Answer the Phone! Readers Dial Up Their Cell Phones

About 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What type of mobile device do you use?"

results of poll on cell phones and applications

Results were as follows: 
  • Basic cell phone 66.85% (601)
  • Other Internet-enabled phone 9.90% (89)
  • BlackBerry 8.57% (77)
  • Other type of "smart phone" (i.e., Palm Treo, etc.) 5.45% (49)
  • iPhone 4.67% (42)
  • I don't have a cell phone 4.56% (41)

Readers shared what information they'd like to be able to obtain from their phones in the comments below.

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  • disease or travel alerts
  • Emergency information
  • riding tips, horse care, blm and mustang issues
  • emergency info only
  • none
  • health
  • Keep people informed when you are on the trails - alone or otherwise
  • Access to emergency help
  • i don't want to access anything from my mobile phone
  • none, I don't even text...too expensive
  • any
  • a vet in an emergency
  • vet directory for my area and horse hospitals
  • None - cell phones are an evil necessity.
  • issues re acute lameness
  • just a trac phone for emergency only
  • Also use an iTouch!
  • breeds and breeding
  • none
  • emergency medicine or transport
  • Horse ID info
  • none
  • oral administration
  • Yahoo horse groups/articles/emails
  • None
  • sorry, no. not my phone.
  • barrel racing results
  • ring schedule and time estimate for classes
  • Emergency equine vets located close to current cell phone location for use when trailering.
  • I am old-fashioned....All I do with my phone is make phone calls....
  • none
  • your site is not blackberry friendly Takes a long time to load
  • Just the phone is good. I don't wanna be online ALL day!
  • none
  • none
  • nutrition, general care
  • None! Information overload is as bad as having no information.
  • health,fire alerts
  • noneonly my vet when my pal is in trouble
  • Directions for health emergency.
  • HEALTH
  • I hate cell phones forced to carry one
  • none
  • none
  • Nothing; cell phones should be for verbal communication only.
  • everything!
  • campgrounds that allow horses for stopovers when traveling
  • all
  • none; I can't stand using the thing anyway!
  • I don't think that I could read the print on my phone and it would take forever to scroll thru it
  • emergency assistance only
  • Emergency first aid
  • vet tips
  • But I plan to get an iphone at year end!
  • none
  • Toll free # for vet emergencies in case I can't reach my vet or a referral # for another local vet
  • The Horse.com
  • Don't want to receive info on my phone
  • CASIO, Bolder. Its waterproof and shockproof
  • None. Use home computer.
  • cell phones don't work where I live
  • when it works...I live in a cell phone challenged area!!!
  • Vet, Nearest Equine Hospital, Internet and Horse.com
  • show points
  • NONE!
  • Location of vets and stabling in the event of an emergency or layover of horses or tow vechile due t
  • nothing
  • 911 basic information... THE HORSE ROCKS !!!!!!
  • Would love to call my horses in their pasture to see how they are doing. :-p
  • available vets
  • None..at this point accessing "data" on mobile devices is still to expensive and hard to read.
  • I have horses -- can only afford the cheapie Tracfone, LOL.
  • Buying a new phone this summer, not sure if I should get an iPhone or something else.
  • all we need is basic phone, the rest is un-necessary
  • emerg. #s for vet., farrier, feed store, trainer, & other horse owning prof./friends
  • None. I would prefer information via email.
  • If possible have alerts about disease outbreaks, horse seminars, etc. texted to my phone
  • none
  • none
  • Tracphone
  • Basic cell phone, i do all my internet "surfing" at home
  • Sync with computer is best feature
  • Can Google anything i want.
  • articles, news, veterinary, anything horse related!!!
  • none
  • and i use my laptop a TON!
  • none can't read the darn thing font type too small for my old eyes
  • illness/wound treatment
  • none because I live in a dead zone:-(
  • I use a Palm Pre
  • None. Phones are for making phone calls.
  • what to do in an emergency on the trail
  • emergency first aid, training issues
  • disease outbreaks, health alerts, weather or extreme conditions such as fires, vital statistics,
  • A cell phone for me is used for emergency situations only. Not a chat line!!
  • poison plant info
  • infectious disease notifications
  • there is life without cell phones ringing
  • emergency instructions while in the barn
  • Use my cell phone only when traveling.
  • show results
  • news
  • none do not have it on my phone and do not want it spend enough time on the computer
  • Just my vet
  • none
  • BB is what my company uses; no snese getting anything more.
  • Emergency first aid - I have vet on voice dial
  • Use cell phone for basic calls. Don't need any more complications.
  • Nothing. I don't have time to look at my phone and work. PC is good enough imo.
  • None
  • emergency related horse health care
  • tips on emergency care
  • NONE
  • none
  • Natural disaster alerts and infectious disease alerts
  • emergency issues, such as evacuations and natural disaster info
  • I'm in my late 50s & am getting overwhelmed with too much technology!
  • health related info
  • None
  • I use 2 (for backup); a Motorola Razor & the tiny Pantech C300. Pay as you go only - no contracts!
  • none- my phone is for calling
  • LG Dare
  • help on trail, compass gps coordinates to tell people where you are
  • none
  • I use my phone for emergencies and calls. I do not access info on it. I use my computer for that.
  • none

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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