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- 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 analog 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 home phone bundled with ADSL2+ plans. Sign up with our home phone plans to avail this package," wrote a TPG representative on Whirlpool. "Telstra does not allow us to transfer stand-alone 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 stand-alone 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."