Ask LH: What Happens Now Crazy John's Has Killed Off My Plan?

Hey Lifehacker, I just learned that Vodafone plan to stop offering all Crazy Johns plans in September. I’ve been offered a new deal but it’s nowhere near as good as the shared plan I have currently. Nothing Vodafone offers that is incentive enough to switch and go on a contract. But if I don’t change before the switch-off, will I be “rolled over” automatically?

Vodafone Is Offering Temporary Unlimited Data So You Can Work Out How Much You Actually Need

If you don’t carefully track your data usage, you can easily end up paying for a phone plan that has more data than you actually need. Vodafone is offering a workaround of sorts with its new Data Workout option, which lets you essentially use unlimited data for the first two months so you can calculate your needs.

Tarifica Scores Provide A Limited Way Of Comparing Mobile Phone Plans

Choosing a mobile phone plan can be fiddly and time-consuming. US research firm Tarifica is now assigning scores to Australian mobile plans to determine which ones offer the best value, but frankly we’re sceptical about how useful that is.

Telstra Simplifies Roaming Prices (But Remains A Rip-Off)

Not only does paying for global roaming mean you are often ripped off, it can be very confusing trying to work out what rates you’ll be charged based on your destination. As of 24 March, Telstra will be making its rates a little less confusing — but it’s still a very expensive way to stay in touch on the road, especially when using data.

Five Ways Mobile Phone Plans Can Screw You Over

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.

Ask LH: How Can I Find A Good 4G Plan With Lots Of Data?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m looking to get a 4G plan for my mobile phone. I’m currently with Aldi Mobile but have just bought the Nexus 5 and so I want to shift to a 4G plan.

The Optus $35 My Plan Doesn't Make Much Sense

Optus has added a budget-priced $35 option to its range of My Plan postpaid plans. While everyone’s needs for mobile plans are different, we can’t get too excited by this one.

Are Vodafone's New Tablet Plans Good Value?

Vodafone has revamped its tablet plans, offering much more data on its standalone plans than its rivals but cutting back a little on choices for prepaid users. Here’s what we like and what we don’t about the new offerings.

Ask LH: Can I Cancel My Crazy John's Contract?

Hi Lifehacker, I am currently a Crazy John’s customer for mobile phone and mobile internet (with 18 months to run on a 24 month contract), and with the news that the brand will be absorbed by Vodafone in the coming weeks, I am wondering what my contractual rights may be should I wish to terminate my service given my past experiences with Vodafone have been less than satisfactory! I didn’t sign up to deal with Vodafone — are there any outs here? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks, Not So Crazy

Planhacker: Where Are The Best Carrier Perks?

So you’ve found what looks like a great mobile phone plan deal. You compared all your options, and found one with decent inclusions and an affordable price tag. But you check out the carrier benefits that go along with your plan?