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.

Annalisa has had an Iphone for 2 years because exactly two years ago, on April the first, her phone was stolen at Villa Pamphili.

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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33 Comments Add yours

  1. giovanni says:

    Hello everyone,
    my mobile phone is an Iphone 6s which I bought second hand in 2015. I bought it for more or less four hundred euros on Internet and I saved about three or four hundred euros.
    The main things that I usually do with it are: play CLASH ROYALE my favorite game at the moment, take pictures, to go on social network such as Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and also on WhatsApp.
    Sometimes I also use the GPS to go to unknown locations, English dictionary, music player and forecast to know if the next day I can get to work with my scooter or by car.
    I have removed every tone from it, because I don’t want to disturb other people when I am in public places such as Trains, the Metro etc. etc..
    I hate people who use the ringtone on high volume and talk loudly in public.
    I usually switch off my phone only when I am in the Airplane; everywhere else I put it in flight mode.
    I have never lost my phone and never sent a message to a wrong person.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Giovanni! A nice article. Here is a small correction:
      “to go on social networks
      “I have removed all the sounds [from it]

      I hope this helps! – Editor

  2. Ester says:

    MY PHONE AND I (Ester)
    My phone brand is Apple. The model is a black iPhone 7 plus with a capacity of 128 gigabytes. I have had it for two years. I would like to get a new one, but for now I think I’ll keep my phone because it works really well and has a very quick connection.
    I have a default ringtone called “Seta” but I’m searching a new one, because I’d like to change it.
    Apart from talking, I use my phone in different ways: to text a friend, to call mobiles and landlines by Skype, to record my pupils when they are playing the guitar, to fill in my online register, to scan documents, to download and listen to music, and to play videogames. I also use an app called “Guitar Tuna” as a metronome and to tune guitars and every morning I check, send and delete e-mail by phone.
    I switch off my mobile phone when I go to the theatre or to the cinema, if I am in a quiet zones as hospital, church or when I am inside the plane.
    I have never lost my phone. I have often forgotten it several times in different places and fortunately I found it again.
    Two months ago, I sent a message by WhatsApp to a friend of mine calling him “my love”, but I thought I had written it to my husband. It was very embarrassing.
    A few months ago, I forgot to turn my phone off during a classical music concert at the Auditorium “Parco della musica”. When the phone rang the people looked at me annoyed.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Thanks very much for this piece, Ester! A few small corrections:
      “but I’m looking for a new one”
      “to call mobiles and landlines via Skype”
      “if I am in a quiet zone such as a hospital”
      “When the phone rang the people looked at me in annoyance.”

      Nice!
      (Editor)

  3. Ilario says:

    I have an Iphone from one years. It was my birthday present because the old model was broken.
    I use my phone to get information from the internet, to post photos on instagram, to listen music, to write email and to find places on google maps. However, I don’t use my phone often and sometimes I forget to watch it.
    One years ago, I turned off my phone when I slept but, now, for my job, I usually turn off only message notifications to be reachable anyway with a call.

    In general, it’s very difficult to talk about my phone because it’s an object. And I haven’t a particular obsession with it. Luckily.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Thanks very much for this piece, Ilario! A few corrections:
      “I have had an Iphone for a year
      “to listen to music”
      “to write emails
      Last year, I turned off my phone when I slept”
      “I usually turn off only message notifications so as to be reachable anyway”
      “And I have no particular obsession with it.”

      Nice article! I hope these corrections help.
      (Editor)

  4. Alessandra Francioni says:

    I have a iPhone 8 from two years it is running well so I don’t need to buy another one. I never switch off it but I always put it on silent mode. When I was at work I never use it except for important things, however I use it as navigator when I drive and as dictionary when I study.
    Sometimes I forget it at work or at home because of the silent mode and in this case I really feel alone.

  5. Luca Cisci says:

    My phone is a Samsung A7 and I have it since about three months
    Certainly not, because my phone is new and I get on well with it
    My ringtone is a music about a cartoon i Cavalieri dello Zodiaco, not the theme song, just music without words that is heard inside the cartoon
    Generally I don’t like use the phone, I use it for call some friend, for internet and listen to music.
    I switch off my phone in situations that require it, like when I go to cinema, to theatre, if I go out with a girl, situations like these
    Luckly I have never lost my phone even if one time it was stolen from me, fortunately I saw the thief so I ran after him and I gave it back to him.
    No, I think it never happens
    It happened a long time ago in cinema and was a terrible and embarrassing moment

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for your piece about your i-Phone, Luca!
      One correction for now:
      “My phone is a Samsung A7 and I have had it for about three months”

      More again soon!
      Yours,
      Michael (Editor)

  6. Annalisa Gramigna says:

    My phone is an Iphone that I have had it for 2 years because two years ago, just the on April the first, my phone was stolen at Villa Pamphili.
    I don’t like any ringtone and so my phone is silent.
    I usually use my phone a lot during the day specially for look and for send some messages.
    When I am out of my office I use the phone also to read newspaper and to use facebook.
    I like to take pictures because Iphone makes them very well and also because after I can modify these pictures.
    I turn off my phone during the night and even when I am in the cinema or at the theatr, either because I don’t want noise and because I don’t wanto to contact the word outside.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Annalisa! Any corrections? Let me see:
      “My phone is an Iphone that I have had [it] for 2 years” – no “it” here
      “just the on April the first” => should be “precisely on April the first”
      “specially to read and send [some] messages”
      “because the Iphone takes them very well”

      That’s all for now. I hope these help. Many thanks once again!
      Editor

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

  12. 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)

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

  19. 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….!!!!

  20. 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

  21. 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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