Optus 5G: Coverage map, mobile and internet plans
If you’re an Optus customer with an eligible handset, you might soon find yourself the lucky recipient of some superfast 5G speeds. It’s still early days in the Optus 5G rollout, and there are a few criteria you need to meet before connecting to the next-gen 5G network, but many Australians already have access.
Telstra might have the most-developed 5G network in Australia, but Optus is no slouch (and actually boasts a wider suite of 5G plan offers). Whether you’re already an Optus customer or not, read on for more information on the Optus 5G rollout, and the 5G phone and home internet plans currently available.
Optus 5G coverage map
Use the map below to find out whether you currently have Optus 5G available in your area. If you’d like to compare Optus 5G coverage with Telstra and Vodafone, use the dropdown box to switch providers.
Optus offers 5G on its entire suite of mobile plans. Here’s a quick look at the most popular month-to-month Optus plans available.
Optus 5G Home Broadband
If you’re more interested in trading in the NBN for a 5G connection, Optus is the only provider in Australia offering an out-and-out 5G home broadband plan at the time of writing. At a glance, the two available 5G internet plans might not seem all that different, but there are a few crucial differences: Speed, price and inclusions.
The Optus 5G Internet Everyday plan comes in at $75 per month. It comes with one month free, unlimited downloads, Optus Sport + Optus Sport Fitness, and the included Nokia 5G modem. The key difference with the Everyday plan is that download speeds are capped at a 100Mbps maximum. Optus claims Internet Everyday customers can expect around 85Mbps typical evening speeds (7 pm – 11 pm).
The Optus 5G Internet Entertainer bundle costs $90 per month. It comes with all the benefits of 5G Internet Everyday with a few extras. Firstly, its speeds are uncapped (though Optus says to expect around 239Mbps for typical evening speeds). Secondly, it comes with an included Fetch Mighty PVR streaming box, three months of the Ultimate Channel Pack free, and included one Premium Channel Pack for the life of the plan.
Both plans come with a $200 setup fee on the month-to-month option ($0 if you sign up for 24 months) and a 50Mbps speed guarantee.
Optus 5G modem
Both Optus 5G Internet plans come with a bundled Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway. It’s a cylindrical modem that could easily be confused for an office paper bin.
The Optus 5G modem has a unique feature to aid with the set-up. When you first plug in the modem and connect to a 5G signal, an LED ring will flash in the direction where the signal is strongest, guiding you to the optimal spot in your house/apartment to receive a stable 5G signal. It also has 4G/LTE back-up for when the 5G reception isn’t too crash hot; an important inclusion this early in the 5G rollout.
The Optus 5G modem can also be set up and monitored in the new-and-improved My Optus app.
Optus 5G phones
In 2021, Optus has amassed a decent range of 5G phones. While Android users have had 5G access for a while now, 2020 marked the first 5G iPhone, with the iPhone 12 range. Now there’s a 5G phone for everybody, whether you use Apple, Samsung, Google or Oppo. Here’s the full list of 5G phones offered by Optus at the time of writing:
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21 Plus
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy S20 Plus
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Google Pixel 5
- Galaxy Z Fold2
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy A71 5G
- Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G
- Oppo Find X2 Lite
- Galaxy Note 10+
- Galaxy A90
- Galaxy S10