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You can check your Opal card balance on a phone. #Myki? Don’t hold your breath.

Outside Australia, numerous public transport smartcard systems have apps that let you instantly check the balance of a card using a phone that uses Near Field Communication (NFC). Most such phones are Android, but the Apple iPhone 6 and later also has it. Because the "master record" for this data is kept on the card itself, only checking via NFC can guarantee details that are completely up t

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Sydney’s Opal card

(Backdated. Posted 14/11/2014.) During the Sydney trip I tried out Opal card, and M got one as well to try. It's worth remembering that although the system is provided by Cubic, who built London's Oyster system, its cost is not insubstantial -- $1.2 billion over 15 years. It's not quite as expensive, but is in the ballpark as Myki ($1.5 billion over ten years). Obtaining and topping u

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My smartcard collection – I’ll report on Opal soon!

Here is my collection of Australian public transport smartcards. The ones I'm missing are Adelaide, Canberra and Tasmania -- all of which have been introduced since my last visits there. Notably Perth's SmartRider is the only card that is blank on the back, which is why the card number (which I've blacked-out) is on the front. Some friends and family have also given me cards from over