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We’re not big fans of 24-month phone contracts here at Lifehacker, and the evidence for how they’re bad value keeps piling up. An analysis of phone bills by Macquarie University suggests that people on a monthly plan will typically end up paying $20 or more extra each month.
One of the minor annoyances of the iPhone 5 is that is uses the nano SIM format, and replacement SIMs are in short supply if you’re not buying on contract through a major telco. Amaysim has confirmed it won’t have its own branded nano SIMs until November, but the MVNO is offering to hand-cut replacement nano SIMs for any existing customers who have purchased an iPhone 5 outright.
One of the key requirements under the new Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code is for mobile phone providers to specify how many 2-minute calls you could make on each plan they offer. That won’t be a requirement until March 1 next year, but we can easily perform that calculation ourselves right now.
Prepaid works for casual mobile phone users, but many Australians choose to sign up for a contract plan, either to get better data rates or because they want the cost of their handset subsidised. But which one should you choose? This up-to-date Planhacker listing covers every contract mobile plan (and their month-by-month competitors) available in Australia.
We’ve often suspected people spend more money than they should on mobile services, and now there’s some solid proof. New research suggests that 68 per cent of Australians don’t believe they get full value from their contract plans. Despite that, 45 per cent have experienced ‘bill shock’, where their monthly bill is much higher than expected.