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Best Telstra mobile plans (February 2021)

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 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:

We’ve also got dedicated guides to the best Optus mobile plans and the best Vodafone mobile plans

Best SIM-only option

Telstra Extra Large plan | 180GB data | AU$65p/m (first 12 months, then AU$115p/m)

While its mobile plans are typically the most expensive among the three major telcos, Telstra has come out swinging with this ace SIM-only deal. Telstra has discounted its Extra Large mobile plan, so you’ll pay just AU$65 for 180GB of data instead of the usual AU$115. The discount applies for your first 12 months, saving you AU$600 over the course of the year. Offer ends on March 1.

Total minimum cost is AU$65View Deal

Best overall phone + plan combos

Best overall iPhone + plan combo: our pick

iPhone 12 (64GB) | 180GB data | 24 months | AU$121.20p/m (first 12 months, then AU$171.20p/m)

If it’s the brand-new iPhone 12 you’ve got your eyes on, then this discounted AU$115 'Extra Large 180GB' plan is your best bet with Telstra. Pair the plan with an iPhone 12 (64GB) on a 24-month contract, and you’ll pay AU$121.20 each month for your first 12 months, before the price increases to AU$171.20 each billing period. It comes with 5G access included, just what you need for Apple’s first 5G-ready handset.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,508.80View Deal

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Best overall Android + plan combo: our pick

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (128GB) | 180GB data | 24 months | AU$142p/m (first 12 months, then AU$192p/m)

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra is as good as it looks, and Telstra has a pretty sweet deal on the device. The telco has discounted its Extra Large mobile plan, so you’ll pay just AU$65 a month for a huge 180GB of data. The reduced rate applies for your first 12 months on the service, after which it’ll bump up to AU$192. 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$4,008View Deal

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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

Telstra has now matched Apple’s reduced price of 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 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 to standard numbers in Australia.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$1,998.96View Deal

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Best cheap Android phone + plan combo: our pick

Google Pixel 4a 5G (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$88.29p/m

To get your hands on a camera-focused phone, the Google Pixel 4a 5G is one of our top picks. You can grab this Android handset on a AU$55 'Small 40GB' plan, which will bring it under AU$90 each month on a 24-month contract. Telstra’s cheapest plan doesn’t come with 5G access, though you can always go up to a AU$65 Medium plan if you want 5G speeds – it’ll cost you slightly more at AU$98.29p/m.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,118.96View Deal

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Best premium phone + plan combos

Best premium iPhone + plan combo: our pick

iPhone 12 Pro (128GB) | 180GB data | 24 months | AU$135.79p/m (first 12 months, then AU$185.79p/m)

If you’re looking at Apple’s more premium device, this plan offers a huge amount of data to go with it. Match the new iPhone 12 Pro with Telstra’s AU$115 'Large 180GB' plan, and you’ll pay AU$135.79 a month for your first 12 months. After that period, your monthly bill will bump up to AU$185.79p/m.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,858.96View Deal

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Best premium Android + plan combo: our pick

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G (256GB) | 180GB data | 24 months | AU$133.70p/m (first 12 months, then AU$183.70p/m)

What better way to use Telstra’s 5G network than with a super premium Samsung flagship? The Galaxy Note 20 5G fits that bill, and we’d suggest pairing it with the AU$115 'Extra Large 180GB' plan on a 24-month contract. That’ll see you pay AU$133.70 a month for you first year, before it reverts to the standard AU$183.70 each billing cycle.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,808.80View Deal

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