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Silent mode

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A Nokia 5800 showing its modes, including silent mode

Silent mode is a setting available on mobile phones and pagers that, when activated, disables the ringtones and, in some cases, also the vibrating alerts or alarm. Unlike the airplane mode, the silent mode still allows the device to receive and send calls and messages.

This quiet option may be useful in meetings, speeches, libraries, museums, or places of worship. In some places it is mandatory to use the silent mode or to switch off the device.[1]


  1. ^ Kole, William J.; John Leicester; Louise Nordstrom (17 April 2008). "In Europe, a push to silence cellphones in public - USATODAY.com". Retrieved 26 April 2013.