I already heard Americans use the term "mobile" for "cellphone" -- which I thought was chiefly BE -- and so I wish you could tell if such usage of "mobile" has any currency in GAE?

Unless it might be called a "mobile" by Americans outside of the US or frequently traveling to Europe.

  • I find it astonishing that this most modern of conveniences, born into a globalised world, does not have a universal name. In the UK it is a mobile, in America a cell-phone, in France 'un portable', and in Malaysia they call it a 'hand-phone'. – WS2 Mar 9 '14 at 0:32
  • Anecdotally in California (San Francisco) I hear 'mobile phone' being used more than 'cell phone'. However this could be biased - as a British English speaker the Americans I speak with may be adjusting their language to me. – user200657 Oct 12 '16 at 19:25
  • What is GAE? Google App Engine? Greater American English? Typo for AmE? – 1006a Oct 12 '16 at 20:31
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    @1006a probably General American English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_American – nohat Oct 12 '16 at 22:24
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    My experience is hardly anyone uses "mobile" or "cell" anymore. It's just a "phone". If you mean a landline phone, you would call it a "landline" or, in an office, a "desk phone". – nohat Oct 12 '16 at 22:29

In common AE conversation you would say "cellphone" or just "phone". Mobile or mobile phone is recognized and used in marketing.

Usage: "Where the hell did I leave my (cell) phone."

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    “Mobile” is also used in a lot of address book apps. These days, I hear phone, cell, and mobile, roughly in that order. I mostly use phone, sometimes mobile. – Bradd Szonye Mar 9 '14 at 1:04
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    @BraddSzonye - I agree on the order. It is all contextual but phone pretty much means mobile now. If you are referring to a non-mobile you have to add description for that - landline or home phone. I do hear mobile used a lot in France but if hear someone in America saying mobile, I think they are a Brit or a tech-wannabe. – RyeɃreḁd Mar 9 '14 at 1:32
  • I agree. It's rarely used in plain conversation. I've never taken a sip of tea and said, "Ring me on my mobile." – David M Mar 9 '14 at 1:58

Mobile or cell phone can be used in America and both are used, but yes cell is used more often in everyday conversation. But on TV commercial and radio commercials here in America the term mobile phone is probably used a little more often.

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