You could almost be forgiven for thinking that a mobile phone is all you need to take travelling with you. Not only can you stay in touch with friends and family, but you can check out the weather, update your facebook status, take cool photos and share them instantly.
The reality is that although mobile phone coverage extends to cover where 99 per cent of the Australian population’s live, unfortunately it only covers 25 percent of the Australian landmass *(Australian Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy 18 December 2012).
If you want to check out coverage maps of the three carriers in Australia, you can look at this page: http://www.dbcde.gov.au/mobile_services/mobile_phones
The harsh reality is that Australian mobile phone coverage is poor for travelers. Alternative communication methods must be considered for anyone who ventures off the main highways and into regional and outback Australia.
That is where “Save Our Selves – A guide to getting help in remote areas” comes in. I have tried to explain in this book what communication methods are available to you once you’re beyond the mobile phone safety net. How much they cost and how they work so that you can make an informed decision on which one to purchase.
“Save Our Selves – A guide to getting help in remote areas” also has a handy Emergency Section – for you to print out and keep in your glove box.
I hope you never have need for this information – but if you do – this may just save your life, or the life of someone you care about.