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Tips for ill-mannered cell phone users

Etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore draws on her years of experience to create a list of what she calls "suggestions" for cell phone users.

Etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore has drawn on her years of experience to create a list of what she calls "suggestions" for cell phone users.

see related story: Cell phone carriers call for etiquette In the parlance of the ever polite etiquette-expert world, "suggestions" is about as strong a word that's used. It's impolite, after all, to tell someone they are doing something wrong, she suggests.

The tips listed below were originally written for Sprint PCS customers.

• Let voice mail take calls when you're in meetings, restaurants, courtrooms or other busy areas.

• Speak in a regular conversational tone.

• Use the vibrate function or turn off phones in public places.

• If you are expecting a call that can't be postponed, alert your companions ahead of time.

• Consider using two-way messaging or short messaging services when you are with others.

• Use discretion when discussing private matters or certain business topics.

• The people you are with should always take precedence over the call.

• If you are put off by a cell phone user, alert a maitre d' or another authority figure. Don't take matters into your own hands.