If you feel I’m a slave to my iPhone, think again. Australians are attached to their smartphone and the iPhone is very popular. Of course the Aussies don’t have to buy the iPhone straight out as we Belgians do. They get a contract and they pay it off every month, together with the telephone and internet service.
So the Aussies are on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare a lot. Using Foursquare can be profitable, as checking in at shops and restaurants can get you discounts.
Anno 2011 you really need a smartphone in Australia. You’ll be happy to be able to use the gps app. And it will get you on Grindr.
Getting a local sim card isn’t that expensive. I got the dollar days deal at Optus. Optus is the challenger of Telstra, the main provider. Telstra will get you better coverage, but is more expensive. I paid $3 per day and weekend were often free. That’s €2 per day to send texts, call and mobile internet.
I also recommend to make some friends before you go. Go on Twitter or on travellers sites (e.g. couchsurfing.com) and make contact.
Mobile boarding pass
I also saw people boarding domestic flights with an electronic boarding pass, on their phone. No need to print tons of confirmations. Just show the mail or give your last name. So practical!
Just make sure to charge your battery when you get the opportunity.