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Late on Sunday, the Commonwealth Bank announced a nice bonus: anyone using their credit card, debit card or mobile phone to pay for trains, ferries or the light rail around Sydney would get the same weekly travel rewards, travel caps and transfer discounts as Opal card users.

In short, if you were paying for your regular train fare with your phone, you were paying a fraction more per trip, and the transport network wouldn't cap your maximum daily, weekly or Sunday fare. From today, that disparity finally ends.

We are one step closer to saying goodbye to Opal cards.

If you're catching the F1 Manly to Circular Quay ferry from today, you can tap on with your Mastercard card or mobile wallet. It's the first time in Australia contactless payments have been enabled on the public transport network.

If a trial planned for next year goes as planned, we could be tapping our bank cards instead of an Opal card to travel on NSW's public transport network.

Mastercard has spoken in support of the plan, stating that Sydney is "the perfect city" to lead the charge for transit contactless technology in Australia, stating "this will also make Sydney more appealing to international visitors and help boost local tourism," Mastercard said in a statement.

So you've just received your shiny new Opal card, granting you access to NSW's fancy electronic ticketing system. You shove the card into your regular wallet or purse... but something's not right. It's simply not stylish or convenient enough! Whatever shall you do to escape this quandary of practical fashion? NSW Transport, fortunately, has the answer -- an Opal smart wallet you can stick on the back of your phone.

This is just a stone. Not a photo of a stone with a Hubble Space Telescope image pasted over it. Not a hologram made inside some piece of glass. Not a portal to another dimension. Just a stone. It's like some spacetime wizard captured a piece of the universe and trapped it inside.

Just as Transport NSW promised last year, the Opal card project is moving along at a rapid clip. As of today, Opal card readers have been installed in 120 train stations around the Sydney metropolitan network; the most recent rollout means the tap-on, tap-off system now extends from Casula in the south, to Wyong in the north, to Richmond and Emu Plains out west.

The Touch-like HTC Opal we saw renderings of earlier this week looks like it definitely exists, according to these leaked shots. Yeah, if you're having a hard time seeing a difference from the original Touch, so are we. We saw some specs too that indicate it's very similar (still no 3G, same processor), but here it is, in the wild. The Touch HD we saw definitely still holds the title of HTC leak-of-the-week, though, and if anything's going to be a true successor to the original Touch, it's that, not the Opal. Another shot post-jump.

We've already seen phones like the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, but according to some legit-looking internal documentation, the HTC Opal is the official sequel to the original HTC Touch. Word has it that the Opal will ship with the 3D TouchFLO interface we've seen in the latest HTC products (which makes sense), but unfortunately, the spec sheet dated from July shows that the Opal still lacks 3G and features the same 200MHz processor as its predecessor.