What is the correct/standard and idiomatic British English short form of 'mobile phone' - phone, or mobile?


We use both but in some circumstances only one would do. For instance you ask someone for their mobile number not their phone number to avoid confusion with their landline number. If you are referring to some other function of the device you might call it a smartphone, for instance telling someone that they can take a picture of something and send it to you on their smartphone. But in general phone and mobile are exchangeable. I suspect most Brits would understand cellphone if they heard someone use the term but would never use it themselves.

  • Understood, thank you, @mdewey.
    – DavidELU
    Jul 28 at 19:38
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