Mobile Phone Etiquette for 11 Countries Around the World

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With mobile phones being  increasingly ubiquitous all over the world, it will serve you well to know the dos and don’ts of mobile phone usage in different countries to avoid causing unintended offence. This engaging infographic from Repair Labs offers some helpful advice if you’re travelling to any of the countries it describes. Each country listed also depicts the main greetings used so you’ll know  the right way to say hello and goodbye.

Key Points

  • In some countries such as China, Thailand and Brazil, it is considered rude not to take a call, even in public places such as a library or in the cinema. In Thailand, people will often take a call during an interview or a business meeting.
  • In other countries such as France and Japan the opposite is true: it is considered rude to answer your phone in public places. It is not unusual in Japan to spot signs requesting that mobile phone users switch off their phones in public places.
  • Countries such as India do not observe the conventional western wisdom of not calling someone on their phones when it’s late.
  • Technological factors may play a role. In Russia, for example, people tend to be ‘to the point’ during conversations as a result of the poor phone quality.
  • The Chinese are particularly persistent with their mobile phone calling: they think little of letting the phone ring a dozen times only to hang up and immediately try again.
  • In the UK, eating/snacking while talking on your mobile phone is a definite no-no.
  • In Italy, clients will often take a call on their mobile. Although this is considered acceptable, it is not OK for a salesman to have his own mobile phone switched on during a meeting with a client.

 See Also: The Golden Rules of Modern Day Phone Etiquette

Do you have any examples of mobile phone etiquette not included in this infographic? If so, please share them in the comments box below.