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Tara Donnelly

Tara Donnelly Tara Donnelly is Canstar Blue’s Telco Editor and resident consumer tech expert. Covering all things phone and internet, Tara is passionate about helping consumers better-navigate their telco options and shining a light on the next best deals, from SIM-only phone plans to the fastest NBN offers.


Optus takes on Telstra with free Apple Music offer

Posted by July 22nd 2019

Optus has added a new perk to its already value-packed mobile plans: a free six or 12-month subscription to Apple Music. The telco announced today that it will throw in an exclusive Apple Music trial offer with eligible …


What phones can I use with 5G in Australia?

Posted by July 22nd 2019

5G is officially live in Australia - albeit it in very limited areas. Telstra's 5G network has been switched on in selected locations in all major cities, while Optus has began offering its own 5G home …



mobile phone plan deals

What are the best phone plan deals?

Posted by July 19th 2019

If you’re shopping around for a new mobile phone plan, keep an eye out for these deals. Compare phone plan deals with Canstar Blue.


Internet Deals Compared

What are the best internet deals?

Posted by July 16th 2019

Compare internet deals from providers such as Belong, SpinTel, Amaysim, MyRepublic, AusBBS, MATE, Barefoot and Telstra with Canstar Blue.


5G phones

Where and when can I get 5G in Australia?

Posted by July 19th 2019

2019 is likely to be the year of 5G in Australia (and around the world). The next-generation mobile technology promises fast data speeds, more reliable connections, and a brave new world of 'inter-connectedness' that has …


iPhone Plans

Telstra iPhone Plans & Prices

Posted by June 28th 2019

As Australia’s largest telco, Telstra unsurprisingly has many iPhone plans. Telstra is also king for extra perks, often throwing in bonuses like Foxtel subscriptions, Apple Music memberships, data-free music streaming and data-free sports streaming. Read …



Mobile Phone Leasing

Should I lease a mobile phone?

Posted by July 2nd 2019

Providers like Optus, Telstra, Vodafone & Virgin Mobile allow you to ‘lease’ a mobile phone plan. Found out if it’s worth it at Canstar Blue.


Optus iPhone XS Max phone plans

Posted by July 17th 2019

Optus is one of three telcos to offer iPhone XS Max plans, and there's lots to get excited about. The telco offers all three model sizes with a variety of plans, and — like Telstra …