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5G is officially rolling out across the country, with millions of Aussies now able to access 5G coverage either at home, at work, or in transit. While we have a way to go before the next-generation mobile technology is available to most Australians, if you’re in a major city and eyeing one of many 5G-ready phones, you’re probably wondering if it’s time to jump on board a 5G mobile plan.

Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and now SpinTel all offer phone plans with access to 5G (although Vodafone’s brand-new network is currently limited to selected areas of Sydney). We’ve taken a look at what’s available from each telco, including plan prices, phones, and coverage, to help you find the best 5G deal.

5G Phone Plans Compared

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month 5G network plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Telstra 5G Phone Plans

  • Telstra offers three 5G SIM-only plans which can be paired with 5G phones
  • Plans include high-speed data, plus unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • 5G coverage available to 12 million Australians as of October 2020

Telstra was the first Aussie telco to switch on 5G in selected metro areas, and now boasts live sites in more than 60 cities and towns nationwide. If you have a 5G-capable device, you can access Telstra 5G on the telco’s Medium, Large and Extra Large postpaid SIM plans; unfortunately, 5G isn’t available on Telstra’s $55 Small plan.

5G-capable Telstra plans are priced at $65 per month for 80GB of full-speed data, $85 per month for 120GB, and $115 per month for 180GB of fast data. All three plans also include unlimited speed-capped data limited to 1.5Mbps in addition to full-speed gigabytes.

Telstra’s 5G mobile network can reach speeds of 1Gbps or more, although real-world performance will depend on your location ,your device, and network congestion, But overall, 5G is easily faster than Telstra’s existing 4G coverage.

To access Telstra 5G, you’ll need a compatible phone. You can bring your own unlocked 5G-ready handset to Telstra’s Medium, Large or Extra Large SIM-only plans, or bundle in a 5G phone on a Telstra device payment plan. 

If you’re picking up a 5G phone from Telstra, you can pay off your device over 12 or 24 months of equal monthly repayments. As the handset payments are separate from Telstra’s SIM-only plans, you’re free to switch between 5G plan options each month (but keep in mind moving to Telstra’s Small SIM-only plan means you won’t have access to Telstra’s 5G network). 

Telstra offers a range of 5G phones on plans, including including the iPhone 12 series, Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 ranges and the Galaxy Fold X2 5G, the Google Pixel 5, and the OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G and Find X2 Neo 5G.

Telstra iPhone 12 Plans

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Telstra plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Telstra Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Plans

The following table shows selected published 24-month Telstra plans for the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Telstra Google Pixel 5 Plans

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Telstra plans for the Google Pixel 5 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Optus 5G Phone Plans

  • All postpaid Optus Choice plans include free 5G access, and can be paired with any 5G-capable phone
  • Optus 5G network rolling out in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra
  • Optus also offers a Price Match Guarantee for 5G phones

Optus is rolling out 5G mobile coverage across Australian capital cities, with sites now live in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. If you’re in an area covered by Optus 5G, you can now begin using the network at no extra charge on compatible Optus plans with 5G-ready devices.

5G access is included on Optus’ postpaid Choice plans, which are available from $39 per month for 10GB of data. Options up to a huge 500GB of monthly data are also available, and Optus also gives customers the option of mix-and-match plan inclusions viai its Build Your Own SIM plans.

You can pair any of these plans with a 5G smartphone on an Optus device plan over 12, 24, or 36 months of payments, or you can bring your own unlocked 5G handset. All plans give you access to 5G coverage with a compatible phone, although you may need to check with Optus that 5G mobile is activated on your device and plan.

If you plan on buying your 5G handset from Optus, the telco has launched a 5G Price Match guarantee that promises to match any standard outright price on stocked 5G phones from authorised Australian sellers.  

Optus offers a range of 5G phones on plans, including the iPhone 12 series, Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 ranges, the Google Pixel 5 and the OPPO Find X2 Pro and X2 Lite 5G.

Optus iPhone 12 plans

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Optus plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Optus Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G plans

The following table shows selected published 24-month Optus plans for the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Optus Google Pixel 5 Plans

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Optus  plans for the Google Pixel 5 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Vodafone 5G Phone Plans

  • Vodafone’s 5G network is beginning to roll out in capital cities, but coverage is limited
  • Vodafone includes 5G access in SIM-only postpaid and prepaid plans
  • All postpaid Infinite plans include monthly full-speed data, plus unlimited data restricted to speeds of 2Mbps, 10Mbps, or 25Mbps (depending on plan)

Vodafone is currently rolling out its new 5G network in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth,, but coverage is still extremely limited. However, network access is currently included free on all Vodafone SIM-only postpaid plans, and the telco stocks a range of 5G-capable smartphones which can be picked up on a device plan over 12, 24, or 36 months.

Like Telstra, Vodafone’s plans include a monthly full-speed data allowance, as well as unlimited data capped at slower speeds. The speed of your unlimited data depends on your plan: Lite and Lite+ plans include unlimited data at 2Mbps, Super and Super+ plans offer 10Mbps, and unlimited gigabytes on the Ultra plan are capped at 25Mbps. 

This is, of course, in addition to full-speed data on Vodafone’s 4G and 5G networks, which ranges from 10GB on the $40 Lite plan up to 150GB on the $120 Ultra option. All plans can be paired with a new 5G phone from Vodafone, or you can bring your own unlocked 5G-ready device. 

Vodafone offers a range of 5G phones on plans, including the iPhone 12 series, Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 ranges and the Galaxy Fold X2 5G, the Google Pixel 5, LG Velvet 5G and OPPO Find X2 Lite 5G.

Vodafone iPhone 12 plans

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Vodafone plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G plans

The following table shows selected published 24-month Vodafone plans for the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Vodafone Google Pixel 5 Plans

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Vodafone plans for the Google Pixel 5 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Cheap 5G Phone Plans

  • SpinTel offers 5G mobile plans on the Optus 5G network
  • Prices begin at just $35 per month for 10GB of data
  • Plans are SIM-only, so you’ll need to BYO a 5G phone

Now that Optus has opened up 5G network access to its smaller MVNO partners (known as mobile virtual network operators), Australians aren’t just limited to the ‘big three’ telcos for 5G mobile service. So far, only SpinTel has begun to offer 5G mobile plans, and now offers the cheapest 5G plan in Australia at $35 per month. This plan includes 10GB of data, plus unlimited standard national talk and text in Australia. 

Currently, new customers can score a $5 monthly discount for their first six months, bringing the cost down to $30. As SpinTel uses Optus’ 5G network, you can access 5G speeds anywhere Optus coverage is available , and the smaller telco has also passed on Optus’ 50Mbps Speed Guarantee. 

If you’re looking for a low-cost 5G option, here’s SpinTel’s new SIM-only plans with 5G access. 

The following table shows selected published SpinTel SIM-only postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited data 5G phone plans

While unlimited 5G data isn’t yet available on Australian mobile phone plans, you can sign up for a 5G plan with unlimited data at slower speeds. Vodafone and Telstra each provide unlimited speed-capped gigabytes in addition to a monthly high-speed data allowance, with Telstra capping this unlimited data at 1.5Mbps and Vodafone offering restricting speeds to 2Mbps, 10Mbps, or 25Mbps depending on your plan. 

Telstra’s 5G plans with unlimited speed-capped data begin at $65 per month, while Vodafone’s start at $40. All plans are month-to-month and can be paired with any 5G phone available from each provider. 

The following table shows selected published Telstra SIM-only postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows selected published Vodafone SIM-only postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

5G Phones

Australians can currently pick from a strong selection of 5G phones on plans, including the new 5G-capable iPhone 12 series.

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