Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. to start living Down Under?

Steve Wozniak may be the co-founder of Apple and an early adopter of many tech gadgets, but he claims that he doesn't even have broadband access in his home in California. In an interview with an Australian website today, Wozniak says he wants to become a citizen of that country so he can use their planned broadband network.

The Australian Financial Review site claims that, according to Wozniak, the process of him becoming a resident Down Under has already begun, but that it looks like he can still keep his US citizenship as well. He added, "I intend to call myself an Australian and feel an Australian, and study the history and become as much of a real citizen here as I can."

It's all due to Australia's plans to launch a national fiber-based broadband network, which it hopes to complete by 2021. Wozniak says, "It’s one of the reasons why I actually like this country and want to become a citizen. I live in a country where we don’t have any regulation of telecommunications."

In his California home, Wozniak says that he doesn't have broadband access, claiming, "There’s only one set of wires to be on and I’m not going to pull strings to get them to do something special for me."

Wozniak was in Australia last week for the launch of the iPhone 5. He was in line at the Apple Store in Brisbane on Friday where some of the first iPhone 5 devices in the world were sold.

Source: Australian Financial Review | Image via Australian Financial Review

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A lot of people still think that Australia was settled by English criminals and that this explains the makeup of their "national DNA". This is a disgraceful slur.

The truth is Australia was settled by the slow English criminals who got caught. This explains their national DNA much better. They're not the brightest people on earth.

Now Woz wants to be the Woz from Oz. He'll fit right in.

Seems like A LOT of effort just to get internet at home. Becoming a citizen of another country and moving there compared to, just, I dunno, calling Comcast or whoever services his area.

if he wants he can come to Portugal, we have a nice broadband network, if you have 250€ to spare a month you can have 1Gb symmetrical with a redundancy of 10Mbps just in case.

We might not let him in! Seems our country is only interested in letting in people who want to come and bludge of the ****ing Government.

And Kiwis. Too many Kiwis!!

Nashy said,
We might not let him in! Seems our country is only interested in letting in people who want to come and bludge of the ****ing Government.

And Kiwis. Too many Kiwis!!

He just needs to come in a leaky boat, he'll get in no problem

I'm Aussie and I had to laugh with him thinking our telecommunication being regulated! we are dominated by one telco and they pretty much dictate the rules here (although it is getting better in recent years) and the NBN almost got canned because of them...he is making a huge mistake coming here, better off in the states I reckon.

Nashy said,
We might not let him in! Seems our country is only interested in letting in people who want to come and bludge of the ****ing Government.

And Kiwis. Too many Kiwis!!

You mean like the English?

Nashy said,

Rnglish skilled workers struggle to get here. The Sudanese don't though.

Oh. How about the unskilled ones who came to Australia as criminals in chains?

StevenJ said,

Oh. How about the unskilled ones who came to Australia as criminals in chains?

Oh yeah. What about them again?

I'm sorry, I appreciate the guy's contributions to our society (a bazillion times more than Jobs' pithy ideas readily lifted from others), but he seems to imply the entire reason for ditching his home country just because he believes Australia will regulate their telecommunications industry better?

That seems about as ironic as someone born and bred here in the US deciding to take citizenship in Great Britain because America taxes them too much.

<hint: Boston, a tea party, taxation, England a few hundred years back, Pilgrims, all that sort of stuff>

This cannot be the ONLY reason he's making a switch of a different kind...

br0adband said,
I'm sorry, I appreciate the guy's contributions to our society (a bazillion times more than Jobs' pithy ideas readily lifted from others), but he seems to imply the entire reason for ditching his home country just because he believes Australia will regulate their telecommunications industry better?

That seems about as ironic as someone born and bred here in the US deciding to take citizenship in Great Britain because America taxes them too much.

<hint: Boston, a tea party, taxation, England a few hundred years back, Pilgrims, all that sort of stuff>

This cannot be the ONLY reason he's making a switch of a different kind...

I guess another reason could be that America is burning slowly and he's just too full to roast a hotdog in the fire. Me, I'm stocking up on buns and buying a new lawnchair. I'm watching this show in style. Damn, gotta get some beer too...

Hey, if I had gazillions of dollars and could live happily as a tech enthusiast, I'd probably live somewhere else, too.

trip21 said,
He should enjoy paying 150% to 200% more for all tech purchases he makes!

If I was worth a few dozens or hundreds of millions...I doubt i'd be worried if my PC cost $2000 instead of $1000. You'd make the difference back in days just on the interest in your bank account.

technikal said,

If I was worth a few dozens or hundreds of millions...I doubt i'd be worried if my PC cost $2000 instead of $1000. You'd make the difference back in days just on the interest in your bank account.

True however rich people don't stay rich by ****ing their money away unwisely sometimes you can't help it or need to treat yourself of course.

I'm sure a guy with his weath can afford to have a dedicated circuit installed to his house... or an ATM circuit, a fiber line or something else, or even pay a cable company to extend their plant to his house...

Tuishimi said,
Has he changed his name as well? "Wozinak was in Australia", "Steve Wozinak may be the co-founder of Apple"...

The article must of been written in a hurry. They didn't bother to check how many Apple stores there are in Brisbane either.

I find Aussies to be the laggest people in the world. They need to fix their underwater network system fast or imma keep rage quitting.

ShareShiz said,
I find Aussies to be the laggest people in the world. They need to fix their underwater network system fast or imma keep rage quitting.

On behalf of all Aussies can I please say WTF?

He wants to use the NBN? He will be waiting awhile with the way the rollout is going so far -_-

Apparently he wants to live in Melb tho... Hope he likes 5 seasons a day >_<

He should come to Sydney, much better ;-)

brent3000 said,
He wants to use the NBN? He will be waiting awhile with the way the rollout is going so far -_-

Apparently he wants to live in Melb tho... Hope he likes 5 seasons a day >_<

He should come to Sydney, much better ;-)

Nah. Melbourne is much better. I was back there, for the first time in six years, last Christmas and it had changed so much. For the first time, I could actually see myself living there for an extended period.

He doesnt have broadband access in his home? He probably has a huge mansion that is out in the middle of nowhere.

...which is cool. I wish I had a mansion in the middle of nowhere. (._.)

MidTxWRX said,
He doesnt have broadband access in his home? He probably has a huge mansion that is out in the middle of nowhere.

...which is cool. I wish I had a mansion in the middle of nowhere. (._.)

I love the middle of nowhere.

lamebo said,
first world problems lol

hahaha yea.
Where I live having electricity 24/7 is a big luxury and I am talking about the freakin Capital of my country.

Fus10n said,
I actually like this guy..

Same, he was the real back end that made apple great. Steve was a polished store front who knew what would sell and "the woz" made the tech work.

He should come to NZ though