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Does anybody (non-German) ever use the word handy instead of mobile-phone in English?

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  • Even mobile phone is anything but universal: in North America, it’s a cell phone or just a cell. – tchrist Jun 25 '14 at 14:47
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    Do you have any reason to suspect that English speakers would use a German word for their mobile phones? – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jun 25 '14 at 14:53
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    Also important to note before using it in the US, "handy" is a slang term for something totally unrelated to mobile phones. I leave searching urbandictionary as an excercise for those not at work. – Digital Chris Jun 25 '14 at 14:57
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    Speaking of adapting the spelling (too much): in English, all languages are written with a capital letter (just like in German). – RegDwigнt Jun 25 '14 at 15:00
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    Someone told me the other day that in France they now say 'handy phone'; though when I was last there, a year or two ago, they were saying 'portable'. In South East Asia (Malaysia & Singapore) they talk about their 'hand phones'. – WS2 Jun 25 '14 at 15:15