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TPG Mobile Phone Plans Review

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.

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TPG Mobile Phone Plans

TPG offers five 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
  • For the first six months, the four plans with unlimited talk & text are available at knocked down prices – half price in some cases.

Let’s get a better rundown of all plans on offer from TPG.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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T4G PAYG

  • PAYG
  • Data 10c per MB
  • $20 upfront cost

min. cost $21 per month

50MBMax Data**/billing period $1Advertised Data^^/billing period
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T4G Small

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • $10/mo for first six months

min. cost $10 per month

4GBMax Data**/billing period $19.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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T4G Medium

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $50/mo for first six months

min. cost $15 per month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $29.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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T4G Large

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $19.99/mo for first six months

min. cost $19.99 per month

15GBMax Data**/billing period $34.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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T4G Extra

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $24.99/mo for first six months

min. cost $24.99 per month

20GBMax Data**/billing period $39.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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TPG $1 Phone Plan PAYG Rates

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.

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

Against other prepaid providers, TPG tends to stack up very well, featuring some of the cheapest phone plans at any given data point. Adding to that is TPG’s tendency to discount plans further – commonly to 50% off or greater. Other prepaid providers worth keeping an eye out for include ALDI Mobile, Kogan Mobile, Amaysim and OVO Mobile. All offer a distinct set of prepaid plans with competitive rates.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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XXL Value Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 15 countries
  • 300 mins to 35 countries

min. cost $45 over 30 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day billing period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited 15GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS, unlimited to 10 countries, 300 minutes to 22 countries

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 300 international minutes

min. cost $34.95 over 30 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $34.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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.

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What do customers think about TPG prepaid mobile plans

In 2018, Australian customers gave TPG 3 out of 5 stars for Overall Customer Satisfaction for prepaid mobile plans.

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