Or mobile phone. Pronounced to rhyme with so vile. The traditional U.S. equivalents have been, in order of adoption, cellular phone, cell phone and cell. For a true telephonic Britishism, use on (instead of at) before giving your number, as in “Ring me on 555-1212.” “In other words, the kind of people who would call in — on a mobile phone, perhaps — for Tom Petty tickets.” (New York Times, February 6, 1995)/”Once readers click on their 21st article [from nytimes.com in a month], they will have the option of buying one of three digital news packages — $15 every four weeks for access to the Web site and a mobile phone app…” (New York Times, March 17, 2011) Google Ngram.
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