The best Telstra mobile plans for August 2019

If you're on the hunt for a Telstra plan, you're probably already familiar with the carrier's strengths and weaknesses. 

Impressive coverage can be worth the somewhat steeper price of entry on a Telstra contract, particularly if you're living in more remote regions, and premium inclusions such as Foxtel Now starter packs and Apple Music subscriptions definitely sweeten the deal alongside your brand new phone.

There's also the whole 5G thing, which may not be a big deal just yet but will be a huge selling point down the road.

We've scanned through all the plans, promos and specials that Telstra has to offer and picked out three of its best to suit different kinds of customers. 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.

Editor's choice and best overall value

iPhone XR 64GB | 60GB data | Unlimited international talk & text | $112 pm

If you're going to go with Telstra, then the telco's iPhone offerings are usually the most compelling, and there's no better value right now than with the iPhone XR. On top of the 60GB of data and no excess data charges after you reach your cap (speeds will slow to 1.5Mbps instead), you'll also be able to stream a whole host of sporting events data-free and get free access to the 5G network until June 30, 2020. Total cost over 24 months is $2,688
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Best budget option

BYO Phone | 15GB data | No lock-in contract | $50 pm

To be perfectly honest, Telstra's new lineup of plans are not very budget-friendly when paired with handsets. The best bet here is scoring yourself a sweet deal on a smartphone and then pair it with Telstra's 15GB Small plan. One of the main perks here is that there's no lock-in contract, you simply pay month-to-month, and if you need more data you can pay an extra $10 to bump up the plan to the 60GB option at any time. Total minimum cost is $50
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Best big data plan

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 512GB | 150GB data | $193 pm

If you're going to go all out, you may as well go all out. The best way to make use of Telstra's exclusive 5G coverage right now is with a phone that can actually handle it. On top of the larger 512GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, you'll be getting 150GB of data to play with and all the extra Telstra sports streaming services. Total cost over 24 months is $4,632
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