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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 movies on Netflix Australia

Posted by May 10th 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 …



AGL vs Origin Compared

AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

Posted by May 5th 2021

We’ve compared Australia’s two biggest energy providers to show you where to find the biggest discounts on your power bills.


Wireless Broadband Guide & Plans

Wireless Broadband Plans & Guide

Posted by May 31st 2021

Home wireless broadband is the mainstream alternative to the NBN – a super-easy, plug and play solution to getting the WiFi on at your place. Simply order a SIM card and modem, and away you …


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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.


Energy plans for renters Compared

What are the best energy plans for renters?

Posted by March 24th 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.


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Origin vs Kleenheat: Natural Gas Cost Comparison

Posted by March 29th 2021

If you live in Western Australia and pay the gas bills for your home, the good news is there has never been more competition for your business. After years of having no choice of gas …


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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 …


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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 …