iOS: There's no shortage of GPS apps for the iPhone, but most come with hefty price tags attached. Telstra's Whereis app is an unusual exception: it offers turn-by-turn directions for Australians, and it's completely free.
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Telstra has upgraded its Whereis maps site, and it's no surprise that it now resembles Google Maps more closely. Added information in this version includes more about speed limits, traffic lights, and expanded rural coverage. While the new site looks good, the real test comes with how well the maps work in transit. If you've had experience of the new Whereis, share it in the comments. Whereis
Telstra's Whereis map service has added information on 300 Australian beaches from Surf Life Saving Australia, including whether the beach is patrolled and an overall safety rating. The data can be accessed via Whereis-based GPS systems, or on the Whereis site — though the navigation to find individual beaches from the master list is pretty awkward. Despite that minor glitch, it's potentially useful information when you're planning summer beach trips. Whereis