LonnehartA lot of people didn't bother with TVs just because they didn't like them Lonne. Plus TVs were always fairly expensive in Australia.
Okay… I'm starting to wonder how old you really are, Cartoon Professor. Or maybe television simply arrived later in your area.
LonnehartNot generally. Cartoon-professor wasn't talking about the desert I think, probably the forrested bush. Phone towers on the big hills mean the signals have a wide coverage.
And your cell phones can reach far into the desert???
In the true desert in Australia you're limited to long range CDMA phones if you're not tooo far from a population centre, or true satellite phones if you are. -That's what the mining companies and surveyors rely on.
Satellite phones are bulky… funnily enough that's for sort of the same reason as why older phones were so large: it wasn't because they were crude and simple or that they couldn't miniaturise the tech necessarily… The biggest reasons for the size was that there just weren't the phone towers about to give a good signal so they had to be more robust and powerful to get good reception and transmit.
That required a LOT more power so their batteries had to be a lot bigger. Most of the weight was the battery, that sometimes had to be carried separately.
-Batteries also couldn't store as much charge for as long and components drew a little more power generally.