help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobile?

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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Koatanga » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:33 pm

Predominantly "mobile" here in New Zealand. Occasionally you will hear "cell" but as an abbreviation - on one really says "cell phone".

We get both American and UK TV here in roughly equal parts, so we are influenced by both cultures.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby masterpoobaa » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:36 pm

In Australia its most definitely 'mobile'
Using 'Cell' denotes you as American and thus vulnerable to 'drop bears'.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Levantine » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:59 pm

masterpoobaa wrote:In Australia its most definitely 'mobile'
Using 'Cell' denotes you as American and thus vulnerable to 'drop bears'.

This. So much this. Drop bears do love them some 'murricans.

I did hear someone ask if anyone had seen her cell yesterday at uni. The lecturer actually didn't know wtf she was talking about for a couple of seconds. Damn American exchange students.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Koatanga » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:34 pm

Levantine wrote:I did hear someone ask if anyone had seen her cell yesterday at uni. The lecturer actually didn't know wtf she was talking about for a couple of seconds. Damn American exchange students.


To be fair, if they have a criminal history and don't meet entrance requirements for US universities, where else but Australia can they go?

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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Fridmarr » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:28 pm

You're probably giving it too much thought. That said, even in the US where we say "Cell" on stationary and address books its quite often referred to as mobile. I'd say mobile is your best bet.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Levantine » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:51 pm

Koatanga wrote:
Levantine wrote:I did hear someone ask if anyone had seen her cell yesterday at uni. The lecturer actually didn't know wtf she was talking about for a couple of seconds. Damn American exchange students.


To be fair, if they have a criminal history and don't meet entrance requirements for US universities, where else but Australia can they go?

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You'd think so except http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/worldrank/index.htm
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Ironshield » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:55 pm

I always used to call it a Cell, till moving to the UK (from south Africa) and now I mix mobile in occasionally. The English do use "Mobile" somewhat exclusively but I've never had a confused expression for calling it a Cell. Unlike some of the other language foibles like "traffic circle" v "roundabout".
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Sagara » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:09 am

Amusingly, we say GSM in Belgium. I'd bet hard-pressed to understand why, considering there are (according to wikipedia) THREE countries that use that acronym (stands for Global System for Mobile Communications) - Belgium, New Caledonia, and Reunion Island.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Malkieri » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:49 am

Ironshield wrote:I always used to call it a Cell, till moving to the UK (from south Africa) and now I mix mobile in occasionally. The English do use "Mobile" somewhat exclusively but I've never had a confused expression for calling it a Cell. Unlike some of the other language foibles like "traffic circle" v "roundabout".


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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby degre » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:31 am

Amirya wrote:I think probably the most proper term to use is mobile.

Though, "mobile celullar communications technology" could be interesting.

Well, technically the most appropriate term would be cellular phone, as mobile is a generic term and could be attached to any mobile device such as satellite phones, whereas cell phone specifically refers to the use of the cellular grid used by the operators to provide signal.

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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby KysenMurrin » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:36 am

Regardless of how the network is set up, there's nothing cellular about my phone.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby lythac » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:32 am

Cell Phone redirects to Mobile Phone on Wikipedia, So I assume Mobile Phone is more dominant worldwide.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby theckhd » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:41 am

lythac wrote:Cell Phone redirects to Mobile Phone on Wikipedia, So I assume Mobile Phone is more dominant worldwide.

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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Nordix » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:51 am

Mobile phone!
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Barathorn » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:21 am

My phone answers to all manner of names but I have never called it a cell or cell phone.

90% of the time its called a mobile by me, the other 10% its called 'fecking thing won't shut up' or something similar.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Skye1013 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:43 pm

Barathorn wrote:10% its called 'fecking thing won't shut up' or something similar.

Would make for an amusing business card.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Fetzie » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:07 am

I use "mobile" and "phone" interchangably.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Holyblaze » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:18 am

I work with people from around the world and my experiance is that in the West we say 'cell' mostly and in Europe they say 'mobile' more often.

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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Staatt » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:21 pm

I say 'cell', but I put mobile or 'm' on my business card.

I work in financial services in the US
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Skye1013 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:25 pm

You could always use "Telephone" "Fax" "On-call" using on-call in place of cell or mobile, since generally you're using that to contact someone outside of normal hours.
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby PsiVen » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:13 am

Always "cell phone" or "mobile phone" more formally, absolutely never just "cell" or "mobile" by itself. Most often "phone" unless it would be oddly nonspecific.

I think a better question would be:
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby lythac » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:42 am

PsiVen wrote:I think a better question would be:
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Re: help settle an arguement- do you say cell phone or mobil

Postby Skye1013 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:22 pm

^lol

PsiVen wrote:I think a better question would be:
Mow-bull: Proper pronunciation.
Moh-beel: Only used when discussing the city in Alabama.
Moh-bile: Semi-ghetto term expressing distaste. "I gots moh-bile than a gallbladdah."
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