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Mobile Cell Phone Ethics or Etiquette


Cell Phone Ethics or Etiquette

I wrote this hub page over three years ago. I thought it needed a reboot, especially now.

The cell phone has virtually replaced the home phone. You see people out in public using their cell phones everywhere. Cell phones have almost become that indispensable item that we can not live without in our society today.

Cell phones have become the techno gizmo gadgets of the 21st century , and will definitely be the gizmo gadgets of the 22nd century too. I have almost everything in my cell phone that I could find on a home based computer or laptop.

Granted, I do not know what I would do without my cell phone or smart phone. It is worth it's weight in gold, especially in business situations, where I needed access to data quickly in a business setting.

These devices are indispensable, due to there ability to be utilized in almost every aspect of our lives. Yet, with the usage of these devices, a person should know that an etiquette must be followed, when you use your cell phone or smartphone in public surroundings.

Always remember :

Use proper etiquette when you are using your cell phone. I'm also noticing that some corporations are banning cell phone usage in their workplace.

Cell phones were once thought of as devices to be used only in the case of emergency situations, but they are more of a novelty item now, and they can become a nuisance or distraction in most places, if they are not used constructively in our environment.

* When ordering food from a restaurant, do not answer your cell phone or talk to another individual on your cell phone, while attempting to talk to the people in the restaurant, that is rude.

*Putting a person on hold to answer another call, is actually rude, unless you intend on merging that incoming call into your present conversation. Be courteous, and always ask the person or party on your present call whether you can answer that incoming call and/or merge it in your present phone call

*Talking to a cashier, while you are checking out at the register at a retail outlet or store, while talking on your cell phone is also considered to be rude cell phone behavior as well.

Tell the person on the other end of your cell phone conversation, that you will call him or her back, as soon as you leave the check out lane in the store.

**NOTE** Some business establishments will not even serve you or address you, until you have ended your cell phone conversation, or most business personnel working in a service capacity, will politely skip over you and move on to the next person, who is not engaged in a conversation on their cell phone.

Granted, not to stray too far away from the topic of this hub page. You have some businesses where the employee will attempt to engage in a personal or business phone conversation, while a customer is waiting for that employee to serve them.

I have personally seen employees talking on their cell phones, holding personal conversations while customers are standing in line, waiting to be served, for me personally that is a total lack of customer service, professional courtesy and respect for the customer, who by the way is making it possible for that employee to have a job, because he or she is purchasing their products or services, that pays their salaries.

So, the door swings both ways, when it simply just comes down to good old common sense and common courtesy, with respect for the individual as well.

* Turn your cell phone OFF, when you are in a group setting, or at least put it on vibrate.

*Especially when you are engaged in an important business meeting, your cell phone should either be OFF or on vibrate mode. Frankly, there is nothing more annoying in a business meeting or setting, than to hear a cell phone loud ring in that business setting itself, or just hearing a goofy ring tone. Best solution for that is to Turn Off Your Cell Phone.

* Abrasive profanity riddled Ringtones blaring out of a cell phone lacks proper cell phone etiquette.

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*Don't openly talk on your cellphone in quite places such as, Libraries, Movie Theaters, respect others privacy and their personal space in public places. Take your cell phone outside the establishment and talk to your hearts content.

* Do not take a cell phone call , when you have been instructed on an airplane to turn ALL electrical devices OFF, that includes your cell phone, by the way. I didn't want to comment on this, but that also means turning off your Laptop too.

* Nonetheless, it never seems to fail, that you will always see that one person on an airplane, who disregards, the flight attendants, and the pilot, instructing him or her to power down their electronic toys. Don't make their jobs anymore difficult than they are, power off your electronic devices..

*Refrain from holding your phone outwardly on an airplane or in a public place, with your music, ringtones or videos playing loudly in those public places. It's funny how people get offended in those public places, when he or she is asked to turn it off or put on some headphones, earbuds, etc.

* Wear a headset or blue-tooth when driving, or use your blue-tooth in your car to talk or text on your cell phone, it could save your live, or prevent you from having an accident.

* As I stated earlier, the cell phones or smartphones of today are like mini hand computers, I see people struggling with these sort of devices in public. If you are not comfortable with computers, having a smartphone of today maybe a struggle. Find a smartphone that suits your needs, or learn everything you need to know, based on how you must be able to get the most out of a very expensive device. If it is utilized properly and wisely, it can save you a lot of time and money too.

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BEWARE : Most cities throughout the U.S. are adopting new cell phone regulations, which stipulates that you cannot drive and have your cell phone up to your ear. You cannot be using your text, GPS or any other features or chatting while driving as well. If a police officer just so happens to see you doing any of those things with your phone, that officer will write you a hefty citation or ticket. It's not worth the hassle, pull over off the road, and use your cell phone.

So, if you are pulled over by law enforcement, and issued a ticket for driving while using your cell phone, the fee for that ticket alone is very expensive, and the price you pay, may vary depending on where you live in the United States.

You have been warned and informed.....

*Last but not least, cell phone etiquette, is nothing more than just using common sense courtesy.


CorpGiant (author) from Dallas Texas on December 10, 2012:

Appreciate the kind words, Thanks..CG

CorpGiant (author) from Dallas Texas on December 10, 2012:

You are very welcome

CorpGiant (author) from Dallas Texas on December 10, 2012:

You are very welcome

john on May 13, 2012:

very good page

lyked it

Stephen on April 23, 2012:

Thanks a lot.

miniman on January 14, 2012:

now i know lots of things not to do

CorpGiant (author) from Dallas Texas on September 04, 2011:

Thanks James


james on July 09, 2011:

nice work!!!!!!!!!

CorpGiant (author) from Dallas Texas on January 05, 2011:


First and foremost, I do not care if you like the page or not, if you do not like the page, feel free not to venture out on my pages, and take your negative comments with you Bob, or whatever your name is....

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