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ALDI Mobile is continuing its long history of reducing its data allowances while charging the same amount of money for its prepaid plans. From 1 April (no joke), its $35 prepaid plan will include just 1GB of data each month — less than half the current 2.5GB allowance and just one-fifth of the 5GB it originally launched with.
Not only does signing up to a contract for a phone leave you stuck with the same network and handset for a full two years, it can often result in less data and call allowances than if you take a no-contract prepaid or month-by-month deal. We’ve eliminated the also-rans and come up with one clear recommendation for the best value no-contract deal on each of Australia’s main mobile networks.
The Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code means that phone companies have to be relatively honest about what a given mobile service costs you, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try and wring money out of you in other ways. Here are five examples of how phone companies can be sneaky with their charges.
Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad Air, goes on sale today. If you don’t want to buy one outright, all three major carriers are offering SIM-equipped models on contact plans. We’ve rounded up all the options in an interactive Planhacker table so you can compare.
ALDI Mobile upset a lot of people earlier this week by halving the data allowance on its unlimited mobile plan. Even if you’re not an ALDI Mobile customer, and even if the provider itself is dead within three months, there are some key lessons all data-hungry smartphone users can learn from the incident.