TPG muscles in on Telstra, Optus, Vodafone with free unlimited mobile data plan

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TPG muscles in on Telstra, Optus, Vodafone with free unlimited mobile data plan

TPG has made a big move to muscle in on the telco space, announcing a free trial period on its new network and jumping on the “unlimited data” trend the likes of Telstra, Aldi and mobile provider Catch are following.

The telco is calling for interested customers to register their interest in its upcoming plan, which will be available in the second half of 2018 and offer 1GB of data every day at 4G LTE speeds, after which speed will be capped at 1Mbps for the rest of the day.

The telco is offering the plan for free for the first six months, after which it will charge $9.99 a month for the service.

TPG executive chairman David Teoh called the promotion a first for Australia.

“The TPG team has been working hard constructing our own network and I feel proud and excited to be introducing our very first on-net mobile product offering,” he said.

“We are inviting users to register to experience our coverage and network performance as well as to take advantage of unlimited mobile data for free.

“This promotion is the first of its kind in Australia and signals a new era of competition in the mobile market and will undoubtedly bring great benefit to Australian consumers.”

The move follows TPG joining the ranks of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone as mobile network operators in Australia, after it bought up $1.26 billion in 700Mhz spectrum and announced plans to build a $1.9 billion mobile network covering 80 percent of the population.

TPG also revealed it would spend a further $600 million for network rollout expenditure over three years. The telco currently resells mobile services on Vodafone’s network and had 500,000 MVNO customers as of April last year, at that time a TPG spokesperson told CRN the company had no plans to change its MVNO arrangement in the near future.

The new plan’s initial mobile network coverage will include CBD areas and surrounding suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane.

“The network rollout is ongoing and our mobile network coverage will increase significantly over time as we make the best use of our extensive fibre optic network assets,” TPG chief operating officer Craig Levy said.

Telstra and Vodafone started selling unlimited data plans for the first time last week, though with capped speeds after surpassing 40GB, following rival Optus’ move to put unlimited data plans on sale in March.

New mobile telco Catch Connect this week announced it would offer up three plans on a 365-day cycle including data and unlimited calls and texts.

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