Why do Brits say “mobile” instead of “cell phone”?

In the United Kingdom, people refer to mobile phones as “mobiles” instead of “cell phones”. This is because the term “mobile” has been used for decades in the UK, long before the invention of the cell phone. Today, the term “mobile” is still widely used when referring to the device, even though it has a different meaning than “cell phone”. Additionally, the term “mobile” is seen as more British and more colloquial than “cell phone”. The use of “mobile” instead of “cell phone” has become so common in the UK that it’s almost second nature to use it.

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Caleb Kline, Mar, 16 2023