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September 02, 2006


I am told that every Austrian has at least one mobile phone. So why is it that the shops of the mobile phone companies are always full of queues of people who look as if they wanted to buy a mobile phone? Is a mobile phone something like a disposable razor, a thing that you use for a while and then throw away and get a new one? Or, just how many does "at least one" mean?

Posted by Horst on September 2, 2006 05:20 PM to creatures great & small | Tell-a-friend

scotty said on September 4, 2006 09:15 PM:

I've noticed that a ton of folks like to carry two around: one for each hand usually.

dieter said on September 5, 2006 08:53 AM:

After nine months, a mobile phone is hopelessly outdated. Furthermore, nowadays, you can not only hop from one tariff to the next and then back several times a year, you can also hop from one provider to the next without that many troubles. It really seems that quite a lot of peoply actually fall for every other campaign and change their tariff or their phone or both. I have witnessed such behaviour on many occasions.

mig said on September 5, 2006 04:30 PM:

I would suspect that the turnover rate is higher than the international average in Austria, and other countries where German-style toilets (or any other toilet where it is regularly necessary to bend over and brush the porcelain clean) are common. At least for people like me, who carry their mobile phone in their shirt pocket.

Jann said on September 6, 2006 05:50 AM:

High too where there are people who throw their cell phones (against the wall or wherever) when they're displeased with the conversation that has taken place.

But the biggest problem, at least in the US, is that many, if not most, old cell phones end up in landfills, where toxins (lead, arsenic, mercury, etc.), leach out and eventually contaminate the groundwater. Several states have passed laws requiring that cell phones be recycled somehow; I don't know how easily such laws can be enforced.

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