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Smartphones are a part of life these days, and if your kid doesn't use one now, they probably will before long. But with a great device comes great responsibility. The Smart Talk is a website that helps parents and kids come up with a set of phone rules together, and creates a handy agreement you can print out.

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When customers are offered a “cooling off” period, they don’t change their minds, even when the alternative is considered subjectively better, according to a new research finds. The study also found that some consumers (around 30%) only responded when contacted by the seller and asked if they would still like to opt in.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Plans where you can share data amongst multiple people in your family or workplace are the most notable trend in the Australian mobile space this year. Optus and Vodafone already offer them, and now Telstra is jumping on the bandwagon with its new Go Mobile plans. Are they good value? Planhacker has crunched the numbers.

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can be pre-ordered now, and go on general sale from Friday 19 September. If you're planning to buy on contract, we've rounded up every single one of the offers from Telstra, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and Optus in an interactive spreadsheet and a series of tables so you can easily compare the total cost and features and choose the one that's ideal for you.

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Here at Lifehacker, we've long advocated the view that buying a phone on a contract is a bad idea -- an outright buy and a prepaid or month-to-month contract is better value and gives you more flexibility. That approach is becoming more common: new statistics from Telsyste suggest that less than half the phones sold in Australia in 2013 were purchased as part of a long-term contract.

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Vodafone has revamped its unlimited contract plans under the Red moniker, promising better voice inclusions, Australian customer support and other enhancements. Here's what you need to know about how the plans work and what they offer.

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Optus is revamping its mobile contract plans, shifting to quoting prices per-minute and offering an option to temporarily change plans if you exceed your monthly allowance for voice and data. The big downside? The cheapest plans are being dumped altogether, data and voice allocations are being reduced on the lower-cost plans, and the overall value isn't any better. Overall, we're not that excited.

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Throughout this week, we've been offering guidance on what to do when your mobile phone contract expires and it's time to upgrade. Here's the full set of articles in one place. Go get that new phone!