Australia’s top telco refreshed its mobile plans earlier this year, offering up more data with each plan but also slightly bumping up their cost, but there’s still plenty to love about Telstra's offerings.
Telstra’s impressive coverage can be worth the somewhat steeper price of entry for a contract, particularly if you’re living in a remote region.
The telco’s also claims to have the largest 5G network in Australia, and 5G access is included as standard for those on a Medium, Large or Extra Large plan. Click here to see Telstra’s 5G coverage in your area.
Other premium inclusions such as the ability to stream Apple Music and a variety of sports programming (such as AFL, NRL, A-League, and more) without it impacting your data cap definitely sweeten the deal too.
We’ve scanned through Telstra’s updated plans and picked out some of its best, so whether you’re after the most affordable budget option, a spectacularly well-balanced plan or one with loads of data, we’re here to help.
Best SIM-only option
While Telstra’s mobile plans are typically the most expensive among the three major telcos, the Big T has come out swinging with this killer SIM-only deal. Telstra has discounted its Extra Large plan by AU$50 a month for your first 12 months, so you’ll pay just AU$65 for 180GB of data instead of the usual AU$115. That’s a massive saving of AU$600 over the course of the year. Sign up before the offer ends on November 16.
Total minimum cost is AU$65View Deal
Best-value phone + plan combo
If it’s the brand-new iPhone 12 you’ve got your eyes on, then this AU$115 'Extra Large 180GB' plan is pretty unbeatable. Telstra has slashed the cost of this plan by AU$50 a month for your first 12 months, so you’ll score 180GB of data for AU$65 instead of the usual AU$115. That’s a significant saving of AU$600 over the course of the year. Pair that plan with an iPhone 12 (64GB) on a 24-month contract, and you’ll pay AU$121.20p/m for your first year. This plan comes with 5G access included as well, just what you need for Apple’s first 5G-ready handset. Don’t delay though, this ace offer ends on November 16.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,508.80View Deal
For an Android option, you could opt for the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G on a AU$115 per month 'Extra Large 180GB' plan. Telstra has discounted this plan, so you’ll get 180GB of data for AU$65 instead of the usual AU$115, saving you AU$600 over the first 12 months. Pair it with the Galaxy S20 5G on a 24-month contract, and you’ll pay AU$127.45p/m for your first year. You’ll get 5G access included as well. Hurry though, your last chance to sign up for this deal is November 16.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,658.80View Deal
Best budget phone + plan combo
We’re not so quick to recommend buying the iPhone SE on a Telstra repayment plan, and that’s because Apple has recently dropped the price of the 64GB model to AU$679, while Telstra is still selling it for AU$749. If you must have it though, we’d recommend this AU$86.21 phone and plan combo as the best budget option. It matches the telco’s AU$55 a month 'Small 40GB' 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 within Australia.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,069.04View Deal
If you’d rather get your hands on a camera-focused phone, then the Google Pixel 4a is one of our top picks. You can grab this Android handset on a AU$55 a month 'Small 40GB' plan, which will bring it under AU$80 each month on a 24-month contract. That’ll get you 40GB of data and a top-notch smartphone camera, particularly when it comes to night photography.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$1,918.80View Deal
Best premium phone + plan combo
If you’re looking at Apple’s more premium device, we think this plan offers good value. Telstra’s huge discount on its AU$115 a month 'Extra Large 180GB' plan has slashed the cost to just AU$65 a month for your first 12 months. That’s a discount of AU$50 off your bill each month, or AU$600 of savings over the entire year. When you pair it with the new iPhone 12 Pro, it comes to AU$135.79 a month. You’ll be getting a hefty 180GB of data and 5G network access.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,858.96View Deal
Now’s a good time to make use of Telstra’s 5G network as it’s well under way to getting fully established, and what better way to use it than with a super premium Samsung flagship. Telstra has cut the price of the AU$115 per month 'Extra Large 180GB' plan, so you’ll get 180GB of data for AU$65 instead of the usual AU$115, saving you AU$600 over the first 12 months. Pair it with the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G on a 24-month contract, and you’ll pay AU$148.29p/m for your first year. That gets you plenty of data, access to the 5G network, as well as data-free streaming of Apple Music. Hurry though, this offer is only available until November 16.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$4,158.96View Deal
Compare all Telstra SIM-only plans
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