Phone Etiquette World Wide (Infographic)

What is Proper Phone Etiquette? We all know what the common rules of using a phone are in America, such as don’t talk loudly in public, answer your phone during an important meeting or interview, or always set your phone on silent while out, such as at the movies, a restaurant or a play.

With that said we here at Repairlabs were curious what the rules of using the phone are in other countries. Just like being aware of their customs and beliefs, it also makes sense that we should be aware of the proper greetings and some of the common forms phone etiquette in their country.


Greeting: Hello, Hey
Parting Remark: Good Bye

  • It is proper etiquette in the US to silence or turns off your cell phone while in public places like movie theatres, churches, and restaurants.
  • A common unwritten rule of phone etiquette is to not speak too loudly while talking on a cell phone in public. This is to avoid disturbing people around you.
  • Unless you have permission it is common courtesy to call someone no later than 9 pm, unless there is an emergency.


Greeting: Alo
Parting Remark: Ha, al’likka

  • It is customary in Egypt to exchange pleasantries for up to 5 minutes prior to starting the actual conversation.
  • After the conversation has started, they make sure to give full attention to the person on the phone.
  • It is common for Egyptians to give their phone number out to complete strangers they meet on the street or in the train.


Greeting: Allo
Parting Remark: Dasvidaniya

  • When you call a Russian they might not say anything when they pick up the phone, or they will ask “who is it?” Russian are leery of talking on the phone.
  • A lot of Russians with cell phones use Ringback tones, so when you call your friend expect to listen to some loud music until they answer.
  • The usage of voicemail is not as common in Russia as it is in some other countries. You’ll have better luck calling at a later time.


Greeting: Alô
Parting Remark: Tchau

  • It is considered rude to not answer a call. Some Brazilians even answer their cell phones in a meeting or a movie, although most will step out.
  • It is common for Brazilians to constantly say “uh” while you are talking. This is proof to the speaker that they are still on the line, due to poor phone lines.
  • Also when they call someone they will ask “Who are you” even though they have made the call.


Greeting: Allô
Parting Remark: Au revoir

  • The French tend to speak softer than most so it is considered rude to speak too loudly into the phone.
  • Like in America, it is polite to not answer your cell phone while in public places, or on public transportation. Most even silence them even while dining.
  • The French are also wary of giving personal information over the phone until they are sure of who is on the other end.


Greeting: Nǐ hǎo
Parting Remark: Wǒ guàle

  • China is known for large crowds of phone users who talk whenever and wherever they want. They will interrupt a face-to-face conversation to answer a call.
  • They are also known as notorious callers, letting the phone ring for 10-15 minutes before hanging up and calling you right back.
  • The Chinese are not known to utilize messaging or voice mail, and most don’t even have an answering machine.


Greeting: Ram Ram
Parting Remark: Alavida

  • In India, it is perfectly normal and accepted to call someone after 10 pm.
  • Don’t be surprised to hear obnoxiously loud ringtones in public, and people talking on the phone while in a library.
  • Indian use text messages often, however it more expensive than placing a phone call.


Greeting: Moshi, Moshi
Parting Remark: Ja, ne

  • It’s considered rude to talk on your phone when around strangers in public places. In fact, there are signs posted asking you to stay off your phone.
  • It’s common in Japan for the parents/elder of the house to answer the phone with their typical phone greeting being “hello, this is ——residence”.
  • It is prohibited to talk on your phone or text messages while driving or riding a bicycle, but most do it anyways.


Greeting: Hello, Hiya
Parting Remark: Bye, Laters

  • The UK like the US had cell phones for a while and has developed proper phone etiquettes. They will answer the phone with a polite hello.
  • It’s not uncommon for a phone to ring 6-10 minutes before going to the answering machine. which is about twice as many as common in the US.
  • Eating on snacking while on the phone is considered extremely rude and will usually be met negatively by whoever you are talking to.


Greeting: Halloh
Parting Remark: Sa wet dee

  • People in Thailand are known to answer the phone at the craziest times including during a job interview or business meeting.
  • They also call people and allow the phone to ring until somebody answers. no four ring politeness like in the US.
  • It is considered rude not to answer your phone at work and even if you don’t want to. It’s possible it will ring all day if you don’t.


Greeting: Pronto
Parting Remark: Ciao

  • Italians answer the phone with the work “Pronto”, depending on the context, means to speak promptly or “ready”.
  • It’s acceptable in a sales meeting to keep your phone on the answer it as a client, but the salesman absolutely has to turn off their phone.
  • Most don’t use voicemail, but if you do leave a message keep it short and to the point, 30 seconds max.

World Wide Rule

No matter what part of the world you live in, there is one common rule accross the Globe when it comes to cell phone use. It is never safe to text or talk on a phone while Driving, Riding a Bike, Sledding, or even operating a rickshaw.

So REMEMBER to PUT down the PHONE while ON THE ROAD.

Phone Etiquette World Wide (Infographic)
Phone Etiquette World Wide (Infographic)

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