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Best 5G mobile plans in Australia
Do you feel the need for speed?
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 access to 5G speeds included, there are still some decent deals available through the Big Three (and a few lucky MVNOs). In this guide, we'll take you through our top picks for the best 5G phone plans. But first, here's a look at a few of the most popular options:
- : iPhone 14 on the Telstra $58 Basic Mobile Plan
- : Belong 40GB Mobile Plan
- : Vodafone $40 Prepaid Plus
- : $89 Optus Plus Promo Plan
- : Vodafone $45 Lite+ Plan
- : $68 Essential Mobile Plan
Best 5G mobile plan overall
iPhone 14 on the $58 Basic Telstra 5G mobile plan
Telstra's Basic mobile plan is our pick for the best 5G mobile plan overall thanks to its superior Telstra coverage, generous 40GB data allowance and (somewhat) reasonable $58 monthly price tag. It's the plan you'll need if you're looking to make the most out of your iPhone 14's next-gen speed capabilities.
If you're not sold on Telstra's offering, here's how much the iPhone 14 will set you back over 24 months on the most popular plans.
Best cheap 5G mobile plan (SIM only)
Belong 40GB Mobile Plan
Technically, the cheapest 5G phone plan is our prepaid pick below, but Belong's 40GB Mobile Plan has stolen the crown from SpinTel as our pick for the best cheap 5G plan. Why? Because it runs on Telstra’ larger 5G network. It also comes with tons more data (40GB, to be exact), and it costs just $35 per month. That's a steal.
Here's how it compares to other popular SIM-only plans with 5G coverage.
Best prepaid 5G mobile plan
Vodafone $40 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.
Telstra and Optus also recently jumped on the 5G prepaid train, but their offerings aren't as good value as our top Vodafone pick, hovering around $60 per month. If you're interested, you can check them out below.
Best Telstra 5G mobile plan (and best for coverage)
Telstra $68 Essential Mobile Plan
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 75% of the Australian population. 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 Telstra plan 5G data plan coming in at $58, which isn't exactly as budget-friendly as the competition.
If you're after for a little more data though, look no further than the $68 Essential Plan. It gets you four times the data of the cheaper Basic Plan, plus all the same perks.
If that's not enough for you, here's the full range of Telstra's 5G plans.
Best Optus 5G mobile plan
$89 Optus Promo 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 and unwilling to go prepaid, you can save a decent chunk of change, as Optus’ cheapest 5G phone plan is $9 cheaper than Telstra’s.
That said, if you're game to spend a little more there's a ton of value to be found in Optus' $89 Promo Plan. Currently discounted down to $69 per month for the first 12 months, this plan gets you a whopping 500GB of 5G data. That sum makes it our top pick when it comes to bang for buck.
Need more (or less) data? Check out all of Optus' 5G plans below.
Best Vodafone 5G mobile plan
Vodafone $45 Lite+ 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 1,000 suburbs across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Gold Coast, Central Coast, Wollongong and Sunshine Coast can currently access its 5G network. It’s worth checking if your area is covered before signing up. To do so, simply scroll down to our 5G coverage maps.
Since Vodafone extends the 5G olive branch to all its prepaid plans, 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 $45 Lite+ Plan is your best bet.
You can see all of Vodafone's postpaid 5G plans below.
Got more 5G questions?
We've got answers. Here's everything you need to know about the 5G rollout in Australia, and how the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks compare.
5G mobile plan FAQs
No, you do not necessarily need a new SIM for 5G.
As long as your current phone model supports 5G connectivity and you're already with a provider that offers a 5G network (and plan to stick with them), you can use your existing SIM. All you have to do is switch to a 5G-enabled plan and you're good to go.
However, if you're planning on switching providers, you will need a new SIM card no matter what.
There are currently fifteen 5G mobile providers available in Australia. The list here covers the big three (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone) as well as smaller players like SpinTel, Southern Phone, Aussie Broadband and Boost Mobile.
Whether or not 5G plans are worth it is dependent on a few factors.
If your current phone isn't 5G compatible (and you don't plan on upgrading any time soon), then getting a 5G phone plan would be a waste of money.
If your current phone is 5G enabled, the choice comes down to two factors: location and usage. If you're in a metropolitan location and need blazing-fast internet speeds for work (or play!) then a 5G plan is more than likely going to be worth it to you. If you're in a rural area, it's possible you won't have 5G coverage anyway, so only get a 5G plan if you've checked the coverage in your area.
More popular 5G mobile plan deals
Still looking for the perfect 5G data or phone plan? Here's a list of popular 5G phone plans we have in our database