TPG Mobile Won’t Launch With Voice Service, Data Only
TPG Mobile has revealed its forgoing voice call services during initial launch, remaining data-only. The budget-friendly telco is set to arrive in the second half of the year, following a $2 billion investment.
Voice services will launch some time later, with support calls made via VoIP in the initial trial phase.
The news follows previous analyst remarks, warning TPG Mobile’s $9.99/month ‘unlimited’ mobile data plan is unlikely to turn a profit. TPG Mobile’s ‘unlimited’ data plan is free for the first six months, before reverting to $9.99/month.
Coverage is initially limited to metropolitan regions near Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide. The telco expects to grow coverage to ~80% of the Australian population over time.
Full terms and conditions, and pre-registration is available on TPG’s website here.
TPG Mobile will become the fourth mobile network in Australia, joining rivals Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.
The telco utilises Vodafone’s network, and reportedly has around 500,000 customers (as at April 2017).
The news follows the remarks of Boost Mobile Founder, Peter Adderton, who claims Australia “cannot support four networks.”
“To introduce a player and create a price war is good for consumers, but at some point, companies need to make money,” he warns.