Samsung 5G phone: Telstra announces exclusive partnership with Samsung

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The first 5G mobile phone is here… kind of. Samsung has announced that in addition to the three Galaxy S10 models — the S10, S10+ and S10e — there will be a 5G-capable phone hitting the market this year.

There have been rumours from various manufacturers about launching 5G-capable phones, so Samsung’s news is the first confirmed mobile release for 2019. Named the Galaxy S10 5G, this device sits nicely in the Galaxy S10 family, and includes the same new features as found on the other models.

When can you buy the Galaxy S10 5G?

This is where the news gets interesting. While the three S10 devices are being released 8 March, 2019 the S10 5G won’t be available until later in the year. And in an exclusive partnership deal, Telstra has announced that it will be the only Australian provider to stock the S10 5G on its release.

Not only will Telstra be the only Aussie telco with a 5G-capable phone, it has also announced an exclusive offer for its customers. If you buy the Galaxy S10+ on any of Telstra’s eligible lease or buy plans, you’ll be able to swap your S10+ for the S10 5G phone for free once it’s available.

The announcement isn’t surprising, considering that Telstra was Australia’s first telco to start building 5G technology. The company now has over 200 5G-enabled sites across the country, which will only grow as Telstra continues its network rollout.

Telstra plans for the Galaxy S10 series

If you do plan to buy the S10+, you can pick it up on a two-year buy or lease contract with any of the below postpaid plans. The 128GB S10+ retails at $1,499, and the 512GB model at $1,849, but payments for both devices will be spread out over 24 months (or absorbed into your plan fee) when you buy with Telstra.

Prices below don’t include handset repayments, but you can find the full price for your plan and phone in our Telstra Samsung S10 guide. These are featured products.

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Small Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $50 over one month plan period

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Medium Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $60 over one month plan period

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Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $80 over one month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $100 over one month plan period

150GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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How much will the Galaxy S10 5G cost?

Telstra and Samsung are yet to release pricing for the phone, but it’s a safe guess to assume it will be a bit more expensive than the S10+. If that’s the case, your phone repayments might go up in cost, but your plan will stay the same. Whether the upgrade is right for you or not will be easier to determine once S10 5G’s final price is released, and Telstra is able to provide more information.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that although 5G-enabled sites are up and running across parts of the capital cities, the Gold Coast, and some regional areas such as Launceston and Toowoomba, it will still be some time until other parts of the country get the rollout. Whether you decide to upgrade might be determined once you find out how much access to 5G you’ll actually have.

Samsung S10 5G Phone From Telstra
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The Galaxy S10 5G

While most of the S10 5G is the same as the other models, such as the Infinity O display with no front-screen notch, it’s worth noting that the S10 5G will be larger than the S10+.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G: quick specs

  • 6.7-inch screen
  • New Infinity O display, with no front screen notch
  • ‘Hole-punch’ dual front cameras with 3D Depth
  • Quadruple camera setup in rear with 3D Depth
  • In-screen ultra-sonic fingerprint sensor
  • OneUI interface & Android 9.0 Pie
  • 4,500mAh battery, Super Fast wireless charging, Power Share
  • IP68 water and dust resistance

Looking for more Samsung Galaxy S10 news? Find all the best S10 prices and plans below.

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