We're not big fans of 24-month phone contracts here at Lifehacker, and the evidence for how they're bad value keeps piling up. An analysis of phone bills by Macquarie University suggests that people on a monthly plan will typically end up paying $20 or more extra each month.
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One of the minor annoyances of the iPhone 5 is that is uses the nano SIM format, and replacement SIMs are in short supply if you're not buying on contract through a major telco. Amaysim has confirmed it won't have its own branded nano SIMs until November, but the MVNO is offering to hand-cut replacement nano SIMs for any existing customers who have purchased an iPhone 5 outright.
One of the key requirements under the new Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code is for mobile phone providers to specify how many 2-minute calls you could make on each plan they offer. That won't be a requirement until March 1 next year, but we can easily perform that calculation ourselves right now.
Prepaid works for casual mobile phone users, but many Australians choose to sign up for a contract plan, either to get better data rates or because they want the cost of their handset subsidised. But which one should you choose? This up-to-date Planhacker listing covers every contract mobile plan (and their month-by-month competitors) available in Australia.
We've often suspected people spend more money than they should on mobile services, and now there's some solid proof. New research suggests that 68 per cent of Australians don't believe they get full value from their contract plans. Despite that, 45 per cent have experienced 'bill shock', where their monthly bill is much higher than expected.
As we prepare for the expected launch of the iPad 3 this week, it seems appropriate to revisit the available SIM plan deals for iPad owners. Whatever combination of download allowance, network coverage and expiry period you want, Planhacker has it covered.
Unlimited phone plans rarely include calls to freecall numbers (13 and 1800 services). Amaysim has now added that option to its Unlimited plan, joining a short list of providers offering that option (Red Bull and Boost are the other ones that immediately spring to mind, thanks to readers for reminding us of the second).
Its "free third month" offer ended recently, but Amaysim is currently running another deal which keeps it looking good in the competitive prepaid stakes: 20 per cent off the price for the first order.
Mobile plan deals with "unlimited" calls have long been a feature of the postpaid contract market, but they're now becoming increasingly common for no-contract prepaid deals as well. Which ones actually offer good value?