Describe A Time When You Used Your Cellphone/Smartphone To Do Something Important

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time you used your cellphone/smartphone to do something important.

You should say:

What happened?
When it happened?
How important the cellphone/smartphone was?
And explain how you felt about the experience?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:

Well, today’s smartphones are loaded with features which we often use for different purposes.

What happened? and When it happened?
And here I would like to share the incident when I used my phone to find my father’s lost mobile phone. Actually, almost a month ago my father went to the market to buy some groceries.

But when he came back, he was pretty disappointed as he had lost his phone in the market. I instantly tried to call the number but no response despite several attempts. 

How important the cellphone/smartphone was?
At this point, we understood it has gone into the wrong hands. It was not only an expensive device but had a lot of important information such as contacts, messages, photos and others.

When everyone lost hope, I decided to track the mobile. Actually, my mobile phone j has advanced features which helps to track different devices. Within 5 minutes I found the location of the handset. 

However, it was the nearest tower, not the exact location. Simultaneously, shared the post on my social networking platforms Instagram, and Facebook and you won’t believe it, in half an hour, I received a call from a mobile phone store where a junky was trying to sell my father’s phone.

I immediately visited the nearest police station and narrated the story. The police officer accompanied me to the outlet and arrested the thief and returned the mobile phone. 

And explain how you felt about the experience?
My father was extremely delighted to get his mobile phone back and he appreciated and felt proud on me for the way I handled the situation

Overall, it was the time when I used my smartphone for something important. 

Model Answer 2:


  • In today’s world, it is hard to question the importance of cellphones.
  • They are not just about communication, they are used for many different things.

What happened? and When it happened?

  • Recently, I used my mobile phone for something I never imagined I would use it.
  • I used to it lodge a complaint with the government authorities and I also got immediate redressal for my complaint.
  • I was travelling to Delhi by train.
  • When I boarded, I noticed that the AC in my compartment was not working.
  • I asked the coach’s caretaker if they could get it fixed.
  • He said it had just stopped working and nothing could be done about it.
  • It would only be fixed at the final destination.

How important the cellphone/smartphone was?

  • Normally, I am very adjusting, but it was extremely hot and humid that day.
  • So, I decided to tweet a complaint to the railway minister with my phone.
  • I had seen videos on the internet, where people had talked about how they had gotten immediate relief by doing the same.
  • However, I had thought of them as publicity stunts by the government.
  • So I wasn’t very hopeful, but within ten minutes, there was an electrician in my compartment.
  • And in another ten minutes, he had fixed the AC.
  • He also scolded the railway employee responsible for my coach and asked him, why he hadn’t contacted him straight away when I raised the issue.
  • The employee apologised and told me he didn’t think the problem could be solved.

And explain how you felt about the experience?

  • I was so surprised with the quick response, but more than that I felt so proud of the government.
  • I could never have imagined it happening four-five years ago.
  • Cell phones have many purposes but I think one of the most important is that it is a tool for an ordinary citizen to directly connect with their elected representatives.
  • It has made the government officials much more accountable and responsive.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a time you used your cellphone/smartphone to do something important”.

1. What do you usually do with a cellphone?
I use my cellphone for many purposes besides calling and chatting with my friends. I use it for playing games like chess and Ludo, listening to music, watching videos, and for navigation. Above all, I use it for photography.

2. What are the differences between young people and old people when using a cellphone?
Old people mainly use mobile phones for calling and to some extent for chatting. However, young people treat mobile phones like a mini computer. For most youngsters, their whole life nowadays revolves around the mobile phone. They use it for entertainment, for studies, for clicking photos, for shopping, for banking and so much more. The list is really endless.

3. Which one is more important, using a cellphone to make phone calls or to read messages?
I think it really depends upon the person. Some people like chatting, for them it’s about sending and receiving messages, while for others it is about calling.

4. Do you think there should be a law to stop people from making phone calls in public?
I think there might be emergency situations, where it might be necessary to make calls. So I don’t support a ban on calling in public places but I do think that we should encourage people to avoid calling as it can be really disturbing. I consider audio calls as a sort of noise pollution and it has a serious impact on our focus and concentration.


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