Seven tech tips for music festivals
Soundwave and Future Music Festival are both on this weekend. Personally, I'm pretty excited! Here's a few tech tips to help you get the most of these events!
Turn off iMessage, don't use over-the-top messaging services
Putting tens of thousands of smartphone wielding patrons into one area results in two things: a helluva lot of selfies, and an oversaturated phone network. Mobile service providers such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will often roll out Cells on Wheels (COWs) for these kind of events, but it's not always enough. Even checking your Twitter or Facebook can be challenging at these kinds of events, let alone getting in touch with your friends.
In the past, I've found it much easier to send a regular text message over an iMessage when at a music festival. Text message delivery can still be delayed, but I've had iMessages that took as long as twenty minutes to actually reach the recipient. Not exactly useful when you're trying to meet up. Over-the-top messaging services such as WhatsApp and Viber can have the same kind of problems. This is because messaging through over-the-top services requires more overheads, and isn't point-to-point in the same way a text message is.
Text messages are tiny in size, and don't require your phone also communicate with someone else's servers, so you'll have much better odds of reaching your friends.
iMessage can be disabled in the Message tab of your iPhone's setting menu.