Last week Mrs Hornet and self spent a week with some good friends in Bingara, about 160kms north-west of Tamworth, up where, as dad used to say, the flies fly backwards to keep the dust out of their eyes. A good time was had by all, except we were functionally uncontactable as Vodafone's coverage coughs out about 10 kays out of Tamworth and never returns. Monday-Tuesday this week, RC and myself went north to Port Macquarie, up the Oxley and down again, and then down the coast to home. Once again, despite being in much more populated areas for the whole 1,400-odd kms, Vodafone's coverage was woeful. You can't be uncontactable on the road, nor can you be unable to MAKE contact, so yesterday I went to the local (wait for it.....) Telstra shop, and bought a $99 pre-paid mobile with $30 worth of credit. I took the Long Life option; 6 months to use your available credit, plus, if you top up before expiry of the credit, you roll over your balance. Seems like a good option. Sitting in my local coffee shop this morning, I had two weak bars of service on the Omnia with Vodafone and full signal on the other Samsung with Telstra. When the contract on the Omnia expires, I'll head it some sort of plan with Telstra and keep my number.