Does your phone still show “Sent from my xyz device”? Does it bother you that other people want you to know what device they are using? Do you find it pretentious?
I was recently amazed to find out that seeing “Sent from my iPhone” actually annoyed people! Comments I have found by searching Google range from a slight annoyance to outright hatred for the owner of the phone!
Why is this bothersome? It appears that people who are annoyed by this simple little message feel like you are trying to show them up. They feel that by leaving that little message that you are bragging that you have something they don’t.
My first question is: This is 2010. Anyone can own a smartphone, just get one for almost free on your next upgrade renewal with your carrier. Why exactly don’t YOU have a smartphone?
It also turns out that some feel this simple message is not relevant to the conversation and therefore is comment SPAM.
Why “Sent from my iPhone” is a GOOD idea
When I get an email from someone that says “sry runn l8t b there in 1 min”, I am not surprised to see “Sent from my iPhone” or “Sent from my BB Bold” below it. It tells me they were on a mobile device! It tells me why they used misspelled words, and lousy punctuation (in other words SMS Language). I personally find this to be valuable information and far from SPAM or bragging in text.
When I know that an email is being sent from a mobile phone, I find short and to the point emails to be perfectly fine, rather than blunt. I also find it helpful because I know responding to my email was important enough that you took the time to do it from your mobile device, rather than waiting for your return to an office or home computer to respond.
What do you guys think?
Update: Put together a quick how to remove “Sent from my iPhone”.