6 reasons you need your phone on holiday, and one reason you don’t
These days it’s not uncommon for people to take their mobile with them when they head off on holiday. In fact, 83% of us won’t head off on holiday without it. So what do you do when you’ve got oodles of spare time and the internet at your fingertips?
- Show off your photography skills
Take the perfect photo, looking out over the ocean towards a brilliant red sunset with birds dotted across the horizon, and share it across your channels. Bonus points if you get some boats in there as well.
- Take a break from your partner
Let’s face it, when you go away with your significant other, you’re going to be spending a lot of time together. Sometimes that’s great. Sometimes you need a break. There’s heaps of apps to keep you entertained – check out imgur, NRL/AFL and of course Netflix.
- Make your friends jealous
Did you know 56 per cent of us suffer from holiday FOMO? What better opportunity is there to flaunt your wealth and health than sharing a photo of yourself paddle-boarding at one of Australia’s glorious beaches?
- Stay in touch
It’s always good to let friends and family know that you’ve arrived safe and well, but what about your fur-children? They love a facetime as much as your parents. Try it.
- Find out where to go
Let’s face it, we’re a nation of travellers. It’s almost certain that no matter where you are, someone you know will have already been there. So, if you find yourself at a loose end, put the call out to your networks and find those hidden gems.
- Kill time
We may have a reputation for long, sun-filled days but we all know that’s not always the case. Sometimes, the rain comes and you’re stuck inside. If board games are boring you, pull out the smart phone and engage in a friendly/competitive round of trivia.
- Keep an eye on work
It’s so easy to pop online to check your emails and answer a few questions – we all like to feel that the office falls over when we’re not around. It’s time to let go of those trust issues and put your faith in your delegate. If this is you, leave the phone at home – you can’t be trusted.
How are we keeping you connected?
Every year this growing reliance on devices leads to more and more demand for mobile services on beaches, national parks and camping spots around the country. We know how important it is for people to stay connected so this year we’ve given 125 popular holiday locations around Australia upgraded services or new coverage.
Over 30 holiday hotspots have had investment to improve 3G and 4G capacity, from Torquay in Victoria to Busselton in Western Australia to Hamilton Island in Queensland.
We’ve created 130,000 square kilometres of new mobile coverage as part of the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program, including new or improved coverage in more than 15 holiday destinations.
We’ve also upgraded more than 1,400 destinations across Australia to 4GX in 2017, including more than 82 in holiday hotspots
Here are some of the locations to receive upgrades in 2017
|Capacity||Batemans Bay, Byron Bay, Kiama, Merrimbula, Yamba||Loch Sport, Inverloch, Venus Bay, Wilsons Prom, Portsea, Safety Beach, Sorrento, Queensclif, Ocean Grove, Torquay||Mooloolaba, Cannonvale, Hamilton Island, Twin Waters||Mandurah, Busselton, Dusnborough||Blanchetown, Carrickalinga, Hahndorf, Moonta Bay, Pt Neill, South of Mannum, Yankalilla||St Helens|
|Mobile Black Spot Program||Towamba||Buchan South||Burnett Heads, Boreen point, Mount Alford, Bowenville, Dingo, Forrest Beach, Mount Fox||Windy Harvour, Kalbarri Loop, Rosa Glen, Yallingup East||Sisters Beach, Targa|
|4GX||Coffs Harbour, Jervis Bay, Iluka, Gerroa, Gerrigong, Pambula, Kiama, Moruya, Sussex Inlet||Sassafras, Mornington, Mount Martha, Point Wilson, Newhaven, St Andrew’s Beach, Tootgarook, Bass, Coronet Bay, Cap Schanck, Lakes Entrance, Mt Eliza, Hastings||Green Island, Trinity Beach, Victoria Point, Airlie Beach, Mandalay, Peregian Beach, Eumundi, Marcus Beach, Point Lookout, Cooya Beach, Mossman, Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Rocky Point, Eagle Heights, Miami, Upper Caboolture||Margaret River, Safety Bay, Australind, Cottesloe, Scarborough, North Yunderup, South Yunderup, Rockingham, Shoalwater, Halls Head, Leschenault, Naturaliste, Dawesville, Falcon||North Brighton, Maslin Beach, Pewsey Vale, Port Noarlunga, Seppeltsfield, Seacliff, West Beach, Cape Jervis, Port Elliot, Seaford, Wirrina Cove, Wynn Vale, Oakbank|