How Cell Phone Etiquette Is Different Around The Globe (INFOGRAPHIC)

We are used to talking in a certain way when we’re on the phone with someone. But we never think about the fact that greeting the person at the other end of the line is not done the same way in every country. I know that before reading this infographic, I didn’t!

But cell phone etiquette isn’t only how we greet somebody on the phone. It’s also the way we behave in public while talking on a cell phone. But not every country has the same acceptance when it comes to cell phone usage. So let’s look into the world of cell phone etiquette around the world.

Cell phone etiquette

Just like social behavior, cell phone etiquette varies from country to country. What is accepted in North America is not necessarily tolerated in Thailand or Russia. For example in Thailand, it is accepted to answer your phone during a job interview or a business meeting.

One thing that could surprise us as North American is that in Russia and China, the usage of voicemail is not as common as in the U.S. and Canada. Nowadays, most Americans and Canadians have voicemail, but in those two countries, you’ll have better luck to call back later.

The infographic

To help you learn cell phone usage worldwide, the team at the phone repair company RepairLabs has decided to put together a list of cell phone etiquette rules from the 11 following countries:

  • U.S.A.
  • Egypt
  • Russia
  • Brazil
  • France
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • U.K.
  • Thailand
  • Italy

For each country, you will find the greeting and parting remark as well as 3 of the common forms of phone etiquette. If you decided to visit one of those countries, it would make sense to learn the cell phone etiquette just like you would learn their customs and beliefs.

Click on infographic to enlarge

INFOGRAPHIC Cell Phone Etiquette World Wide
Courtesy of RepairLabs

Over to you

If you’re an avid traveler, these pieces of information could help you while visiting another country. Do you think this infographic could be useful on your trips? Are you surprised by those facts? And if so, what surprised you the most? Please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below!



6 thoughts on “How Cell Phone Etiquette Is Different Around The Globe (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  1. Hi Nataly,

    Thanks for sharing this with us. It’s cool to see how others around the world say hello and goodbye…Now I’m thinking of the Beatles song :).

    I’m sitting here trying to pronounce some of these LOL!

    Hope you’re having a great day! Talk soon. 🙂



    1. Hi Cori,

      You’re right, it’s so cool to learn how other countries say hello and goodbye. Now I’m thinking about the Beatles song too! LOL! 😉

      Thanks a lot for commenting, gf! Hope you had a great Monday! 🙂


  2. How interesting! Something I haven’t really thought much about before. It does kind of make me think of the differences in phone conversations I have with certain people and how I greet them or say goodbye depending on how formal the call is. The Thailand phone stuff sounds crazy! Makes me glad that we can turn our ringers off if we want to.


    1. Hi Ann,

      I never really thought much about this either! And I agree with you, the Thailand phone stuff does sound crazy! I would never answer my cell phone during an interview!

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for commenting! Have a great week ahead! 🙂


    1. Hi girlie,

      Thought it was cool too! It’s fun to see the way cultures are different from one another and how some do things we would never do.

      Thanks for stopping by, gf! Have a great weekend! 🙂


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