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One of my favourite terms, penned by Scott Adams - the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, is confusopoly. It's basically a market that is designed to obfuscate information from consumers so they can't easily compare services between providers in a market. The mobile phone market is notorious for this.

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While there are just four mobile phone network operators in Australia (you all know about Telstra, Optus and Vodafone but Pivotel is there as well, in remote areas), there are stacks of MVNOs who sell services on top of the networks built by the other operators. Moose Mobile is one of those MVNOs. And they've just signed a five-year deal to resell Optus' 4G services on top of their business selling refurbished handsets.

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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Woolworths hasn't wasted any time since announcing its intention to re-enter the mobile market last month: the new Woolworths Connect plans (using Telstra's older and slower 3G network) go on sale from next Monday. Here's what's on offer and how they compare (hint: you can still do better).

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Dear Lifehacker, I've seen a lot of advertising for Vaya recently. The plans seem good value, but from what I've read the company has rubbish customer service. Do you think they're any good?

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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.

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Prepaid mobile operators generally offer the best-value plans, but their reliance on low-margin customers means they're more likely to disappear: check the recent closures of Red Bull Mobile and Savvytel and looming threats for Kogan and ALDI for starters. Here's what to do if that happens.

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Chances are you think of Red Bull as an energy drink, but in the near future it will also be a mobile network brand (running on Vodafone). Adding more mobile options is generally something we're in favour of here at Lifehacker Towers, but we don't yet know anywhere near enough about this one to make a call on it.