This was posted 3 months 5 days ago, and might be an out-dated deal.

In 46 days [SYD/MEL/ADL/CBR/BNE] TPG 4G Unlimited Mobile Data: Free 6mth Trial (Then Optional $9.99/mth) (Capped Daily at 1Mbps after 1GB)

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Customers who would like to participate in the trial and take advantage of the fantastic value available on the new TPG plan should register their details at www.tpg.com.au/register-mobile.

TPG will be sending out invitations to persons who express interest, with priority being given to existing TPG, iiNet and Internode broadband customers.

Fresh off the press

  • TPG launching 4G mobile service in Q3 - Q4
  • Inner city coverage only, please check against the linked table
  • Free 6 months trial, then $9.99 per month
  • 1st GB each day uncapped, then shaped to 1Mbps
  • 4G Data only, no voice

Set start date to 1 July Sept 30 (split between Q3/Q4). I may fall foul of the guidelines as there is no definitive start date, however I believe ozbargainers should be informed of this launch before committing to any fixed term contracts now.

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  • +19 votes

    Customers who choose to continue with the plan after the 6 month free period will pay a monthly charge of $9.99.

    So in other words it looks like you can opt out after the free 6 months. Great for professionals.

  • +1 vote

    Limited locations (especially in Adelaide). Not much use if you can't take it around with you. But great pricing though!

    • +1 vote

      Not necessarily - it would work for me in my very static office where I currently use my phone's 13GB a months data.

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        You don't have WiFi in your office? Or your office PC doesn't have internet through ethernet that you can share using it's WiFi (hotspot)?

        • +4 votes

          Possibly they office network is so locked down that he avoids using it.

        • +1 vote

          @macrocephalic:

          Fair enough. Couldn't even be snooping on it I guess. I've never worked in an office that's too restricted but I have had to create a few SSH tunnels back to my home server from time to time ;)

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          @dazweeja: we block ssh at work as it’s an encrypted tunnel and very hard to inspect for where people are building vpns to .. most proxies do pass through on port 22 ssh. F5 is one of the few proxies than can inspect ssh.

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          @garage sale: who said anything about port 22?
          Tunnel encrypted ssh can bypass firewalls and can't be inspected. Put it over Port 80 or 443 if you want.

          Since its opensource, even if they somehow manage to inspect it prior to encryption, you could just use a modified protocol at home and at work.

          Even better is you can remote desktop using it (on Linux and Mac you can pass X server through) and access a fully insecure machine with a GUI.

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          @xsacha: I have a tunnel using putty that goes to my amazon server in the US. Amazon have free micro servers with no data limits and more bandwidth than I need (free for the first year). I also have it as an openvpn endpoint, but the ssh tunnel is more handy for proxying my browser through without having to worry about separating data across NICs.

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          Sounds very complicated.

          Can you explain the benefits of this and how one can achieve?

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          @Givemethemoney:

          It's a bit complicated but it means you can access pretty much anything even if it's restricted:

          https://www.howtogeek.com/168145/how-to-use-ssh-tunneling/

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          I work from home, but I have a meeting room that I go to in the City where I run training. When I am in town I use my phones internet. I am on an old Optus plan that gives me 13GB data per month and for a once off fee of $5 per sim I got 5 additional sim cards to share the data. So I have invested in a dedicated Sim Modem for the office, but I sometimes go over my limit by a GB or 2, so its cheaper to get a Cheap plan specifically for the office.

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      Where can you find the coverage detail?

  • +9 votes

    signed up for more info. the equivalent of 30gb a month at full 4G speeds for free for 6 months…not going to pass that up!

    might even be better than ADSL at my new house

  • +16 votes

    Very much worth noting as it's not clear from the title / original post, it's 1GB/day not month that's at full speed.

    the first 1 GB of data every day supplied at 4G LTE speeds, after which speed will be capped at 1 Mbps for the remainder of the day

  • +1 vote

    Is there roaming? What happens to your mobile reception outside of the coverage areas?

    • +1 vote

      It's a data only plan. I think it just stops working outside of the coverage area. You'll still need a separate voice line (assuming you want that).

      • +3 votes

        idea would be dual sim phone …. one on a $10 amaysim unlimited talk and text, the other on tpg for your 1 gb per day for $9.99 ….. so $20 per month for umlited talk, text and 1 gb data per day then throttled.

        expect voda and optus to,already be working on a similar deal so they get the whole $20 instead of $10 going to tpg.

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          I'm thinking of getting this along with the Belong $10/mth unlimited call,txt & 1gb data, this is good as it doesn't slow to 64kbps like Belong & I can use 1gb/day. Coverage sounds iffy though.

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        Data only plan with VoLTE voice service.

        EDIT: or apparently not further down.

  • +1 vote

    You have to supply mobile # email address ect im thinking this might cause alot of spam sales.

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      need to supply email and phone number so you can be identified as legitimate user incase you browse terrorist sites or download child porn ……same with all data only sims.

      • +4 votes

        What are you talking about? This is for registering interest in a service, not registering a SIM.

  • +14 votes

    No perth yet.. Damn

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    I wonder if they'll be providing voice service, probably roams back on Voda 3G for non VoLTE devices.

  • +10 votes

    Just be aware of these unconscionable practices TPG uses once you want to leave: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/182278

    I used to be a loyal customer for 5 years, but I'm never going back again.

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    Do we need to port over to TPG?

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      no because it's data only not voice

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        Wait. Does that mean I can stay with my current carrier and still use this data plan? How does that work? TIA.

        • +4 votes

          need dual sim phone and a phone with the band that tpg uses …. it’s one of the reasons people go on about band 28 support, tpg bought band 28 spectrum, 700mhz as ist under-utilised and travels well over terrain so they need less towers for same coverage compared to 1800mhz.

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          @garage sale: Cheers. In that case, I might need to buy one of those dual sim phones that are posted here every now and then.

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    holy shiiiit its so good

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    so if you're outside of the 15 places listed in QLD - no point?

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      I believe the roll out of 4g is a continuous plan, so maybe in the short term it’s not viable if you are outside the coverage, but it’s growing. This trail I believe is just that, tester for what’s in place with a great price.

  • +5 votes

    RIP NBN

    • +5 votes

      Another thing Tones was right on ey!

      Those lefties must be choking on their soy lattes

      • +22 votes

        Because the NBN is not a new telephone network, it is (or at least was) a future proof digital network which allows a whole range of services to be supplied - telephone services being a very small part of it.

    • +8 votes

      Perhaps for some, it could be an alternative to the NBN, but for anyone that streams content from Netflix or Stan, this won't cut it, one movie is far more than 1GB. No mobile network can handle large amounts of data at full speed at this point, otherwise, the network would be as slow as dial-up if everyone had truly unlimited data at full speed.

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        Good point, but remember this is a trail offer at $10 pm, what’s the average nbn pricing? If they were to offer a $50 a month, I can’t imagine the amount of data allowance given given it is already unlimited.

        You have to remember a large amount of the data that is moved around is thru the core fibre network of the major telcos. NBN only part of the infrastructure that 5g has the potential to bypass.

        • +2 votes

          If you replaced all fixed broadband, you'd have to dramatically increase the density of mobile towers to cater for all that bandwidth. And then of course the price would go up to build and run all that extra infrastructure.

          But why would you do this? Fibre is much faster (symmetrical 10Gbps for NG-PON2 in the real world now but 255Tbps in the lab), cheaper to run, uses far less electricity, more reliable, far less complex, isn't subject to interference, etc. Mobile has only one advantage - portability. So unless you live in a Winnebago and work outside, it makes far more sense to have homes and businesses connected by fibre and mobile for when you're outside those areas. It also makes a lot of sense to have broadband and mobile on the one provider with shared data limits but that's not common yet.

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          @dazweeja: agree except for the shared data limits, which is a contradiction.

          Also 4g/5g makes sense for low volume users

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          5G is only a bit faster than 4G at the current tower density. The real benefit of 5G is the ability to use different spectrums and techs and use many more micro nodes (towers) each servicing a smaller area. To achieve this, they need to roll out a lot more fiber.

    • +2 votes

      The frustrating things are that this is only available in areas
      1) where the NBN speeds are acceptable (FTTC is available)
      2) where houses and apartments are so expensive that NBN monthly fees are negligible

    • +2 votes

      more like rip mobile towers due to congestion. tpg isnt the only provider providing this not so unlimited data crap

    • +6 votes

      This will not usurp the NBN. The only reason that TPG is able to even think about something like this is because they own an extensive fiber optic network (you know, the thing that the NBN was supposed to be).

      • +1 vote

        tpg bought a lot of band 28 in the last spectrum auctions, so now they need to do something with it.

        will be interesting on which frequencies they offer this deal.

        you can always use skype, what’s app, etc to talk to friends.

    • +1 vote

      Yes, you can watch up to 20 minutes of HD Netflix a day on this. Who would ever need to watch more than a third of TV episode?

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        How about 1-3 hours of x265?
        More for 720P obvs.

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          The comment referred to this as an NBN killer. I'd be expecting 1080p at least to watch on my TV at home, preferably 4K. I've done a bit of video encoding and a bit rate reduction of 50% at 1080p is doable with x265 over x264 but 66% to 89% is not. So 40 minutes of watchable Netflix using x265 or 10 minutes of 4K ;)

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          I use a freeware on PC called Hybrid to (when required) transcode x265->x264 because my BD player can't handle HEVC.

          Normally, I'd allow 20% or so headroom to bloat the result slightly for 264. But recently, I matched the size at a nominal 580kbps and passthrough for audio. No other filters, cropping etc.
          On PC I couldn't tell the difference!

          Then again, I'm happy with 720P as I mentioned. Often 480P if not too compressed.

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      Not even close!

      1st GB each day uncapped, then shaped to 1Mbps

    • +1 vote

      1000 GB > unlimited on NBN per month. 30GB/month on this… I think the NBN will be ok, provided it ever freaking arrives.

      The problem with wireless is more physics than technology. Works well as long as no on else is using it at the same time, hence the rather restrictive limits for people that want to do any sort of streaming etc.

  • +3 votes

    This seems like a great second sim deal but no Perth is a deal breaker for me.

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    I see it says Mobile data service only. Can't even make/receive calls even if you pay?

  • -1 vote

    Whoever is wondering why 4G data has become cheap and unlimited in the last month, it's because 5G is currently being trialed in Australia and expected to launch in 2019.

    5G will be a premium network.

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