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Man in the remote Australian Outback probably got his iPhone 7 before you

He's the talk of the town.

Feb 28, 2020, 11:50 pm*

Internet Culture


David Britton

The Australian Outback is one of the most remote, inhospitable regions on earth, yet people still manage to live and even thrive in its harsh environment. 

And what helps us all live and thrive in our respective environments? That’s right, our phones. The perfect tool for watching videos, messaging friends, and looking up which venomous snake just bit you.

The deadly Eastern Brown Snake

The deadly Eastern Brown Snake

Peter Woodard/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

One man who lives in the Outback just got a major technological upgrade, when he traded in his old flip phone for the new iPhone 7, making him the only man in town to own one. Of course, only four people live in the town, so everyone will probably get a chance to try it out.

Les Pilton is the proprietor of a pub in the town of Barrow Creek, the only stop for more than 300 miles on an otherwise deserted stretch of road. Getting him his new phone was a bit of challenge, but, as you can see in this video, mobile carrier Telstra went out of their way to hand deliver it.

Pilton says the new phone will help him run his business by allowing him to keep track of his online orders and sent emails. He also plans to use it to take pictures of the Outback’s amazing sunsets.

“It’s a major step for me and will drag me kicking and screaming into the 21st century,” he said in an emailed statement, via Mashable. “Living in Barrow Creek, a remote locality, your business means you need to live here, and the iPhone 7 will certainly help me maintain the memories of the great sunsets and taking photographs of the area. I’m looking forward to taking shots of sunsets for the next year.” 

Hopefully, Pilton will be posting those shots somewhere online, as the rest of us look forward to seeing them.

H/T Mashable 

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*First Published: Sep 16, 2016, 1:48 pm