The pace of change for internet connectivity and developments like finally getting an affordable connection under the English Channel is to be welcomed, but all of us who travel need to learn the new 21st Century etiquette needed to avoid being that annoying person who is shouting into their phone.
We have all been there - seen a new mobile phone model and been convinced that it is the answer to all our problems and that we will never need to upgrade again. While 4G does promise a lot, it is worth stepping back and taking a more realistic view.
If 3G were to cut out completely I wonder how teenagers would communicate? After all without free WI-FI that group of teenagers I saw would have just been sat on a bench, not talking to each other. Oh the joy.
Most people never go anywhere without their mobile these days and there even exists a name for those who experience anxiety when they are without their phone: nomophobia. What's more, O2 claim mobile usage abroad is growing by 100% each year.
Derek McManus, CTO of O2 UK said that: "watching a YouTube video on a smartphone uses the same capacity on the network as sending 500,000 text messages simultaneously." 4G networks are being designed to accommodate this demand.