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Best 5G mobile plans

Find the best 5G mobile plan from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone or one of the smaller providers such as Belong or AGL.

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Name Product Data Price Apply Price
amaysim 32GB Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
amaysim 32GB Plan
Prepaid
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
32GB
$30
per 28 day recharge
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
32GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
Belong 40GB
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
60GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 40GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
Belong 40GB
Postpaid
60GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 40GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
60GB
No excess data charges
$35
per month
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  • 60GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 40GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60 GB
Data
$35
per month
Vodafone Large SIM-only Plan
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$60/mth when you stay connected with the plan, instead of $65/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.12.23
Vodafone Large SIM-only Plan
Postpaid
$60/mth when you stay connected with the plan, instead of $65/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.12.23
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 5G/4G network
300GB
No excess data charges
$60
per month
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  • $60/mth when you stay connected with the plan, instead of $65/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.12.23
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
300GB
Data
$60
per month
Belong 100GB
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
120GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 100GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
Belong 100GB
Postpaid
120GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 100GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
120GB
No excess data charges
$45
per month
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  • 120GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 100GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120 GB
Data
$45
per month
Tangerine 32GB 5G SIM
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
64GB/mth for the first 3 months, then 32GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
Tangerine 32GB 5G SIM
Postpaid
64GB/mth for the first 3 months, then 32GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G network
64GB
$33
per month
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  • 64GB/mth for the first 3 months, then 32GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
64 GB
Data
$33
per month
Belong 25GB
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
Belong 25GB
Postpaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
25GB
No excess data charges
$29
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$29
per month
Vodafone Small SIM-only Plan
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$40/mth when you stay connected with the plan, instead of $45/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.12.23
Vodafone Small SIM-only Plan
Postpaid
$40/mth when you stay connected with the plan, instead of $45/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.12.23
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 5G/4G network
40GB
No excess data charges
$40
per month
Go to site
View details
  • $40/mth when you stay connected with the plan, instead of $45/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.12.23
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$40
per month
Optus Plus Promo Plan $69
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$69/mth for the first 12 months, then increases from month 13 to $89/mth or as otherwise notified. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Available until withdrawn
Optus Plus Promo Plan $69
Postpaid
$69/mth for the first 12 months, then increases from month 13 to $89/mth or as otherwise notified. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Available until withdrawn
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
500GB
No excess data charges
$69
per month
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  • $69/mth for the first 12 months, then increases from month 13 to $89/mth or as otherwise notified. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Available until withdrawn
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
500 GB
Data
$69
per month
Belong 160GB
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
180GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 160GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
Belong 160GB
Postpaid
180GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 160GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
180GB
No excess data charges
$55
per month
Go to site
View details
  • 180GB/mth for the first 12 months, then 160GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 18.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
180 GB
Data
$55
per month
Tangerine 80GB 5G SIM
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
160GB/mth for the first 3 months, then 80GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
Tangerine 80GB 5G SIM
Prepaid
160GB/mth for the first 3 months, then 80GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G network
160GB
$45
per month
Go to site
View details
  • 160GB/mth for the first 3 months, then 80GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
160 GB
Data
$45
per month
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Which 5G network should I get my mobile plan on?

Telstra offers the widest 5G network coverage in Australia, servicing 80% of the Australian population.

Having said that, it's always best to go with a network that offers the best coverage at your home or the areas you usually frequent. This could just as well be Optus or Vodafone.

  • Keep in mind: Not all Telstra MVNOs get access to the full Telstra 5G network. Instead of 80%, coverage for smaller Telstra providers is 75%. Smaller providers on the Optus or Vodafone network get the same coverage as a plan direct from Optus or Vodafone.

Who offers 5G mobile plans in Australia?

There are currently 16 providers offering 5G plans in Finder's database, and a further 12 providers offering mobile plans with a free 5G trial.

The 5G trial means you can take a provider's mobile plan with 5G for a spin, free of cost, until the trial period ends.

While some providers now offer 5G in Australia, just be aware that it may not be available across their full set of mobile plans. Some providers will offer specific 5G plans, while others tack it onto their regular 3G/4G plans.

Here's a list of providers in Australia that are currently offering dedicated 5G plans and those offering 5G trials:

5G mobile plansFree 5G trial
AGLiiNet
ALDImobileInternode Mobile
amaysim MobileKogan Mobile
Aussie Broadband MobileTPG Mobile
Belong MobileWestnet Mobile
Boost Mobile
CMobile Blue
Exetel Mobile
Goodtel Mobile
JB Hi-Fi
Lebara Mobile
Mate
More
numobile
Optus
Southern Phone
SpinTel
Tangerine Telecom Mobile
Telsim
Telstra Mobile
Vodafone Mobile
Woolworths Mobile
Konec Mobile

This list of providers was last updated on 1 December 2023.

How much does 5G cost per month?

The average monthly cost of a 5G mobile plan on Finder is $52, and the average data allowance comes out to be close to 100GB per month.

How much does 5G cost compared to 4G?

It's not straightforward to compare 4G and 5G mobile plan costs from the same provider as data allowances can vary quite a bit.

The assumption is that because 5G mobile speeds are faster, you'll end up using more data to download, watch videos and play online games.

  • Example 1: Optus's 4G prepaid mobile plan costs $30 per 30 days for 30GB. Its 5G plan will set you back $60 every 30 days for 60GB of data. That's double the monthly cost for double the data.
  • Example 2: ALDImobile only offers 5G on its most expensive monthly plan which costs $55 for 60GB. However, you can get a 4G plan from $25 with 22GB monthly.

Generally speaking, 5G mobile plans are currently priced more expensive than 4G plans. But with the higher price tag, you'll likely get rewarded with more data too.

What is the cheapest 5G mobile plan?

The cheapest 5G mobile plan on Finder is from Goodtel with 5GB for $24 per month.

If you want to try out 5G speeds for even cheaper, you could sign up to Optus's Flex 2GB for $2 plan, but it only lasts for a day.

How fast is 5G mobile?

Theoretically, 5G speeds can be as fast as 1 gigabit per second, which is about 20 times faster than a standard 4G plan. However, it's much more likely you'll get speeds closer to 100–400Mbps.

5G speed can be affected by a number of factors such as your location, your mobile device and your provider.

Optus currently has the fastest 5G network in Australia with a speed of 240.5Mbps, according to the OpenSignal Mobile Network Experience Report from October 2022.

Telstra came in at a close second with 232.3Mbps, with Vodafone falling quite far behind at 122.1Mbps.

Interestingly, Telstra users had the most consistent experience in Australia, while Optus users continued to have the best 5G video experience and a good games experience.

Is it worth getting a 5G mobile plan in Australia?

This depends on your requirements, budget and whether 5G is available at your property and the places you usually visit. You will also need to ensure you have a 5G capable handset.

If you like to play online games, stream videos and download things on the go, then 5G speeds and lower latency could suit you well.

However, with the current price of 5G mobile plans being quite a bit more expensive than a regular 4G plan, it may be in your interest to wait till the technology is more widely available to specifically seek out a 5G plan.

You can always sign up to a month-to-month 5G mobile plan and see how you go. If you don't see a noticeable difference then you always have the option to switch to another plan or provider.

Mariam Gabaji

Mariam Gabaji
Utilities editor

How we researched the best 5G mobile plans

  • We looked at SIM only plans in our database that run on any of the main 5G networks in Australia from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.
  • Other selection criteria to narrow down our shortlist included looking at mobile plans with unlimited standard calls and texts, and are an active partner on Finder.
  • Promotional discounts are only applicable if they are available at the time of selection.

Best 5G mobile categories

Each month, we select the best value 5G mobile plans across 4 categories.

  1. Best overall value: Based on lowest cost per gigabyte for a 5G mobile plan with an ongoing cost of under $40 per month.
  2. Under $30 (cheap 5G mobile plan): Based on lowest cost per gigabyte for a 5G mobile plan with an ongoing cost of under $30 per month.
  3. Best 5G mobile plan for coverage: Based on lowest cost per gigabyte for a 5G mobile plan with an ongoing cost of under $40 per month. Plan must operate on either the full or wholesale Telstra network.
  4. Best prepaid 5G mobile plan: Based on lowest cost per gigabyte for a prepaid mobile plan that operates on any 5G network in Australia.

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