Best 5G phone plans
Best 5G coverage
Medium Upfront Plan80GB data$65 per month
Best Optus 5G plan
$45 Optus Choice Plan80GB data$55 per month
Best Vodafone 5G plan
SIM Only Super Plan200GB$55 per month
Best prepaid 5G plan
$30 Prepaid Plus Plan15GB$30 per month
Though the rollout of 5G in Australia is far from complete, coverage is finally good enough for many people to actually justify switching to a 5G-enabled phone plan. And, as more and more phone manufacturers move towards making primarily 5G phones, it’s worth taking advantage of your device’s speed capabilities if you can.
While most MVNOs are not currently offering plans with 5G access included, there are still some decent deals available through the Big Three (and one lucky MVNO). Here are our top picks for the best 5G phone plans.
Best Telstra 5G phone plan (and best for coverage)
Telstra Upfront Mobile Plan Medium
As Australia’s largest telco, it’s no surprise that Telstra’s 5G rollout is kicking the competition’s butt right now. At the time of writing, its next-gen network covers 50% of the Australian population and is expected to reach 75% by the end of June. That’s by far the best coverage from the best three, but the gap will only get narrower as Optus and Vodafone catch up.
Regardless, if you’re only after the best coverage you can get, Telstra’s 5G phone plans have you covered. Unfortunately, that coverage does come at a premium, with the cheapest 5G-enabled Telstra plan coming in at $65, which is by no means budget-friendly.
However, for the same price, you can nab Telstra’s Extra Large Upfront Plan, which comes with a whopping 180GB of data. Usually $115 per month, if you get in before July 5, it’ll set you back just $65 for the first 12 months that you stay connected. That said, it’s contract-free, so you can leave at any time.
Best Optus 5G phone plan
$55 Optus Choice Plan
The entry-point to Optus’ 5G network is far cheaper than Telstra’s, but you’ll likely only get coverage in metropolitan areas. If you’re okay with waiting a little longer for better coverage, you can save a decent chunk of change, as Optus’ cheapest 5G phone plan is $20 cheaper than Telstra’s. That said, spending just $10 more than its lowest-cost $45 plan will net you 60GB more data, so it’s definitely our top pick when it comes to value.
Need more data? Optus’ most popular 5G plan is its $65 Optus Choice Plan, which comes with a staggering 200GB of data and endless data capped at speeds of 1.5Mbps in the unlikely event you go over.
Best Vodafone 5G phone plan
Vodafone SIM Only Super Plan
Of the Big Three, Vodafone has the least 5G coverage and really only caters for capital cities. In fact, according to Vodafone’s website, only 350 suburbs can currently access its 5G network. Vodafone is hoping to expand this to 1,000 sites by the end of 2021, but it’s worth checking if your area is covered before signing up. To do so, simply scroll down to our 5G coverage maps.
Vodafone is the only telco offering the 5G olive branch to prepaid plans, so you can get access from as little as $30. That said, if you actually want decent data inclusions (with infinite speed-capped data afterwards), the Super Plan is your best bet.
Best cheap 5G phone plan
SpinTel $40 5G Mobile Plan
Technically, the cheapest 5G phone plan is our prepaid pick below, but SpinTel’s $40 5G Mobile Plan is our pick for the best cheap plan. Why? Because it runs on Optus’ larger 5G network. It comes with less data (and no speed-capped endless data, at that) than Vodafone’s $40 plan at the time of writing, but the coverage alone puts it out on top.
If you’re happy to wait for Vodafone to extend its coverage, here’s its cheapest SIM-only plan.
Best prepaid 5G phone plan
Vodafone $30 Prepaid Plus
If you want the cheapest possible 5G phone plan – no matter how slow the network rollout might be – it’s worth checking out one of Vodafone’s Prepaid Plus plans. They range in price between $30 and $50 per month, but there are regular deals that slash prices and boost data allowances, so keep an eye out.
Here’s the cheapest 5G prepaid phone plan available.