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Best Telstra mobile plans (August 2022)

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

However, Telstra recently hit its customers with a price hike, which took effect on July 1, 2022. Telstra increased the price of all its mobile plans by up to AU$4 extra a month, and reduced its mobile plan offering down to three options: the Basic plan (40GB for AU$58), the Essential plan (180GB for AU$68) and the Premium plan (300GB for AU$89).

Telstra has cited inflation as the reason behind the move, and while some extra benefits are coming with the more expensive plans, it may make the telco less appealing when it comes to value.

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

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Telstra Basic plan | 40GB data | AU$58p/m (opens in new tab)

Telstra has 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. With this in mind, we’d recommend Telstra’s cheapest plan as the best overall, which gets you 40GB of data for AU$58 a month (before the price increase, it was AU$55 a month). The good news is that this plan now comes with access to Telstra’s 5G network as standard.

Total minimum cost is AU$58

Best overall phone + plan combos

Best overall iPhone + plan combo: our pick

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iPhone 13 (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$114.20p/m (opens in new tab)

If it’s the iPhone 13 you’ve got your eyes on, then we reckon Telstra’s Basic 40GB plan (opens in new tab) is the way to go. That will see you pay AU$114.20 each billing, which is a little pricey when compared to Optus and Vodafone’s equivalent plans to be sure. The Basic plan is the cheapest option available from Telstra, and comes with 5G access included.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,740.80

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Best overall Android + plan combo: our pick

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Samsung Galaxy S22 (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$110.04p/m (opens in new tab)

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is small, fast and solidly built, and if you’d like to pick it up from Telstra, we’d suggest pairing it with the AU$58 Basic plan (opens in new tab). On a 24-month contract, that’ll get you 40GB of data for AU$110.04 a month. As mentioned, Telstra’s Basic plan is the cheapest option available and comes with 5G access.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,640.96

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Best cheap phone + plan combos

Best cheap iPhone + plan combo: our pick

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iPhone SE 2022 (64GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$87.95p/m (opens in new tab)

The iPhone SE 2022 is Apple’s latest 'budget' iPhone, with a starting price of AU$719. For an affordable plan, we’d recommend pairing Telstra’s AU$58 Basic plan (opens in new tab) with the 64GB iPhone SE in black, red or white, which will see you pay AU$87.95 a month. You’ll get 40GB of data to play with each month, unlimited talk and text to standard numbers in Australia and 5G access.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,110.80

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Best cheap Android phone + plan combo: our pick

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$99.62p/m (opens in new tab)

We’ve typically recommended the Google Pixel 6 as the best cheap Android option, but it’s currently out of stock on Telstra’s online store. In the meantime, you could go for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Pair it with Telstra’s AU$58 Basic plan (opens in new tab) to bring the cost to AU$99.62 a month on a 24-month contract. Note that Telstra’s plan is AU$25 more a month than you’d pay over at Vodafone, but you might be swayed by Telstra’s better coverage.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,390.88

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Best premium phone + plan combos

Best premium iPhone + plan combo: our pick

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iPhone 13 Pro (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$128.79p/m (opens in new tab)

For the best premium iPhone, you’ll want to go with either the 13 Pro (opens in new tab) or 13 Pro Max (opens in new tab), depending on your size preference. The Pro has the same 6.1-inch screen size as the regular iPhone 13, while the Pro Max stretches out to 6.7 inches. Whichever you go with, we think Telstra’s Basic plan (opens in new tab) on a 24-month contract is best, as it’ll get you 40GB of data from AU$128.79 a month.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,090.96

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Best premium Android + plan combo: our pick

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$135.04p/m (opens in new tab)

The S22 Ultra is big, powerful and very versatile, now that it comes packing Samsung’s S Pen stylus. We’d suggest pairing it with Telstra’s Basic option (opens in new tab), which will see you pay AU$135.04 a month on a 24-month contract. The Basic plan comes with 40GB of data each month, or an extra AU$10 each billing can get you 180GB if you need. If you want to go super-premium, our pick is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (opens in new tab).

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,240.96

  • Looking for something cheaper, or have your own phone? Check out the best-value Australian SIM-only plans
Jasmine Gearie
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 NBN plans. She doesn’t buy anything without doing a little research first, and she wants to help you do the same.