English Culture Videos

"Smart Phone Uses"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

In what kind of emergency can a cell phone be helpful?

Uh, number one, in case of emergency. Let's say you get a flat tire. You wouldn't want to find yourself in that type of situation.

Why are cell phones convenient?

And second, the convenience. You can't find pay phones very often anymore, and having a cell phone . . . just call a friend or a family member.

What is one possible drawback of having cell phones?

However, you have to be very careful about signing up for long-term contracts that might be more expensive than you think, and the company might charge you a really outrageous fee, so just be careful.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

In what ways do you agree or disagree with Randall in the video? Imagine you need a new mobile or cell phone. Look around and find the best deal on a cell phone for your particular needs. Compare the deals for different companies you know and discuss which appeals to you most. What specific features do you look for in a phone? What advertising tactics do cell phone companies use to attract customers? 

Video Script

Hi, this is Randall. Now, there are many reasons for having a cell phone this day. Uh, number one, in case of emergency. Let's say you get a flat tire. You wouldn't want to find yourself in that type of situation.

And second, the convenience. You can't find pay phones very often anymore, and having a cell phone . . . just call a friend or a family member.

However, you have to be very careful about signing up for long-term contracts that might be more expensive than you think, and the company might charge you a really outrageous fee, so just be careful.