Telstra 5G: Coverage map, mobile and internet plans
With the right Telstra phone plan, you can tap into the superfast realities of 5G speeds. While the Telstra 5G network is still in its rollout phase, it also happens to be the largest 5G mobile network in Australia – ahead of Optus and Vodafone (in that order) – both currently, and it’s planned to be the biggest once the 5G rollout dust settles.
Optus may have bragging rights to a broader range of 5G plan offers, but there are still things to take into account when looking to connect to the Telstra 5G network. Without the right equipment or plan, you may be in a Telstra 5G area and not able to access it, so here’s everything you need to know.
Telstra 5G coverage map
The map below lets you know whether Telstra 5G is available in your area. You can use the drop-down menu to switch between Telstra, Optus and Vodafone 5G maps.
Telstra 5G mobile plans
Telstra offers 5G access on select mobile plans. Below is a snapshot of the most popular Telstra Upfront plans (halfway between Prepaid and SIM Only) that come with 5G.
The Telstra $60 Pre-Paid Mobile plan is currently the only Prepaid plan that includes 5G network access.
Telstra 5G home broadband
Telstra offers 5G home broadband for eligible homes. Punch in your address on the Telstra 5G home broadband page to see if it’s available. If it is, your first month is free before it costs $85 per month. Telstra includes an easy-setup 5G modem, which reportedly doesn’t need a technician to install. That modem is yours to keep if you stay connected for 24 months; if you cancel early, you just have to send it back in good working order.
The Telstra 5G Home Internet plan comes with 500GB of data, with typical evening download speeds of between 50 and 300Mbps. If you use up your monthly allowance, your connection speed will be slowed, so there aren’t any extra data charges. This plan also comes with three months of Binge Standard (for new Binge subscribers).
Telstra 5G Home Modem
The Telstra 5G Home Modem is designed to work out of the box and it’s actually a modem-router built to do the job of handling home internet without having to connect an external router. It just needs power and operates best in the part of your home that receives the strongest Telstra 5G signal. Look at the modem light for an indication of how strong the 5G signal is.
For faster local network speeds, the Telstra 5G Home Modem has inbuilt WiFi 6, which means it won’t be a bottleneck when connecting WiFi 6 devices to the speedy potential of 5G internet. It’s a dual-band router, too, meaning you can take advantage of the faster 5GHz local WiFi band and the longer-range 2.4GHz band, too. There’s also a 2.5GB WAN/LAN port, four gigabit Ethernet ports, and a WPS push button for straightforward WiFi connectivity with compatible devices.
Telstra 5G mobile broadband
Telstra offers two 5G mobile broadband plans with two choices of 5G modem. You can either opt to buy a 5G modem outright and choose from the Telstra $50 Medium Data Plan or Telstra $75 Large Data Plan, or bundle either of those plans with the option to pay off your Telstra modem over a 12-month or 24-month period.
The Telstra $50 Medium Data Plan comes with 60GB of data with no excess data charges if you go over, though speeds are slowed to 1.5Mbps for the rest of your billing cycle. To help keep the data usage down, this plan includes data-free music streaming from Apple Music as well as data-free sports streaming of the AFL, AFLW, NRL, netball and the Hyundai A-League. It’ll cost you $50 a month, unless you’re paying off one of the Telstra modems.
You’ll get those same perks with the Telstra $75 Large Data Plan – the data-free content and 1.5Mbps speed shaping if you go over your monthly cap – but this plan is packing more than double the data for not double the price (you have 200GB to use each month). Both plans also include free WiFi data via Telstra Air.
Telstra doesn’t advertise any speed guarantees for its 5G mobile broadband plans.
Telstra 5G mobile modems
There are different pros and cons for the two Telstra 5G mobile broadband modems you can buy outright or pay off over 12 months or 24 months.
|Netgear Nighthawk M5||Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro|
|12-month repayment price||$66.58 per month||$49.91 per month|
|24-month repayment price||$33.29 per month||$24.95 per month|
|OS compatibility||Mac OS 10.7 or later|
Windows 7 or later
|iOS 9 or later|
Android 4.1 or later
Windows 7, 8, 10
|Battery duration||13 hours (500 hours)||9 hours (400 hours standby)|
|WiFi 2.4GHz||802.11 b/g/n/ax||802.11 b/g/n/ax|
|WiFi 5GHz||802.11 a/n/ac/ax||802.11 a/n/ac/ax|
Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro
If you’re taking your first foray into Telstra 5G mobile broadband, the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro is a great place to start. It’s the cheapest and lightest option, with respectable battery life and solid device compatibility. As a dual-band modem-router, you can have 15 connections on the slower, longer-ranged 2.4GHz band and 15 additional connections on the faster, shorter-ranged 5GHz band, simultaneously.
Netgear Nighthawk M5
While the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro is built to work exclusively on the Telstra 5G network, the Netgear Nighthawk M5 operates on both the Telstra 5G and Telstra 4GX networks. That versatility comes at a high price ($799 outright), though, not to mention heftier weight. Still, that extra investment gives you all-day battery life (13 hours) and 32 simultaneous connections from WiFi devices.
Telstra 5G phones
You need a 5G phone to connect to the Telstra 5G network. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices of 5G handsets for Android fans, and the iPhone 12 range is also 5G compatible, which means Apple fans can enjoy 5G connectivity, too. Below is the full list of 18 handsets that Telstra was offering at the time of writing:
- Samsung Galaxy Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Mini
- Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
- Google Pixel 4a with 5G
- Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
- Google Pixel 5
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G
- Oppo Find X2 Pro 5G
- Oppo Find X2 Neo 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G