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When you consider that most phone plans include unlimited calls and SMS, what we're primarily paying for each month is data. With that in mind, signing up for a Data Rollover plan becomes a very smart move. Alternatively, there are plenty of prepaid plans available that offer oodles of data at a reasonable price. Here are the best options currently available in each category.

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Back in the days when modems sounded like a goat stuck in a barbed wire fence, the amount of data we paid for was the key decision we had to make when signing up for the internet. I spent ages trying to calculate how much data I needed based on how much junk I downloaded through Limewire and Kazaa.

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Last week, Optus announced that over the next two years, they would slowly be phasing out their Virgin Mobile brand and be shutting 36 stores across Australia. We know have a more accurate picture of when the stores will be closing and what Virgin's million-plus customer base will have access to, come closing time. Here's what you need to know if you're a Virgin Mobile customer and some potential alternative providers for you to take a look at.

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After years of paltry data inclusions in our phone plans, we've all been conditioned to be wary of watching video on our phones. We turn off auto-play videos in Facebook and Instagram, and if we watching TV on our phones, we make sure we download it over WiFi before we leave the house.

The stupid thing about this is that for many of us, our smartphone screen is one of the best screens we own. With high pixel density and some of the world's best screen tech, often our 5-inchers are better than our 50-inchers.

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Smartphone hunting season is upon us, with some of the year's best phones already in store, or soon to be released. The Galaxy S9 is awesome, and the Huawei P20 Pro, HTC U12 and the Sony XZ2 are all shaping up as worthy upgrades. But of course, a new phone is pretty useless without a SIM card inside.

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Good news, everyone! The NBN is slowly, but surely, getting better. According to the ACCC, the average CVC acquired by the providers is on the up, with the national average now at 1.52Mbps per user, an increase of 37% in the fourth quarter of 2017. It seems the providers are finally being shamed into positive changes. Hurray!

Of course, this doesn't mean everyone is having an awesome time surfing the big waves of the internet data stream. In fact, for some the NBN will never be a suitable way to get online.

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There's never been a better time to unshackle yourself from your mobile contract and sign up to a prepaid plan. This holds true whether you're a penny pincher who's worried about bill shock, or a power user who wants tons of commitment-free data. Here are the best plans currently available for both types of user.

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Mobile Broadband was once something used by road warriors and students; people who spent long stretches of their day away from a reliable WiFi network. And it still is, but more and more people are now turning to a mobile data connection for everyday internet as well.

It's a good time to take a look, too. While you wouldn't describe mobile data prices as cheap, especially compared to fixed line internet prices, the prices are certainly more affordable now, and the plans come with much more data than before. Here are some hand-picked options to consider.

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Telstra and Optus announced this week that both would launch 5G services next year, and the general response was "sure, but it's not like they're going to give us a lot of data, so who cares?"

Will this be the case? I'm not so sure. One of the key benefits of 5G technology is a big increase in network capacity, so I'm quietly optimistic about how this will play out.

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Do you remember the good old days when phone plans came with a free phone to use with them? A belt holster too, if you were lucky.

Well, if you were born after 1990 then you may not remember this. It’s been a while since we didn’t have to pay an extra handset fee on top of the plan price. Though if you look hard enough, there are still a few handsets you can nab for no extra payments on a two-year plan.