Handsfree or Handset, what is your preference?

Do you pickup the handset? - Handset versus Handsfree, what is your preference?
@whyaskq (7532)
Singapore
April 3, 2007 1:21am CST
When the phone rings, what is the first thing you do? Do you pickup the handset and hold it using your hands to talk? Or do you pickup the handset and "grab" it between the neck and the shoulders? Or do you just press the speaker button? Most people, when on the phone, habitually tend to "grab" the handset between the neck and the shoulders, claiming "no hands", or multi-task with the hands on the keyboard. I happen to be one of these people. I remember some of the advantags one salesman listed "help you maintain good sitting posture", "increase your productivity", "work and talk at same time", "gives you the busy look". I hate it when people use handsfree in my presence, be it from speaker phones or even handphones/cellphones. If the environment is not quiet enough, the speaker will have to speak louder than usual before the other party can hear him. Similarly, what comes out from the phone may not be music to the ears. In a way, it is a form of noise pollution to me. Perhaps I belong to the era resisting changes, and prefer more privacy, I never use handsfree no matter how busy I am. I only put to handsfree mode when holding on to a line. My dear friends, which is your preference? Use handsfree while talking on the phone or pickup the handset and talk? Appreciate your sharing.
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11 responses
@bluewings (3857)
3 Apr 07
I too prefer the handset over handfree primarily because I don't like the distant voices talking to me when I am on phone.It seems like they are not enjoying the conversation and thus,trying their best to stay away from it,lol.My friends know that and never use the speaker mode with me. As for myself ,I always use the handset,even when alone.First,I don't like someone else hearing the conversation.Second,when I don't enjoy it myself ,how can I let someone else suffer ?lol Technology is good ,but it's best when it comes with options.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
If it is my friends on speaker phone, I will tell them off. It's the bosses whom I find like to be on speaker phones, and I can't tell them off :P
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
If it is my friends on speaker phone, I will tell them off. It's the bosses whom I find like to be on speaker phones, and I can't tell them off :P
@bluewings (3857)
4 Apr 07
We should be friends with the boss of our bosses.Our boss won't dare touch the speaker again,lol.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Not that I shun technology, but I still use the handheld or the handset being picked up. This is because I make it a point to avoid multitasking, especially when I'm driving. I almost got into an accident, and I'm sort of accident-prone. Besides, I can make adjustments to the mobile as to loudness and/or speaker preferences (the usual way I would do it). Thus, the handsfree doesn't work well for me, even if I'm very busy and my hands are full. For me, it takes practice to avoid a bad habit. Of course, people are different. Different strokes for different folks. Happy myLotting!
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• United States
3 Apr 07
What I mean is, when I'm driving, I don't pick up the phone when it rings. It's either I drive or I talk on the phone (to avoid multitasking). Have a great day!
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
I agree to not driving and talking on the phone at the same time, even if the phone is wireless. Happy driving.
@webbuff (926)
• Philippines
4 Apr 07
im usually in the office and clients call me and its confortable for me to use the handsfree feature of my phone. sorry to hear you dont like handsfree but im sure when you are in a quiet place its more clearer.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
It just personal preference as I don't like the echo from using handsfree :P
• Canada
3 Apr 07
I always pick the handset up and hold it in my hand lol. I figure if I'm important enough to call, then I should be able to stop what I'm doing and talk to the person that called me. Of course if it's part of your job, I can see how it might be different. My partner uses a bluetooth for his cellphone so he has hands free when he's driving which is safer that holding the phone to his ear. I hate using those things though, and I find that he has to be careful how he positions the earpiece otherwise the microphone tends to pick up on what the person on the other end is saying, and repeat itself back to them. Thank god, I have no need of one of them.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
Sure, if it is an important call, I will drop everything to attend to the call too :P
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I think everyone is used to pick up the handset when the phone rings. As to my case, I usually pick it up and hold it using my hands. I only grab it between my shoulders and necessary, like if there's a need to do multi-tasking. But in the office, we don't need to pick up the handset because we are using a headset that would make us more comfortable to talk over the phone and do other work purposes online or on the database. :) I do use the speakerphone sometimes, that if others need to know what our conversation with the other party is all about. Otherwise, I only use the headset or the handset. :)
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
We too can use headset in office, but no one uses it because we cannot listen to radio ;P
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
well like you I don't prefer using handsfree phone or speaker phone because of privacy plus the person you are talking to might get a feeling of bit akward. I still use phone and wireless phones even infront of the computer. I only use speaker phone whenever someone needs to hear the whole conversation.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
In such a case, I use conference call.
@samrat16 (2442)
• India
3 Apr 07
I have met an accident when I was 25 and suffered from head injuries. Cause of this accident was a mobile only and yes mobile which wasn't handsfree but was used as handsfree ( exactly as you said mobile was hanging between neck and shoulder ). The guy on motorcycle was busy talking on mobile and suddenly turned to right without and indicator and which lead to an accident . My car was totally damaged and it caused me some 1500$ ( 60,000 rs. INR ) to get my car repaired. I prefer using handsfree after the accident as I don't want any more accidents in life. It's safe and good way to talk without disturbing people.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
Hope you are not driving and talking on the phone at the same time :P
@gabs8513 (48714)
• United Kingdom
3 Apr 07
I hold the Phone lol when I am talking to someone on the Phone this Person has priority as I think it is rude to be doing something else when talking to someone wether it is face to face or on the Phone.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
If face to face, I do not multi-task. I am in application support and hence, need to be at the keyboard while attending to phone calls :P
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
not sure where you got that most people do whatever, I pick it up and whole it I can't stand the thing on resting on my neck, it distracts me.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
It's my observation from my workplace and people around me. It's sort of habit for me to pick up the phone and grab it by the neck.
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
I don't have any hands-free or handset that works well enough. When I use either of them, the other party will usually claim that I can't be heard clearly or that there is an echo effect. Since I am such a nice person, I sacrifice my own comfort and just hold the phone by the handset. :P I put it between my chin and shoulder if the call drags on. Otherwise, it is just next to my ear till the end of the conversation.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
You are indeed considerate :P
@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Sorry, bighead. I'm one of those people who are forever hopping around. I'm using wireless phone. I tend to insert the phone in my fluffy neck and talk. Anyway, I got two long ears and its easy for me to listen. I don't mind about it really. Either the person I'm talking to are in a very crowded or noisy area. I just don't like them to tell me to yell on the phone so they can hear me. I don't know how to yell or scream.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
Ya, you got 2 long antennas and can hear well easily, BUT, I may not be able to hear you well as I do not have any and my ears are so small and near to earth :P