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Sunday, 05 June 2016 17:23

TPG runs special $10 4G mobile plan offer for its customers

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TPG is offering its lowest-cost 4G mobile plan yet at $10 per month for the first six months, but is the deal any good?

TPG says it is "currently running a special promotion for our 4G mobile plan and we'd like to let you know of this great news as our valued customer".

My mother is a TPG customer for her home’s Internet connection, and she received this email, so that’s how I know the offer has been made.

The deal is billed as being for "new mobile registrations only", with the offer ending on 30 June.

There is 1.5GB of data included, along with $550 of talk and text value with calls to "standard AU and international numbers included". A first minimum charge includes the $10 SIM card, and excess data is charged at 10c per megabyte. Some international calls can be unquestionably useful, but so too are Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and various other talk and text apps out there using a bit of data. 

The $10 cost of the SIM card means the minimum charge in the first month is $20.  

TPG says at its 4G mobile plan page (which shows this plan is one of the company’s "SIM Only Mobile Plans - No Lock-In Contract") says that a two-minute standard call would cost $2.38, while a standard SMS would cost 25.3 cents, so this gives you an idea of how quickly, or otherwise, you might or might not chew through that $550 talk and text allocation.

Meanwhile, the critical information summary PDF for this plan is here

On the TPG 4G Mobile plan page, the company is also offering a $29.99 per month plan with unlimited calls and SMS to standard AU numbers, with 2GB of data (and extra data in 1GB blocks for $10 per block), along with a $39.99 plan with 5GB data (and same excess data charge), and the same unlimited calls and SMS to standard AU numbers.

The deal competes with Kogan Mobile’s entry-level plan of unlimited calls and text to standard AU numbers and 1GB of data for $16.95 per month, which even includes Visual Voicemail for iPhone owners. 

It also competes with Vaya’s $20 plan, offering unlimited calls and SMS to standard AU numbers, and 1.5GB data for just $20 per month.

Those two deals look like better value over the long term, especially with the unlimited nature of the plans when it comes to standard AU calls and texts.

So with other plans out there clear competitors, despite TPG’s carrot tied to an initial $10 per month stick (for six months,) you may decide Kogan or Vaya’s plan is better

It’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself, but now you know – especially if you’re one of the many TPG Internet customers out there receiving what you might think is a great deal simply through the "loss leader"-style trick of a low but time limited upfront cost.


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