Iphone 3g broken [ringer switch]

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by eplchamps0304, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    The silence ringer switch on the side of my iphone just broke. It was stiff and i turned it and it broke off. What bull ****.
  2. millerboy814 macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    haha but yeah, mine is having problems, like to turn it to vribrate its very quick and smooth, but when i have to turn it back to like loud, its harder to push :/
  3. zacxwolf macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    i had a similar problem with my silence ringer switch being very tough and off-kilter

    i brought it back to the store

    currently they have no idea how to change out my phone for another one, they told me to bring it back in a couple days and they will definitely take care of me

    such a bummer.
  4. shebax macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Wouldn't that actually be a good thing though?
    Think about it, say you're in a meeting/movie/dinner/presentation/whatever. You put it on silent, then when you put it in your pocket, the swith catches on the lining. I'd much rather it be stiff than super loose, the the switch would be completely useless.
  5. zacxwolf macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    mine was beyond this

    like it hurt my finger to switch it

    plus the switch is not straight

    i will try to take a pic with my iSight now
  6. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

    Next Tuesday

    Sep 14, 2006
    Mines the same way. It clicks going down but when going up, its harder to push and doesnt click into place. Might take it back.
  7. trever.mendez macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
    Seems to be common problem

    Looks like you're not alone, check this out. Apparently, you can get a new one easily from Apple store. I guess cheap price, brings cheap parts huh?

  8. JeffBalls macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    Mine also broke...not cool.

    My ringer switch was really stiff since I got it and behold....tonight I flip the switch over and the metal button snapped right off.:mad:
  9. trever.mendez macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
  10. nottooshabby macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    Yep, my wife's clicks distinctly in both directions, but mine only clicks in one direction and takes a lot of resistance to switch it back to ringer mode.
  11. ls2123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Same deal

    Yeah, when I got my new 3G the ringer switch was really stiff, almost impossible to switch, and it would do so all lop-sided. Today I tried it and it broke right off.

    Took it in and they said a few other people had the same problem. They said I could get it replaced but I have to take it to a service center. :( oh well hope that works out.
  12. ls2123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    No Luck replacing broken iPhone 3G ringer switch

    I took my 3G iPhone to the repair center here in Hong Kong, and they barked at me saying the broken switch isn't covered under warrenty?!!!!??! They took down my name and said they would call me today and tell me how much it would cost to repair. No call. What should I do?!

    The phone isn't even activated yet so it is just sitting at home. I was wondering why the switch was so hard to move, and then it just poped off!
  13. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    I went by the AT&T store lastnight and placed an order for my 3G. On the way out I stopped by and played with on of them and the first thing I noticed was how cheap the ringer switch was compared to the original. The floor model looked crooked and also felt like it would break if you looked at it wrong. It did not seem so slide as easily as the original.

    - James
  14. mr.wilson macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    My first generation iphone has a broken ringer switch as well. At first I found it annoying that the hair trigger caused it to turn the ringer off as It bounced around inside my pocket. I missed a lot of important calls. Then after a few weeks, it just wiggled loosely and jammed in the off position. I have an unlocked phone that I use in Canada and Europe, so it isn't covered under warranty.

    After a few months of running silent, I decided to drill out the switch and manually switch the ringer back on. My version has the bell icon, so I knew it worked right away. Mission accomplished in two minutes at no cost. I used a pin to move the microswitch to the on position.

    The microswitch is at the upper half of the black plastic (outer) switch, so you don't have to drill the whole thing out. I'm going to fill the gap with epoxy so I never have to worry about losing my ringtone again. I can mute it or drop the volume if I need to run silent again.
  15. CZroe macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    My twin brother and I each got white iPhone 3G phones. His switch is flawless while mine makes me nearly drop the phone if I attempt to do it using only one hand. It's a bit more difficult to silence than it is to turn on.

    Who should I call? Apple or AT&T?
  16. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

    Next Tuesday

    Sep 14, 2006
    If you're in the US, take it back to apple and demand a new one. My first iphone3g was like that and i returned it the next day no questions asked. I would suggest testing out everything in the store before u leave to prevent furthur hassles.
  17. CZroe macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008

    We did notice it in-store but we thought it would loosen up.

    Unfortunately, an Apple store is not an option. Even the right kind of AT&T store is inconvenient! I prefer a phone/mail RMA option if possible. Apple warrants it, so I guess I call them then.

    Now, does anyone else's experience these problems?
    1) Some web forms flick and scroll with each letter typed (this one is doing it right now).
    2) The backspace function sometimes sticks and clears out everything you wrote (happens often enough that I am scared to use it!).
    3) Short of resetting the insertion point and editing after the fact, there is seemingly no way to refuse an auto-correction when closing with parenthesis or quoted (try enclosing "vids").
  18. redgaz26 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
    well mine has just broken this morning:mad::mad:
    ive beginning to regret upgrading.
    going to the apple store later hopefully they will give me a new one
  19. mattwynn65 macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    Brand New out of the box iPhone 3G - Mute switch busted!!

    I have been a big fan of Apples products and Apple's product quality, but today I opened but brand new Black 16 gigabyte iPhone 3G only to discover the mute switch stiff. I have to really try hard just to put the phone on mute when going into meetings, this makes it much harder to use.

    Does anyone know what Apple would do for this problem if I took it into the Apple Store? Or would I just be wasting my time.
  20. thirdeyeopen666 macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2007
    Fairly sure they'd replace it for you.
  21. PatrickSiska macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    Sounds like a feature instead of a flaw. Maybe this feature was designed by Microsoft. ;)

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