Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is Canstar Blue's Editor-in-Chief and consumer affairs journalist, specialising in the energy and telco industries, while also covering all things retail and FMCG. With a decade of newsroom experience under his belt, he’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed decisions, especially when it comes to household bills. Simon was one of the first journalists to raise awareness of the unscrupulous tactics of some energy retailers which eventually resulted in major industry reforms and the introduction of new default pricing, and continues to highlight the potential pitfalls consumers face in a still confusing market.

Energy plans for renters Compared

What are the best energy plans for renters?

Posted by September 1st 2021

As a tenant, there are a few things you need to know about your energy supply. Canstar Blue has produced the complete guide to energy plans for renters.

Prepaid SIM Cards Compared

Prepaid SIM Cards Compared

Posted by May 24th 2021

Whether you’re a local looking for a better deal, or a visitor to Australia needing a phone plan to get you by for a few weeks, prepaid SIM cards are a great option. Instead of …

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The best Nokia mobile phone plans

Posted by March 5th 2021

Nokia is back! Compare Nokia 8 phone plans at Canstar Blue. Get your hands on the Nokia 8 with a beefy plan from less than $65 a month.

Piggy bank energy

What to do if you can’t afford your energy bill

Posted by March 30th 2021

Sometimes things just don’t go your way, and you’re left wondering how you’re going to pay that next bill. That’s a question made all the more difficult when you don’t even know how much that …

Calendar with date circled for bill payment with coins at forefront

Energy Billing Options Explained

Posted by February 16th 2021

Nothing matches the dread of opening an energy bill – especially when you’re expecting a big one – but choosing the right billing options for your preferences and budget can at least help take the …

Energy companies that no longer exist

The energy brands that no longer exist

Posted by January 11th 2021

Canstar Blue reveals what happened to energy brands that no longer exist, such as Integral Energy, TRUenergy and Country Energy.

Perth Energy Prices compared

Perth Electricity Prices Compared

Posted by January 14th 2021

Compare electricity tariffs and prices in the Perth area of Western Australia to find the cheapest deal for your household’s needs.

Here are the energy providers Victorians are switching to

Posted by December 29th 2020

Picking a new energy provider is tricky business – but when you’re fed up with your current supplier, or just think you could be getting a better deal, it’s important to make the effort to …