Celebrate National Cell Phone Courtesy Month and Win the HTC One X for AT&T!

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.

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  • gamafree

    Cell phones ringing in church.

  • http://twitter.com/SilverRedScythe Signe’ Coleman

    A bad cellphone manner that really bothers me is when you’re talking to someone and you realize they’re actually talking to someone on their bluetooth and not paying you any mind.

  • magafree

    Texting while driving is a habit I don’t like to see

  • Jrmulinov

    I hate it when im talking to somebody and they’re texting or abruptly pick up a call

  • http://twitter.com/sunshyne1977 Chris Brundick

    Talking about personal business walking around the grocery store,mall,etc. Do not need to know somenes bathroom habits!

  • Kenny Singh

    When people walk in hallways or on streets while staring at their phones

  • http://www.youtube.com/matthewmspace matthewmspaceyoutube

    Someone talking on the phone in the movie theater.

  • Glaine09

    Making eye contact while on a bluetooth headset.

  • Laboyhs

    When the cell phone rings in church or the movies… worse if the person answers…

  • Tytyj91

    When you’re at the store and someone is texing while walking and almost run into you with a child in their cart. js.

  • Eg_hjhs

    Texting while watchin a movie gets me really pissed…..people need to take a break

  • Armani Blake

    Talking on the phone while using the bathroom is really annoying! And awkward!

  • Jake Baker

    Old ppl that text and drive.

  • lukemags

    Movie theatre texting…ugh

  • outpourworship

    Talking loud on their cell phone in cubicle land in our office!

  • curtis206

    cell phone ringing during a wedding ceremony.

  • mike231

    What really bothers me is people talking loudly on the phone in the train or subway as if they are the only one there.

  • Air4ozi

    Talking on your cell phone while paying at the register!

  • http://twitter.com/AJayHall62 Andrew Hall

    I not only disike cell phones ringing in church, I hate seeing a bluetooth earpiece in someones ear at church.

  • John Carroz

    People leaving their ringers on and then walking away from their desk with the phone blaring away without response. 

  • http://www.agentnerdy.com/ abitnerdy

    i really really hate when people text and drive, it put themselves and everyone around them in danger. i also hate when i go to pick up friends and they’re immediately texting, no hi, hello, or anything. 

  • http://twitter.com/bluecupcake416 Mara Archie

    Texting in Theaters
    Using cell phone while driving

    What REALLY bothers me the most is when i see moms on their cell phones instead of watching their kids .I understand we all have to get on our phones for whatever reason for a minute or two but if you’re on your phone for longer than 5 minutes and not even staring at what your what  child is doing then thats BAD  . 

  • Rmonabad16

    when you are a passenger and the driver keep on texting with a smile on face.

  • Liz Ticona

    Bothers me when i’m out at a restaurant with someone trying to have a conversation and they pull out their cell phone to text and don’t put it away, its rude 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002333317824 Dawn Schmidt

    When you are having a conversation and somebody answers their mobile phone and ignores you.

  • LittleBiscuit

    talking on the cell phone while in the ladies room 

  • tweetyscute

    My mom recent answered her phone in the movie theater and proceeded to have a conversation in Chinese while all of her family was trying to get her to hang up. Sadly she still doesnt get why it was wrong

  • Jamie Martin

    When people text other people that are in same room, talking smack. I understand, “You have some spinach in your teeth,” etc, but don’t talk about me, when I’m standing right there! 

  • Katherine Goulart

    Talking loudly on the phone in a quiet public place, like the post office or a restaurant. Um, hello?? I don’t need to know all your business!

  • Katherine Goulart

    Talking loudly on the phone in a quiet public place, like the post office or a restaurant. Um, hello?? I don’t need to know all your business! (reposted because I misspelled my email address!)

  • http://twitter.com/luvx14 luvx14

    I hate when people talk on the phone while at a restaurant!

  • shelster98

    Talking loud in the movie theater

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1205967344 Dennis Moore

    It really bothers me when someone texts or read texts while I am speaking to them. 

  • http://twitter.com/BionicSix MAR10 B6

    People taking calls on their mobile device during a movie/tv show or while in attendance at a live event or . No phone calls during the show…please!

  • tannawings

    When someone doesn’t say ‘excuse me’ if they NEED to answer- really if you are face to face talking they shouldn’t answer
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  • http://twitter.com/KawaiiTiff Tiffany Parham

    ringing in a movie theater or a meeting or other places where it is supposed to be quite

  • http://twitter.com/omega400 andre sinclair

    when i am at the movies and some one cell gos of i hate that when that happens.

  • Gerardo Zamora

    hate when people text during a movie at the theater

  • PudgyPanda

    Bathroom cell phone use

  • melmorgan4

    Texting while driving is a habit I don’t like to see

  • ewilliams1009

    Talking really loud on your cellphone on public transportation

  • Stephanie MacDonald

    People talking on the phone while using the bathroom!

  • http://twitter.com/John_Kim_Gong John Kim Gong

    I hate it when I look at others take out their iPhones, and I take out my mom’s slide phone >_>

  • http://www.twitter.com/jillyrh Jillyrh

    When people don’t turn off their cell phones in the movie theater.

  • Michelle S

    Ringers left on HIGH in a quiet place.

  • Michelle S

    Ringers on LOUD

  • http://twitter.com/archangelreb archangelreb

    I hate it when the phone rings in the movies and its a stupid ringtone.

  • Kammi

    I would give it to my Mom since she is with AT&T

  • Michelle S

    Why is my comment not sticking?  Anyways, I hate when people are having VERY personal conversations and they won’t excuse themselves elsewhere.

  • Dreamer

    That’s not what the “leave a comment” prompt asks.

  • http://twitter.com/ATweetMom Dee N

    Texting in a movie theater. The bright lights from the screen can be more annoying than someone talking on their phone in the theater.

  • Susan Heim

    I hate when people answer the phone when you’re in the middle of a discussion. It’s just plain rude! They should let the caller leave a message and call them back later.

  • aj34

    In a public bathroom don’t talk on your cellphone please

  • Rise Isom

    People that talk in eateries and do not care that others do not care to hear them!!

  • lindahp

    People talking really loud when waiting in line at the grocery store

  • Dealxbreaker

    I hate it when someone’s at the checkout counter and they keep talking on their cell phone. : |

  • http://twitter.com/MMcPheeters Madison McPheeters

    When someone is texting while conversing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rockypr70 William G. Santa Zayas

    If you drive dont text…and make sure you use hands free when driving

  • http://twitter.com/Atari_93 Christian


  • http://twitter.com/Atari_93 Christian

    Bad cellphone manners: when someone you’re on with on a date stays playing on the cellphone all night.

  • http://twitter.com/yagrossman Hudi Grossman

    cell phones ringing in synagogue 

  • http://twitter.com/Daveweinberger David Weinberger

    really obnoxious ringtones. 

  • marilyn

    taking calls on your cell while in a meeting with a group of peeps

  • http://twitter.com/jeepnie1 Jeffrey Wright

    the loud talkers drives me nuts

  • http://twitter.com/DirtyLilCard Lathan Card

    Nice phone. I want to hear Beats audio.

  • http://twitter.com/DirtyLilCard Lathan Card

    I hate when people yell because they cant hear on their end of the phone.

  • Andrew

    People talking while walking and not paying attention to anything.  Once, I was in the middle of a long checkout line at the grocery store and someone walked right into me.  He turned and moved on as if nothing had happened.  I was tempted to try to stick out my leg and trip him, but I didn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/Isabelmulino Isabel Mulino

    I hate it when people use their cell phones when eating

  • http://twitter.com/tracyparral Tracy Parral

    people talking on phones when at a check out lane

  • saminder gumer

    i hate people who talk on cell phones in the elevator.