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.

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Why you need to use fuel price comparison sites

Posted by June 5th 2018

Australia’s consumer watchdog has urged motorists to use price comparison apps and websites to get the best deals on fuel, with prices in some areas reaching record highs. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has …

Clothes dryers What you need to know.

The real cost of drying your clothes

Posted by June 21st 2019

The first step to reducing energy costs is knowing how much power your appliances use. Compare clothes dryer costs at Canstar Blue.

Samsung Family Hub Fridge

Samsung Family Hub fridge review

Posted by January 21st 2020

If you like listening to music when you’re in the kitchen, why not double up your fridge as a music player? Canstar Blue reviews the Samsung Family Hub fridge.

Fitbit misled customers about faulty product warranties

Posted by June 1st 2018

If you’re building your summer body this winter, you may have warranty grounds on that faulty Fitbit that’s been sitting in your drawer. Australia’s consumer watchdog has reported that between November 2016 and March 2017, Fitbit …

The real cost of running your fridge

The real cost of running your fridge

Posted by June 21st 2019

Your fridge runs 24/7, so it has a big impact on your electricity bill. Find out just how much your fridge is costing to run at Canstar Blue.

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Internet plans with free or data-free Netflix

Posted by June 6th 2019

Do you want to get free Netflix? Of course, you do. From bingeing the latest shows to settling in for a movie, Netflix has it all. Ordinarily Netflix costs anywhere from about $10 to $18 …

Kogan boss pokes fun at Telstra after network outages

Posted by June 20th 2018

The boss of online retail giant and mobile service provider Kogan has poked fun at Telstra after its series of network outages in May. Ruslan Kogan posted a message to his 230,000+ LinkedIn followers on Saturday …

NBN ‘kills’ plans for high-speed internet in regional areas

Posted by May 25th 2018

Australia’s geographical internet divide could grow even further, with the company behind the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) revealing that it has dumped its plan to offer the maximum potential speeds to hundreds of thousands …

Optus confirms plans to shut Virgin Mobile

Posted by June 19th 2018

Optus has confirmed that it will shut down Virgin Mobile, a brand the telco has co-owned for 18 years. Over the next two years, Optus will begin phasing out the brand and Virgin customers will be …

How to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Australia

Posted by July 14th 2020

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is taking place in Russia in June and July. While this means bleary-eyed goal celebrations in Australia at around 2am, there will still be a large contingent of Aussie soccer …