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What’s the best mobile plan to grab with the Google Pixel 5?

Posted: 2 October 2020 4:51 pm
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Google's first 5G phone is out, and we've crunched the numbers to find the best Pixel 5 deal for you.

The Google Pixel 5 will go on sale from 15 October 2020, but it's available to pre-order now through Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on contract plans.

While 5G is part of the Pixel 5's value proposition, it's worth checking 5G coverage in your area, because all 3 networks are still building and rolling out 5G infrastructure at this time. You won't get 5G across the entire continent, although like any other 5G phone, it'll simply drop down to 4G or 3G depending on prevailing network conditions if it can't get some of that sweet 5G speed.

We've sorted through the plans to find the sweet spots that you should consider if you're keen on Google's latest flagship.

We're considering and comparing plans over 24 month terms; while most carriers will offer deals for shorter or longer periods, 2 years is a good service life for a phone, although ideally you should shoot for even more than that, so paying it off over that same period makes a lot of sense.

All plans and pricing are as per telco web sites on 2 October 2020 and are subject to change, so please check details carefully before signing up for any plan.

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Best cheap Pixel 5 plan

In a sheer numbers sense, Optus' small plan is the cheapest Pixel 5 plan in Australia over 24 months, with a monthly total cost of just $75, or a minimum of $1790.64 over two years. However, that's a plan with just 10GB of included data per month, which isn't particularly grand. The Vodafone Lite plan above is $2 per month more, but in return the data bumps up to 30GB. Once it's exhausted you're just stepped down to 2Mbps browsing. That's not fast – but it's a bit more preferable than spending $10/GB for any excess usage.

Best value Pixel 5 plan

Plan nameDataMonthly plan price (including handset repayment)Total minimum cost (over 24 months)
Optus Large200GB$9$2,270.64

Optus' offering with its Large Plan edges out Telstra and Vodafone with more upfront data – 200GB to Vodafone's 100GB and Telstra's 40GB – and is marginally cheaper over a two year term as well. However, you do have to be pretty sure you'll stay within that 200GB usage bracket, because excess usage charges that you wouldn't hit with Telstra or Vodafone could gobble up the difference pretty quickly.

Best all-inclusive Pixel 5 plan

If you're working without much in the way of budgetary limitations, you can get a lot with a Pixel 5 plan. Optus looks great on paper with an incredible 1TB of data on its Optus One plan, while Vodafone's Ultra Plan scoops up the lowest cost over 2 years by just over $300.

Still, if you're looking at a full-fat Pixel 5 plan, we'd opt for a Telstra Pixel 5 pre-order in this space. Its 180GB of data is higher than Vodafone's offering, with no excess data charges, but the real value here is in the pre-order bonus.

What are the current Pixel 5 offers?

Optus is offering an effective price cut on the cost of the phone, but at this tier it's mostly gobbled up in plan charges anyway.

Vodafone will give you a Google Nest Audio speaker valued at $149, and while that's looking to be a pretty tasty home speaker, Telstra ups the ante with a free Google Home Max, valued at $399.

That's the effective price difference between Vodafone's low-cost offer and Telstra, but you get an exceptional smart home speaker along with your Pixel 5. Bearing in mind that you'd also score a decent quantity of Telstra Plus points with that top tier plan, and you could do even better over your two year plan period.

Compare all Google Pixel 5 plans below

We're currently in the process of adding all Australian mobile plans with the Google Pixel 5 into our table below. For the time being, we've got all of Telstra and Vodaone's plans available. We'll update the table once Optus plans are available too.

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