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?

Mobile Phone Plans You Should Avoid

Lifehacker’s Planhacker tables can help you pick out the best contract plans for all sorts of circumstances. Everyone’s needs differ, but some plans represent bad value no matter where you’re coming from. Here are some of the worst-value options from every major carrier, plus the choices that make more sense.

Charge Android Apps To Your Telstra Bill

Want to go on an Android app buying frenzy without using a credit card? Telstra is now letting contract customers charge purchases from Google Play to their monthly bill, while prepaid users can buy apps directly from their existing credit.

Optus Ditching Free Social Networking Access For Its Contract Phone Plans

Optus is ditching one of the main selling points for its postpaid mobile plans: new customers will no longer receive unlimited access to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.