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Best 5G phone 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 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.
- : iPhone 13 on the Telstra Medium Upfront plan
- : SpinTel $50 5G Mobile Plan
- : Vodafone $30 Prepaid Plus
- : Medium Upfront SIM Plan
- : $55 Optus Choice Plan
- : SIM Only Super Plan
Best 5G mobile plan (and best 5G plan overall)
iPhone 13 on the Telstra Medium Upfront plan
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 phone plan (SIM only)
SpinTel $50 5G Mobile Plan
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 (or less) data? Check out all of Optus' 5G plans below.
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 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.
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.
Currently, only Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and SpinTel offer 5G plans. That said, we should start seeing 5G access roll out to smaller providers (MVNOs) in the next few 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.