IELTS: Questions and Answers about Mobile Phones

IELTS Speaking Test - Part 2 Question about Mobile Phones

IELTS Cue Card Topic - Your First Mobile Phone

Describe your first mobile phone.

You should say:

  • How you where when you got it
  • When you bought it
  • why you bought it
and explain how you felt when you first got it.

IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer: First Mobile Phone

I was about 16 when I got my first mobile phone. It was a Motorola Flip-phone. That was quite some time ago now. Mobile phones were much more basic then and very different from the smartphones we have nowadays.

Actually, I didn’t buy it. It was a gift from my parents when I finished my exams at school. They bought it for me when I graduated. I remember it very well because some of my friends had mobile phones but not all of them.

That was when mobile phones were beginning to become really popular – essential really – but people used them differently.

We used to make more calls or send SMS text messages to each other whereas now I mostly send texts or emails through various platforms and rarely actually call someone using my mobile.

When my parents gave it to me I felt very happy and proud because it was the latest model, at that time, so it had some new features which my friends’ phones didn’t have.

I think I kept it for around three years before I replaced it with an iPhone. But it was still special because it was my first mobile so it was kind of important for me.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

Discussion Questions about Mobile Phones:

Do you like having a mobile phone?

Yes, it's extremely convenient, and essential, nowadays. It would be difficult to survive in today's world without one. It's just so useful for everything.

Is it a good or a bad thing to have a mobile phone? Why?

I don't think it's a case of whether it's good or bad - it's part of life for people now - that's how we communicate and do business.

People search for information and shop online using their mobiles, they do banking and communicate for work and many other things also.

It's a really important thing, just like having a car, it would be difficult to do many things without it.

What can you do with a mobile phone?

Well, like I said before, you can search for information on the internet, you can pay bills and do banking, you can shop and buy things online and obviously you can email, text and call people you know.

Many phones allow you to listen to music, watch videos, navigate and use other apps depending on what you're interested in.

I have about 50 different apps loaded on my phone so I can videochat, learn English, translate, and do other activities.

Do old and young people use mobile phones in the same way?

Generally, no, I think older people tend to still call someone when they want to talk. Younger people prefer to send texts.

I'm not sure if older people use as many apps or functions of their mobile phones as young people do, or take as many pictures.

Older people still see a mobile phone as basicaly a way to communicate with another person. Younger people use it as part of living, as an everyday tool to enable them to do things.

What can be done to avoid children becoming inattentive in class?

Because of mobile phones? The school should have a policy for mobile phones in the classroom. Students shouldn't be permitted to have their phones on when they are in lessons, but be allowed to use them between classes and in breaktime.

Or at least schools should require that mobile phones are muted while students are in class so nobody gets distracted by them ringing.