Indigo colouring Glenreagh happy
UNRELIABLE mobile phone coverage was once a fact of life for Glenreagh locals, but through a new handheld phone that's hit the market in town residents can expect better connections.
The Australia Post Office at Glenreagh has engaged Indigo Telecom to offer residents a phone that won't drop out.
"To a city slicker it may sound absurd that in a country as advanced as ours, more than a million Australians haven't previously had reliable access to a mobile phone network," Indigo Telecom CEO David Ruddiman said.
"It has been wonderful to work with Australia Post and observe the difference our phones can make in the lives of farmers, truckies, health workers and local businesses."
The local post office will stock the company's dual mode phones.
Looking like any other handheld handset it is blue tooth enabled, provides internet access and has GPS capabilities.
The big difference is that it offers improved coverage by first connecting to the GSM network, but when it hits a black spot, the phone allows users to roam onto satellite.
It is well known that Glenreagh experiences mobile phone difficulties even in the middle of town.
The region is supported by a range of industries, including timber milling, so the option of reliable communications has been welcomed.
"The Indigo Telecom phones use technology in a different way to what most people are used to and they allow our customers to access high quality mobile coverage whether they are in the middle of the outback or the heart of the city," Australia Post's NSW regional manager Stephen Price said