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I'm receiving emails and I'm seeing messages on some websites that say something like 'Posted from my [smartphone]'.

I don't have a smartphone (yet), so I don't know if the message configuration is opt-in or whether it has an opt-out.

Do you have any experience with this type of message, can it easily be removed? Is the opt-out explicit?

Pd: 'Posted from my five year old laptop'

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@Patrick, I think it's a usability issue as I wouldn't want to talk down to others from my 10.000USD price tagged smartphone. – GUI Junkie Aug 29 '11 at 22:04
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As someone who has never owned anything less than a smartphone, I can say this with certainty: every (major) smartphone operating system/mail application allows you to opt-out of the "Sent from my [device]" suffix that is the factory default. It's typically part of the mail signature, which is entirely configurable.

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You might also note that a very large portion of users never edit their settings either, and a slightly smaller group don't know that such settings can be changed. Even if people don't like it, the default behavior is sure to live on. – Ben Brocka Aug 30 '11 at 0:10

As someone who communicates with smartphone owners, I find it helpful when I see "sent from iphone" as a signature. It helps explain the brevity of the message, that is, we will often write a shorter message via phone than what we do through a pc/mac keyboard.

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That's an interesting point of view. I never thought of it like that. +1 – GUI Junkie Aug 31 '11 at 7:57

You can remove it in the settings. I think by default they add it, but it's pretty simple to remove, from the iPhone at least. I'm sure you could with the others as well.

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Thanks for the answer James – GUI Junkie Aug 29 '11 at 22:14

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