How to Carry Cell Phone

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How to Carry Cell Phone

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Post by troglodyte » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:21 pm

As my life evolves and what I have to do/carry I am finding it harder to find a good way to carry my cell phone. I have, for years, carried in my left front shirt pocket. Now, as my work has changed, I am in positions that allow my phone to fall out of my pocket and most pockets aren't deep enough to button over the top. Unrelated to my job, I am carrying a sling pack containing "accessories" more and the strap goes right across the pocket.

I carry an iPhone 8 with a case so it is a larger phone. 3:00 is my holster, 8:30-9:00 is my reloads, 7:30 is my radio when at church, 6:00 is my CAT TQ when training. Front pockets - Keys, knives, and whatever other knick-knacks; back pockets - wallet and TQ. Not all my shirts have a right front pockets and that still wouldn't alleviate the falling out problem. I'm not partial to pants pocket carry as I find it uncomfortable and can't get past the idea of the phone bending and shattering the screen.

I've seen several belt holsters, even kydex to match my mag carriers, but I'm about out of room on my belt and I still need to access my pockets.

I am kicking around the idea of a carpenter's or cargo-type pants with more pockets but want to try to explore some other options, partially as to not have to make a big wardrobe change all at once.

Any suggestions on how to carry a cell phone when your belt is already full? If all else fails I may just duct tape it to my head.
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Re: How to Carry Cell Phone

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Post by Jusme » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:29 pm

You may have to look at a custom made phone/mag holder type set up.
I don't know anything about this company, but they have several combinations, and can probably fix you up with what you are looking for.
https://www.ethossurvival.us/
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Post by joe817 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:50 pm

As far as convenience and comfort goes, I opt for pants & shorts with cargo pockets at every opportunity. In fact I only have one pair of shorts that do not have cargo pockets. And several pairs of pants with cargo pockets.

Check out 5.11 line of pants. Or Deluth Trading, or Dickies. There's a ton of them out there. ;-)
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Post by DocV » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:53 pm

It is an expesive solution but an iPhone IV with cellular will, according to OffspringV, "change your life" and allow you to "no longer be held prisoner by an iPhone". At least, that is what the thank you note said.
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Post by Lynyrd » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:47 pm

It sounds like your belt is pretty full already. But, I've been carrying my phone in a holster type setup on my belt for many years made by these people.

https://www.moonshineleather.com/leathe ... cases.dept

I've never had my phone fall out yet. That includes welding shop work, mechanic work, mowing, plowing, and all kinds of hunting activities. I've also never had a phone damaged while riding in one of their cases. If you have room on your belt for one more thing, I highly recommend their products. They have stitched leather loops that you put your belt through so there is no clip to break.
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Post by carlson1 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:57 pm

I now have to carry two IPhones. I hate the otter box, but because I am so hard on phones I use the otter box with the belt clip. I despise it, but it works. The phone that is a plus size I carry about 11:45-11:55 (left side) with my mags right behind them. My regular size phone I carry at about 1:30-2:00 (right side) and my pistol at 3:00-3:30 most of the time. Depending on back pain everything is subject to change from time to time.
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Post by cirus » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:03 pm

I have a cell phone but don't carry it on my person. I'm electrical contractor and can't do the work I do with a phone on me. If I'm in the truck it's laying on the seat beside me. If I'm on the job it's laying around close by where I might hear it. If I go to a restaurant at lunch I'll leave it in the truck. If I do have it on me its in my shirt pocket where it falls out. I find cell phones an annoying necessary evil.

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Post by SRO1911 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:39 pm

I had the same issue with my last phone, Galaxy S7, in a survivor case. I ended up adding a few strips of grip tape along the back and sides - it kept it in my pocket, and in wet hands.
Now that I have gone to the cat s61 phone, no case required but it has a soft rubber back and 'sticks' wherever I put it - including the slick dash of my truck while bouncing down the road.
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Post by anygunanywhere » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:50 am

Duluth Trading cargo pants and shorts are fantastic. I bought a couple of pairs of their fire hose shorts awhile back. The extra crotch room makes them very comfortable. Lots of pockets. They are pricey but will last a long time.
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Post by flechero » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:12 am

anygunanywhere wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:50 am
fire hose shorts... extra crotch room
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Some marketing guy just drew out my inner teenager! :lol:


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Re: How to Carry Cell Phone

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Post by mojohn » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:09 am

You do not weigh enough. You need to gain weight=extra belt length for your phone.


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Re: How to Carry Cell Phone

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Post by Rob72 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:15 am

troglodyte wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:21 pm
As my life evolves and what I have to do/carry I am finding it harder to find a good way to carry my cell phone. I have, for years, carried in my left front shirt pocket. Now, as my work has changed, I am in positions that allow my phone to fall out of my pocket and most pockets aren't deep enough to button over the top. Unrelated to my job, I am carrying a sling pack containing "accessories" more and the strap goes right across the pocket.

I carry an iPhone 8 with a case so it is a larger phone. 3:00 is my holster, 8:30-9:00 is my reloads, 7:30 is my radio when at church, 6:00 is my CAT TQ when training. Front pockets - Keys, knives, and whatever other knick-knacks; back pockets - wallet and TQ. Not all my shirts have a right front pockets and that still wouldn't alleviate the falling out problem. I'm not partial to pants pocket carry as I find it uncomfortable and can't get past the idea of the phone bending and shattering the screen.

I've seen several belt holsters, even kydex to match my mag carriers, but I'm about out of room on my belt and I still need to access my pockets.

I am kicking around the idea of a carpenter's or cargo-type pants with more pockets but want to try to explore some other options, partially as to not have to make a big wardrobe change all at once.

Any suggestions on how to carry a cell phone when your belt is already full? If all else fails I may just duct tape it to my head.
So from 9-3, you're open. ;-) Seriously, you're going to have to ditch some stuff, or migrate your carry. Go to single reload at 8 o'clock, perhaps in a 45* forward cant with your cell at 9. Extra mag and CAT can go in an ankle rig.

Or, horizontal mag at 10-11, phone at 9, # 2 reload at 8.

Or, go AIWB, and carry 2 mags, small fixed blade and pistol between 10 & 2 on Phlster's Flex. Comfy & convenient. :cool:
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Re: How to Carry Cell Phone

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Post by G.A. Heath » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:19 am

I tend to carry my primary handgun on my right side (strong side) and everything else on my left (weak side). My cell is a Galaxy S8 in an otterbox w/ belt clip. I absolutely hate how big it makes the phone among other things but due to my work environment and other factors it protects the phone better than anything else I have tried and I have had no phone damage while using them. My phone sits at 9:00.
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Re: How to Carry Cell Phone

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Post by RoyGBiv » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:29 am

How about a smart watch instead?

I picked up a Samsung Gear S3 watch a few months ago when Amazon was having a sale ($110 plus tax). Mine is the bluetooth version. I can answer calls on it (surprisingly good audio), read email and texts, and get alerts from most of my other phone apps. Sending email/texts is tedious but can be done in a pinch. I can also initiate calls from the watch as well. I'm still experimenting with it, but, I like it a lot more than I expected.

In the OP's case, he can put the phone in the sling bag and do much of his comms via the watch.

I hate stuff in my pockets, too.
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Re: How to Carry Cell Phone

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Post by eieio1 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:48 am

Take a look at the Carhartt site. They have a number of pants and shorts that have a cell phone pocket on the right side of the leg. Their canvas work shorts are my favorite - I have several pairs in various colors. The phone pocket is not loose like a cargo short pocket where your phone would be moving around. With the phone on the side I feel there is less likelihood that it will be damaged due to whacking it on something.

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