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best way for a woman to carry a big iPhone

What's a good way to carry a large iPhone (6s plus) that doesn't fit any of my pockets? I don't carry a purse; I will have a day pack. I want the iphone on my person. Advice, please? What have other women done?

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The 6s Plus is a fairly large piece of machinery. The only options I can think of might be a bit hokey or cumbersome, such as a belt clip/holster, or a case that can can be attached to a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck or something. You might also consider a fanny pack, as I'm guessing a fanny pack might come off less often than your day pack.

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My regular day bag is a more purse-like cross-body bag, so that solves the issue for me, and my hand is always on it. When loaded, it is a less ergonomic way to carry heavier stuff, versus a backpack, so that's a trade-off. A big-pocket travel vest might be an option, but not really a popular choice.

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Get a running belt specifically sized for the iPhone 6s Plus and wear it under you shirt. You can't get around the size.

Google: Running belt for iPhone 6s Plus

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Except ... some medical advice warns against wearing phones close to the body for radiation reasons? I just drop my (S-6) phone into my cross-body bag (sometimes in the outside, open pocket but usually inside the main, zipped section. )

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I have a Iphone 6 plus and I put in my purse which is like a cross-over bag. Works out wonderfully! Although my travelon purse has too many little pockets so sometimes I have a little panic attack until I find my phone! lol

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Seems like carrying a purse would be better than a backpack, i have never used a backpack as my purse is a messenger style bag and i never felt a backpack was safe or convenient, i can open my purse with out taking it off my body. I keep my tablet in it.

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I don't have a 6plus, but even my iphone 5s won't fit in a pocket safely. I just carry it in my messenger bag, hand on the bag, worn in front of me with zippers to my body instead of facing outwards. But I think a messenger bag is more secure, anyway.

I suppose some sort of armband that runners use to carry their phones would work, but that would look odd and probably not allow you to access your phone very easily. Ditto for in a money belt. A phone is not a deep storage item, it is a device that you will need to use frequently throughout the day. Therefore, you want it somewhere accessible yet safe.

You could buy a very, very, very small crossbody purse and carry it in that. I'm picturing basically something the size of the phone, with a crossbody strap. Then you can wear that along with your backpack.

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A cross-body bag is the best option if you want accessibility, and I'd have it in some sort of holder that attaches to the inside of the bag (or bury it deep). We're probably in the minority but we don't travel abroad (yet) with phones at all, and haven't needed one (yet) although we do take an itouch/ipad for email and some other stuff. The pad doesn't go sightseeing with us every day, though.

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I would also add that you might want to find a case for your phone that has a wrist strap and/or a hole or option to attach one. In the old days (when they were just cell phones and not "mobile devices"), cell phones were more of a tool and less of a fashion accessory. Cases were plain black leather pouches with a strap. There really wasn't much fashion or style about it. These days, cell phones are glamorized and glorified with fancy colorful cases and heaven forbid there be something hokey like a wrist strap getting in the way. But the truth is, the exposure to loss, theft, damage, are still the same, if not more (especially since we are constantly taking photos, texting, looking things up). Not to mention, phones are now so big that they make for a much easier "grab-and-run" theft. I use a small unassuming strap on my phone and get laughed at but I feel much more comfortable taking it out for photos and things and knowing that I won't drop it on the ground, off a cliff, or have someone grabbing it from me.

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The Large Pocket SPIbelt holds an iPhone 6+. It is popular with runners and easy to find at running stores or outdoor stores. There are other similar products by other brands, I just happen to have the original SPIbelt. Very practical and comfortable. You could easily wear it under a shirt to conceal your phone. It would also be good for other small personal items. Great for travel, hiking, etc. and it will be on your body as you requested. Check it out at SPIbelt.com.

Carole

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Just wondering how men carry an over-sized iPhone Plus, especially men who don't carry a purse.

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Well, in the olden days when phones were tiny, it would comfortably slip into my front pocket next to my wallet. Then came the iPhones (my first one was the 4s). It wouldn't fit in my front pocket but fit in my back pocket without sticking out. Granted, it made sitting uncomfortable and I'd often had to take it out and put it in a jacket pocket when sitting down. Now I have the 6s, which sticks out half an inch or so when I put it in my back pocket and makes sitting down even more impossible. So again I have to take it out when I sit down and put in a jacket pocket or just hold it. When out and about I never let the phone out of my sight or contact. In other words, I wouldn't put it in my work briefcase just because it doesn't fit in my pants pocket. Which means I'm constantly juggling it around or moving it from pocket to pocket.

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A friend carrying his (non-Apple) phone in his jacket pocket lost the phone to the pigeon poo ruse. Pigeon nailed him in the park. Nice couple helped him clean off his jacket. Checking for his phone a few minutes later, he discovered it missing.

How the one version of the pigeon poop pickpocket ploy works:
http://bobarno.com/thiefhunters/pigeon-poop-pickpocket-ploy/

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Edgar, i carry my tablet in a small Indiana Jonesy type shoulder bag or small military cross-over messenger bag. I don't call it a purse, but it sure looks like one...

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Well, in the olden days when phones were tiny...

We still carry those types of phones (U.S. only). Saves us a ton of money.

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Along the lines of the rope solution, how about those wide, cushioned straps that are used for SLR cameras? I would imagine those are designed to be comfortable (especially for something heavy like a large camera). Now just find a case that has points where you can attach such a strap to and wear it cross body.

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I have a Tech21 Impactogy cover. To the opening for the headphone i attached a wristlet landyard carrier from a camera i had. The band goes on my left wrist and i often carry it as i walk. I use the phone camera often when traveling. Otherwise it goes in my purse.

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I the past I carried my phone in my "girl pocket" (bra) but with all the radiation/cancer talk I stopped that. I use my phone a lot - for everything - maps, translators, google, restaurants, etc. so I like my phone handy - not in a day pack or back pack. I bought a small purse with a long strap that can be worn cross body. It is just big enough for the phone and a lipstick and some cash & credit card.

I will never understand why phone manufacturers quit making straps for them. I use my phone as a camera and worry about dropping it when I am on water activities. I finally bought a lens cap keeper - it has a stick on button that would go on the lens cap and a stretch strap that would go around a camera lens - I stuck the button on the back of my phone and used the strap around my wrist.

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Please, not a fanny pack. Those are just invitations to thieves.

I often wear my camera around my neck. The larger, SLR-type is okay, but the smaller point-and-shoot bounces and isn't always comfy and I sometimes think it looks dorky.

That'll be 2 cents, please.

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I use Tom Binh's Side Effect as a cross-body option. I purchased the GateKeeper Waist Strap as an optional item which buckles the bag around my waist - perfect for when we bike ride or hike. I attach a GearTie Carabiner (there are lockable Carabiners available) to the zipper and the outside O-Ring for a layer of security. The bag is the perfect size to hold my iPhone, glasses, day money, aspirin, chapstick, small hand lotion, band-aids, wet wipes, snacks, maps. There is room for your passport and money; however, I keep my passport and storage money in a neck wallet and/or leg wallet.

It also comes in handy to use the waist belt when we go to museums and cannot bring backpacks. I still need something to carry the iPhones, glasses, snacks, maps. I just keep it under my jacket and it gets by security with no problem.

Good luck finding your solution.

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I have a large phone also but it fits in the fitness-type stretchy belts like this one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nonwe-Double-Running-Jogging-6000140XS/dp/B011179O7A?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

I plan to carry my phone either in a jacket pocket if the weather allows for the jacket, or in a crossbody purse. I have this one from target: http://www.target.com/p/women-s-mini-crossbody-handbag-merona/-/A-14317310#prodSlot=medium_1_12&term=crossbody+purse. Large phones like the iPhone 6+ or Nexus 6 (the one I have) fit nicely either in that exterior zipper pocket, or the zipper pocket that is inside the main area of the bag.

There are smaller crossbody bags that would fit only the phone, too.

My husband has the same phone but doesn't have any problem carrying his in a front pants pocket. My back pockets leave a couple inches of the phone very vulnerable to falling out or being taken.

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REI Safari shirts have a built in zipper pocket that works great.

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For my 6s+, I bought a Beeline case. It will clip to your belt or jacket, so if you can fit it in a pocket, at least it will be attached to you. I attach it to a loop in my cross-body purse. I intend the case to protect the phone from being snatched as well as from my own clumsiness. I am using it as my only camera, so it will be in my hands a lot, while still attached to an anchor point.

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Maruca (made in Bolder, Co.) cross body bag. Cute patterns, lightweight and you can keep your other essentials in it. I use the smallest one, but there is one a little bigger that would be fine for the 6.

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I just got back on Monday from my RS Holland/Begium tour. I took my IPhone 6splus and loved it. Glad i did not take my big camera. I have crossbody purse/bag from bagaleni (sp?) It was great. kept it in my outside pocket. Sometimes has in my back hip pocket with my rain jacket on or also in the zipped jacket pocket. I HAD not issues.

K

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My 22YO daughter says to stick it in your bra. You'll know if somebody goes after it.

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"My 22YO daughter says to stick it in your bra. You'll know if somebody goes after it"

Normally that is my go-to pocket. Unfortunately the jury is still out about phones and cancer so I'm keepin' it out of the "girl pocket" for now.