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Poll: Have you ever done a translation or editing job using your mobile phone?
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Dec 18, 2009

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever done a translation or editing job using your mobile phone?".

This poll was originally submitted by Kristina Radziulyte

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:05
Member (2008)
English to Italian
other Dec 18, 2009

I finished and sent a translation. and I went to a birthday lunch, I checked on my mobile if the client had received the translation, and I found an email... a minor change needed to be done, but urgently. Well asked him to send me the file, and did it through my mobile.
anyway only that time!


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Abdulvahed  Identity Verified
Iran
Local time: 00:36
English to Farsi (Persian)
wasting time Dec 18, 2009

It,s just wasting time when there are a lot of tranlation work to do in other ways

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:06
Member
German to English
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Just once Dec 18, 2009

A client had an urgent two-sentence translation and I had to go out, so got them to send the text in an e-mail and sent it back from the phone. Which was much harder than it sounded and I won't be doing it again in a hurry!

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Stéphanie Soudais  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:06
Member (2006)
English to French
Other Dec 18, 2009

I don't have a mobile phone!

Stéphanie


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:06
Member (2007)
German to French
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I answered No but... Dec 18, 2009

maybe I should have chosen Other: I'm like Stéphanie, I don't have a mobile phone!

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Marjolein Verhulsdonck-Roest
Netherlands
Local time: 22:06
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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No Dec 18, 2009

With Stéphanie and Sophie: I don't have a mobile phone, either.
Are we the last dinosaurs?


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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:06
German to English
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Only verbally Dec 18, 2009

I answered "no", as my mobile phone is very basic and doesn't have any e-mail functions, etc.

But I have just remembered that I have translated a couple of short sentences over the (mobile) phone for a client who suddenly and urgently needed an addition to the text while I was out of the office.


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xxxJon O  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:06
Dutch to English
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Luddites? Dec 18, 2009

Have you ever noticed how people who don't own a mobile phone seem inordinately proud of the fact? I assume they also translate using typewriters.

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Kimberly Wastler  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:06
Italian to English
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Once and that was enough! Dec 18, 2009

I did the same as Mary - a short translation but I got it by SMS and sent it back by SMS: a horror for both of us! Avoid doing at all costs!

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:06
Member (2009)
Spanish to Italian
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I have a mobile phone but... Dec 18, 2009

To tell the truth, I do have a mobile phone where mail settings may be synchronized with my PC but... I have never done it! Seems to be such a huge matter.

If only I were more efficient some times!

(Gianluca and Mary: you are great!)

Ciao
Susanna


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Chiara Righele  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:06
English to Italian
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No, but... Dec 18, 2009

I answered no because it wasn't exactly a job...

Some friends of mine were in Ireland last Summer and they had a small accident (they just broke their side-view mirror). They had to report that to the car rental, so they sent me an SMS asking for the translation of a short sentence... I answerd with an SMS and that was it.
I'm not sure I'll be able to do a longer translation only via mobile though...

Chiara


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:06
Spanish to English
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Once Dec 18, 2009

I've done it once. The client asked for a couple of words in a text message. It was sort of like trying to answer one of those Kudoz questions that comes with little or no context.

I agree with those who've said it's best to avoid this type of translation.

PS. I obviously have a mobile, but it's probably the most ignored electronic device in the world. It is great, however, as a flashlight and alarm clock.


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:06
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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No Dec 18, 2009

But I was asked to and it could've been a nightmare.

To explain: sitting in a plane about to shut off the mobile, an SMS comes in asking for a bit of text that had sprung out of format in the notes to a PPT. Fortunately, I had the laptop with me and was able to resolve the problem -- already from the other side of the Atlantic.

I agree with John about the alarm clock, and it's a handy camera. (Also does video)


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brainfloss  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 07:06
English to Spanish
+ ...
I love my BlackBerry Dec 18, 2009

It has saved my butt quite a few times like one time when my laptop suddenly disconnected from the Internet and wouldn't connect back no matter what. I had finished the translations and in the middle of the night it was my only way out so I sent the files using it. Also when you are riding trains or when you are away from the city and there is no Wi-Fi available, cell phones can always connect through the data service. If you really know how to use your cell phone, it can be a great asset and of great help in desperate situations.

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