: Cell Phone Etiquette



Kev
05-18-05, 02:30 PM
Kevís Cell Phone Rules of Etiquette.



1. If you must use the phone while driving, use a hands free option and pay attention to the road! If you can safely pull off the road for the call do it (not the shoulder either, pull off to a legitimate parking place). No call is more important than public safety.



2. You should turn your phone off if you are:

a. In a private meeting.

b. In a public meeting such as a church.

c. At a fine restaurant or dining facility.

d. At a movie theatre.

e. At a play or other theatre production.

f. At a music concert.



3. You should use your courtesy or silent (vibrate) feature if you are:

a. At a public library.

b. At a museum or art gallery.

c. At a fast food or casual restaurant or dining facility.



4. Be aware of your voice tone and volume while in public. Keep your levels down. Nobody wants to hear your side of the conversation and could care less if you think you are somebody important.



5. If you are waiting in line for service such as at a bank etc. end your call before it is your turn.



6. LOOSE those stupid fancy ring tones and songs!!! They are ANNOYING! The only people who think they are cool are you and the pimply faced 13 year old next to you! If you leave your phone out somewhere, turn it off or turn the ring volume down. Nobody wants to hear it ring incessantly! In fact, thatís a good way to get somebody to smash it for you!

Elvis
05-18-05, 02:39 PM
AMEN BROTHER!!!




I particularly like this one:


4. Be aware of your voice tone and volume while in public. Keep your levels down. Nobody wants to hear your side of the conversation and could care less if you think you are somebody important.



The origin of this is people trying to look like they have something MUCH more important in their lives than what you see them doing right now.

Most of the problems I have with other people center around their inability to just be themselves. Everybody's trying to show off something these days, trying to be something they're not.

I say it's insecurity.

Stoneage_Caddy
05-18-05, 03:05 PM
I agree with the bood-of-yuz but i have to add one more :


anyone with a nextel ..throw your phone away i hate that bleepeblep shit every ten seconds ...if you want to play walkie talkie a playschool babay montor is a much more cost effective unit ..if you just want to annoy me then invest in a foam bat and hit me over the head with it ...for that matter hit me over th ehead with a real bat if you insisit on useing the things , id rather be knocked out than hear it

Kev
05-18-05, 03:11 PM
Unfortunately Nextel has become an invaluable tool in the construction industry. That said, there is no reason that these rules should not be applied to their use. I have not personally used Nextel but I would bet that the 'Squawk' volume is adjustable. It is accepted and expected on the jobsite and in most contractor's offices, however, in general public areas, moderation and sensitivity to those around is greatly appreciated while using them.

Stoneage_Caddy
05-18-05, 03:13 PM
exactly , it is a very vauable tool on the job site but if you have to walkie talkie thru a 20 mintue coversation youll irritate me and you be best served flipping over to phone mode

Playdrv4me
05-18-05, 03:30 PM
Yea, the business world loves em. My work gave me and my team one each, and we use them cause the walkie-talkie minutes are free, but I dont use it outside of work unless there is an emergency.

D148L0
05-18-05, 03:50 PM
Nextel has a feature that allows you to use it as a regular phone, without the annoying noise.
And yes, I dislike a lot of celular phone users ( the loud, rude and driving ones).
As a matter of fact, I dislike a LOT of people, not only the ones in question here.

Playdrv4me
05-18-05, 04:07 PM
Nextel has a feature that allows you to use it as a regular phone, without the annoying noise.

The problem is, when you do that they charge you airtime minutes. When you walkie-talkie they have made it completely free. You can however use the walkie-talkie feature like a regular phone, you just hold it up to your ear instead of using the speaker.

radbag
05-18-05, 04:27 PM
:banghead:the beep,beep nextel sound is damn annoying...on my commute, i hear the most ridiculous nextel conversations...usually goes like this:

a - "what's up?"
b - "nuttin, what's up with you?"
a - "nuttin, how's it goin?"
b - "good, good...how's it goin with you?"
a - "same ole, same ole...so...what's up?"
b - "ahhh...nothin much...whatcha doin?"
a - "nuttin...just checkin in...you doin anything later?"
b - "nah...call me later...alright?"
a - "yeah...you got it..."


SO ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!:bonkers::banghead::want:

Sandy
05-18-05, 04:40 PM
I do not, will not & have not ever owned a cell phone!
I'd rather have the flu !

My home phone has an answering machine where a message can be left.
If I am NOT home, it's your tuff luck!

I have no car phone, as I rather listen to the stereo (or the engine) than YOU!
Just MY take on the cell phone invention.

IF I was still working and selling cars, I still would never need one! For why?

On the other hand my 21 Y.O. lives & dies by the cell phone,
and all the different ring tones and all that. Other than food & sleep,
his cell phone is his most valuable assist, and he cannot comprehend
how his Mother & I can live, breath and exist without one.
I told him that I didn't have one for the first 50 years of my life,
so I'll manage. Life's rough, 'ya know.

Playdrv4me
05-18-05, 04:44 PM
Yep, and Im the opposite. I not only have a cell phone, I have TWO, my work cell and my personal one. Not only that, since I have high speed internet I have NO home phone line AT ALL. Helps me mitigate the ridiculous cost of the high speed service.

Kev
05-18-05, 04:45 PM
The first cell phone I got was for emergency use. I injured my back and would have been unable to change my tire or even walk for help if I found myself stranded on the side of the road. I had to make business trips of 270+ miles one way. So, I bought the phone and have had the leash ever since.

They are convenient when you need them but annoying when others need them or you don't care to be disturbed. In case of the latter I simply turn mine off.

Oh the power! :lildevil:

Ralph
05-18-05, 04:58 PM
I have a 1997 Motorola "Flip" 650 and it's never let me down. I don't believe in jumping into the latest trendy cell phone just because they are cool and have a camera, etc. I keep mine under my driver's seat and only for emergencies.

Kev
05-18-05, 05:08 PM
I have a 1997 Motorola "Flip" 650 and it's never let me down. I don't believe in jumping into the latest trendy cell phone just because they are cool and have a camera, etc. I keep mine under my driver's seat and only for emergencies.My first was the 550 flip. They were excelent phones but I have upgraded a few times since that phone in order to take advantage of digital reception and smaller size. Those 550/650 'dinos' wear on the hip eventually! :disappoin

The newer phones also have the 1/8 jack for headsets. :thumbsup:

Ralph
05-18-05, 05:13 PM
My first was the 550 flip. They were excelent phones but I have upgraded a few times since that phone in order to take advantage of digital reception and smaller size. Those 550/650 'dinos' wear on the hip eventually! :disappoin

The newer phones also have the 1/8 jack for headsets. :thumbsup:

My 650 was my first.

LOL, ya they were like wearing a brick on your hip! When it dies, if it ever dies, it will make a good door stop. Who ever said an American company can't make an object of quality and durability?!!

Back in '97 when I got it I went on the net at University and researched the durability of the 550/650 and read stories of people who dropped them in a bathtub or dropped them out a driver's side window at cruising speed, etc. and they still worked!! Try that with a new one! :thumbsup: :D

I only have 3,000 minutes on mine and it's like new.

D148L0
05-18-05, 05:14 PM
You can however use the walkie-talkie feature like a regular phone, you just hold it up to your ear instead of using the speaker.
Exactly. That is what I was talking about.

RBraczyk
05-18-05, 07:06 PM
Wierdest thing I overheard at a barnes and noble. Guy talking to his wife on the phone...

"Honey I swear, there was no gay porn on the computer"

:)

Playdrv4me
05-18-05, 07:13 PM
Wierdest thing I overheard at a barnes and noble. Guy talking to his wife on the phone...

"Honey I swear, there was no gay porn on the computer"

:)

LMAO!!

I think my first cell phone was a Motorola MicroTac Elite when I lived in Guatemala. Man that was a nifty little phone, it had the recorder built in and the display was FL. Basically the top of the line Motorola at the time and the last in the traditional Motorola Flip series. After that the StarTac came out, and the Vader.

powerglide
05-19-05, 02:57 AM
Yep, and Im the opposite. I not only have a cell phone, I have TWO, my work cell and my personal one. Not only that, since I have high speed internet I have NO home phone line AT ALL. Helps me mitigate the ridiculous cost of the high speed service.

same here. just mobile phone and broad band at home.

I have a land line in my NYC apartment (because I need it for the DSL) but I never use the phone. The only people that call are sales people and pollsters.
Currently they aren't supposed to call your cell phone, I love it.

PS I like your new avatar Play!

davesdeville
05-19-05, 03:35 AM
I like my cell. I almost always like hearing from my friends, and when I don't I can just turn it off or put it on silent and call them back later. My first phone was a POS, my second was a Motorola V60 - which wouldn't die. I dropped it on my lawn from a 35' tower in my yard and dropped it out of a car doing 70 on the freeway, I'd go and get it back and it would still work. I then swam with it in a lake, and the antenna connection finally rusted out about a year later. So I got some Nokia now. The only reason I'd upgrade is to get a camera phone, which I could see how it would be conveniant. Only if it's cheap or free.

fast66
05-19-05, 06:06 AM
I agree with the bood-of-yuz but i have to add one more :


anyone with a nextel ..throw your phone away i hate that bleepeblep shit every ten seconds ...if you want to play walkie talkie a playschool babay montor is a much more cost effective unit ..if you just want to annoy me then invest in a foam bat and hit me over the head with it ...for that matter hit me over th ehead with a real bat if you insisit on useing the things , id rather be knocked out than hear it

I HATE THAT TOO.

I dont mind peoples phones ringing in a restaurant, just as long as it is turned lower.

Kev
05-19-05, 10:18 AM
I like my cell. I almost always like hearing from my friends, and when I don't I can just turn it off or put it on silent and call them back later. My first phone was a POS, my second was a Motorola V60 - which wouldn't die. I dropped it on my lawn from a 35' tower in my yard and dropped it out of a car doing 70 on the freeway, I'd go and get it back and it would still work. I then swam with it in a lake, and the antenna connection finally rusted out about a year later. So I got some Nokia now. The only reason I'd upgrade is to get a camera phone, which I could see how it would be conveniant. Only if it's cheap or free.Dave, I don't know why you went to all that trouble to destroy your phone. It would have saved you a lot of time and trouble if you'd just put it down on the sidewalk and smash it with a large hammer? :banghead2

JimHare
05-19-05, 02:10 PM
The place that extracts the daily pound of sweat and toil from me is Nextel crazy - everybody and their freaking cousin walks around with one stuck to their ear - all the middle and up managers have them, and most of the EVS and housekeeping staff. Not sure why someone who takes the trash out of the men's room has to have 24x7 availability to his boss but that's the way they think around here.

I too hate the constant ringing/beeping/squawking that goes on...if you have a cell phone, dammit, take it with you when you leave the cubicle!

And I also wish to register my extreme displeasure with people who conduct conference calls in their cubicle on speaker phone...damn that irritates me....

99% of all cell phone minutes are completely useless and trivial conversations - AFAIC, the only people who really need them are brain surgeons and bomb disposal experts. Everybody else, GET A LIFE and STOP THINKING THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE REVOLVES AROUND YOU AND GIVES A S**T WHAT YOU TALK ABOUT!!!!

The longer I spend on this post the more pissed I'll get so I'd better stop..lol

Kev
05-19-05, 06:48 PM
Quick! Somebody pass Jim some more thorazine!

It's gonna be OK there buddy, we're gonna help you here, stay with us now, hang on......

JimHare
05-19-05, 07:14 PM
:gun2:

Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii there's not enough thor in the world for me.. lol

It's probably my fault for working in the damn'ed place I do..I'm constantly amused/amazed at the 20-somethings and early 30-somethings who can't seem to last 5 minutes without dialing somebody on their bloody cell phones. I barely use 10 minutes a month on mine, and it's usually just to answer my SigOther when she calls looking for me between work and home. LOL

My problem (among a myriad others) is that my particular job requires a great deal of concentration some times (database system design) and I'm constantly distracted by people wandering the aisles, talking on their cell phones outside my cube like it was the middle of the mall or something, and the broad in the cube next door who thinks she has to use speaker phone for every g-dmd conversation she has, including our advertising agency in Las Vegas..the other day she had the PR gal, the Ad coordinator, and herself in her cube and the three of them were squawking away at a graphics designer in Las Vegas about which g-dmd font to use in a billboard...45 minutes..I ended up going out for a smoke. LOL

I think the problem is most of these young twerps seem to feel the need to broadcast how important their jobs are to everybody within a hundred feet, by carrying on their normal business at high volume. I sit there in the middle of this maelstrom fighting with computer software and cussing at it.

Nextel even made a commercial about the construction of this damn place, and I bet we got free phones for lettin' 'em use us. :cookoo:

Kev
05-19-05, 07:39 PM
Sounds irritating to me! What happened to office etiquette in your company? This calls for a new Etiquette thread. I'd be looking for a suggestion box or something. That's one of the reasons I hate offices with cubicles. My job (drawing HVAC shop drawings) also requires focused concentration and I get very frustrated and irritated if I am constantly interrupted with trivial or irrelevant matters. What chance is there for you to get a private office?

Playdrv4me
05-19-05, 08:24 PM
And I also wish to register my extreme displeasure with people who conduct conference calls in their cubicle on speaker phone...damn that irritates me....

LOL... Thats me. I cant stand being attached to the headset or the handset when Im trying to work on other projects and theres a bridgeline going on because VTAM1 in CA is down and it has absolutely no importance to me until they ask me to test their fix here. Of course, in my general area, Im probably doing the most intensive work anyway, but I still try to turn it down so it doesnt disturb others.. If they really want to shut me up give me a real office. :hide:

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 11:15 PM
The place that extracts the daily pound of sweat and toil from me is Nextel crazy - everybody and their freaking cousin walks around with one stuck to their ear - all the middle and up managers have them, and most of the EVS and housekeeping staff. Not sure why someone who takes the trash out of the men's room has to have 24x7 availability to his boss but that's the way they think around here.

I too hate the constant ringing/beeping/squawking that goes on...if you have a cell phone, dammit, take it with you when you leave the cubicle!

And I also wish to register my extreme displeasure with people who conduct conference calls in their cubicle on speaker phone...damn that irritates me....

99% of all cell phone minutes are completely useless and trivial conversations - AFAIC, the only people who really need them are brain surgeons and bomb disposal experts. Everybody else, GET A LIFE and STOP THINKING THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE REVOLVES AROUND YOU AND GIVES A S**T WHAT YOU TALK ABOUT!!!!

The longer I spend on this post the more pissed I'll get so I'd better stop..lol
dude , i think im related to you ....

Jim tell me does this happen to you :
"Oh i have to tell her this "
series of beeps
"Hello (inster name) this is (inster another name)"
"OHH HEY GIRL"
"Did you hear about so and so getting fired?"
"YES"
(end conversation)

Now , you hear this conversation ....in fact you hear boath ends like i have written it , the call was placed on a cell phone TO THE CUBE NEXT DOOR TO THE CALLER"

people are so friggin lazy they cant walk 15 feet ...they have to call !!!!

Kev
05-19-05, 11:18 PM
Man! I have no idea where you two guys work but if I were supervisor or owner of a place like that I would have a lot less employees!

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 11:24 PM
Kev our turnover is incredible , i barley know these people that work there and i have been there longer than 90% of the population , and i technicly dont work there , im on loan from the US goverment (if you read my contract to the letter)

Lucky for me they screwed up my contract renual for this quarter , i no longer have a job ....and thanks to another screwup i have no more GI bill .....Remeber the movie officespace and how i said i was like this guy:

http://www.d.umn.edu/~hart0596/officespace2.jpg

well as of today when i left , my cube has been moved 6 times , the end spot was in the darkest corner of the office , my "swingline" stapler IS MISSING and i havent been paid in 6 weeks , and no one cared to tell me about any of it ....

I AM THE REAL LIFE MILTON !!!!!!

Ralph
05-19-05, 11:26 PM
http://www.d.umn.edu/~hart0596/officespace2.jpg



You guys get "Trailer Park Boys??" :eek:

http://www.showcase.ca/trailerparkboys/

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 11:27 PM
ralph ....dont tell me you havent seen "office space"......i couldnt bare to think you havbe missed out on another eduacational flim

Kev
05-19-05, 11:28 PM
Mike, I can't help you with the pay but I have an extra Swingline in the box that I will gladly affix a silver label with your name on it and send it to you.
Yes, it would be your very own stapler! :woohoo:
:thumbsup:

Ralph
05-19-05, 11:29 PM
ralph ....dont tell me you havent seen "office space"......i couldnt bare to think you havbe missed out on another eduacational flim

Sorry, that's probably the only movie I haven't seen, other than what Kevo suggested in that other thread.

But you still don't get "Trailer Park Boys??" RIGHT!

Wait, it might not even be the same guy, but looks like him!! :eek:

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 11:30 PM
Its all good kev.....job fair on the 1rst of june in downtown tampa ...gonna see what i can grub up ....

ive even been standing front of the mirror saying "would you like fries with that?" J/K

Kev
05-19-05, 11:32 PM
Hey, come to think of it, I don't think I've been paid in 6 weeks either!
I've got to get on the phone and whine to my customers! :crying:

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 11:32 PM
Sorry, that's probably the only movie I haven't seen, other than what Kevo suggested in that other thread.

But you still don't get "Trailer Park Boys??" RIGHT!

Wait, it might not even be the same guy, but looks like him!!
I dont think i understand this "trailer park boys"....all i know is the real thing and they have a 89 ford tempo and a 87 Iroc camaro missing a t top

Ralph
05-19-05, 11:33 PM
I dont think i understand this "trailer park boys

click my link above.

Done hijack. :hide:

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 11:35 PM
Hey, come to think of it, I don't think I've been paid in 6 weeks either!
I've got to get on the phone and whine to my customers! :crying:
sneeks up on you doesnt it ? i was sitting there the other day saying "damn my credit card balance isnt going down" ...then it was like "oh shit"

stoney goes on the war path tomrrow at 0730hrs ...by the end of the day i will get what is owed me in addition to an appology ...

I hate it when hard working americans retire and are replaced by worthless lazy good for nothing ...well the people responsible for what happend to me .....i hope ed is enjoying his retirement ....

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 11:45 PM
back to the topic , new cell phone rule , if the person you are calling is within walking iastance to you , dont screw withthe phone , go over and talk to the person , in fact shake there hand !

Playdrv4me
05-19-05, 11:53 PM
back to the topic , new cell phone rule , if the person you are calling is within walking iastance to you , dont screw withthe phone , go over and talk to the person , in fact shake there hand !

Well to a point, at work the other two girls on my team are just one and two cubicles away from me but the best way (and the quietest) for us to communicate is with our company chat client called Sametime. Makes it alot easier and no yelling!

Jesda
05-19-05, 11:59 PM
If youre Paris Hilton, you take a call during sex.

Kev
05-20-05, 12:02 AM
Well to a point, at work the other two girls on my team are just one and two cubicles away from me but the best way (and the quietest) for us to communicate is with our company chat client called Sametime. Makes it alot easier and no yelling!Well, that's a diferent situation. That's like using the phone system's intercome for conference work.

JimHare
05-20-05, 07:05 AM
Man! I have no idea where you two guys work but if I were supervisor or owner of a place like that I would have a lot less employees!

Trouble is the supervisors are the worst offenders. Typical management age is probably about 33 or 34. I work at a very large, very new gambling establishment in Atlantic City. There is no respect for anyone over 40 or so, the people are rude and self-centered and "I'm the center of the universe" seems to be the general creed among most employees. Everyone thinks their job is the most important in the world. The attendant in one employees rest room yells at you if you tear the paper towels out of the machine wrong. The employee restaurant workers don't understand English. They give you a funny look if you ask for bacon at 9:30 AM. The cocktail waitresses think their poop don't smell. I could go on an on. I only know about 6 people who are decent human beings I would ever want to be around after the 9 to 6 grind.

To give you an example - last year our department had a summer intern. The manager of the entire department (since promoted to VP) took the intern around to everyone in the area to introduce her. He went to the eight people in the surrounding cubicles and introduced her to everyone. And skipped right past me. I sat there and listened as they had 10-15 minute conversations all around. It was like I was invisible. Damndest thing I ever saw. When it was all over, I stood up over the cubicle walls and announced, in a loud enough voice for everyone to hear, "Hey, I hear we have a new intern in the department? What's her name?".....

Luckily, by Labor Day if not sooner, I'm outta there...

Kev
05-20-05, 11:37 AM
Luckily, by Labor Day if not sooner, I'm outta there...Sounds like you are due for a change of pace and atmosphere. The only thing worse than a bad work environment is a bad home life. Hope you find a place that you like and likes you back.

Respect counts for a lot!