Holidays in the sun turn technical

Workaholic Brits now class their laptops as an essential item to take on holiday, according to new research.

It seems as many as 83 per cent of Brits are packing a laptop alongside their suntan cream and flip-flops, with 38 per cent admitting that they check work emails at least once during a seven-day break in the sun.

Sending postcards could be a thing of the past with people now preferring to keep in touch with friends and family back home more regularly – 73 per cent of respondents said they take a break from sunbathing at least once a day to keep their loved ones up-to-date.

The study, which quizzed more than 1,800 people, was undertaken by BT and Yahoo! to understand the effect online communication has on Brits when abroad. The two companies have joined forces to create a software package to keep people in touch around the world – BT Communicator with Yahoo! Messenger.

The free download service allows users to make phone calls, see when their friends are online and use a webcam on their PC. The service also offers instant messaging and email as part of the package.

BT group managing director, Gavin Patterson, said that ‘BT Communicator with Yahoo! Messenger makes staying in touch easier and opens up great new opportunities, such as downloading holiday snaps or sharing your holiday experiences with your loved ones as they happen’.

The results from the survey will be good news for the joint venture, with 67 per cent of holidaymakers downloading photos to their laptop while on holiday.

However, unsurprisingly many Brits take their laptops away with them for far more practical reasons, such as instant access to online banking services.

Those with contacts dotted around the globe may like to know that BT is also offering free calls to Australia, as well as reduced calls to 35 other destinations, when using BT Communicator.

You can find out more about BT Communicator with Yahoo! Messenger and download the software at www.bt.com/btcommunicator.

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