I love the iPhone 4, except for...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BobHail, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. BobHail macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    ...making phone calls, because I can´t hear the person at the other end. The ear speaker is just too quiet and unclear even with 100% volume. And yes, my hearing is perfect. Never had this problem with any previous phones.
  2. Prabas macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2010
    Something is wrong with your phone, because for me that speaker is too loud.
  3. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    It sounds more like an issue with your particular phone rather than the devices physical design - I have a 3GS and that only needs to be on half volume to hear the other person clearly, full volume can sometimes be way too loud. I don't think Apple would mess with the existing call volume when designing the iPhone 4.
  4. BobHail thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    No, my friends iPhone 4 has the same volume level as mine, so it can´t be just my phone.
  5. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Well, in most situations, I can hear the person speaking at the other end holding the phone several inches away at about 75% volume.

    Wait, does your friend think that it's too quiet as well?
  6. Hemmo macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2010
    i have my volume setup something like 50% sometimes i have to adjust it but it all debends what phone is the other person using,i cant remember ever using 100% volume so i think you have defective phone or hearing.
  7. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    BobHail - you could really put all your complaints into one thread instead of creating a new one each day. But at least you HAVE an iPhone (as opposed to the iPad you keep complaining about)
  8. specify macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
    Did you leave the plastic sticker on the speaker or something?
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    On my 3G, I could barely hear the speaker in speakerphone. I was actually using the speakerphone and putting it up to my ear. I had to jailbreak and modify some plist files to even get it to a passable volume level.

    For the 4, the volume is great. I can actually hear my volume while driving a car now. It also works effectively as a speakerphone.
  10. drewc1138 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    My wife got her iPhone 4 the day before I did (her's came in the first, early, shipment). She called me to tell me that she had gotten it, but couldn't figure out why I sounded so muffled. She would switch to speakerphone and could hear me fine, but when she tried to listen through the earpiece, it sounded like I was underwater.

    She later texted me to let me know that she had not removed the plastic wrap from around the phone.
  11. spyda macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2009
    Yeah, iPhone 4 does have pretty ****** speaker volume. The phone is great in so many other ways, but the volume is poor...I don't get it.
  12. Sugadaddy macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2010
    No problem hearing people here, volume is set to 10/16 bars.

    And the first thing I tested when I got it was call volume. It was horrible, but then I realized the sticker was blocking the earpiece. :D
  13. sic2five macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Must definitely be your hearing.
  14. iphonefouruser macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2010
    my mate did that. He didnt have any screen protectors so he peeled back and cut the stuff the original phone packaging used but left the earpiece covered. He said I shouldnt tell anybody so keep it to yourselves
  15. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
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    Not all of them. To me, the volume on my iPhone 4 sounds just fine.
  16. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2010
    It is a bit on the quiet side. If you turn off 3G, you'll notice it's much louder. It has something to do with the codecs they use. The 3G codecs are higher fidelity, but also quieter. The 2G codecs are louder, but have more distortion.
  17. BobHail thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    He´s not as critical than me, but he says sometimes outside it is difficult to hear the other person.

    It´s ok inside in a quiet room of course, but as soon as you go outside and there´s cars and other background noise, it is very difficult to hear the other person. Never had this with other phones.

    Nope. Like I said, my hearing is perfect.

    I think iPhone 4 is even quieter than the 3G and 3GS. I had this same problem with those too, but it wasn´t this bad.

    The speakerphone is much better though, than it used to be.

    Hahahah! That´s funny! :D I can´t believe how some people could not notice the plastic wrap.

    Thanks for sharing, glad I´m not the only one who notices this problem.
  18. jas1973 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2010
    Invest in Some Q-tips and clean the jizzum from yur ears
  19. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    This might help you clean it. approx $180. :D

  20. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    I have hearing problems, and my iPhone 4 works quite well. I do not even have the volume all the way up.
  21. Nevpaurion macrumors regular

    May 25, 2008
    Two nights ago I was doing sound at this casino lounge I work at once in a while and had to make a quick call mid show, I could STILL hear the person I was talking to, albeit with my other ear plugged.
  22. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Mine works fine. I'm not saying that you're a liar or anything, but I hear people pretty well. Have you tried using headphones? Is it any better?
  23. BobHail thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    With ear/headphones it´s good of course.

    In public places I always have to squeeze the phone really hard to my ear and plug the other ear with my finger and I still find myself yelling to my friends "speak up, I can´t hear you because of my damn iPhone!". :mad:

    It´s quite embarrassing in public places.
  24. Fliesen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2010
    So you're saying "can't be my hearing, i know for a fact that it's perfect"
    "can't be the phone, my buddy's phone's the same"

    so the ONLY remaining option is everyone elses' phones are broken in ways that the earspeaker is too loud and / or everyone else has some weird supersensitive hearing.'

    i sense troll OR 'turning up ringer volume but not call volume'
  25. BobHail thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    Or by coincidence just mine and my friends iPhones are broken. :rolleyes:

    But seriously I´m thinking if I would hear your phones who say it´s loud enough, I´m betting it would be exact same volume I have. In other words I just don´t believe you guys being enough critical or haven´t tested this properly. And there are others who agree with me.

    So obviously this is a big controversy.

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