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Sydney - Communications (Telephone, Internet, TV, Post)


Telephone

All standard phone numbers in Australia have eight figures. Different Australian states have different local area codes. In Sydney (NSW), the local area code is 02. The same area code applies for Camberra (ACT). In Brisbane and Cairns (Queensland), the code is 07. In Hobart (Tasmania) and Melbourne (Victoria), the code is 03. For Western Australia (e.g. Perth), Northern Territories (e.g. Darwin) and South Australia (e.g. Adelaide), the code is 08. Mobile phone numbers begin with the number 04. For directory assistance in Sydney, dial 1223.

The mobile phone service providers include Optus, Orange, Three, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, and Telstra (former government-run teleco). Most telcos come with a contract period (1 or 2 years), so expatriates on a shorter-term stay prefer a pre-paid card package. For landlines, Optus and Telstra are more popular.

Internet

Internet Service Providers – at least 15 internet service providers http://www.searchsydney.net/Internet-Services/index.html. Despite the fact there are several internet service providers, internet connection can be expensive. Wireless connections are not common in public areas.

Television

Without cable TV, there are about five free to air channels – ABC is the main news channel. Occasionally, some BBC content is available on ABC. Try SBS for international TV programs (foreign films) and international news from Asia (Hong Kong, Jakarta, Beijing) and Europe (Paris, Berlin, Athens, Moscow, Madrid). Some euro-centric sports are also covered. Channels Seven, Ten and Nine are a mix of American TV and Australian reality shows (e.g. Bondi Rescue – about lifeguards at Bondi Beach). Expect many commercials. For the Australian TV guide, go to www.ebroadcast.com.au.

The main provider of cable television is Foxtel. Ongoing monthly packages start at AUD$40. Call 1300 785 622 to subscribe.

Postal Services

Australia Post is the company that handles all postal services. You can search for the nearest post office using their Post Office and Street Posting Box locator service available on their website. Post offices are usually open Mondays through Fridays, 9am to 5pm.


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