July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month

National wireless provider Consumer Cellular provides tips on how to use proper cellphone etiquette
Portland, Ore. — Tuesday, July 5, 2011

In honor of National Cellphone Courtesy Month, wireless provider Consumer Cellular is encouraging its customers – and cellphone users around the country – to be mindful of others while on the phone.

"Cellphones have been a prominent part of our lifestyle for more than 15 years, yet people still find themselves wondering when – and how – it is most appropriate to make calls and respond to messages," said John Marick, Consumer Cellular CEO. "Consumer Cellular is dedicated to providing high-quality products and services for our customers, and part of this includes sharing tips on how to avoid or break potentially rude cellphone habits."

Recent studies show the most significant concerns regarding cellphone habits are texting while driving, loud public conversations and talking on the phone in restaurants, movie theaters and bathrooms. In light of these annoyances, Consumer Cellular is providing a quick lesson in cellphone etiquette.

DO:Keep conversations private. Avoid discussing confidential or uncomfortable topics in public while on the phone.
DON'T:"Cell yell," or talk loudly on the phone, distracting those around you.
DO:Turn your phone on vibrate or silent at business meetings, religious services, school functions, restaurants, theaters, sporting events and on dates. Also, avoid phone conversations and checking messages during these instances.
DON'T:Have ridiculous and loud ringtones. And if your phone rings when you’re unable to answer, be sure to silence it immediately.
DO:Abide by cellphone laws to ensure safety.
DON'T:Text while driving. It’s illegal in most states and it puts yourself and others at risk. Another important rule to follow includes turning off your phone while in-flight. The signal emitted by cellphones could affect the navigational instruments used by pilots.

National Cellphone Courtesy Month was founded to encourage increasingly oblivious cellphone users to be more respectful of their surroundings.

For more information on National Cellphone Courtesy Month and insights from Consumer Cellular CEO John Marick, visit: https://www.consumercellular.com/blog/cell-phone-courtesy/.

About Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, was founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service. The company provides its customers with simple, affordable cell phones and calling plans, guaranteed satisfaction and top-ranked customer support staff all located within the United States. Plus, Consumer Cellular customers never have to sign a long-term contract in order to start service.

The Portland, Ore.-based company is privately held and utilizes the nation's largest voice and data network, covering more than 296 million people - or 97 percent of the U.S. population. As one of the nation's leading wireless wholesalers, Consumer Cellular is able to purchase wireless service in large volumes, providing its customers with the best of both worlds: great low rates and the best cellular network available. For more information: visit ConsumerCellular.com or call (800) 686-4460.

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