Best 5G mobile plans in Australia

Do you feel the need for speed?

Best 5G plan overall
Telstra
Telstra Basic Mobile Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$58/month
Network
Telstra
Data
40GB/month
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best cheap 5G plan
Belong
Belong 40GB Mobile Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
$35 a month
Network
Telstra
Data
40GB/month
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best prepaid 5G plan
Vodaphone
$40 Prepaid Plus Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
$40/month
Network
Vodafone
Data
60GB
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best Optus 5G plan
Optus
$89 Optus Plus Promo Plan
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$69/month
Network
Optus
Data
500GB
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Best Vodafone 5G plan
Vodaphone
$45 Lite+ Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
$45/month
Network
Vodafone
Data
120GB
Standard calls and texts
Unlimited
Georgia Dixon
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December 05, 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 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:



Best 5G mobile plan overall

iPhone 14 on the $58 Basic Telstra 5G mobile plan

pro
Pros
pro Generous 40GB of data
pro Telstra coverage
pro Free 2-month subscription to Binge
con
Cons
con Locked into a 24 month plan
con One the more expensive side

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

pro
Pros
pro 40GB of data
pro Runs on the Telstra 5G network
pro Data rollover
con
Cons
con SpinTel and others give you more data for $5 extra

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

pro
Pros
pro Regular deals on plans
pro Good value for money
pro Currently just $15
con
Cons
con Slower rollout of Vodafone network
con 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 $68 Essential Mobile Plan

pro
Pros
pro 75% population coverage
pro Free 2 month subscription to Binge
pro No contract
con
Cons
con 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  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

pro
Pros
pro More value than Telstra
pro 500GB of data
pro No contract
con
Cons
con Inferior coverage to Telstra
con Not as many perks

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

pro
Pros
pro 3 months bonus Norton 360 subscription
pro Bonus 90GB of data
pro No contract
con
Cons
con 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 $45 Lite+ 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

Do I need a new SIM for 5G?

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.

Who offers 5G in Australia?

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.

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

Are 5G plans worth it?

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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