Are you allowed to use your phone inside the bank?

@Janet357 (68691)
February 22, 2021 7:27pm CST
My MIL and I are inside the bank and there are many customers inside using their phones, like checking their fb and so on. But in some banks, such is not allowed. We are not allowed to make calls or send messages. Even the mere looking at the pics. In other words, no phones inside the bank. No idea, why this branch is so lenient with phones. How about in your country, do you have the same policy?
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@ZedSmart (16508)
• Philippines
23 Feb
They do not allow you to answer or making phone calls here but we can still use our phone other than that.
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
there are banks that don't even allow you to touch the phones
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@salimo (1273)
• Fez, Morocco
23 Feb
In my country citizens are allowed to use phones inside the banks , may be they prohibitif phone for security reasons you can't expect what some people Can do and there are many intelligent programms.
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
yes that is usually the reason. Well, they don't have uniform policy.
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@Hannihar (110895)
• Israel
23 Feb
@Janet357 I have no idea ir there is no phone policy inside banks here.
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@Janet357 (68691)
24 Feb
do you do online banking always?
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@Hannihar (110895)
• Israel
24 Feb
@Janet357 I check my accounts online.
@LadyDuck (327484)
• Switzerland
23 Feb
I have no idea, no one take out their phone while inside the bank, it's not really good manners.
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@Janet357 (68691)
24 Feb
yes there was a time such really infuriated me.
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@LadyDuck (327484)
• Switzerland
24 Feb
@Janet357 It's rude, inside a bank people should behave. What if they take photos of those who are inside? Where is the privacy?
@DaddyEvil (34564)
• United States
23 Feb
I wasn't aware phones aren't supposed to be used in a bank. (I just checked and yes, banks in the US prohibit the use of phones inside.) I just go in, do my transactions and leave. I don't have time to pull my phone out to do anything with it before I'm done and leaving.
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
here, the line is very long so you may want to use your phone out of boredom
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@DaddyEvil (34564)
• United States
23 Feb
@Janet357 Unless I need some unusual transaction, I usually stay in my car and use the drive-thru at the bank. Then, if the line is very long, I can do whatever I want in my car while waiting. (If the line is very long, I don't bother waiting... I just leave and try again later.)
@paigea (33404)
• Canada
23 Feb
I can use my phone at the bank, they even provide the WiFi
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
that's so nice of your banks there.
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@paigea (33404)
• Canada
23 Feb
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@JimBo452020 (42616)
• Montrose, Scotland
23 Feb
Most visits to the Bank involve using the app on the phone whilst there. T?herek are no rules against using phones in banks here in Scotland
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
oh okay. It is quite different there indeed..
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@JimBo452020 (42616)
• Montrose, Scotland
23 Feb
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@Shiva49 (18956)
• Singapore
23 Feb
I have seen people peering into their screens but avoiding sounds.
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@Janet357 (68691)
24 Feb
yes this is what others do as well.
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@ladyhero (729)
• Indonesia
23 Feb
what is the reason for the bank to make such a rule? In my country there are no rules, because not all who use cellphones are negative, it could be that he is waiting for someone's account number to make payments for buying and selling online.
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@Janet357 (68691)
24 Feb
no idea with these banks. they are always suspicious.
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• China
23 Feb
In China, mobile phones can be used in banks. But you can't talk loudly to influence others.
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
oh okay. It is nice to learn from other cultures.
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@sol_cee (26433)
• Philippines
23 Feb
Really? My bank allows us to use our phones inside. It would be boring doing nothing while waiting in a long line
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
true. Imagine, you will just sit for hours waiting for your turn.
@Dena91 (11365)
• United States
23 Feb
I don't use my phone in the bank but I don't normally have to wait that long to be waited on. I don't know if there are rules against it or not, haven't ever seen anything posted about it.
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
here the queue is always long. Like the longest wait i had had was 2 hrs. I wait for 30 minutes on average.
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@sunrisefan (27510)
• Philippines
23 Feb
I think there was a BSP circular prohibiting the use of mobile phones inside banks. In your bank, I think the guards have been very lax in implementing the circular.
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
yes they are. We can make calls and send messages.
@kaylachan (13941)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Feb
I think banks would prefer we don't for security reasons. Many phones (especially smartphones) have cameras on them. However, I've never come across an issue when it comes to using my phone. I've played games or other things while waiting to speak to someone. I don't make phone calls and usually remember to put the rinnger on silent or vibrate. But, then again, my husband is the only one who calls me with any reguarality.
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
Here, there was a bank that asked me to put my phone inside my bag while inside the bank. weird right?
@RasmaSandra (39715)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Feb
You can use phones in banks here. I am not sure about all the rules I mostly do my banking online,
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@Janet357 (68691)
23 Feb
for online for sure they don't encounter this. but we avoid online banking because hackers are so good nowadays.
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@thelme55 (64470)
• Germany
23 Feb
I think it is allowed here insurance banks.
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@JESSY3236 (13955)
• United States
23 Feb
My uncle one time called from inside a bank.
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@amnabas (13657)
• Karachi, Pakistan
23 Feb
Yes ..here is no restriction regarding using cell at bank.
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@May2k8 (14535)
• Indonesia
23 Feb
We are allowed to use phones while at the Bank.
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@prinzcy (18998)
• Malaysia
23 Feb
They're not allowed inside hospital's pharmacy too actually. But I think it's fine as long as we're not making too much noise.
@Janet357 (68691)
24 Feb
oh okay. I think only our country has that weird policy.
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