Bob Hoskins certainly wasn’t wrong when he said “Its good to talk”. For as well as keeping in touch with your nan and ordering a pizza, the blower can also play a pivotal role in another area of life fundamentals – your sex life.

Ever since the beginning of time man has found ways to link advances in technology right back to his primal hobby and the phone is no different. In fact it is the perfect platform for unadulterated adult fun. And outside of calling a premium rate number, it’s not just as simple as picking up the phone.

GET IN THE MOOD

Phone sex can fulfil a number of facets in a sexual relationship, from enhancing sexual chemistry to servicing a long distance relationship, to providing a pleasant route to discovering your partner’s wildest fantasies. Whatever your reason for making the call, you are not alone. According to the Durex British Sex Survey, 47.6% of men have tried phone sex and 35% of Britons having sent an explicit picture of themselves to someone else’s phone. So about that call then; before you even dial a digit or search your phone book in lust you need to be ready. Nothing kills the mood more than not being in the mood, so watch a little porn and get comfortable. A good way of ensuring the lady on the other end will also be in the mood is to start with some sexting.

SEXTING

When it comes to sexting, words always work better than pictures for women. This is because our female friends are more mentally stimulated than us, so telling her what you’re going to do to her will get her going quicker than pics of your Brett Favre (NFL player accused of sexual harassment after sending snaps of his little friend to New York Jets’ employees). Compliments are great openers, remind her about a great night in the sack or, if you haven’t been there yet, tell her how hot you imagine she looks in lingerie. And remember you’re trying to arouse her so treat your sexts like foreplay and keep them playful.

HUSHED TONES

Now that you’re ready to go live on the telecoms airwaves start the conversation by whispering. Her ears are the only erogenous zone you can directly effect during phone sex and whispering is the best tool available for opening that particular sensation fountain. But you’ll need the full range of your vocabulary, or a quick rummage though a thesaurus beforehand, to keep her on heat. Former sex-line operator and author of How To Talk Dirty: A Hands On Guide To Phone Sex, Jenny Ainslie-Turner recommends the following lines to warm up proceedings: ‘I really miss you right now’, ‘I could do with you here’ or ‘I can’t wait to have you back here so we can do this…’

WORD PLAY

"The key to having great phone sex is to be as descriptive as you can," says Miranda Austin, author of Phone Sex: Aural Thrills and Oral Skills. The more visual your statement the more excited both parties will become hence your aim should be to construct as detailed a mental image as possible. This is where those compulsory English grammar lessons as a youngster pay dividends. Keep descriptive adjectives like 'soft lips', 'warm breath', 'straddle' and 'sticky' at the tip of your tongue.

KNOW YOUR PARTNER

It is important that you know your aural sex partner or at least what makes her tick. This should determine what route you take the conversation down, if she likes vulgar terms be as dirty as possible but if she’s into a more sensual experience concentrate on areas of her body and get her to follow you around with her hands as you describe what you would do. Also, try to stick to one specific scenario as skipping from scene to scene will disrupt the tension and only confuse matters. Pick your location, set the scene and stay there.