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5G phone plans in Australia are becoming more common, although they are still more expensive.
In the roughly three years since 5G arrived in the country, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have rolled out parts of their networks across the country. Although it is not yet available everywhere, you will often find a 5G signal in the city and you can now order a 5G internet package at home.
But let’s not rush. Before accessing a 5G network, you need two things: a 5G-capable phone plan and a 5G-capable phone. Fortunately, such things are in abundance now in Australia. Here’s your guide to 5G in Australia.
If you want to stay updated on new 5G phone plans in Australia, bookmark this page and check in from time to time. We will update it when new plans are rolled out. If we missed a plan, let us know.
All 5G phone plans in Australia
Believe it or not, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone aren’t the only providers offering 5G phone plans in Australia. Smaller providers like Aussie Broadband, Southern Phone, Belong, Exetel and Spintel have also jumped on 5G as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), meaning they rent space on phone networks belonging to the aforementioned big three (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone).
At the moment, 5G phone plans are a bit more expensive than standard 4G phone plans in Australia, but we’ll likely see that change as 5G plans become more common. Either way, below are all the 5G phone plans you can get in Australia.
Telstra 5G phone plans
Telstra only offers four 5G-enabled phone plans in Australia. Here’s how much each plan costs and what you get with each plan:
- Telstra Prepaid Mobile $60: $60 per month for 65 GB
- Telstra Upfront Basic Mobile Phone Plan: $58 per month for 40 GB of data
- Telstra Upfront Essential Mobile Phone Plan: $68 per month for 180 GB of data
- Telstra Upfront Premium Mobile Phone Plan: $89 per month for 300 GB of data
Upfront plans come without any contracts, and you can bundle a 5G-enabled handset at checkout.
Optus 5G phone plans
Optus offers four 5G-enabled plans on its network, as well as two prepaid plans with 5G. Here’s how much you’ll spend on each:
- Optus Flex Daily: $2 per day for 2 GB
- Monthly Optus Flex: $60 per month for 60 GB
- Optus Small Choice Plus plan: $49 per month for 30 GB of data
- Optus Medium Choice Plus plan: $59 per month for 100 GB of data
- Optus Large Choice Plus plan: $69 per month for 220 GB of data
- Optus Extra Large Choice Plus Plan: $89 per month for 360 GB of data
As with Telstra, you can bundle a phone with your purchase at checkout. Optus phone plans have no contract.
Vodafone 5G phone plans
Often considered the cheapest of the big three, Vodafone also offers 5G plans on its postpaid plans (but not on its prepaid plans). Here’s how much you’ll spend on a 5G phone plan from Vodafone:
- Vodafone Lite plan: $40 per month for 10 GB of data
- Vodafone Lite+ plan: $45 per month for 30 GB of data
- Vodafone plan: $55 per month for 60 GB of data
- Vodafone Super+ package: $65 per month for 100 GB of data
- Vodafone Ultra+ plan: $85 per month for unlimited data
The most expensive Vodafone plan actually offers unlimited data, meaning you don’t have to worry about spending your monthly data allowance. When it comes to 5G, however, it’s as 5G as Vodafone gets it.
Telstra 5G network trial phone plans
Exetel, Woolworths Mobile, Numobile and Mate all offer 5G plans on the Telstra network, however, they are all capped at 100Mbps (a speed cap that Telstra does not apply to its own plans).
If you’re already a customer of these providers, you should already have access to 5G, provided you’re in a 5G-served area and you’re using a 5G-enabled phone. Additionally, 5G access on these plans is advertised as trials, and as the offerings currently stand, you will only get 5G network access on these plans until February 28, 2023.
Here is an overview of the cheapest Telstra 5G MVNO trial plans you can switch to.
Belong to 5G phone plans
Belong, Telstra’s smallest telecommunications and internet provider, now sells 5G connectivity as part of all of its mobile plans, although there is a catch.
Belong’s 5G SIM-only plans are limited to speeds of 100Mbps. 5G networks can reach speeds over 1Gbps under ideal conditions, so you won’t get the same kind of speed advantage on these plans. Here are the plans:
- Belong to the 20 GB mobile plan: $25 per month for 20 GB of data
- Belong to the 40 GB mobile plan: $35 per month for 40 GB of data
- Belong to the 100 GB mobile plan: $45 per month for 100 GB of data
Spintel 5G phone plans
Another MVNO that adopted 5G phone plans earlier (via the Optus network) is Spintel. Although this small provider only offers two 5G-enabled phone plans, it is still one of the only providers in the country to offer 5G mobile connectivity. Here are the plans:
- Spintel 80 GB Package: $50 per month for 80 GB of data
- Spintel 200 GB package: $65 per month for 200 GB of data
Aussie Broadband 5G phone plans
Aussie Broadband was one of the first MVNOs to adopt 5G, using the Optus network, which it also uses for its 4G plans. Although Aussie Broadband’s mobile phone operation is much smaller than the big three, you’ll still find two 5G phone plans available. Here’s how much you’ll spend on an Aussie Broadband 5G mobile plan:
- Aussie Broadband 80GB plan: $60 per month for 80 GB of data
- Aussie Broadband 200GB plan: $70 per month for 200 GB of data
Tangerine 5G phone plans
Generally considered one of the cheapest NBN providers in Australia, Tangerine offers a 60GB plan with 5G connectivity on the Telstra network, with download speeds capped at 250Mbps, for $54.90 per month. Additionally, new mobile services on Tangerine’s 32GB, 42GB and 100GB plans are subject to the previously mentioned Telstra 5G trial.
Aldi Mobile 5G phone plans
Similar to Tangerine, Aldi offers a $55 per month plan with 5G connectivity on the Telstra network and 60GB of data.
Southern Phone 5G phone plans
Another MVNO that offers 5G phone plans is Southern Phone (four of them, actually). Southern Phone operates on the Optus network. Here’s how much you’ll spend:
- Basic Southern Phone Plan: $50 per month for 20 GB of data
- Southern Standard Phone Plan: $60 per month for 80 GB of data
- Great Southern phone plan: $70 per month for 200 GB of data
- Southern Telephone X-Large Plan: $90 per month for 240 GB of data
That’s about it for 5G phone plan providers in Australia. There aren’t many, which shows it’s still early days for 5G connectivity, but that’s about to change. Watch this place.
All 5G-enabled phones in Australia
Although 5G phone plans are not yet so advanced in Australia, 5G-enabled smartphones are widely available. It’s easy to get a 5G phone plan in Australia now, and with the big names all committed to 5G handsets from now on (including Apple, Samsung, Google and OPPO), we’re likely to only see a few more non- 5G phones before 5G took over from 4G.
If we were listing all the 5G-enabled smartphones in Australia, we’d be here all day. For this reason, we have decided to compile all the reputable 5G phones, just to give you the assurance that your current phone or your next phone is 5G capable. Keep in mind that there are probably more 5G-capable phones than this list suggests.
The following phones are 5G compatible:
When shopping, be sure to keep an eye out for 5G connectivity. Although many phones are 5G compatible in Australia, prevention is better than cure, so just make sure.
This article has been updated since it was first published.