Planhacker: Mobile Broadband Contract Plans (August 2014)

If you regularly need an internet connection on the road, a separate mobile broadband SIM in a hotspot or USB dongle is the way to go. But who offers the most data and the best deals? We’ve rounded up all the available plans from Australian carriers so you can compare and choose the right one for you.

Planhacker: The Best No-Contract Deal On Each Australian Mobile Network (August 2014)

Contract phone plans are a poor deal: you’re stuck with the same handset and network for two years and you often have smaller data and call allowances than with a no-contract prepaid or month-by-month deal. We’ve eliminated the also-rans and come up with one firm recommendation for the best value no-contract prepaid deal on each of Australia’s mobile networks.

Optus' New Prepaid Plans: The Pros And The Cons

Optus has revamped its pay-as-you-use and monthly prepaid plans. Here’s our assessment of what’s on offer.

The Best Roaming Deal From Each Major Australian Carrier

Global roaming rates are a rort. That’s news to nobody. But if you were desperate to keep hold of your Australian phone number while travelling overseas, what’s the best way to cap your costs?

Vodafone Is Offering Free Data This Weekend

By way of apology for its large-scale network outage yesterday, Vodafone has announced that this weekend its customers can use as much data as they want — for free.

Consumerisation Hasn't Hit IT Contracts Yet

We hear endlessly about how consumerisation is impacting the way enterprise IT works. But there’s one area where that change hasn’t really taken effect: the length and necessity of contracts.

Optus' New Data Sharing Mobile Plans: Everything You Need To Know

Optus has updated its mobile plans today, including a new option to share data from your main plan with other devices without paying an ongoing extra fee. Does that make sense? Planhacker investigates.

You Can Now Put Google Play Purchases On Your Optus Bill

Post-paid Optus customers can now sign up for direct carrier billing on Google Play. Users can sign up to the service on their Android device via a one-off verification process and immediately begin shopping. All charges will then be automatically added to their monthly phone bill.

This Week In Smartphone Software Updates: Telstra, Optus, Vodafone

Wondering when the sweet new versions of Android will land on your device? You’re in luck: each week, Gizmodo Australia will take you through all of the handset updates currently being tested on Australian mobile networks (Optus, Telstra and Vodafone), and tell you when you can expect them on your device.

Briefly: Game Of Thrones Primer, 15 Weight-Loss Tricks, Flight MH370's Black Box Discovered?

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Game of Thrones characters and events recap, watch the Godzilla trailer, new evidence uncovered in Flight MH370 search; including a possible black box flight recorder.