I did something stupid

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Nein01, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Nein01 macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2009
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    so i just activated my new iphone4 over the phone and during the call the att representative told me to stick a pin into the hole at the TOP of the iphone to eject the sim tray.

    well, before i thought about what I was doing, I had done it. I stuck a pin into the noise-canceling microphone with moderate force although it didnt go very far down.

    I realized what I was doing and then corrected the lady about where the sim card tray is on the iphone4.

    anyway, what are the chances that I damaged the noise-canceling mic by doing that and how would I tell if I did?
  2. trigonometry macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    South Carolina
    Depends how far you inserted the pin. I've heard of people intentionally doing this on older iPhones to increase speaker volume.Test it. Make a test call with some artificial ambient noise, i.e., tv, radio, etc.
  3. Sixtafoua macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Why do you have an iPhone if you don't know where the sim eject hole is?
  4. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Well here's the good news. If you DID damage the noise cancelling microphone that way, I seriously doubt anyone at Apple could detect that it was due to "user error." That means if you find its inoperable, just take it to a Genius bar at any Apple store and tell them it's not working properly. Don't tell them its because you stuck a pin into the hole....just tell them its not working. They'll test it, verify its not working and give you a new one. Well a refurb'd unit at any rate.
  5. kimtyson macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Yes, you are correct. You did what you said in the title.
  6. mkaake macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2003
    I really, really hope that was sarcasm. If I had just bought an iPhone (or shoot, any phone for that matter), and was on the phone with ATT, and they told me to stick a paperclip in the hole on the top of the phone to eject the sim, guess what? I'd probably stick a paperclip in it. I don't think knowing where the sim eject hole is should be a prerequisite to buying a phone these days...
  7. mz100 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    Haha your right. Some people on here like to act like only an elite group of people can have an iPhone.

    Did you tell the ATT employee on the phone you had an iPhone 4. If you did and they told you to put it I'n the whole on the top it's there fault. Obviously they got it mixed up with an earlier generation but they still told you the wrong information.
  8. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    OK, I'll feed the troll. Why do you bother to post when you don't have anything useful to say?

    The iPhone4 has 100% more little holes than previous models. My mom probably would have made a beeline for the headphone jack and released the magic smoke. I expect customer service to be more cautious when asking people to stick paper clips into things.

    I don't see this is much different than customer service asking if sound is coming out of the speaker and the user responding, "Just one." That's why there's a sticky in this forum... Not everyone cooks their own ROMs. And to make matters worse they swapped speaker sides with the iPhone4 to dial the confusion up to 11.

    So, back to you. I'm cranky tonight but for the love of jebus the OP came in and admitted a big goof and humbly asked for assistance on determining if damage had been done. If you're looking for threads to toss insults this is a target rich environment and you can find better ones.
  9. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    I'd be surprised if you did any damage, as that hole is a lot smaller than a standard paper clip, but you said "pin" ? Maybe you're using something smaller then.
  10. Nein01 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2009
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    yeah I used a pin and even that seems to be a little too big for the mic hole but still..

    anyway, luckily it seems I haven't done any serious damage. I did some recording and playback tests and everything seems fine.

    and to the person who asked if I told the representative that it was an iPhone 4, yes, I did. AFTER telling me to insert the pin into the mic hole and me doing it and then correcting her, she admitted she was confused with the older models.

    oh well, no harm done it seems. thanks everyone.
  11. prestomusic macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    lucky she told you to use a pin, the blunt edge of paperclip would have probably done more damage.

    Those are the phone calls you wish they recorded 'for training purposes' ha ha. But of course, it wouldn't have been...
  12. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I'd tell Apple AT&T told you to do it and you worried if it did any damage… they may give you a refurb anyway.
  13. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    I'm pretty sure you are mistaken.

    Previous iPhones didn't have noise cancelling microphones, but users did try to increase speaker volume by piercing the speaker enclosure.

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