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Tara Donnelly

Tara Donnelly Tara Donnelly is Canstar Blue’s Telco Editor and an expert in mobile, broadband, and consumer technology. Having spent years reporting on the telco space in Australia, the US and Canada, she’s covered countless phone launches and industry changes, including the worldwide rise of 4G and 5G and Australia’s ongoing NBN rollout. With a background in retail banking as well as digital media, Tara is passionate about simplifying often complex subjects in order to help consumers stay informed, connected, and confident about technology. When she’s not talking telco, Tara also contributes to Canstar Blue’s streaming and pay TV content, and is always looking for binge-watching recommendations.


Telstra Prepaid Phone Plans

Telstra Prepaid Phone Plans

Posted by January 22nd 2021

Prepaid phone plans aren't what they used to be. Most telcos that offer prepaid phone plans know that customers want the same generous inclusions that are commonly available on postpaid plans, but with the flexibility of …


Telstra NBN Plans & Prices Compared

Posted by January 22nd 2021

As Australia’s largest telco, Telstra offers some of the most popular and feature-packed NBN plans in the market. Telstra was one of the first big service providers to be more upfront about realistic NBN speed expectations, and …


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What are the best phone plan deals?

Posted by January 22nd 2021

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.




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Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra: specs, features, and prices

Posted by January 20th 2021

The first hot smartphones of 2021 are finally official, with Samsung confirming its Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra devices are coming to Australian shores ASAP. Featuring an eye-catching new design, professional grade …


How to switch NBN plans

Posted by January 13th 2021

The looming completion of the NBN rollout means more Australians are eligible to get connected, or are simply ready to find a better NBN deal. But with so many plans on offer (and plenty of controversy still …


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Vodafone’s 5G Network Explained

Posted by January 12th 2021

Despite the late start - at least compared to fellow 'big three' telcos Telstra and Optus - Vodafone's 5G mobile network rollout is underway, with coverage available now in selected suburbs. And while Vodafone still has …


Internet Deals Compared

What are the best internet deals?

Posted by January 11th 2021

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


Best Value Phone Plans

Expert Picks: Best Phone Plans (January 2021)

Posted by January 13th 2021

When it's time to upgrade to a new smartphone, buying on a telco plan is a simple way to spread out your payments and avoid dropping hundreds on a device upfront. But with more providers …