If you live in Sydney, you will be well aware that the NSW Government has begun rolling out the Opal smart card ticketing system, which to date has been quite successful for both the company (who intern operate London’s Oyster card system) and the NSW Government. With the rollout expected to be completed within the first two weeks of April (next month), the NSW Government on Wednesday officially launched new merchandise to complement this – Phone Covers!
On the launch of the new covers, Gladys Berejiklian, Transport Minister for NSW, said
The vast majority of customers use their smartphone when travelling so I am excited a new range of Opal phone covers will mean convenient access to the network will always be within arm’s reach.
The new covers, which are available for the iPhone 5 and 5s as well as the Galaxy S3 and S4 (and we hope the S5 soon) range in price from $9.95 to $14.95 plus postage and handling and are available for purchase through a new website – shop.transportnsw.info.
Users can then select from a selected range of colours which we have below for you. There are options for either a flip case which seems to be made from faux leather or a silicon or plastic cover that just slips over your smartphone with the Opal card slipping in at the rear of the device and cover.
Galaxy S3 Covers
Galaxy S4 Covers
At this stage there’s no word if the range will expand to other Galaxy phones or into other brands, however you can make suggestions or pass on thoughts for new items to be considered for sale for Opal Card users and/or smartphone cases through the website directly. You can also subscribe to keep in the loop for when new products do become available.
Are you an Opal card user? Would you consider buying one of these covers or have you found better alternatives? We would like to hear your thoughts below