In Sunday’s Mail, Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said there was an overwhelming case for more mobile phone coverage in remote parts of not just the EP, but all of South Australia.
Mr Ramsey said that most locals know where they can get coverage and where they can’t, and cater accordingly with satellite phones.
However, as things slowly start to return to some kind of normality, one group of people who aren’t locals were overlooked by most people when examining mobile coverage.
After all, not all tourists travel to the tourist hotspots like Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay.
There is a considerable tourist economy in more isolated towns such as Kimba, Cleve and Wudinna.
But get just out of town and the phone coverage disappears pretty quick.
I can personally vouch for this, as it’s futile trying to catch up by phone with friends when doing the Cleve to Kimba route and back, and I’m with one of the two big carriers.
And given how much people rely on their phones these days, isn’t it a necessity for towns reliant on tourism to have improved mobile coverage?
As Rowan said, not many people travel with maps or street directories any more.
But some do.
My mum has no issue using google maps for the most part.
But as far as my old man is concerned, to google means to steal a look at a lady… and I’m still trying to figure out when the ‘go’ was added to that activity.
Needless to say, he has a few street directories and maps in his car.
So, while Rowan is right to say we need more mobile coverage for tourists, what about you?
Do you use google maps religiously? Or do you prefer the trusty old directory or map?
Let us know on our Facebook poll.