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Why? Because we always use the preposition on with things like TV's, radios, and phones.


What about "by" for "his phone" or maybe "the phone?"

BTW, do you use an apostrophe for pluralizing abbreviations, Richard? CD's or CDs?! I think no apostrophe is needed, though we see both versions being used.
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BTW, do you use an apostrophe for pluralizing abbreviations, Richard? CD's or CDs?! I think no apostrophe is needed, though we see both versions being used.

We do see both styles. On this subject, the Chicago Manual has this to say:

The Chicago Manual does not normally use apostrophes for the plurals of abbreviations or initializations:

Letters, abbreviations, and numerals

Capital letters used as words, abbreviations that contain no interior periods, and numerals used as nouns form the plural by adding s. …

the three Rs
the 1990s
IRAs
vol., vols.
URLs
ed., eds.
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The Chicago does use an apostrophe when there might be confusion in meaning:

John got A's in all his subjects. (Not As)
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*The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. The University of Chicago Press 2003

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