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Best Telstra mobile plans (January 2022)

There’s plenty to love about Telstra’s offerings – while its plans are often the most expensive among the major providers, Telstra’s impressive coverage can be worth the somewhat steeper price of entry, particularly if you’re living in a regional or remote area.

We’ll be taking a look at various phones on this page, and seeing how they stack up on the Telstra network. If you’d like, you can jump ahead to our plan recommendations below:

Best Telstra mobile plans: our picks

Best SIM-only option

Telstra Small plan | 40GB data | AU$55p/m

Telstra Small plan | 40GB data | AU$55p/m

Telstra tends to have the most expensive mobile plans among the three major telcos, but it does have the widest-reaching network in Australia, which will be essential for some. If you’re set on signing up, we’d recommend Telstra’s cheapest plan as the best overall, which gets you 40GB of data for AU$55 a month. It doesn’t come with access to Telstra’s 5G network though, so if you’re keen on that, you’ll need to move up to a Medium plan which comes with 80GB for AU$65 a month.

Total minimum cost is AU$55

Best overall phone + plan combos

Best overall iPhone + plan combo: our pick

iPhone 13 (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$121.20p/m

iPhone 13 (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$121.20p/m

If it’s the all-new iPhone 13 you’ve got your eyes on, then we reckon Telstra’s Medium 80GB plan is the way to go. That will see you pay AU$121.20 each billing, which is a little pricey when compared to Optus and Vodafone’s equivalent plans to be sure. The Medium plan is the cheapest to come with 5G access included, but if you’re not fussed on that, you could move down to a cheaper plan.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,908.80

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Best overall Android + plan combo: our pick

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$142p/m

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$142p/m

The super-sleek Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra really is as good as it looks. If you’d like to pick it up from Telstra, we’d suggest pairing it with the AU$65 Medium plan on a 24-month contract, which will get you 80GB of data for AU$142 a month. The Samsung Galaxy S21 is our second pick if the S21 Ultra is too big (or too dear) for you.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,408

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Best cheap phone + plan combos

Best cheap iPhone + plan combo: our pick

iPhone SE (64GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$83.29p/m

iPhone SE (64GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$83.29p/m

Telstra has matched Apple’s reduced price on the iPhone SE, so you’ll be paying just AU$679 in total for the handset. For a cheap plan, we’d recommend pairing Telstra’s AU$55 Small plan with a 64GB iPhone SE in black, red or white. You’ll get 40GB of data to play with each month and unlimited talk and text to standard numbers in Australia.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$1,998.96

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Best cheap Android phone + plan combo: our pick

Google Pixel 6 (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$96.62p/m

Google Pixel 6 (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$96.62p/m

The Google Pixel 6 has been wholly redesigned, and it comes with a new chip that takes its photography skills to the next level. Pairing the phone with Telstra’s AU$55 Small plan brings the cost to AU$96.62 a month, which is AU$15 more a month than you’d pay over at Vodafone, but the Telstra network has better coverage.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,318.88

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Best premium phone + plan combos

Best premium iPhone + plan combo: our pick

iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$142.04p/m

iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$142.04p/m

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the biggest and best iPhone you can buy, so if you’re looking at Apple’s most premium device, this plan offers a good amount of data to go with it. Match the handset with Telstra’s Medium plan, and you’ll pay AU$142.04 a month for 80GB of data. If you’re hungry for more data, you can get 120GB for AU$162.04 each month.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,408.96

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Best premium Android + plan combo: our pick

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$127.45p/m

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (128GB) | 80GB data | 24 months | AU$127.45p/m

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a modern take on a nostalgic favourite – the flip phone. If you want a premium plan, we’d suggest pairing it with Telstra’s Medium option, which will see you pay AU$127.45 a month on a 24-month contract. The Medium plan comes with 80GB of data each month, but an extra AU$20 each billing can get you 120GB if you need.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,058.80

  • Looking for something cheaper, or have your own phone? Check out the best-value Australian SIM-only plans
Jasmine Gearie

Jasmine Gearie is TechRadar Australia’s resident deals expert, with a keen eye for hunting down the best Aussie discounts on everything from laptops and phones to cameras, headphones and mobile and broadband plans. She doesn’t buy anything without doing a little research first, and she wants to help you do the same.