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.

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 October 15th 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.

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.

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 …

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4G Home Wireless Review: Is it good enough for everyday use?

Posted by February 9th 2021

If your household is anything like mine, then you’ll have numerous devices connected to the internet at once, with children constantly demanding screen-based entertainment, whether it’s games, streaming, or maybe even ‘research’ for homework. And …

Catch Click Frenzy Sale

Catch promises savings of up to 90% in Click Frenzy Mayhem sale

Posted by February 12th 2021

Online bargain retailer Catch has revealed its Click Frenzy deals for 2020, promising savings of between 50% and 90% off big name brands like Adidas, Bonds, Calvin Klein, Sennheiser and Sony. The deals go live from …

Origin Energy Broadband

Origin Energy reveals plans to attract broadband customers

Posted by July 20th 2021

If you’re an Origin Energy customer who likes the retailer so much you’d also like to buy your broadband from it, now could be a good time. The electricity and gas giant launched its internet services …