Monday, June 26, 2006

Can you hear me now -- yes, and so can everyone else

Do your co-workers really want to hear the latest ring-tone you are using for your cell phone? Do they really want to hear every word of your cell-hone conversation? Do they appreciate you interrupting a meeting to take a call?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to review your cell phone etiquette. Help is available: cell-phone giant Sprint is offering etiquette tips to customers in honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in July.

Go to for a list of do's and don'ts, a cell phone etiquette quiz and information about National Cell Phone Courtesy Month. The company also is making available a podcast interview with Jacqueline Whitmore, founder and director of The Protocol School of Palm Beach (Fla.) and originator of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, at

A 2004 survey by Sprint of 723 adult cell phone customers found 80 percent of those responding believe cell phone callers have become less courteous, but 97 percent don't believe they are part of the problem.

Where do you fall: Are you part of the problem or is it everyone else? Tell us and the rudest cell phone behavior you've witnessed or your own biggest cell phone faux pas.

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