Business

Miners bridge the gap

Miners working on site are opting to use Skype, which involves instant messaging through video link-ups, to communicate with their loved ones.
Miners working on site are opting to use Skype, which involves instant messaging through video link-ups, to communicate with their loved ones. Tony Martin

YOU can now send sounds, images and text messages with a device that fits neatly into the palm of your hand.

Well you can so long as you have adequate signal.

But according to an Indigo Telecom survey, 72% of Australia's landmass is lacking standard mobile network coverage.

The communication company has vowed to increase coverage to 100% of Australia but in the meantime people working in regional areas are using other forms of technology to communicate.

For Airlie Beach miner Matthew Mudge, Skype is the best way to keep in touch with his girlfriend as his personal mobile phone doesn't receive signal when he is on site.

"I'm with Optus but I don't get signal when I am out at camp," Mr Mudge said.

"I just prefer Skype.

"It means I can show her my room and what I am eating for dinner... and she can show me what she has been doing around the house.

"It's nice to still have that face-to-face contact."

Skype is a relatively new form of communication, having being developed in 2003.

It involves instant messaging through video link-ups.

One of the benefits of using Skype is that most of its services are free.

Mr Mudge, who has been with his girlfriend for four years, said living away from home hadn't put too much strain on their relationship.

He grew up in Airlie Beach and said to stay in touch with the rest of his family he would use more traditional methods, like phoning.

"I have bought another phone for when I am at work... we get signal with Telstra," Mr Mudge said.

"It's not difficult at all; I'll call home every now and then on my work phone."

Despite owning two phones, Mr Mudge said he didn't notice his phone bill jump when he started working away from home.

"I just made sure that I was on a good plan, which included free texts and calls," he said.

Topics:  mining mobile phones optus skype sms telecommunications



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Reggae group is ready to do battle

READY TO REGGAE: Jarulah Slabb is getting ready to compete in the upcoming Tweed Battle of the Bands competition.

Tweed Battle of the Bands 2017

NSW Blues all smiles after Murwillumbah visit

Blues star James Maloney was pumped by a community visit to Murwillumbah on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"We can have a significant effect on people”

Siege inquest: Police took too long to act after shooting

DAY THAT SHOCKED THE NATION: A panicked hostage runs to tactical response officers after escaping from the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney.

The coroner is handing down his findings into the Lindt Cafe siege.

Local Partners

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Reggae group is ready to do battle

READY TO REGGAE: Jarulah Slabb is getting ready to compete in the upcoming Tweed Battle of the Bands competition.

Tweed Battle of the Bands 2017

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!