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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:52 am
by halabar
discussion ongoing with an editor at work, over what we standardize on for business cards and such..

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:02 am
by Rhiannon
You should probably specify what demographic this is aimed at, I assume US, or NA in general. In the UK most of us say mobile, I always considered "cell" an americanism.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:19 am
by Nikachelle
Rhiannon wrote:You should probably specify what demographic this is aimed at, I assume US, or NA in general. In the UK most of us say mobile, I always considered "cell" an americanism.

What Rhia said.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:25 am
by lythac
What Rhia said.

But I don't refer to my "mobile phone" as "my mobile" I refer to it as my "my phone". But I suppose you're having office and portable phone so you have to go with one or the other. What other numbers/e-mails do you have to have on it?

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:31 am
by Nikachelle
Fax numbers likely.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:32 am
by Gab
All the chaps at our UK office call it a Mobile. Everyone in the US calls it a Cell.

And are you guys hiring? If the scope of your job is arguing about meaningless shit, I can argue about meaningless shit all day long!

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:34 am
by Flex
lythac wrote:What Rhia said.

But I don't refer to my "mobile phone" as "my mobile" I refer to it as my "my phone". But I suppose you're having office and portable phone so you have to go with one or the other. What other numbers/e-mails do you have to have on it?

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:38 am
by KysenMurrin
Yeah, mobile here as an Englishman. Though mostly just "phone", these days.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:54 am
by bldavis
Gab wrote:All the chaps at our UK office call it a Mobile. Everyone in the US calls it a Cell.

And are you guys hiring? If the scope of your job is arguing about meaningless shit, I can argue about meaningless shit all day long!

same here


if you are just dealing with US customers, i would go with cell

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:55 am
by halabar
Rhiannon wrote:You should probably specify what demographic this is aimed at, I assume US, or NA in general. In the UK most of us say mobile, I always considered "cell" an americanism.


US primarily, but it's for external use, emails, bios, business cards..

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:57 am
by halabar
Gab wrote:All the chaps at our UK office call it a Mobile. Everyone in the US calls it a Cell.

And are you guys hiring? If the scope of your job is arguing about meaningless shit, I can argue about meaningless shit all day long!


Well, someone has the set the standard for what we call the stuff on business cards and all that, I'm in the corporate communications group, so it's part of my job...

And no, not hiring.. unless you are a web content manager that can write very well...

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:50 pm
by Gab
halabar wrote:Well, someone has the set the standard for what we call the stuff on business cards and all that, I'm in the corporate communications group, so it's part of my job...

And no, not hiring.. unless you are a web content manager that can write very well...


Yeah I was being slightly facetious.

I have issues with terminology all the time... Recently all of the UTC companies (through a Boeing directive apparently) decided that "Accept", "Confirm", "Pass" etc... were not appropriate results on an AS9102 first article inspection. The results must read "Conforms". THEY MEAN THE EXACT SAME THING! It was hard enough getting our suppliers to do one correctly in the first place with out all kinds of resistance. Although those documents are a little bit more critical than a business card it's still ridiculous.

Hmm... turned into a bit of frustration.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:21 pm
by Shoju
I refer to it as

my phone number
my cell phone
my mobile device

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:31 pm
by Amirya
I think probably the most proper term to use is mobile.

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

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:39 pm
by Lieris
KysenMurrin wrote:Yeah, mobile here as an Englishman. Though mostly just "phone", these days.


This.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:33 pm
by Koatanga
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.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:36 pm
by masterpoobaa
In Australia its most definitely 'mobile'
Using 'Cell' denotes you as American and thus vulnerable to 'drop bears'.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:59 pm
by Levantine
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.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:34 pm
by Koatanga
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?

;)

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:28 pm
by Fridmarr
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.

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:51 pm
by Levantine
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?

;)

You'd think so except http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/worldrank/index.htm

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:55 pm
by Ironshield
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".

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

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:09 am
by Sagara
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.

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

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:49 am
by Malkieri
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".


I'm in this boat too.
Though my favourite is 'robot' & 'traffic light' :)

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

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:31 am
by degre
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.

Sounds like for once the Yankees might be doing the right thing :P