Daily Archives: 8 November 2006

The Speaker Phone Menace

Has anyone else noticed a growing phenomenon of people using their mobile phones like walkie-talkies? In other words, they switch the phone onto ‘speaker’ and then talk into it like you could a dictaphone, as opposed to holding it up to your ear.

It’s an exceptionally annoying habit. Not only do you get to listen to both sides of the conversation, but the fact that in a noisy street it is clearly hard to hear from a tinny speaker what the other person is saying, people tend to shout even more loudly than they do when using mobiles normally.

Up until this morning, I thought it was just some emerging ‘yoof’ habit, as most of the people I’ve seen doing it have been spotty oiks. But this morning my ears were invaded by some 40-something Scottish woman having some bizarre conversation with a colleague about what sounded like management consultancy stuff.

Anyone else encountering this? Can anyone explain it?