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Old Oct 15, 2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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Slight Buzz Noise in iPhone 4S Earpiece

Hey everyone,

I just picked up my iPhone 4S yesterday morning from an AT&T store near me. I love the phone so much, and I'm especially excited because it's my first iPhone, but I am having one let down.

I am getting this really annoying buzzing noise in the earpiece. It's just loud enough to be noticeable, and I can only hear it when the phone is up to my ear. I notice it both when I'm talking on the phone and when I'm not.

For clarification, it's not that noise you sometimes hear in speakers when something is picking up a wireless signal. It literally sounds like it's buzzing.

Anyone have any idea what's going on? Should I go ahead and just exchange my phone?

Thanks.
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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At the least I would let a geek look at it. they are very good about making users happy. If it is buzzing, the should replace.
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 03:56 PM   #3
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Hey everyone,

I just picked up my iPhone 4S yesterday morning from an AT&T store near me. I love the phone so much, and I'm especially excited because it's my first iPhone, but I am having one let down.

I am getting this really annoying buzzing noise in the earpiece. It's just loud enough to be noticeable, and I can only hear it when the phone is up to my ear. I notice it both when I'm talking on the phone and when I'm not.

For clarification, it's not that noise you sometimes hear in speakers when something is picking up a wireless signal. It literally sounds like it's buzzing.

Anyone have any idea what's going on? Should I go ahead and just exchange my phone?

Thanks.
Exchange it. I had exactly the same issue with my 4S, and I just returned it/exchanged it at an Apple Store yesterday afternoon.

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Old Oct 15, 2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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Exchange it. I had exactly the same issue with my 4S, and I just returned it/exchanged it at an Apple Store yesterday afternoon.

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Since I bought it from the AT&T store, should I exchange it at AT&T or Apple?
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 03:59 PM   #5
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Since I bought it from the AT&T store, should I exchange it at AT&T or Apple?
I bought mine from AT&T online, and had it delivered yesterday. The Apple Store has some stock for replacements in black boxes, and they just swapped out the phone, but nothing else. I kept my box/manual/earbuds etc.

You can try the AT&T store, since that's where you bought it from. Can't imagine they'd give you any grief. That buzzing drove me nuts!
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 04:44 PM   #6
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Since I bought it from the AT&T store, should I exchange it at AT&T or Apple?
go to apple
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 04:51 PM   #7
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Exchange it. I had exactly the same issue with my 4S, and I just returned it/exchanged it at an Apple Store yesterday afternoon.

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i have very loud noise when i use skype with no earpeace and speaker on
did not have it on my iphone 4
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 05:01 PM   #8
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i cant beleive some of these things arent normal. man i must have bought the most defective 3g ever...
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 09:40 AM   #9
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Have the same thing with my white 16GB one.
As all iPhones are now sold out I guess I'll return it later...

Unless theres some kind of fix.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 02:48 PM   #10
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Noticed the same problem with my 32GB black 4S
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 10:20 PM   #11
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I have noticed it intermittently, it is a slight hum that sounds like RF interference. It doesn't happen all the time but happens randomly.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 11:21 PM   #12
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I have noticed it intermittently, it is a slight hum that sounds like RF interference. It doesn't happen all the time but happens randomly.
Mine wasn't. Definitely some form of speaker resonance depending on the person's pitch on the phone.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 12:35 AM   #13
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I had the same problem with my black 64gb iPhone 4s. Went back to AT&T and asked for a replacement and got another 64gb.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 12:52 AM   #14
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I'm getting the same thing w my 32GB so taking it in soon for an exchange.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 11:43 AM   #15
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same problem here, going in for a replacement.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 12:19 PM   #16
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Yep, had my 16 gb black 4S since Friday morning and just started noticing the buzz while on a phone call a few minutes ago. WTF?

Guess I'll be heading back to AT&T or the Apple Store to have it replaced soon. Just sucks that I spent the entire weekend getting it set up exactly like I wanted it and now I'm gonna have to start all freaking over.

Question...as I said earlier, I got mine from AT&T in-store on Friday. If I get a replacement, do they still honor their 30-day return policy if I decided to go with something else (most likely I won't, but just in case)?
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 02:01 PM   #17
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same here black 32GB 4s
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Well, now I'm confused. As I stated earlier, I had the buzzing that people have talked about. But I got another phone call this afternoon and it didn't seem to be there.

I guess I'll give it a week or so and see if it's still doing it. If so, then I'll go get it replaced.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 02:34 PM   #19
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Just made a genius appointment. Its very annoying. I only noticed it now cause i havn't been using the earpiece, i only use bluetooth.
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Ya I made an appointment as well, I think it is the speaker, plus I have the yellow screen issue.
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Old Oct 19, 2011, 10:06 AM   #21
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I replaced the phone, couldn't reproduce it in the store. Has same issue. I have to assume this is normal and its environmental and based on where I am located.
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Old Oct 19, 2011, 11:47 AM   #22
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I replaced the phone, couldn't reproduce it in the store. Has same issue. I have to assume this is normal and its environmental and based on where I am located.
I hear the buzz only through the speaker not headphones, so I am assuming it is the speaker itself.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM   #23
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Same issue on Apple forums:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread...rt=15&tstart=0
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 12:52 PM   #24
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I swapped out my iPhone and it seemed to have resolved the issue.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 12:54 PM   #25
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it will come back, all iphone 4s have the problem, just depends on where you are. You can even hear it if you turn the phone around and listen to the back. Im not sure its even coming from speaker.
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