NBN 100) Plans

The most widely available fast-speed internet plan is NBN 100 and both TPG and Optus offer this speed. Available with entertainment options from both Optus and TPG, this internet speed tier is perfect for 4K streaming and fast downloads. Both providers offer 100Mbps speeds on this speed tier. Most NBN users won’t need speeds this fast, but if you’re big on online gaming or online streaming, this is the speed that you would want.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG and Optus Premium 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.

Other NBN Plans to consider

If you’re interested in other NBN plans, check out some other providers and plans below. The table below contains affiliate links.

The following table shows a selection of sponsored unlimited data Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50), and Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database with links to referral partners.

Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost (excluding discounts), 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 referral partners.

Unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) Plans

The table below shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

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