TPG vs Telstra: NBN Plans Compared

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Shopping around for the NBN plan that fits your needs is important – you don’t want to be left with a plan that’s far too expensive, with perks that you’ll never use!

That’s why it’s important to compare plans and providers to make sure you’re getting the deal you really need. Today, we’ll be comparing TPG and Telstra. They’re both very different NBN providers, what with TPG being a bare-internet-only company and Telstra providing loads of perks in the entertainment department.

This is a good comparison to gauge how much you can get out of the NBN. Most NBN providers are like TPG, and offer pretty minimalist plans without many perks. TPG goes above and beyond by offering a bundled-in phone, and a huge installation discount if you’re signing up for 18 months.

Telstra, however, is one of the telco heavyweights of Australia, carrying with it a name known by generations of Aussies and offering tonnes of perks. Coming with these things are an extra cost compared to TPG, but that could be right for you. In this article, we’ll be putting them head to head and comparing these two NBN providers.

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What NBN plan is right for me?

Before we put TPG and Telstra up against each other, lets 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 Telstra 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.

NBN 25 Standard Evening Speed

Internet plans

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 Telstra at a glance: Perks and Savings

These are two vastly different providers. With TPG, you get the basics and necessities with an NBN plan – a decent speed, a reliable record and a bundled in phone. With Telstra, you get a smorgasbord of extra perks.

TPG offers you no huge bells and whistles – toting a decent evening speed on all of its plans, and with every plan bundled with a phone, you could do a lot worse. TPG on its own is a very reliable internet provider, and dominates our value rankings.

Telstra however offers you tonnes in terms of bundles. While all Telstra plans will offer you a bundled-in phone, there’s also plenty of Telstra plans offering you a Telstra TV box (formerly known as Bigpond Movies), with some bundled in Telstra TV Box Office Credit for watching content.

One last key thing to note – we have scored Telstra’s customer service & support as a 10, compared to TPG’s 7. So if you’re the type to need lots of help with your internet, that might be something worth considering.

Telstra’s Perks

The Telstra TV Box

The Telstra TV box is a small box similar in shape to something like a Google Home or an Amazon Echo. It connects to your TV, and allows for you to stream from Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Kayo and Hayu – not to mention Telstra’s own Telstra TV Box Office, along with free-to-air Aussie TV such as from TenPlay, ABC iView and SBS On Demand.

It’s an awesome thing to consider if you’re a TV and movie lover.

Three months of Foxtel Now

Signing up to Telstra will also get you three months of Foxtel Now, where you can watch all of shows like Chernobyl, Watchmen and all of Game of Thrones, all in one place.

Professional installation

Telstra also offers a one-off payment of $240 if you’re not confident in setting up the devices yourself. A professional will come out and set the devices up for you, and will give you a run down on how to use them.

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, 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.

Telstra’s Standard NBN 25 offer

Telstra offers an NBN 25 deal whereas TPG does not. It’s easily the most affordable of Telstra’s plans and you can still get that snazzy Telstra TV bundled in.

However there is a tradeoff. Telstra’s NBN 25 plans each only offer 500GB data plans. If you’re demanding on your internet downloads, this might not be a great fit for you, but if you’re not a big downloader, don’t watch much high-definition TV and don’t play too many online games, this can work for you.

The table below shows a selection of Telstra NBN 25 plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

TPG and Telstra Standard Plus NBN 50 Plans

Here’s where we can get into the raw comparisons between these brands. Telstra offers a consistent 44Mbps typical evening speed for its NBN plan, against TPG’s projected speed of 45.6Mbps. If you just want that extra little kick, it might be worth looking over at TPG, but do keep in mind that it’s a tiny difference, and might not even be noticeable.

Take note of the modem and installation costs, too. TPG will charge you a hefty $119.95 setup fee if you’re connecting on a one month contract, but will shorten it to a $20 fee if you’re signing up for 18 months. TPG’s modem is also dirt cheap, and will only set you back $10.

Telstra will waive their $99 connection fee if you connect to their service through their website, and you’ll also be able to save $90 on the first month of internet. On top of this, if you connect for 24 months, the modem is included, otherwise you can buy it outright for $216.

TPG’s plan is cheaper, offering their standard plus package for $69.99, against Telstra’s $99 with the Telstra TV included, and $90 without.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG and Telstra 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 Telstra Premium NBN 100 Plans

This is the NBN plan for internet enthusiasts. If you’re big on high-definition streaming or hardcore online gaming, this is the plan that you’ll need. Needless to say, TPG and Telstra should both have you covered.

Again, TPG beats out Telstra as far as month to month affordability goes, offering $89.99 a month against Telstra’s $110 a month, without the bundled Telstra TV. Although if you’re going this far with your NBN anyway, you may as well pick up some bonuses and try to save money in the long run.

The following table shows a selection of published TPG and Telstra 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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