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Old Jul 25, 2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Question Help! iPhone's vibrate dying!

I have a first gen iPhone and lately the vibrate has been going in and out on it. For example, it will be just as good as a new iPhone but 2 minutes later the vibrate may be completely dull and useless. Would this be replaceable under applecare? I bought the phone/applecare in February. To add to the problem, the back has some normal wear and tear on it but I dropped it once in April and the corner just got scratched up. Will Apple say the drop damaged the vibrate?


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Old Jul 25, 2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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Old Jul 25, 2008, 02:25 PM   #3
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All I can say is I have a similar problem, except the vibrate motor on my iPhone cuts out completely. Since I bought it last June, I'm beyond my warranty. I would call Applecare / go to a local Apple store and ask them about a replacement.
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Old Jul 25, 2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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The vibrate going should be covered under Applecare. As for whether they'll claim abuse, it depends on how much visible damage there is.

It shouldn't be too big a deal for them to fix the vibrate function though. On most phones, it's merely a flywheel that's heavily weighted to it's extremely out of balance. When a motor attached to it turns on, the flywheel spins and the out-of-balance weight is thrown about, causing the vibration.
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Old Jul 25, 2008, 03:16 PM   #5
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I had the same problem with my first gen iPhone where the vibrate would sometimes be good as new and other times I could barely feel it vibrating. The first time I brought it into the genius bar they restored it and said "if it keeps happening, bring it back and we will give you a replacement.... Well, guess what!!! IT WAS STILL HAPPEINING!! I was back at the genius bar the next day with the same genius helping me. MY IPHONE WAS ONCE AGAIN RESTORED AND I WAS SENT HOME WITH NO NEW REPLACEMENT!

When I got back home from the apple store that day I hopped on my MacBook and listed my iPhone on eBay now I have a 3g
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Old Aug 18, 2008, 12:25 AM   #6
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Lightbulb Vibrate dying?

Well, here is the deal.

I just recently had my iPhone replaced for the third time during my warranty period. This third phone is just as messed up as the others, except now it presents a new problem. The vibrate seems to die... it just isn't strong. Until that is... I go into the settings and discover the sound level has turned itself down. Odd right? It goes to about 3/4 the full level. As soon as I turn that level back up, then put the phone back onto vibrate, everything is perfect again. It is really stupid.

Here you go. Try it. Good luck.

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Old Aug 18, 2008, 12:27 AM   #7
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definetly get it fixed by applecare either call or make a reservation at the genius bar
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