Friday, June 29, 2007

Cell Phone Courtesy Month

July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, a time for cell phone users to learn and practice good social etiquette. It seems that we have all been victims of bad cell phone etiquette at one time or another. Hearing another person’s loud conversation while you’re trying to take in a nice meal, or having the key scene in a movie interrupted by loud ringing can really spoil your mood. Now is the time to assess your own cell phone practices and make a change for the better.

Good cell phone etiquette can be achieved with a few simple steps. Remember to turn cell phones to silent during important events, keep calls to a minimum length when in public areas, and use text messaging to cut down on noise. Think of your surroundings and turn your ringer lower or off when inside. Try not to yell into your cell phone. The microphone is sensitive enough to pick up even a low voice, so if the other person can’t hear you, then try your call at another time. When in doubt, always just ask yourself if your cell phone practices are something that might bother you if the shoe was on the other foot.

In the spirit of courtesy, now is also a good time to assess if your cell phone provider is being courteous to you. Cell phone contracts today are riddled with hidden handset upgrade fees, overage charges, activation fees, and other headaches. TracFone is courteous to you by putting you in charge of your own cell phone with no credit checks, activations fees, hidden costs, or confusing monthly bills. You decide how many minutes you will need, and you choose the features you will use. There are no annoying surprises lurking for you at the end of the month. That means a happy cell phone experience is on the horizon for everyone!

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