Australian ISP TPG has followed in the footsteps of its larger rivals, announcing new "unlimited" broadband plans for a flat monthly fee.
In contrast to Telstra BigPond or Optus however, TPG says its unlimited download ADSL service plans will not be subject to any access speed restrictions or shaping practices - regardless of the level of data downloaded by the user.
The TPG "Totally Unlimited" broadband plans start from $49.95 per month in metro areas based on a 256Kbps/64Kbps connection speed. The ISP also offers 512Kbps/128Kbps and 1500Kbps/256Kbps plans, priced at $79.95 and $149.95 respectively.
TPG will also offer a 512Kbps symmetrical DSL (SDSL) service with unlimited downloads for $149.95 per month.
The 256Kbps plan includes a free USB modem, five e-mail accounts, free spam and virus filters and 10MB of Web space, while the speedier 512Kbps and 1500Kbps ADSL and SDSL plans include unlimited LAN users, 20 e-mail accounts, a static IP address, spam and virus filters and 30MB of Web space. All plans incur a set up fee of $129.
TPG's broadband plans are divided into three regions: metro, region 1 and region 2. Those customers located in region 1 or 2 areas will be charged an additional $10 to $20 per month for each plan.
To coincide with the announcement of its new plans, TPG has also expanded the metro area pricing to include locations situated within a 165km radius from a major capital city.
TPG marketing manager Katrina Rowe said unlimited broadband customers will automatically renew to the new pricing in their next payment period.
"However packages wishing to change their IP address, physical address or speed etc, will incur a fee, dependant on the change, in order to recover our costs from Telstra Wholesale charges," she said.
The ISP currently has 25,000 ADSL subscribers, as well as approximately 300,000 dial-up customers.
TPG's announcement follows Telstra BigPond's launch of new flat fee ADSL plans for residential users last week.