5G Internet Plans Available in Australia

  • 5G Internet Plans via Telstra
  • 5G Internet Plans via Optus
  • 5G Internet Plans via Vodafone

The next generation mobile network, 5G, is already available in Australia from 2019. It comes with the promise of a faster user experience, faster than 4G, with its lowest speeds almost rivalling the fastest speeds currently available via NBN Australia. Major players in the internet service industry - Telstra, Optus and Vodafone - have already activated 5G networks in several key cities and areas in the country. These major players are continuously expanding to offer the 5G experience to other areas.

Although it is not completely available in the whole of Australia, it is already rolled out in several areas enough to get noticed. 5G coverage is already available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne and Toowoomba. However, the impact of 5G and 4G for mobile internet users in the country are still within the same levels, so a few subscribers are still waiting and weighing if a 5G switch is indeed best.

The impact of 5G to the internet industry in Australia is still uncertain, but one thing is for sure, it is here and bound to stay. Several 5G internet plans are already available for subscribers intrigued with the promises 5G have to offer. Read this article to get an insight of the current 5G internet plans available in Australia, their positive points and what to expect as consumers of the service.

5G Internet Plans via Telstra

At present, there are more than 46 towns and cities that are already enjoying 5G internet services via Telstra.  Major states such as Sydney, the Gold Coast, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Toowoomba are already enjoying 5G mobile internet service. Telstra is one of the leading names in the internet service industry that is ensuring its customers that they can access and enjoy all the benefits that comes with the advanced 5G technology. 

The mobile service giant, Telstra, is the very first mobile service provider that enabled standalone 5G in Australia. The current mobile network offers end-to-end enabled 5G standalone, also known as 5G SA. The system allows users to enjoy the efficiency and new innovative uses of mobile technology. The upgrade also allows 5G standalone devices to operate fully in 5G mode, without the need of 4G technology support.

To qualify for 5G connectivity, a consumer must secure a Medium plan that starts at $65/month. Plans below the Medium plan bracket are limited to 4G connectivity alone. Below are the current postpaid mobile plans and mobile plan 5G services under Telstra.

  • Telstra 5G Internet Plans

The $65 Medium SIM Plan allows users to enjoy 5G connectivity together with 80GB of data that can be renewed on a monthly basis. Deals include free access to BINGE and other streaming services. $85 Large Sim Plan comes with a 120GB data inclusion while the $115 Extra Large Sim Plan includes 180GB of data.

On top of the data inclusion, subscribers can also enjoy unlimited national calls and SMS for standard Australian numbers, data-free music streaming via Apple Music, data-free sports streaming on FWL, AFL, Netball, NRL and Hyundai A-League. Fast-track Telstra Plus points and 4GX Telstra Mobile Network are also included with the bundle.

Telstra mobile broadband plans with 5G are also available via Telstra. The $50 Medium Data Plan includes 60GB of data, mobile broadband connection, monthly renewal tagged at $40/month. The $75 Large Data Plan includes 200GB of data with no contract terms and mobile broadband connection. The latter plan is available at $65/month. Data-free music and sports streaming are also included in this mobile broadband bundle. 

5G smartphone purchase through Telstra between 25 June 2019 and 30 June 2020 enjoyed a free Medium Plan upgrade with a $15 fare difference waived for the first 12 months.

5G Internet Plans via Optus

Optus, another big player in the Australian internet provider, have progressively rolled out its 5G service in limited areas and selected suburbs in Australia. Early in 2020, the telecommunication company already built 300 sites and plans to finish 1,200 sites for the next generation mobile network by the first quarter of the year. Around 140,000 Australian homes are now connected to the 5G mobile network via Optus' services. 

A decent range of 5G powered devices are also available via Optus. Devices included under Optus' mobile internet plans include the Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy A90 5G and the OPPO Reno 5G. 

Optus already covers several areas in New South Wales including Central Sydney, Sydney North Shore, Northwest Sydney, Southwest Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter and Newcastle, and Port Stephens. Victoria also hosts several Optus sites that give consumers access to the 5G network - Melbourne East, Melbourne West, Melbourne South East, Geelong, Mornington, and Peninsula. Areas in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Fremantle can also avail and enjoy Optus's 5G mobile network services.

Optus offers month to month and 24 months 5G contract plans. 

Optus 5G Home Internet features unlimited data, up to 50Mbps speed starting at $70 a month. A start-up fee of $200 is required during initial set-up with one month free internet service available. The plan also includes the Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway that allows devices to connect wirelessly via 5G mobile with 4G/LTE backup. The modem helps improve the performance and reliability of the connection even with multiple devices simultaneously connected to the internet. 

Download the My Optus App to easily access and setup the 5G modem and enjoy other flexible features included with the plan.

The Optus 5G Home Internet service availed through a 24-month contract requires zero start-up fee and starts at $70/month. Enjoy unlimited data and up to 50Mbps connectivity with this plan choice. The 5G modem is also included in this plan.

5G Mobile Phone plans are also available via Optus. 5G capable devices bundled with 5G mobile internet plan starts at $20.80/month which includes interest free device instalment payments for 36 months. The Galaxy Phone series bundled with a 5G internet plan starts at  $41.62/month for the Galaxy S20 5G with double data features for selected devices.

5G Internet Plans via Vodafone

Vodafone, another big name in the Australian telco industry, officially switched on its 5G network early 2020. Although coverage was limited during its early launch, Vodafone was eager to build 650 sites around the country progressively with a projected completed date of July 2020. The 5G service via Vodafone was initially available in Parramatta, NSW, Western Motorway and Holroyd.

Several 5G sites are also slated to be built in Sydney. On top of the main CDB, areas in Liverpool, Sutherland, Campbelltown, and Chatswood are also projected to enjoy 5G connectivity via Vodafone. Melbourne's CBD will also welcome several 5G sites under Vodafone but will be concentrated mainly on the business districts and nearby suburb areas.

Brisbane's CBD will also enjoy Vodafone's 5G services. Some 5G sites will also be built in areas near Ipswich and River Glen Village. Adelaide as well as areas in Modbury and Noarlunga Centre will enjoy 5G Vodafone connectivity by the middle months of 2020. Canberra, the Gold Coast and Perth will also be home to a few Vodafone 5G sites.

  • Vodafone 5G Devices

Vodafone will offer 5G connectivity to its three 5G capable devices - the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Galaxy S20 5G 128 Gb will feature 10 mobile plans starting at $77.47/month with a total minimum cost of $1,388.92. The Galaxy S20+ 5G 128Gb will feature 10 plans starting at $81.63/month with a minimum cost of $1,538.68. The most high-end Galaxy phone series, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G 512G, is available via contract plans starting at $98.58/month with a minimum cost of $2,148.88. All devices are subject to a 36-lock period to enjoy interest free instalment rates on the devices included in the 5G mobile plan.

Vodafone will continue to support 4G networks even with the roll out of 5G across major cities in Australia. Upgrades for 5G approved devices, even in areas without 5G services will be able to connect via the existing 4G/3G networks that are currently available in the area. 

What to Expect from 5G Internet Plans in Australia

5G connectivity, through the efforts of the major telecommunication companies in Australia, are slowly being welcomed to several main cities and suburbs of the country. The next-generation mobile network is here and here to stay. Widespread 5G connectivity expansion in the country continues to impress and excite consumers, with the promise of faster and more reliable internet connection services for Aussies.

5G, with minimum speeds faster than NBN's Premium 100Mbps plans, will be a competitive player in the internet service industry in Australia. Although 5G in an indirect competitor of the National Broadband Network, it is still a very appealing service that will change and improve the telco industry in the country.