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Mind Your Mobile Manners
Individuals should use their mobile phones in a responsible manner and to be considerate and aware of situations where using their mobile phone might annoy others.
The mobiles industry wants as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of mobile telecommunications. There are more than a Billion mobile phone subscribers world wide.
If you were never taught mobile manners, like you were taught table manners is no excuse doing stuff that's not pleasing. Read these tips on mobile manners to be goody over cell phones to not make them hellphones.
Last Updated - 8th October 2005
Mobile Etiquette Tips
- When possible go outside or to another room to make your call if your call might disturb others. Also, features such as text messaging answering services, call diversion and vibration alert can be used to receive important calls without disturbing others.
- If you need to keep your phone on for important calls, then turn it to silent or vibrate mode. Its the ring of a mobile phone in inappropriate places and times such as at the tennis or in restaurants which annoys people the most.
- There are some places where people should never talk on a mobile phone or send text messages and where the ringing of a mobile phone or message alert is considered highly unacceptable, such as: movies, stage shows, weddings, funerals, concerts, speeches, classrooms and lectures. In these cases, turn your phone off and remember to check its off before you enter the venue. You can always check your voice mail, text messages or your answering service afterwards.
- Peoples sense of personal space varies in each situation. Making a call in a busy pub may be okay, but talking loudly in a confined space like a lift or on a train tends to infringe on others personal space. Be aware of where you are and who you are with and what others are doing before deciding to make or accept a call. In some situations it might be better to send a text message.
- Mobile phones have very sensitive microphones that can pick even the softest voice, so there is no need to shout. If you are having trouble hearing the other caller, check that you have the volume on your phone set high enough.
- Its a natural reflex to answer your phone if it rings, however, if you forget to put your phone on silent or vibrate mode and it rings at an inappropriate moment, send the call to voice mail or your answering service (usually by pressing the hang-up key).
- If you receive a call during a conversation, send the call to your voice mail or answering service. Your first priority should be to the person you are with. However, if you are expecting an important call let the person youre with know before the call arrives and excuse yourself before accepting the call.
- Messaging is a great way to communicate, but dont send offensive or threatening text, voice, picture or any other sort of message, because it is a criminal offense to use a mobile phone to menace or harass someone. Also receivers can save messages and easily identify you as the sender.
- In-phone cameras should not t be used anywhere a normal camera would be considered inappropriate, such as in change rooms or toilets. You should ask for permission before you take someones picture. Also bear in mind that some venues do not allow the use of cameras and may refuse entry to anyone with one.
- Wherever conversations are normally acceptable, venues can help by asking people to turn their phones to silent or vibrate mode rather than turning it off. This approach will help with compliance, especially for people who need their phone for important calls. Venues can also assist by reminding people to set their phones to silent mode, before they enter.
- Restrict both the length and the number of calls.
- Don't hold the phone in your hand. Put it in your pocket or use a belt-case
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