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When it comes to the NBN, we know that plans and providers are not all equal. Despite standard speed tiers, the performance in our homes varies quite a bit, especially during the evening peak times.

As you've probably heard, the ACCC is trying to counter this by introducing industry guidance that said that providers need to put average evening speeds on their website so that consumers can judge performance alongside price.

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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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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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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.

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Most people have a pretty strong opinion about their telco. Some love their provider and wouldn't consider switching to a competitor, others hate certain telcos and will never do business with them again.

The problem with being rusted-on to a provider based on reputation is that you may never give thought to plan switching. You definitely should.

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I read an article this week talking about the death of the landline in Australian homes. Seriously, didn't landlines use die out years ago? The hot new take on this topic is whether you need to be paying for phone calls at all.

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Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven't already, it is time to join the revolution. Recent findings from research group Telsyte revealed that over half of Australian phone owners have ditched phone plan contracts and now use BYO phone plans.

Not that we need to tell a tech savvy bunch like you. You're probably all using grey import, dual-SIM Xiaomi smartphones and have long known the virtues of SIM Only phone plans.

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If you’re a phone lover, you may think prepaid is a dirty word; a term to describe the lowest rung of the phone-plan food chain. But this really isn’t the case anymore. We take a look at the best options for data, unlimited call and long expiry dates.

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What a month it's been for phone fans. Apple's iPhone X hit stores at pretty much the same time as Google's new Pixel 2 handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 came earlier a few weeks earlier, and let's not overlook the new LG V30+ or the Mate 10, probably Huawei's best phone to date.

While this makes for a formidable list of great smartphones, all eyes are on the iPhone X and the Pixel 2. Both phones are a window into how two of the world's biggest tech companies see smartphones today, and are two of the best phones of the year.

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"Phone season" is well and truly in swing, with many of this year's big devices now available. There are a few more yet to be come, but a plethora of new phones is the perfect time for telcos to fight over customers looking to upgrade. This has led to some shakeups in the plan space, with plenty of new big data options.

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It's a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves getting stuff for free. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a free smartphone, no matter how alluring that "$0" handset repayment fee is. This is made abundantly clear when you compare a SIM-only plan to a 24-month contract, even before you factor in any handset repayments.

However, we tend to see the first plan where a carrier drops the handset repayment fee as a sort of tipping point. If you're paying a handset fee there's a chance you're paying too much for your phone. If you're paying $0 for the phone, you could be paying too much for data. Sometimes those first $0 handset repayment plans can be 'just right' if you're looking for the best value option.

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Whether you like it or not, the NBN means you'll have to have change your internet plan sooner or later. If you don't switch to the National Broadband Network within 18 months of your area going live, there's a good chance you'll lose your traditional phone and internet services.