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My Phone: With Brad Battin

Tech and Innovation

Posted on May 14, 2012

3 min read

Brad Battin is a former policeman and Bakers Delight franchisee who now represents the area of Gembrook in the Victorian State Parliament.

Brad was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Telstra Exchange about his phone, his favourite apps and a secret appreciation for teen heart throb Justin Bieber (not sure if any polling has been done on that issue, very divisive).

Firstly, tell us about the type of phone you have. Why did you choose it?

I have an Apple iPhone 4s. I Tried the Blackberry and Samsung, but I find the iPhone easier to navigate. It can also sync with my iPad and my wife’s phone via iCloud.

Can you remember your first mobile?

Sure can, it was an old 018 number. During the digital change they added the number four, I changed phone number for first time in this role. I Miss my old number.

If your phone has a music player, what are we likely to find in your library?

I have a massive mix, some for walking, some for running and some for relaxing. I have Adele, Billy Idol, Bruno Mars, Eagles, Rocky soundtrack (to listen to prior to entering Parliament), Green Day, Pink, Robbie Williams and my secret tracks from Justin Bieber.

Which apps do you have and use? Are there any that you would recommend?

I use the Foxtel App to record shows when not home, weather apps, PTV (Public Transport Victoria) to arrange my train travel, Geelong Cats to keep me up to date with the club but my favorite app is Tripit, an app to arrange your travel itinerary. The app is very smart and helps with planning. We used it to its full ability on a recent trip to Japan and completed all of the meeting, travel and accommodation details on the app.

How does your phone help you in your career/industry?

A phone is essential in Parliament, I can keep up emails, phone calls, texts and calendars. Communication with my office and constituents can take time, having the iPhone on the run makes this much easier.

During a sitting week there are many hours when you can’t sit at a desk but having an iPhone I can sit anywhere and read emails that are awaiting a reply. I would struggle without it.

Having been involved in many community activities I need to be able to communicate and quickly review items, or look up further information that may assist in a meeting etc.  The iPhone has the ability to search the Internet at the touch of a button.  This is very handy and using Telstra, most of the areas I travel have enough coverage to search Google for more information.

For more information, you can visit Brad’s website or keep up with him on Twitter

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Telstra.

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