Articles taggés avec ‘mobile phone

Mobile phones more important than coffee, or how to impress an Italian

Mardi 12 mai 2009

A Yahoo survey conducted in Italy shows that cellphone (affectionately called « telefonino » in Italian), internet and e-mail are nowadays more important to Italians than coffee. 43% of Italians would not accept to live without a cellphone, against 24% who would not accept to live without coffee. 61% of Italians say to feel lost without a cellphone when traveling.
Having recently traveled to Sicily and back I could witness this mobile phone addiction of Italians. What is the first thing any person does after the airplane touches ground and the « fasten seat belt » lights go off? Correct, switch on his or her mobile phone. As I was waiting in the ail to go to the exit, with my mobile in my hand, I looked around me and saw an Italian women get not one, not two, but three different mobile phones from her purse. She switched them on one by one and then checked the messages and the missed calls – one by one. I turned to my left and saw an Italian man holding not one, not two, but three cellphones (all different, of course), which he was switching on and checking one by one. The guy next to him was not quite as advanced: he was looking only at two cellphones and feeling no doubt suddenly inferior to his neighbor. But definitely superior to me.

Mobiles, our beloved pets

Jeudi 3 janvier 2008

Once in a taxi I heard a strange mobile ringing. Its owner was calling in hope that somebody would return his lost phone. I had lost my mobile the same way, in a taxi in Buenos Aires, and after I called it, an old lady returned it to me.

The lady had a dog. 

A lost mobile is like a lost pet on the scale of desperation. Nowadays you don’t just loose a phone, you loose an emotional investment: all your friends’ numbers, addresses, pictures, notes, tasks, games, music. Not to mention money. 

We put a collar on dog’s neck saying ‘My name is Snoopy and I live…’ Mobiles are lost all the time. And mobiles are better equipped than animals: they have means of communication. They are means of communication. Cats can find their way back home from a great distance. Meanwhile you post its pictures on lamp posts and go looking for Fluffy in the neighborhood. How can a lost phone find you? Can your phone post your pictures? Phone your friends? Display your picture to the finder? A mobile, knowing it is stolen, unlike a dog, should become nasty to the thief while being friendly to the person with intends to return it. Your telecom operator could start posting ‘phone lost’ messages to users living in the concerned area. ‘Watch out for a Nokia lost in a taxi at the corner of…’Your operator – or yourself – could offer free SMS to honest finders, as a reward.

A friend recently left her mobile in a cafe. I called her number and a waiter picked up. Upon retrieving her phone he wanted to know my name as he had seen it on the display, to make sure it was I who had called earlier, and that my friend was the rightful owner. An interesting use case?

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Our phones, ourselves
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