Hi all -- Yes, I too hate posts that jump the gun after every software update claiming/imaging that the iphone speaker volume is much higher. But this time, I think it is true. I just upgraded from the 8GB to 16GB iphone and was blown away by how much louder the speaker is (the speaker, not the earpiece), both when playing music and during phone calls. Can anyone confirm/refute this? Unfortunately I have already reset my 8GB (in preparation of putting it on ebay) so I can't make a direct comparison.