It's easy to just think of the big three telcos when you're looking for a new phone plan, but they're far from your only options.
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Wouldn't it be great if you could try an NBN plan before you buy it? It turns out you can. 30-day free trials are everywhere these days, but they haven't quite made their way to the world of telco. This is a bit of a shame when it comes to the NBN; while all providers are technically reselling access to the same network, they're far from equal.
The ACCC released its third report on real-world NBN speeds at the start of this month, and the results were mostly good. While there's always room for improvement, most fixed-line NBN customers are consistently getting close to the speeds they're paying for.
Of course, not all internet providers are equal.
Cash back, gift cards and wads of bonus rewards points – credit card providers are pulling out some of their biggest deals to date to get credit cards into the hands of new customers in the lead up to Christmas.
But do these sign up bonuses really deliver bang for your buck? The answer is yes, but only if you’re the right type of customer.
Australia’s finance market has never been more competitive, with plenty of great deals available in the lead-up to Christmas. If you shop around, you’ll find an array of products and prices, offered by more than 100 banks, credit unions, building societies, non-bank lenders and online providers.
Here are some of the best-value home loans, credit cards and savings accounts in Australia right now. (But you'll need to hurry - most are available for one week only!)
Despite all of the hard work going into the NBN rollout, fixed-line internet isn't going to be the best internet solution for every household. Depending on how many people there are at home, and how much you use the internet, you might find that going mobile is an awesome option.
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.
Consumer watchdogs CHOICE recently published the results of their Best NBN Providers report, and found iiNet at the top of the heap. Combining real-world speed tests and customer satisfaction scores, iiNet sits in first place above TPG, Telstra and Optus - in that order.
The Huawei Mate20 and Mate20 Pro won't be available until November 1 - but you can pre-order them now from Optus and Vodafone. Here's how the plans compare.
It wasn't that long ago that a $40 phone plan with 4GB of data was considered astonishingly good value for money. Nowadays, most smartphone users churn through that in a week - and plan inclusions have changed to keep pace.
If you've got your own phone, it's possible to snag a massive data allowance without paying through the nose for the privilege. Here are ten BYO plans from ten different telcos that offer the best bang for buck.