Me and my Phone

pexels-photo-861126.jpegWhat’s your relationship with your smartphone? Obsessive, practical, indifferent or fearful? Readers tell us about their relationships with their phones.

Elvira has a Samsung S7. Noel and Carolina have i-Phone 7s while Giulia has an i-Phone 6s.

Caterina has an old LG Nexus for Google. Sabrina has a two-year-old Samsung.

Read their comments below. But first read Alessandra’s story:

1) What make is your phone? How long have you had it?
My phone is an old model by Apple, iphone4. I think I have had it for about 5 years.
2) Would you like to get a new one? Why?
I’d like to get a new phone since the battery of the actual one runs down quickly. Moreover, its connection speed is slow because of the old hardware.
3) What ringtone do you have?
I have selected a faint ringtone.
4) What do you use your phone for (apart from talking)?
I use my phone to get all information I need from the Internet, to download apps of interest, to listen to music. In short, when I’m outside home or office, I use it as a small computer.
5) Where and when do you normally switch off your phone?
I never switch off my phone if my son is not with me. For example, if I’m in office and he’s at school or to do sport or with his friends. In such occasions, I prefer to be contactable. I turn off my phone when I’m with my family in quiet zones (hospitals, churches, trains, etc). When it is necessary, I put it on vibrate/silent mode. I usually use the silent mode when I’m in the classroom to lecture or in the lab with my students. Those are the most common situations for me.
6) Have you ever lost your phone?
I’ve never lost it. I often forget where I’ve left it!! My students enjoy looking at me while I’m looking for it. In the same way, I always forget my keys somewhere in my lab.
7) Have you ever sent a message to the wrong person?
Fortunately, I’ve never made such a mistake.
8) Have you ever forgotten to turn your phone off (with embarrassing consequences)?
I think only twice. Consequences were not embarrassing since my ringtone is soft and the situations were not particularly ticklish.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira says:

    My phone is a Samsung S7 model. I have had it for over two years and sometimes it dosen’t work. I’ll buy new phone only with a good priece. The phone is many important for me because I use it for work, particular, to riceve and to send email and to research the articles on my subjects of study. I like taking picture with my friends. I respect quiet zones on train, cinema, school of english and I use vibrate mode. I
    don’t swich off the phone because I live away from my family and my brother who always call me when in need.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this Elvira!
      “I’ll buy a new phone only if the price is right.
      “The phone is very important for me ”
      especially to send and receive emails”

      I hope these help!
      Yours,
      Michael (Editor)

  2. Noël says:

    My Phone is an iPhone 7 and I’ve had it for two years. In this moment I have already bought a new iPhone, last month, but I’haven’t had time to use it.
    I bought a new iPhone, because the battery of iPhone 7 doesn’t work very well and the screen is broken. As ringtone I have chosen “Old phone”, because it’s classic and I love it.
    I use my phone to send and receive email, to wake up and for GPS.
    Normally I turn it off when I’m writing a review or essay and when I’m reading.
    I’ve never lost my phone, maybe because I was born in Naples and I paid a lot of attention to my phone (and my wallet).
    Sometimes it happened to send a message to the wrong person, fortunately nothing emabarassing.
    I’ve never forgotten to turn off my phone, because I put ever my phone on vibrate o silent mode.

  3. GIULIA says:

    My phone is an IPhone 6s. I have bought it about 2 years ago.
    In this moment i don’t want to buy a new phone because it works very well, but i’m going to buy a new iPhone’s model in a few months because it will be more updated than mine.
    I have the regular iPhone’s ringtone.
    Generally, i use my phone to send messages to someone, to download apps or games, to use the social-networks and to read the current news on internet .
    I usually use the silent mode , but I switch off my phone only when I stay in quiet zones or on a plane.
    I have never lost my phone .
    It’s never happened to me to send a message to the wrong person.

  4. Caterina says:

    My phone is an old model by LG, a Nexus for Google. I think I have it since 2013.
    I would like to get a new one because the battery is runs down quickly, and the ardware and connection are slow and sometime the Apps don’t run. I hope Santa Claus will give me a new one, I wrote the letter…
    My ringtone is the Star Wars soundtrack. I use my phone to chat with friends, for Facebook, to make photos and for reading work’s email
    I normaly switch off my mobile at cinema, theater, restaurant, when I go running and during the English lessons.
    I never lost my phone. I often send message to the wrong person or chat.
    Once I forgot to turn off my phone during a presentation speech of an art exhibition, when the Sar Wars music started was very embarrassing, also because I could’nt find the phone in my bag.

  5. Carolina says:

    My phone is an iPhone 7, I have had it since last year.
    In this moment I’m not looking for a new model because two weeks ago I dropped my phone on the floor and I had to change the screen, now it works well, more or less.
    I have got “Apertura” as my ringtone.
    I use my phone to talk, send message, take photos and to set alarm clock to wake-up but also to remind me something that I have to do.
    I use my phone also to be on social networks: I don’t like very much Facebook, but I like Instagram because I love taking photos and Instagram is a way to share post pictures and videos.
    I usually don’t switch off my phone because on the iPhone the alarm clock doesn’t works if the phone is switched off, but before sleeping I’m turning my phone into airplane mode. I’ve never lost my phone, but it was stolen twice from my bag.
    Maybe once or twice I send messages to the wrong person.
    I don’t forget to turn my phone off because usually I put my phone on a silent mode.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks Carolina! I’ll look for corrections later.
      Yours,
      Michael (Editor)

  6. Sabrina says:

    My phone is a Samsung model. I have had it for two years. It isn’t old but i’d like to get a new one like an I Phone model. It costs a lot and i wait for sale season to buying one.I have got Over the Orizon as my ringtone.I use my phone for talking, sending messages, internet connection, taking photos, recording appointments and as an alarm clock. I switch off my mobile only when i sleep in the night. At work and at english lessons i insert the vibration on the phone for not disturbing other people. Also I turn off my phone when i’m watching a movie to the cinema.Once i lost my phone on the train. i think that it fell from the bag. I have never had it!

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks Sabrina! A nice piece. Here’s a correction:
      “It costs a lot and I am waiting for the sales before buying one.”

      Michael (Editor)

  7. Baljit kaur says:

    1)My phone is s7 model. I have bought five months before.
    2)In this time I don’t want a new phone.
    3)I have selected my favourite songs ringtons.
    4)Usually I used my phone for conversation,sending massages,Internet,playing games etc.
    5)I turn of my phone when I am in lesson,in Temple,and when I am sleeping at night.
    6)yes last summer holidays i lost my phone model note 2.my phone fell in water.
    7)sometime i send massage to wrong person.
    8)I am very careful about this moment.in don’t forget to turn off my phone (with embarrassing consequences)

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this Baljit! a few small corrections:
      “My phone is the s7 model”
      “I bought it five months ago.”
      “I have selected my favourite songs as ringtones.”
      “sometimes I send a message to the wrong person”

      I hope these help!
      Happy Christmas,
      Mike

  8. Elisa says:

    1)What make is your phone? How long have you had it?
    My phone is a LG model that I have bought two years ago.
    2) Would you like to get a new one? Why?
    Fortunately, my phone works very well so I don’t think I’ll change it soon.
    3) What ringtone do you have?
    I have a normal ringtone.
    4) What do you use your phone for (apart from talking)?
    I use my phone to text with my friends, to receive and send emails and to download apps.
    5) Where and when do you normally switch off your phone?
    I turn off my phone during a job meeting, an English lesson and everywhere It’s forbidden to use it.
    6) Have you ever lost your phone?
    No, I haven’t. Sometimes I forget it but I have always recovered it.
    7) Have you ever sent a message to the wrong person?
    No, I haven’t, but I’m distracted so I imagine it will be soon…
    8) Have you ever forgotten to turn your phone off (with embarrassing consequences)?
    No, I haven’t but if it did I would be so very embarrassed.

  9. Carola says:

    1) I have jet a traditional cell phone!;-) I have an ancient and efficient Nokia phone! I bought it 11 or 12 years ago!
    2) My friends and collegues invite me to change it!
    3) I have a simple melody.
    4) I send messages.
    5) I turn off my phone when I work or similar occupations, when I attend a course and when I sleep during the night.
    6) A lot of years ago, I was in a park and someone stole my phone.
    7) Yes!!! A lot of years ago, I sent a message to my ex-ex…boyfriend instead of my friend.
    8) Only once during my work but it wasn’t embarrassing because it was the first time!

  10. Marina Coica says:

    1) What make is your phone? How long have you had it?
    My phone is an Apple SE model. I have had this phone for six months, it was a birthday gift from my sister.

    2) Would you like to get a new one? Why (not)?
    I wouldn’t like to get a new one, because i have had it for a few months and it works very well.

    3) What ringtone do you have?
    I often selected my favorite song as a ringtone.

    4) What do you use your phone for (apart from talking)?
    I habitually use my phone to receive and send e-mails, to download various apps and also to set the alarm clock.

    5) Where and when do you normally switch off your mobile?
    Normally I never switch off my mobile. I use silent or vibrate mode, specially at cinema, theatre and gym.

    6) Have you ever lost your phone?
    Fortunately I never lost my phone.

    7) Have you ever sent a message to the wrong person?
    I think I never send message to the wrong person, I am usually very careful.

    8) Have you ever forgotten to turn your phone off (with embarrassing consequences)?
    I am very precise, but a month ago while I was at the job interview I forgot to turn off my phone, fortunately no embarrassing consequences because i hadn’t received any call.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Marina! Some corrections:
      “I often select my favorite song as a ringtone.”
      “I often choosemy favorite song as a ringtone.” – this is also good.
      “Fortunately I have never lost my phone.”

      I hope these help!
      Michael

  11. Esmeralda says:

    -What make is your phone? How long have you had it?
    I have an iPhone 4s. I have had it since October 2011.

    -Would you like to get a new one? Why (not)?
    I would like to change it with a new one because it doesn’t work very well anymore. Often I have to wait some minutes before it restarts to work.

    -What ringtone do you have?
    I chose a ringtone called “Apertura” that it is the default one and I change it rarely.

    -What do you use your phone for (apart from talking)?
    I use my phone for many things: usually for searching something on the internet, sending messages through WhatsApp or Telegram, reading some news, taking pictures or videos and often for going on social-networks.

    -Where and when do you normally switch off your mobile?
    I switch off my phone every night just before sleeping except when I sleep out or when my boyfriend leaves Rome, so that if anyone needs me, I’m reachable.

    -Have you ever… lost your phone?
    No, I didn’t. I’m a very careful person!

    -Have you ever…sent a message to the wrong person?
    Yes, of course. I think that these are things that happen to everyone but I don’t remember any particular episode now.

    -Have you ever…forgot to turn your phone off (with embarrassing consequences)?
    Yes, of course. At least once in my life it must have happened, probably in the classroom. A similar funny incident happened to me some time ago: I was at the cinema with my boyfriend. I felt very tired that evening, so I fell asleep after a while with the phone in my hand, which I hadn’t turned off but only put on silent mode. At a certain point my sister sent me an audio-message and while I was sleeping it started to play – I don’t know how – so suddenly I woke up. I tried to stop it quickly but I couldn’t stop it. Actually I was still sleeping. My boyfriend helped me but everybody was watching me in that cinema and I was very embarrassed.

  12. debora says:

    I’ve an IPhone 6s pink that I’ ve bought an year ago. It’s a recent model of phone so it works better and I don’t think to buy a new one. I’ve a normal apple ring tone and I use my phone to take photos, send and check email, watch videos and send messages to my friends. I never switch off my phone but in my office I set it to silent mode. I’ve never lost my phone but often I send messages to the wrong person. I’m very distracted person. 🙂

    1. mikiroma says:

      Nice one! More soon,
      Michael (The Editor)

  13. Marina says:

    Hi Mike and classroom!
    I’m very sorry because of my job I write my comments only one time in the section “about us” but today, just before the new lesson, I’d like talking you about my phone.
    I have a 6 IPhone producted by Apple since about 2 years. I like it very much because I use this tool not only for calling but also for working too. Infact I have downloaded some app helping me during my job in the hospital for estimating gestational age or fetal weight or checking drug posologies.
    My ringtone is very pleasant and relaxing because I hate noisy sounds.
    Normally I never switch off my phone, I prefer using it in silent or vibrate mode during my work, a dinner with some friends, in quiet zone, in the bank,in the cinema or in the church. For this reason I never forget to turn my phone off, I simply don’t answer to the call or to the message.
    I loss my phone every day!!! At home, in my bag, in my office… wherever! Fortunately in these situation I can find it soon because I can’t live without it… Inside my phone’s memory there is my life… all my contacts, my mails, my photos, my secrets….!!!!

  14. Carmen Di Oronzo says:

    My phone is an IPhone 5s,black and white.It is not so bed
    I have this phone since October 2016, when I lost my old IPhone 4s and Andrea, my hasband, gave me his mobile to buy for himself a
    new, cool,black IPhone6 plus,the last model of Apple house.

    I would like to have a new IPhone,because the ringtone of my phone doesn’t work and my phone switch on noisily during my letterature and latin lesson .I’m imbarassed by my ringtone because I must not use my phone When I’m in a classroom.

    I have a tipical Apple ringtone,nothing special.

    I usually use my phone to take and send fotos and videos
    to write some email,message ,wa…and to do some Internet search

    I often loose my phone….at least once every year.
    Where? Wherever.At school, at supermarket,at the cinema….in my car…Yes! Sometime I loose my phone in my bag.I don’t known how, but It is truth.

    One time, When I was a young free woman with two boy-friends, I sent a sensual, erotic, sexy message to the wrong men…In any case an embarassing situation it became an exciting exsperience….;)

    Usually I play attention to switch off my phone, When I am during a lesson,at cinema,at mealtimes, at museum,età.,because I hate receiving or calling in unappropriate places
    That’s all.
    Thanks.
    Carmen

  15. Melania Perrone says:

    What make is your phone? How long have you had it?
    – I have an iPhone 6s, the penultimate model of Apple house. I have this phone since may 2016, when my boyfriend gave me it as gift for my bachelor degree.

    Would you like to get a new one? Why (not)?
    – I wouldn’t like to get a new one because I have this one only from few months. Also, it has an affective value.

    What ringtone do you have?
    – I have the typical Apple’s ringtone, the same of my boyfriend’s phone. So every time when a phone rings in our home, we don’t know if it’s my phone or his phone.

    What do you use your phone for (apart from talking)?
    – Usually I use my phone to take notes of something, to do some internet search, to send photo and video at my friends and sometimes to play during free time.

    Where and when do you normally switch off your mobile?
    – I switch off my phone when I’m in some classroom, like for my English course or academic course. Also every night before sleeping.

    Have you ever..
    ..lost your phone?
    – Yes, I lost one of my first phones, a Nokia 3330, when I was 13. I forgotten it on a bench, and when I came back after 10 minutes there wasn’t my phone more. It was a very bad experience, especially when I had to say my mistake to my parents.

    ..sent a message to the wrong person?
    – I don’t remember if I have ever sent a message to the wrong person. Probably it happened, but I removed this experience from my mind.

    ..forgot to turn your phone off (with embarrassing consequences)?
    – I don’t think that I had ever forgotten to turn off my phone, because usually I’m very careful.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Hi Melania, many thanks for this nice piece.
      I’d like to give you a few small corrections, listed below:
      “I have had this phone since May 2016″
      “I wouldn’t like to get a new one because I have had this one only for a few months. Also, it has sentimental value.”
      ” I have a typical Apple ringtone, the same as my boyfriend’s phone. ”
      “I left it on a bench”
      “especially when I had to tell my parents about my mistake.
      “I switch off my phone when I’m in a classroom, as during my English course”

      I hope these corrections help!
      – The Editor.

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