Low call volume on iphone??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by servo-15, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. servo-15 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    Does anyone else think that their iphone has a low call volume? I have a jb 1.1.3 (1.1.2OTB) and think the volume is quieter than on my previous phones. Is this normal, or should I return it while I can?
  2. domness macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    Sheffield, UK
    Hmm.. Mine seems to go pretty loud to be honest.

    Have you tried turning the volume up while in a call?
  3. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Mine seems to be especially low on the bluetooth headset. Using the wired headset is MUCH louder. I have it turned up all the way for bluetooth, and about half way on wired.

    It seems like it is lower than it used to be. Don't know if that is just over time, or due to SW updates.

    Bluetooth is always fully charged, and the phone could be right next to the headset - still to low...
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I had my orginal iPhone that I bought on July 6 that had a low speaker volume. I could hear everything fine through the ear piece. The speaker volume would fluctuate on it's own. I would turn it on and have loud volume one minute, 10 minutes from now it would be so low I couldn't hear it in a quiet room. I finally had enough and exchanged it about a month ago.

    I have had no volume problems on that one ever since, I can hear when SMS come in as well as emails, all while it is in my pocket.

    Since then, I have bought two additional iPhones, one a 8GB and the other a 16GB and both have excellent volume as well.
  5. drchipinski macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
  6. jecapaga macrumors 601


    Jul 1, 2007
    Southern California
    low call volume is a common complaint. speakerphone as well. you're not alone.
  7. domness macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    Sheffield, UK
    Even though my call volume has been fine.. One of the things in most reports about the iPhone WAS the low call volume.
  8. jbuckner macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2007
    I have a new 8GB and the speaker phone is horrible, coming from a Blackberry I really miss the speaker phone option. The speaker phone on the iPhone is un-useable.
  9. nate94gt macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2008
    the earpiece speaker is very loud on mine, however the speakerphone is useless, which is too bad cuz i love speakerphone :(
  10. servo-15 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    Hmm.... Thanks for the feedback guys.It seems that it is pot luck whether the call volume is loud or not. I've never actually tried the speakerphone because it has always been useless in my previous phones.
  11. McGiord, Feb 7, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I also have a low volume iPhone, I bought it in August '07.
    And I have been travelling a lot and haven't have time to go to the :apple: to ask for a replacement.

    It would be interesting if you all can post when you bought your iPhones to see if this was only on old iPhones or if it is still happening with current new ones.

    The relativity factor of our own deafness will always be there.
    Yamaha FZ150i history
  12. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Well, I bought my first iPhone on July 6. It was a week 26 iPhone and the volume would fluctuate all on it's own. Every 5 minutes the volume could be higher or lower than what it was 5 minutes before. I exchanged it at the Apple store because of this problem about a month ago and was given a week 1 of 2008 iPhone. No volume problems with the new one.

    I also have a week 51 of 2007 and that one has no volume problems
    I also bought a 16GB iPhone on Tuesday and it too has no volume problems.
  13. maestro55 macrumors 68030


    Nov 13, 2005
    Goat Farm in Meridian, TX
    I had a week 38 purchased in October and it had was appeared to me as low volume, recently got a week 50 to replace that one due to the the screen not responding in the bottom half and it appears to have low volume. The problem is, I don't know if the phone is messed up of if it is just because I am deaf (not legally I don't suppose, but too much loud music in my ears hasn't been good to me).
  14. servo-15 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    Luckily, I didn't manage to return my phone.
    Now the damn thing seems to have a normal call volume! Bizarre. I just hope it stays like this now.
  15. ioriamd macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008
    i planning to buy iphone this week..
    can somebody compare the call ringing quality between 8gb and 16gb?

    is it got small , intermidiate or really big diff of volume quality?

    pls help me to decide
  16. larlia macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2008
    how I fixed it...

    Maybe (hopefully) you've solved the problem by now but anyway... I had the same problem, especially when using the ear piece. I found the call volume was controlled by the ipod volume limit. After raising the limit I was able to increase the volume a lot more with the side buttons.
  17. terp26 macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    yea mine was low when I bought it last year, then it became lower to the point I could barely hear anything.

    I popped 2 holes in the earpart with a pin, volume increased, while not loud and while i still have to press my phone hard against my ear, a lot better.

    I do not suggest doing that , dont wanna be responsible for peoples screwed up speaker:)
  18. john2006 macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2009
    Hi, thought I would join this forum to update this thread.

    I brought a 8GB iPhone at the end of January and I have appauling call volume, I can barely hear people talking.

    I am going to try and get it replaced and hope for the best, has anyone successfully had theirs replaced becuase of this problem?
  19. rednano74 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Dover, DE
    I noticed the call volume is quite lower than my Moto Q I had. But at the same time I have noticed that the call volume also depends on the other end. For the same setting, one person could be low and another person could be louder. :confused:
  20. schoensm macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2011
    Clean the earpiece

    Use a flashlight and take a close look at the earpiece screen, (the piece that covers the earpiece), hair-gel and other products build up over time on the earpiece. Use a small needle and gently scrape away the gunk. Use compressed air after to gently blow away the loose fragments. Do not blow directly into the earpiece, you could force the debris deeper into the earpiece. I only use about 15psi and hold the air compressor nozzle at about a 45 degree angle. I have to do this about every 6 months.
  21. Rafagon macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2011
    Miami, FL
    thank you!

    This seems like great advice and incant wait to try it. Well worth the captchas and blood samples i had to provide from the iphone!!


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