Where to carry a phone to hear it ring - particularly for women

I often used to miss calls. With my latest phone, though, I was determined to find a way round the problem. Ideally I could wear the phone in a case attached to a belt as some men do or in a pocket, but women's clothes seldom have suitable belts or pockets.

Below are my conclusions on the pros and cons of the various options.

A strap to hang the phone round the neck

Most phones have the facility for a strap attachment in the form of a hook. Phones are, though, not sold with the strap, and the hook is to tiny and hidden that many sales assistants don't know that it is there. Often the back of the phone has to be taken off to expose the hook. Straps can be bought in some phone and camera shops. They have a short but strong thread attached to them that will go through the tiny hole to the hook.

This is the system that I have used for years with all my phones.

The advantages of the strap system are that with the phone hung round the neck the hands are free, and the arrangement works irrespective of what clothes one is wearing.

The disadvantages are that the phone tends to bounce around as one walks and it seriously gets in the way if one bends over. There is also the worry that the strap might break so that the phone would fall and break. In fairness, although this is a worry, it has never happened to me, in spite of considerable use.

A bum bag to keep the phone round the waist

The advantages of a bum bag are considerable: The phone is close to hand, is comfortable when walking, does not bounce around as one moves and is protected by the sides of the bag.

The disadvantages are that the bum bag is bulky and gets in the way for any movement other than standing or walking. I do a great deal of work on my laptop and find that wearing the bag at the the front gets in the way of the laptop, wearing it at one side gets in the way of my arms as I type and wearing it at the back is uncomfortable on my back when sitting.

A smart phone armband of the sort for use when exercising

The advantages of the arm band arrangement are even more considerable. The phone is always to hand while not getting in the way of any normal activity and it is protected in the armband's padded case. After a couple of hours of feeling the weight on my arm, I no longer notice that it is there.

One possible disadvantages is that it is all too easy to buy a case that doesn't fit the phone or is too rigid for easy removal of the phone for use. I have had to return several cases for these reasons but have homed in on a softly padded one which closes with Velcro, so eliminating this possible disadvantage.

The remaining disadvantage is that the armband does not work so well over bulky outdoor clothes. This is not just a matter of the band being too short, it is that the weight of the filled case pulls the sleeve downwards.

In summary, an armband case is ideal for carrying a phone while clothing is sleeveless or light.

A regular handbag

The advantages of putting the phone in a regular handbag is that it is the only really acceptable arrangement for attractive use.

The disadvantages are that a handbag is normally held some way from the ears and muffles the sound of the ring. These disadvantages are worse when the handbag is put down somewhere rather than held.

So what is the best way of keeping a phone to hear it ring?

You have to take your pick on what is best for you, and it will depend on the situation. Speaking for myself, I use all four methods at different times. Sometimes I have to use a regular handbag because the situation requires me to be somewhat smart, although then I am most likely to miss calls. I use the bum bag when out walking, the armband when pottering around the house and the strap system when expecting to be using the phone a lot particularly for photography.

If of course you are prepared to use a case attached to a substantial belt or you have deep and closing pockets, these would be the answer for you.

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is for a lay audience and I cannot be responsible for errors or omissions. The views, strategies, advice and suggestions etc are based on my personal experience and are not necessarily appropriate for anyone else. They should, hopefully, stimulate individuals to develop their own strategies.