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Ministry of Propaganda - 02/March/2003: "Mobile phones and meetings"

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Mobile phones and meetings

The New York Times writes about companies outlawing mobile phones in meetings. I think some of this is just about manners. Mobile phones and most office phone systems have voicemail capabilities, so I don't understand why people are not using this facility. To me it is good manners if I'm in a meeting/discussion with someone and the phone rings to let it go to voicemail. I can then call back once I've finished whatever I was doing at that moment. My favourite quote from the NYT article: "I don't know how you can get any work done if you're always on call," said Mr. Rotherham, who carries a cellphone only when he travels. "At what point are you so connected that you become disconnected?"