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Poll: Do you use a smartphone for work-related tasks?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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No Feb 27, 2015

As I've said here many times, I want all instructions and discussions to be in the form of e-mails that I can save to my files and keep a record of.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Ditto Feb 27, 2015

But I do access e-mails for important projects cc-ed to my private e-mail account on my smart phone. And, important customers may also contact me on my smart phone for emergencies only.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Absolutely Feb 27, 2015

Not only does it allow me to sneak out of the office when I'm bored, but my customers just love those hilarious errors the predictive text introduces into my translations

[Edited at 2015-02-27 08:40 GMT]


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dianaft  Identity Verified
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oh dear... Feb 27, 2015

I don't even own a smartphone...

I get funny looks when I venture out into the civilised world and I pull out my antique device from the days before camera phones. But local reception is far too patchy to justify even a two-digit investment. Outside of my house, there are two spots within a 7-mile radius where I have reception: the back of the methodist church and right along the cliff edge at the end of my favourite walk. Another network has a few more hidden reception spots, but none within a mile of my home, i.e. not in my home either.
I hit the island capital maybe twice a year - usually for a hospital visit or similar, in which case I can't use a phone anyway, even though I get reception in town. I'm more likely to take a trip to Germany than to venture on that hour's drive and have a separate phone with a German SIM card for that purpose.

So, oops, no. If I'm not at the desk, I'm not working.


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No Feb 27, 2015

I will give exactly the same answer I gave last year and the year before to a very, very similar quick poll:

When I'm out my calls are redirected to my mobile (a dumbphone) and I always carry with me a very mini laptop to check my emails if I'm away more than 1 hour.

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/273289-poll_do_you_use_a_smartphone_for_work_related_tasks-page2.html
http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/243793-poll_do_you_use_a_smartphone_for_work_related_tasks.html


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Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
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Only for important stuff... Feb 27, 2015

Julian Holmes wrote:

But I do access e-mails for important projects cc-ed to my private e-mail account on my smart phone. And, important customers may also contact me on my smart phone for emergencies only.


I do check my e-mails, while I am out of the office, and send short answers to the important, i.e. work requests, etc.


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Yes Feb 27, 2015

Surely, whether a phone is smart or dumb, it gets used in some way for work-related tasks? Or does any of us have a mobile purely for social reasons?

I use my phone for receiving work calls and e-mails, checking word counts and reviewing files before accepting work, etc. but I wouldn't dream of using it for actual translation work. (In the absence of a Trados app, of course)


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Feb 27, 2015

Maybe I'm getting too old, but smart phones and their users give me the willies. Permanently hunched over, staring down into their hands, wassuping away like their lives depended on it. I settle for an old school low-tech people mobile without even a camera, nevermind Internet (expletive deleted) packages.

Pah, humbug!


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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
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For checking emails Feb 27, 2015

For checking/answering emails only.

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Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
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Totally agree with Muriel Feb 27, 2015

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

As I've said here many times, I want all instructions and discussions to be in the form of e-mails that I can save to my files and keep a record of.


And for that, a smartphone is a really useful addition to the computer. I would feel very disadvantaged without one.


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xxxMeyers
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Sure Feb 27, 2015

When I've finished a job, or in the middle of a long boring assignment, I love to go for a long walk in the woods and take my smartphone.
It rings when there's an email.
Very handy. You don't have to sit all day behind your desk, afraid of missing an important email.
Especially in the winter I don't work regular business hours, I love to walk every day in the daylight and work again at my desk when it's dark.

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:
I want all instructions and discussions to be in the form of e-mails that I can save to my files and keep a record of.


That's exactly what's a smartphone for. You have access to your inbox also in the woods, the park, the waiting room of the dentist...
I bought it solely for work.


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Claire Cox
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Of course, why wouldn't you? Feb 27, 2015

I live out in the sticks too, although only 50 miles from London, so mobile reception when I'm out and about is sketchy to say the least. However, I do use my phone to check e-mails if I'm out for any length of time and it has Skype too (following on from yesterday's poll) in case anyone should try to contact me that way. In reality if I'm walking the dog or out for coffee, I don't get reception anyway so it's not an issue, but if I'm further afield, say up in London or away for a course, it's invaluable to be able to check my e-mails easily. I also love the fact that I can sift through e-mails received when I'm on holiday, and thus avoid coming back to loads of rubbish. I always tell people I'm away and change all my network settings to no e-mail, but it's amazing how those e-mails build up even if you're only away for a few days...

I have on one occasion had to text a (very short) translation as my client had internet problems and couldn't receive fax either, so text was the only option!


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564354352  Identity Verified
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No, and I hope I never have to... Feb 27, 2015

I don't have a smartphone, just a funny little old Nokia mobile phone that is actually much more convenient, size-wise, that is.

Practically all my client communication is by email, and only very rarely is any of it so urgent that I would like to be completely reachable if I popped away from my computer during normal working hours.

I aim to work Monday-Friday, roughly 9-5 with suitable breaks during the day. If I pop out for a walk or to do some shopping during the day, I am not likely to be away for more than an hour or two at the very most. I don't even take my mobile phone with me on those occasions (unless I venture into the woods and think it might be convenient to be able to phone for help if I trip over and break a leg or something).

To be honest, I hope that I can get through to retirement (in about 15 years' time) without having to succumb to being completely accessible to clients at all times, i.e. I have no plans to get a smartphone any time soon. Maybe when my good old Nokia 'dies' as happened with my last mobile phone, where I went to buy a new battery for it and the shop assistant just laughed and assured me that those went out of production years ago. I'm only on my second mobile phone ever (over 12 years, that's not bad, is it?), and see no reason to upgrade yet...


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Gallagy
Ireland
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Yes Feb 27, 2015

Mary Worby wrote:

Surely, whether a phone is smart or dumb, it gets used in some way for work-related tasks? Or does any of us have a mobile purely for social reasons?

I use my phone for receiving work calls and e-mails, checking word counts and reviewing files before accepting work, etc. but I wouldn't dream of using it for actual translation work. (In the absence of a Trados app, of course)


I think a phone is invaluable for checking e-mails when out and about so I always have it with me when I'm out with the dog or any time I'm away from the computer. I just send short reply messages on phone e-mail but If I'm going to be away for over an hour, I also have a netbook with me with mobile broadband dongle so I can actually translate...


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