The perfect phone for a birder?

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: The perfect phone for a birder?
From: "Peter Marsh" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 18:45:31 +1100
Dear Birders,
Knowing that you will all be at a loose end too full of Christmas pud to be 
able to go out birding let me test your tech savvy by asking what is the 
perfect phone for a birder?

I appreciate that the question goes a bit further than the phone. There is also 
the carrier and software to consider. Therefor the answer that I am looking at 
will necessarily cover these issues.

What I know I want in a phone are the following features :-
  1.. As great a coverage within Australia as is possible
  2.. As much international coverage as is possible
  3.. GPS coverage whether within coverage are or not
  4.. Access to detailed maps of Australian rural areas when out of coverage
  5.. MP3 player to hold 500+ bird calls
  6.. Sound recording capability ideally with the capacity to use an external 
Possible other wants are :-
  1.. ability to load bird recording software
What else should I want in a phone?

So, what handset do I need, Who should my carrier be, what maps do I want, what 
other software etc, etc.

Hope responding to this RFI will fill in your post Christmas birding lull!

Oh, and may the new year bring many birds into your life.

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