Help! iPhone's vibrate dying!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bbwinkle, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    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? :(

    Thanks.
     
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  3. macrumors 65816

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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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    scaredpoet

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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.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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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 :confused: 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!:mad: :mad:
    :mad:

    When I got back home from the apple store that day I hopped on my MacBook and listed my iPhone on eBay :D now I have a 3g:cool:
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    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.

    :apple:Jeni:apple:
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    definetly get it fixed by applecare either call or make a reservation at the genius bar
     

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