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Harrison Astbury

Harrison Astbury Harrison Astbury is a Canstar Blue journalist specialising in consumer technology and the telecommunications industry. With a degree in journalism from Griffith University and a keen eye for detail, he’s determined to help consumers make better-informed decisions, especially when it comes to their internet and phone plans.


Qld, WA, record highest spike in telco complaints

Posted by April 17th 2018

Australia’s Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has revealed that some states get more than their fair share of telco complaints. Between 1 July and 31 December 2017, customers in Queensland and Western Australia recorded the biggest increase in …


Kogan to launch cheap NBN plans

Posted by April 16th 2018

Online retailer Kogan is expanding on its telco offerings by launching NBN plans – and they’re as cheap as you’d expect. It comes three years after Kogan entered the mobile phone market, offering competitive prepaid deals …



Telstra introduces Smart Wi-Fi Booster

Posted by April 10th 2018

Telstra has released a new smart Wi-Fi booster that is claimed to improve internet signals throughout the home. The Smart Wi-Fi Booster costs $180 outright and comes in a pack of two. Alternatively it can be …


Optus re-releases unlimited data phone plan

Posted by April 10th 2018

Optus has re-released its unlimited data phone plan, after initially withdrawing the offer in March. Called ‘Unleashed’ phone plans, Optus became one of the first providers to offer unlimited mobile data when it originally launched the …


Challenger telcos unite to take on Telstra, Optus, TPG

Posted by April 10th 2018

Eight challenger telcos have come together in an effort to boost competition and compete with Australia’s largest broadband providers. Amaysim, InABox, Macquarie Telecom, MyNetFone Group, MyRepublic, Southern Phone, TasmaNet and Vocus Group CEOs have all formed …


ACCC reports lower prices and improved telco services

Posted by April 10th 2018

Australia’s consumer watchdog has released a comprehensive report into the communications sector, and the good news is that internet and phone plans are getting cheaper, even with bigger data quotas. The report by the Australian Competition …


Optus to solve blackspot issues with new mobile sites

Posted by April 6th 2018

Optus customers in some regional parts of the country are set for a signal boost, with the telco committing to fix a dozen mobile blackspots in areas that receive poor coverage. As part of the Australian Government …


300,000 Aussies affected in Facebook data breach

Posted by April 6th 2018

Social media giant Facebook has revealed that the number of users affected by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal is significantly greater than first thought, with around 300,000 Australians believed to have had their personal information accessed. Facebook …


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What are the best phone plan deals?

Posted by April 5th 2018

If you’re shopping around for a new mobile phone plan, keep an eye out for these deals. Compare phone plan deals with Canstar Blue.