A not irrelevant article here: http://news.sky.com/home/technology/article/16147572
At the same time, you don't always know in advance whether or not you will need in, as it can be invaluable in the event of an unforeseen emergency.
Even though I need mine all the time for business reasons, it's rarely if ever on anything other than silent / vibrate mode.
The only exception recently was almost a horror which might have impacted upon many here. I was invited to a box for the Philharmonia Prom conducted by Salonen last summer. Work delayed me and as I pedalled to the hall, I needed to hear and take a call which duly happened (I stopped to take the call - for the cycling safety vigilantes... ). But as I was late, I hastened on after and made it to the RAH with seconds to spare (orchestra on platform, Salonen not yet on, when I arrived). During the brisk Introduction of the 'Age of Gold' Suite I suddenly realised that I hadn't reset the phone and that if it went off, the world would hear my Bach C major Toccata BWV564 ring tone. The quiet slow second movement was torture. I couldn't get from the corner of the box to where my jacket was, without causing disturbance.
When the Shostakovich finished and I could get to the phone, I muted it and collapsed with a glass of something...
Afterwards, I noticed that a call had come in....about 5 minutes after I had silenced it
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
Oh Caliban! How could you?Caliban
my Bach C major Toccata BWV564 ring tone.
even though I use technology all the time (and do have an iPhone !)
I think we should have a "North Korean" policy on phones
There is ONE sound for it ringing, it's a ringing sound
NOT crap music intruding in everyones acoustic environment
If my phone announced itself using an unpleasant smell then people would complain
but crap little tunes (and this does include bits of Bach etc ) are as antisocial as a gufftone
rant over ........... as you were
I think you're right, ff (again ! )