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Is the myth of the 'drunk phone' true?

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Is the myth of the 'drunk phone' true?
According to Advertising Age, Laura Krajecki, chief consumer officer at Starcom MediaVest Group, has discovered a new trend amongst young adults looking to save their expensive new smartphone from being damaged or stolen. Krajecki said she discovered that these young adults are grounding their costly models and replacing them with a cheap 'beater phone' or 'drunk phone' before going out for a night out at a bar or club. Some of these beater phones are featurephones that are much cheaper than the user's daily driver. The idea is to keep your expensive phone out of  harm's way. A spilled drink, a drunken slip of the grip, or a pickpocket stealing your expensive new smartphone could sober you up quickly. But having a cheap featurephone at risk would mean not having to worry about protecting your phone and allowing you to have a care-free evening out.

But CNN has done its own research that indicates that the 'drunk phone' is a myth, up there with Bigfoot, the Lochness Monster, BlackBerry 10 and the Abominable Snowman. The cable network conducted its own survey in San Francisco last weekend and found a grand total of zero patrons at bars that carried a 'beater phone' with them. Even more interesting is that CNN discovered that no one they spoke with had even heard of the 'beater phone'. At one bar, bartender Jerome Bishop told CNN, "I've never heard of anybody doing that, but it doesn't mean they don't."

Nathan lost his OG Apple iPhone

Nathan lost his OG Apple iPhone

While the mythical 'beater phone' couldn't be found by CNN, they did find some who have lost their phone during a drunken night out. After replacing the device, they continued to bring their expensive new handset with them when they go out for drinks.One person who lost an Apple iPhone at a bar was Nathan who had purchased the OG model of Apple's iconic smartphone when it was first launched. The purchase cost him $750 ($600 for the phone and $150 to break a Verizon contract). At a bar, he showed off the phone to friends and when he awoke the next morning, the phone was gone. Nathan replaced his iPhone and hasn't let it out of his sight. Would he consider a featurephone to take with him to bars? Absolutely not. He says that he needs maps and Shazam and thus couldn't think of not having his Apple iPhone with him.

If you were to bring a 'beater phone' or 'drunk phone' with you on a bender, most believe the best way to do it would be to purchase a pre-paid phone and use call forwarding to make sure that you don't miss a call while out. Of course, if you're too wasted to keep an eye on your smartphone, there might not be a reason to enable a phone to take your calls while out. You probably wouldn't remember the conversation the next morning anyway. And that brings us to a major advantage of using a 'beater phone' at the bar. Without Twitter, Facebook or other social apps available on cheaper featurephones, you'd be less likely to write something while intoxicated that would be highly embarrassing to you the next morning.

Do any of you use what would be considered a 'beater phone' or 'drunk phone?' Do you know anyone who does? Let us know by commenting in the box below.

source: AdAge via CNN

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posted on 21 Jul 2012, 15:45 4

1. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


I do that! It's normal that some wants to protect their smartphone :)

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 20:09 3

17. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


But me, I always bring two phones. My smartphone and my feature phone (Nokia 1208).

Reasons for always bringing the 1208 are as follows:
1. Flashlight on the 1208 is very useful, especially when walking in dark areas at night.
2. Battery is reliable, even with one bar you can make more than an hour of call.
3. In case I get mugged there's a chance that I'll be able to just give them my wallet and featurephone so that they'd leave me alone (unless they frisk me over).
4. I listen to FM radio from time to time, it's free compared to streaming via the net.

I always have two phones with me. Why the hell would I leave my smartphone at home? The camera alone is enough reason to always carry it.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 02:39 3

21. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


When you go to a party you go with two phones?! what a nerd!

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 16:35

33. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


^ says the kid that stays at home all the time.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 15:51 4

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's no myth. I started doing that years ago when I got my first smartphone. I kept my old enV as a beater/emergency line. It has a really nice h/w QWERTY that makes it a great drunk phone for typing when those damn letters & numbers just won't stay still.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 15:51 2

3. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


This news post is no fun, so I have gone ahead and added the fun to it:

"A spilled drink, a drunken slip of the grip, a pickpocket, or even setting it on a chair and leaving."

FIXED...

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:01 7

4. RedPhantom07 (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


Beach Phone.

Prepaid SIM in a cheap nokia, call forward the iPhone number to it.

If the tide takes it out, no big loss.

Same policiy for going out to rough places.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:13 2

5. Ohrules (Posts: 312; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


...e with him to bars? Absolutrly not. He s...

were you drunk when you wrote this article

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:35

7. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


ure pic is meant to b on this article..LmaO

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:51 1

10. Ohrules (Posts: 312; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


hahahahaha......NO

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:57 1

11. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


oh...it''s an apple thought it was a beer bottle....my bad

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 18:24

13. Ohrules (Posts: 312; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


apology accepted

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:38 3

8. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Well, it is Saturday... and that's Hangover Day at the office. I've had a few times where I've just curled up on a bench in the cafeteria until the building stopped spinning and the walls stopped blaring at me before I could start on my weekend work.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:35 5

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i've never seen anyone use a "drunk phone"

However, I've seen A LOT of customers have a "weekend phone".

That is the phone they take to the club.. with its own number, so that way they can communicate with the girls/boys they meet at the clubs without the spouse at home finding out. Way more common than you might think.

The more tech savy ones just use Google Voice with an alternate number (you can have that ringing/texting to your phone at the same time as your normal number.. all on the same phone) and know to disable it when they are home so they dont get caught.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 12:40 1

31. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I'm not going to thumb down the comment but I will thumb down the behavior you're describing. That's despicable behavior.
I know what you speak of Remixfa. I've had plenty of customers when doing phone book transfers or picture transfers become very concerned who can see what and if I am able to see it.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 16:50 3

9. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I switch to a OG droid when I go on vacation. But you can't go out with out the new hotness in your hands, you'll look cheap and ladies don't dig that.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 21:16 1

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10562; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I use the same phone when I go out, but I don't drink so if I lose it I have no excuse. I jus keep it in my front pocket been lucky so far.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 17:48 1

12. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


haha.. do you think social people wants a feature phones while entering an expensive bar? lol.. if you're holding a smartphone its a statement that you are rich.. if your holding a dumb phone its a label that "you cant afford but why are you here?"

even social climbers wants to have a smartphone just because of that statement!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 19:04 2

14. bighandssmallpockets (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


I use my droid eris when I go snowboarding. That way if I drop it in the snow or lose it on the mountain I will be ok.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 19:17

15. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


In Malaysia here , students are not allowed to bring phones to school .
Thats why some students bring crappy phone to avoid being confiscated by the school or stolen .
See my owned device page a Samsung X620C and my GF she has an iPhone 4S but brings a crappy motorola flip phone to school .
But some students still bring their expensive smartphones anyway
BTW when i am clubbing at night i dont bring a drunk phone

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 19:27 2

16. ruthayy (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


maybe people need to stop drinking to the verge were they can't even handle keeping their smartphone damaged or stolen. smh. i need my smartphone at all times and all places. i can't imagine having whipping out a "beater" phone when meeting someone.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 21:35 1

18. itim87 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


WTF is a beater phone?

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 21:57

19. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Answer to this is simple.

Fear of drop=otterbox.

Spilled drink=hip case

Pick pocketed/hugged=I'm 300 ibs with a 50+ inch wing span, and when I do go out, its always in my home town, plus I'm a registered gun owner who is always carrying.

If I do leave it= a number security combo that my closest family members, who know me better than anyone, can't even break.

Yup think my EVO will be just fine.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 00:30 5

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


might need to dial down on the paranoia (and unhealthy habits) just a bit.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 04:10 3

22. dyson (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


hahaha no kidding

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 07:16

23. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Sorry but if your home town is was just 10 miles out side of Gary Indiana, you'd carry to, its not paranoia, its protection bud.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 11:09 2

27. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


then its time to move.. and still dial down on the paranoia and unhealthy habits. :)

do you wear hawaiian shirts?

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 11:52

30. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I would move, but I make 70,000 a year, and a job like that is hard to find, and plenty of normal sane people carry guns :)

And nope, no Hawaiian shirts here. Lol

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 16:24

32. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


And since when does having a gun permit make a person paranoid?

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 09:01 2

24. mahony (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


50 inch wingspan = 4 feet 2 inches tall and 300+ pounds? Please post pix

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 09:48

25. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Facebook is linked to profile :)

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 21:42 1

36. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


And wingspan has nothing to do with height there guy. Wingspan is the length of distance from finger tip to finger tip.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 11:04 1

26. indigo87 (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


I think you need to upgrade your evo to a new Evo LTE or Galaxy S3 man

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 11:44 1

28. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I would, but my upgrade isn't until November, plus I'm not sure if I'm sticking with Sprint much longer, so I don't want to drop 600 bucks on a phone until I'm absolutely sure what I'm doing, besides my EVO works perfectly for me, I have no issues or reasons to upgrade yet, plus, and I know this sounds sad, I'm holding out for bb 10.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 03:09

37. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


of cuz! after all smartphones are human's expensive investments now after all.. at this day..

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