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.

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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.

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Posted by March 4th 2021

Keep up to date with new electricity plans, rates and discounts with Canstar Blue. We compare energy prices across NSW, QLD, VIC and SA.

Best Watching on Stan

The best TV shows and movies on Stan

Posted by February 8th 2021

Are you stuck for something to watch on Stan? Here is our pick of the best TV shows and movies on Stan in 2017.

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The best movies on Netflix Australia

Posted by February 8th 2021

There’s never been a better time to chill out on the couch and put on a great movie. People are ditching traditional free-to-air TV and cinema, instead staying at home both to save a buck …

Average Electricity Bill

What is the average electricity bill?

Posted by February 15th 2021

Sometimes it’s good to be average. If you’re wondering how your electricity bills compare to other customers, Canstar Blue has the answers for you.

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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 …

Electricity Reference Price Guide

What is the Reference Price for Energy?

Posted by February 16th 2021

If you’ve heard or read about a new ‘reference price’ for energy but don’t understand what it’s all about, Canstar Blue has your back.

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Fixed Rate Energy Plans Explained

Posted by March 1st 2021

What is a fixed rate energy plan? Find out everything you need to know about fixed charge plans at Canstar Blue.