Mobile phone manner
Basic manner of mobile phone
There are different manner and custom of mobile phone from area to area in the world.
Those below are things to know in Japanese bussines scene regarding mobile phone.
First thing you should learn is about basic functions and services of Japanese mobile phone quipment related to business operations.
You can make advantage of voice mail sevice, transfer service, or silent mode, vibrator mode, or flashing display mode function that makes off the ringing sound,
and change the mode according to the place and occasion.
During a meeting inside the office
Meeting members must be anonyed by your mobile starts ringing during the meeting even if it was inner house. So, you are adviced to set the mode of your mobile that would not bother ringing such as voice mail service.
While your visiting, meeting with visitors, or negotiation
Turn off your mobile, or set to voice mail service mode if you are supposed to receive emergency calls.
It is important to show that you are committed to negotiation with the partner.
At public space or the train
Set your mobile to manner mode. In case you recive a call, tell briefly "Ima, densyano nakadesukara nochihodo kakenaoshimasu," (" I am on a train, so I will call you back,") and do not talk longer even if the caller was your customer.
There are possibly passengers who are using cardiac pacemakers and other medical electronic equipment, so you are obliged to turn off your mobile near priority seat. It is also a rule to make a phone call at the specified location in Shinkansen.
Ringtone of mobile and noise of phone speaking are anonying thing at any public space or a quiet place such as restaurant or hotel lobby. It is good manner that to set your mobile soundless mode and make a conversation minimum on the phone at such places.
Check the voicemail frequently
Your mobile may receive a emergency business call from a person who can not wait until your arrive at the office. So every time you turn on the mobile again, check the voicemail.
When you call mobile number
It is common that Recipient of your call can not to be committed to speake at the moment.
You should ask "Ima ohanashishite yoroshiidesyooka?" (" May I talk to you now?") before you talk about your point.
Manner in the streets
You may disrupt the the flow of passers-by by suddenly stopping in the middle of a walkway and making a phone call. If you answer when walking, move away without disrupting the flow or keep away from the crowd and talk.
Microphone of mobile phones cut ambient noise better than ordinary telephones.
You can talk in ordinary tone of voice instead of speaking up even in noisy crowd.
Be careful not to talk loud in the night street where voice resonates unexpectedly.
Call while driving is banned!
Road Traffic Act bans operating mobile phones while driving followed by rise in traffic accident caused by call while driving.
It is accident-prone moment that you answer the phone or you are committed to talking on the phone. You are advised to turn off your mobile or set it driving mode.
Whrer to turn off your mobile
Turn off your mobile in cinemas, theaters, and museums and inside hospitals and airplanes where electrical equipments and electronic medical equipments are used or areas where mobile phones are banned.