This July marks the 10-year anniversary of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and with more wireless devices being used in the United States than there are people (CTIA), cell phone manners are more important than ever. Whether it’s an alarmingly loud ringtone in a restaurant or using your phone in the movie theater, we’ve all been offenders at some point, so make sure to be as courteous as possible when using your cell phone – especially during this month! Plus, to celebrate, we are giving away two HTC One X smartphones from AT&T. You can enter to win one below. But first check out some cell phone courtesy tips, stats and apps… all courtesy of AT&T.
1. Volume control.
Be aware of your surroundings; keep your ringtone on low or vibrate and avoid discussing private or confidential information when in public places like restaurants. Silence your cell phone when you’re having an important conversation so you can offer your full attention and avoid disruption. If you receive an important call while you’re with company, politely excuse yourself and answer the call or text in another room.
AT&T Tip: Silencing you’re cell phone not only avoids distracting alerts, it also saves battery life!
2. Movie Theater Spotlight.
Silencing your cell phone at the start of a movie is standard these days, but nothing could be more distracting than a bright spotlight when some receives or is responding to a text message in a dark movie theater. If you must use your phone, adjust your settings to a lower brightness.
AT&T Tip: If you have the Samsung Galaxy Note from AT&T, you can easily adjust the brightness settings on the homescreen by simply holding you finger on the top of the screen and moving from left to right to dim brightness.
3. Don’t text and drive.
Keep yourself, passengers and other drivers safe as you drive is the most courteous thing one can do.
AT&T Tip: Keep everyone safe on the road by downloading the AT&T DriveMode app. When enabled, the app sends a customizable auto-reply message to incoming texts, letting your friends know you’re behind the wheel and will reply when it’s safe.