TPG offers terabyte broadband plan

Naked DSL customers will not be able to migrate to the plan unless they also adopt a traditional TPG analogue telephone service

TPG has become the latest internet service provider to launch a broadband plan featuring a total of a terabyte of monthly quota, following launches by iiNet and Primus this week.

TPG’s package – announced late yesterday on the forums of broadband information site Whirlpool – will see the company offer a total of 500GB of data for each of its on-peak and off-peak periods for a total of $69.99 a month, starting from 1 September.

However, naked DSL customers will not be able to migrate to the plan unless they also adopt a traditional TPG analogue telephone service. The plan includes the line rental and unlimited local calls, but national calls will be charged on a per minute basis.

“This is only available on homephone bundled with ADSL2+ plans. Sign up with our homephone plans to avail this package,” wrote a TPG representative on Whirlpool. “Telstra does not allow us to transfer standalone ADSL2+ TPG customers to the new bundle as Telstra have no technology framework to move a customer from LSS to ULL,” wrote another.

The pricing on the plans significantly undercuts that offered by both iiNet and Primus. Primus’s 1.1 terabyte plan will start at $99.95 per month, as does iiNet’s own terabyte plan.

The new TPG plan was immediately welcomed by the ISP’s customers on Whirlpool, although the limited availability – with it not being available as a standalone plan – drew some derision.

“I’m still scratching my head. Amazed this plan wasn’t released just as a standard ADSL2+ plan,” wrote one user. “I’m sure they’ll update their normal plans as well but why a [unbundled local loop] plus home phone plan was released first is a head scratcher.”

“It’s easier for someone to … churn to iiNet or iPrimus rather than change from TPG ADSL2+ to ADSL2+/Home Phone since there’s no churn available.”

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