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Poll: Is your phone mostly a work tool, or a distraction from your work?
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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2006)
English to German
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Neither Jan 23

My phone is for receiving emails and accessing the internet when I am out of the house. When I am at my desk working, the phone is mostly quiet. Luckily, I hardly get any work-related calls (probably no more than five per year). If the phone rings at all, it is usually a nuisance call about that car accident I wasn't involved in recently.

 

Gitte Hoveds (X)
Denmark
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Danish to English
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Neither Jan 23

My phone is irrelevant to my work life.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Neither Jan 23

I rarely get phone calls. I encourage people to e-mail me because I'm hearing-impaired. This last week I only received 2 phone calls on my land line, both from clients, and I couldn't hear either one, even with my fancy phone and hearing aids. I received no calls on my cell.

People ask me: "How do you manage to do all that you do?" and I tell them it's because I don't talk on the phone.


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 11:05
Member (2005)
English to German
Neither Jan 23

My phone is a thing that can make acoustic phone calls. Per week, I get at most five of those, and when they would be a distraction, I don't answer them.

I think this question refers to a smartphone. I don't have a smartphone because I feel it would be way too fragile for my big paws. Maybe I should go Japanese and get a smartphone on a lanyard, so at least I wouldn't be able to drop it. But just checking emails on my PC once in a while does the same job without making me feel that I'm wearing an ankle monitor.


 

Beata Baika  Identity Verified
Romania
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German to Hungarian
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Neither Jan 23

I don't take jobs through phone. I use my smartphone only to check emails.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Neither Jan 23

I haven’t had a phone call from a client for ages. For a while, I was frequently annoyed by unwelcome telesales calls until I told them over and over again that I wasn’t interested and someone finally listened!

 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 11:05
Member (2008)
English to Italian
other Jan 23

my phone is a phone.
it is used for receiving or making calls. those related to work are non a distractions, the others sometimes are.
It is used for checking emails,
also for games and music when I want...

AT the end of the day, it is not a work tool and it is not a distraction.
It is a personal phone, a work tool, a distraction, something I forget I have...


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 11:05
Member (2005)
English to German
Philosophical Jan 23

Gianluca Marras wrote:

my phone is a phone.



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Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
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Nuisance calls Jan 23

Thomas Pfann wrote:

My phone is for receiving emails and accessing the internet when I am out of the house. When I am at my desk working, the phone is mostly quiet. Luckily, I hardly get any work-related calls (probably no more than five per year). If the phone rings at all, it is usually a nuisance call about that car accident I wasn't involved in recently.


I'm curious, Thomas: in America we'd identify those phantom car accident calls as coming from unscrupulous lawyers, whom we call ambulance chasers. What do you call them over there?

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Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:05
English to Spanish
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Smartphones vs. telephones Jan 23

I don't know about Android-powered smartphones, but I can block unwelcome or nuisance calls on my iPhone.

My iPhone is also my alarm clock and my soothing sleeping music generator (I use an iTunes playlist for that).


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 11:05
Member (2008)
English to Italian
:-D Jan 23

Ricki Farn wrote:

Gianluca Marras wrote:

my phone is a phone.



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oops!!!!!


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 11:05
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Neither Jan 23

I am still more comfortable with my landline, but I don't get a lot of calls.

I do have a smartphone, but mostly it is sound asleep in my handbag, and I only use it now and then, e.g. when I'm running late for an appointment.
For work-related communication on the road I use a mini iPad.


 

Joohee Kim  Identity Verified
South Korea
Local time: 19:05
Member (2017)
English to Korean
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Work tool Jan 23

I can't live without my phone. Yes, I am a smartphone zombie...

 

Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 20:05
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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Worktool Jan 23

I do telephone interpreting, individual clients also call me on my mobile and I do check my emails, however I am not addicted to it because I prefer getting distracted on my laptop:). My smartphone's screen (although one of the largest) is not big enough for that.

 
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