Best 5G mobile plans in Australia

Do you feel the need for speed?

Best 5G plan overall
Telstra
Medium Upfront Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$65/month
Network
Telstra
Data
80GB/month
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best cheap 5G plan
Spintel
$50 5G Mobile Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
$40 a month (for the first 6 months)
Network
Optus
Data
80GB/month
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best prepaid 5G plan
Vodaphone
$30 Prepaid Plus Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
$30/month
Network
Vodafone
Data
15GB
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best Optus 5G plan
Optus
$55 Optus Choice Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$55/month
Network
Optus
Data
80GB
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best Vodafone 5G plan
Vodaphone
SIM Only Super Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
$55/month
Network
Vodafone
Data
200GB
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Georgia Dixon
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June 06, 2022
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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 one lucky MVNO). Here are our top picks for the best 5G phone plans.



Best 5G mobile plan overall

iPhone 13 on the Telstra Medium Upfront plan

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Generous 80GB of data
Pro Bullet Telstra coverage
Pro Bullet Free 12-month subscription Disney Plus
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Locked into a 24 month plan
Con Bullet One the more expensive side

Telstra's Medium Upfront Plan is our pick for the best 5G mobile plan overall thanks to its superior Telstra coverage, generous 80GB data allowance and (somewhat) reasonable $65 monthly price tag. It's the plan you'll need if you're looking to make the most out of your iPhone 13's next-gen speed capabilities.

If you're not sold on Telstra's offering, here's how much the iPhone 13 will set you back over 24 months on the most popular plans.

Best cheap 5G mobile plan (SIM only)

SpinTel $50 5G Mobile Plan

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Generous 80GB of data
Pro Bullet Runs on the full Optus 5G network
Pro Bullet $10 off for the first six months
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet There are cheaper 5G plans
Con Bullet

Technically, the cheapest 5G phone plan is our prepaid pick below, but SpinTel’s $50 5G Mobile Plan is our pick for the best cheap 5G plan. Why? Because it runs on Optus’ larger 5G network. It also comes with tons more data (80GB, to be exact), and for the first six months, costs just $40 per month. That's a steal.

Here's how it compares to other SIM-only plans.

Best prepaid 5G mobile plan

Vodafone $30 Prepaid Plus

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Regular deals on plans
Pro Bullet Good value for money
Pro Bullet Currently just $12
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Slower rollout of Vodafone network
Con Bullet Not as many perks

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 Upfront Mobile Plan Medium

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet 75% population coverage
Pro Bullet 12 month bonus Disney Plus subscription
Pro Bullet No contract
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Expensive

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 5G-enabled Telstra plan coming in at $65, which isn't exactly as budget-friendly as the competition.

If you need a little more data, here's the full range of Telstra's 5G plans.

Best Optus 5G mobile plan

$55 Optus Choice Plan

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet More affordable than Telstra
Pro Bullet 80GB of data
Pro Bullet No contract
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Limited coverage

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 (or less) data? Check out all of Optus' 5G plans below.

Best Vodafone 5G mobile plan

Vodafone SIM Only Super Plan

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet 3 months bonus Amazon Music
Pro Bullet Bonus 140GB of data
Pro Bullet No contract
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Limited 5G coverage

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 Super Plan is your best bet.

You can see all of Vodafone's postpaid 5G plans below.

5G Australia modem

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 coverage maps

Telstra

Optus (and SpinTel)

Vodafone

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 seven 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.

That said, we should start seeing 5G access roll out to more and more MVNOs in the coming years.

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.

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Georgia Dixon
Written by
Georgia Dixon
Georgia Dixon has over seven years' experience writing about all things tech, entertainment and lifestyle, with bylines in TechLife magazine, 7NEWS and Stuff.co.nz. In her spare time, you'll find her playing games and daydreaming about good food, wine, and dogs.

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