Indian travellers fear lack of mobile connectivity

By: | Published: July 25, 2016 5:41 PM

Smartphones have become a "must-have", especially when travelling. Some 34.5 per cent of people most dread the lack of their mobile network while travelling

UntitledSmartphones have become a ?must-have?, especially when travelling

Travel has become an intrinsic part of the lives of young Indians. To most people, travel means a vacation, a temporary break, often to some place warm and exotic. While traditionally this has been a time to disconnect and recharge, a new survey by Opera and Wudstay revealed that lack of mobile connectivity is the biggest fear of Indian travellers today.

Smartphones dominated travel

Smartphones have become a “must-have”, especially when travelling. Some 34.5 per cent of people most dread the lack of their mobile network while travelling. Another 6.9 per cent fear high roaming bills, while 7.8 per cent are concerned about losing their smartphones while travelling.

More than 30 per cent of people fear overspending while staying in exorbitant hotels, eating at over-priced restaurants and using cabs. More than 10 per cent of people fear theft while travelling as it is easier for the thieves to spot travellers and trap them.

With smartphone cameras becoming more compelling, people across different age groups like taking pictures with their smartphones. Not surprisingly, 9.5 per cent of people fear taking bad photos.

The social-media bug

The survey showed that 32.8 per cent people use their mobile data for social media posts. People are equally inquisitive, hence 28.4 per cent use their mobile data to look up information about the places they are visiting. Around 16.4 per cent of people use their mobile data to stay connected with their family and friends, whereas 17.2 per cent of people spend their data using GPS while travelling.

Good internet connection

In all, 33.6 per cent of people reported they would sacrifice drinking for an evening to have a good internet connection. Another 28.4 per cent would not use a restroom for six hours to have a good internet connection. Then, there are another 13.8 per cent who would go without eating for an entire day for a lag-free internet connection. Interestingly, 14.7 per cent would give up on showering during their entire vacation to enjoy a great internet connection.

“Technology drives the experience of the modern traveller. This survey has helped us identify what is essential for our customers. We are excited to share these interesting insights”, said Prafulla Mathur, founder and CEO, WudStay.

“As one can see from the findings, internet connectivity is an important prerequisite for travellers. People prefer being connected to the internet in order to share updates when on the move,” added Sunil Kamath, vice president, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Opera.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition