Why do some People use 2 or more cellphones at the same time?

@incus99 (1085)
Philippines
June 28, 2010 6:14am CST
I have often noticed that some people use 2 or more phones.. the usual answer is that the other is dedicated for texting SMS and the other for calling.. some have difficulty leaving their old phone number with fear of losing links to old chums and friends.. some just want to have two numbers.. I find totally ridiculous..you can't really text from different phones at the same time and maintain a steady message... you can't entertain 2 business calls at the same time.. if you want your old number.. you can always keep your old sim card or inform all your contacts that you shifted to a new phone.. if you pay a fix rate per month, having two phones only means that you only used and maximized half of its potential... I still find it practical and convenient to use one phone...
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38 responses
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
28 Jun 10
I guess different reasons make sense to different people. I only use 1 cell phone & I use it for everything, personal & work purposes. I do have 2 jobs & I use cell phone for both of them a lot, well, at least for me. I use somewhere between 2,500 to 3,000 minutes a month & 75% of that is work related. At one point, I went through little over 7,000 minutes & 9,200 text messages, not counting emails. I find it easier to keep track of everything if I have 1 number.
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@laratri (254)
• India
28 Jun 10
hello... I also use 2 cellphones. One for personal use and other one for my work. But I don't text at both cellphones at the same time. Have a nice day... Thanks Laratri
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• United States
28 Jun 10
I have never seen or been around people who do this, but I find it ridiculous. You can do both on the same phone and as far as staying in touch if you have a new number, you can text them as a group to give the new number. Maybe they just want to look more important than they are. I don't know. Sometimes what people do astonishes me.
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@Arioch (190)
28 Jun 10
Yeah i think a lot of people have two phones one for personal use and one for work use, I know I do. Many employers do not like you using there mobile phone for your personal calls and its easy to check with itemised bills, so the easiest thing to do is have your own phone.
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• United States
28 Jun 10
I have two different cell phones but only one is on a monthly plan. That is my personal phone that is used for my work and family/friends. My secondary phone is for my ex-husband to communicate with our children and is a government issued phone. I refuse to let him have my cell phone number because of past harassment issues. He complained to Friend of the Court about having a contact number for the children, but in the past 2 months he has only called them once. Imagine that?
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• Sweden
28 Jun 10
Some have 2 phones beacause one is the "work" phone, and the other is their "private" phone. Sometimes you dont want to get calls from work, so you just turn it off, but if you family wants you something importat they still need to be able to reach you.
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@tap0991 (2767)
• United States
28 Jun 10
Actually there are other reasons my dad has two and one is for work and one is his personal use. They both can do the same things but his work didn't want him to pay for their services and so they could contact him when ever they want to ask him some questions or whatever they need from him. Your judgement might not be correct as the people you could see could be like my dad.
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
i have two cellphones but different service providers. one is my personal number for business and friends while the other one is intended for long conversations with my bestfriend since the other service provider offers very affordable rates.
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@xarex777 (467)
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
Hi! I think the reasons why most people use 2 or more cellphones because they like the brand new cellphones features like wi-fi and 3g like these phones on list http://top7listing.blogspot.com/2010/06/top-7-cellphones.html . I have 2 cellphones and I love to have latest features on my phone :)
@jinjer168 (1597)
• Philippines
24 Jul 10
Hi there! My husband uses 2 cellphones, but the other cellphone still have a dual SIM feature that's why i considered that he's using 3 cellphones. The first one is for all his personal use, the numbers are exclusive for his family, friends, office mates and acquaintances. The second phone is for his possible clients in his buy and sell business so its for pure business cell phone only. The third one is for his wire less land line, this is so helpful for he could receive and make a call in any land line number he wanted to make call to. Me, i only have two. One is for all my personal calls and texts and the other one, exclusive for me. my hubby and closest family members only. Have a nice week end!
• India
24 Jul 10
What you say is right. But, i have known people who use two and sometimes even more cellphones at the same time. Some disclose those numbers to different group of persons. One number is reserved for family and close friends. Other for business purpose. And another one strictly kept a secret. They try to be in touch and still try to be left alone at sometimes. I don't understand why they can't just avoid the calls. Or more simply just switch off their cellphones. Of course the reason you have described is also common. That maybe because different networks differ in their sms and call tariffs. But, whatever maybe the reason carrying multiple cellphones might be feeling somewhat cumbersome. Anyways, have a great day.
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
well, most of those who own two or more cellphones do it as part of getting organized... i also have two -- one personal and the other business... and i intend to get another one for roaming local land line communication... that's cheaper...
• Bulgaria
9 Jul 10
1.Different operators 2.Business and personal 3.Dudes :)
@balasri (26545)
• India
30 Jun 10
I use too.One personal and the other business.I do not want to be disturbed after the business hours.So I do not use the duel sim phones.I use my own after the business hours.
• United States
30 Jun 10
Maybe they are rich and they can afford to use more than 1 cell phones lol. Or maybe it has its own purpose the other cellphone is for business and the other cellphone is for family and friends
@ShepherdSpy (8558)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 Jun 10
Some people will have a phone provided for them by their employer,and to keep their work related calls separate from their private ones will keep another phone..Here in Ireland,though not a very big country,We have different phone providers on either side of the border dividing North and South..If your business would have you travelling cross border,to avoid roaming charges some would keep a phone with a provider to use on either side..Working with French and other European students,I find many of them will keep a phone from their home country to contact their families,and one they bought locally to use while staying Here..
@Canellita (12051)
• United States
29 Jun 10
What works for you has no bearing on what works for others. Sometimes the things people do make sense only to them and sometimes these things are what is most practical under certain circumstances. It should not matter if someone has six cell phones as long as they are able to maintain them.
@bettydeng5 (1772)
• China
29 Jun 10
Mostly business person who have two or more mobile,I guess one is for family, one is for business purpose. Because their priviate mobile should be secret, and don't need to others disturb their life. This can understand. For common people,I think one mobile is enough to use, and we should pay the fee for every number, so it's enconomic and convenient to use the mobile to contact people.
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
People like me who work abroad/overseas usually have 2 phones (at least) for the reason that we use 1 sim card from home country for them to contact us at a cheaper rate. It is usually a pre-paid sim card since it's cheaper that way and you can control your calls/texts. On the other hand, we are using also a separate sim in the host country of where we are for our daily usage and calling our loves ones back home because it's cheaper that way too than using the former sim. At least this is one reason (could be valid enough for my situation) that I can relate with.
@markphil (285)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
Yes, ridiculous but true. Most of the time they also use it especially teenagers as not to be busted by their girlfriends or boyfriends because there are chances of swapping cellphones between the two hehe..