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This Calculator Shows You Whether It's Best To Buy A Phone Outright Or Lease It

Buying a phone outright using beats getting a “discount” with a contract. Of course, that might depend on the carrier and the phone plan. This calculator tells you how much cheaper it is, over time, to buy the phone outright or lease it.


September's Money Challenge: Find A Cheaper Mobile Phone Plan

We’ve been throwing out a new challenge every month since January as part of our year-long Lifehacker Ultimate Money Challenge. This month, we’re taking on a specific expense that’s easy to cut: Your mobile phone bill. We challenge you to find a cheaper plan that offers the same level of service.


The Bottom Line On Whether You Should Charge Your Phone Overnight

Spoiler, the answer is yes: If your battery needs charging, go ahead and charge it overnight while you sleep. The reason it’s even a question has to do with outdated battery technologies, old fears solved by modern smartphones and other concerns this Android Authority video addresses in good order.


6 Things I Learned While Living Without A Mobile Phone

There are many articles in the universe about the benefits of living without your mobile phone, about the perils of dependence on technology. Let’s be honest, it’s all a bit wishy-washy. Preaching the benefits of life without a mobile phone is Crossfit. You’re a technology Vegan. You’re the worst.

And I’m the worst. Because, guess what. I’m about to do the exact same thing.

A few months ago my phone broke. I decided not to replace it for a while. This was — at times — a good thing, but for the most part it was frustrating as hell. Here’s what I learned.


Why Pokemon GO Keeps Crashing (And How To Fix It)

Despite promises by Niantic, the creators of Pokemon GO, to add capacity to overloaded servers, the popular mobile game is still crashing for users around the world. The problem was particularly noticeable over the weekend. Niantic recognises that the influx of new players swarming its servers are causing connectivity issues for some Pokemon GO users. It seems the game also experienced a dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attack which made everything worse. Read on for more details and a way to access Pokemon GO even when the servers are down.


Top Five Budget Smartphones For 2016

A phone doesn’t have to cost you a whole paycheck, even a good one. Affordable, fully-featured smartphones are popping into the market more and more often, putting previously premium features into lower and lower price ranges.


Ask LH: What Happens If I Use Two-Factor Authentication And Lose My Phone?

Dear Lifehacker, My work wants me to enable two-factor authentication on my phone, but it seems risky. What happens if I lose my phone? Will I lose my entire account? And if I change phones, how do I move the authenticator to a new device?


Woolworths' 'Zero Bill Shock' Phone Plans Aren't That Bad

Woolworths has announced three new phone bundles on a range Samsung phones including the S7, S6, S5 and A3. The “super market priced” 24-month contrasts run on Telstra’s 3G and 4G mobile networks and include a “zero-bill shock” promise. Here’s how they stack up.


HTC 10: Australian Pricing, Specs And Release Date

The slightly smug sounding “10” is the latest flagship Android handset from HTC. Boasting an all-metal aluminium chassis, a versatile UltraPixel camera and beefed-up specifications across the board, it’s easily one of the best smartphones that the Taiwanese vendor has released in quite a while. Here are the specs, pricing and launch details for Australia.


Google Engineer Warns Against Phones With Both USB-C And QuickCharge 3.0

We’ve mentioned before that some early USB-C cables aren’t built to specification and could damage your hardware. Turns out, the same may be true of some phones that include a USB-C port and support Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology.


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