You don’t realise how dependent on technology you are until you have to manage without it! I’d planned a week away at the Lake District, to do some walking. I’d toyed with the idea of taking a laptop to use with my mobile broadband (on Three) – that was until I’d checked the coverage. The online coverage checker suggested that I’d get a 2G signal so I wouldn’t be able to use the internet. My Nokia N95 (also on Three) can use a 2G signal so I decided I’d make to with that. When I arrived at Troutbeck in the Lakes I found out that I had no signal, the nearest place to get a 2G signal was a 30 minute walk up a steep hill.
- I couldn’t read my emails (have you tried using Google mail in the middle of nowhere on a GPRS connection?)
- I couldn’t follow my RSS feeds of blogs/tech news
- No web surfing
- No chance to use Twitter
- Uploads through Shozu from my N95 took an age to upload to Flickr
- Podcasts had to be grabbed while I did the shopping at the local supermarket (the only place I got a 3G connection)