WTF does this mean?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Boesky, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Boesky macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2009
    You Can't Answer If it Doesn't Ring

    Perhaps the worst of the iPhone's problems is its ability to sit there stealthily and ignore incoming calls. With no ring or vibrate to clue you in, your friends and family are redirected to voicemail… or just treated to silence. If you're in a two-iPhone family, it can be a case of the deaf leading the mute.
  2. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    Doesn't happen to me. I get all my calls, occasionally it rings for them twice before mine starts, but I still always get the call as long as I have service
  3. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    This has happened to me several times. I can't put a pattern on it and I can't figure out why it happens. It's annoying but it doesn't happen frequently enough to be a real problem for me.
  4. FXT 1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    This has happened to me a few times. If your surfing the web on EDGE or GPRS at the time of an incoming call, they are re-directed to voicemail. I think its a limitation of 2G technologies in this instance.
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I think it's a sign that 10.6.2 will be out tomorrow.
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    That's exactly what it is, 2G phones can't do simultaneous voice and data.
  7. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    That may be the case if my phone is on Edge I guess but my phone is a 3GS.
  8. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Your 3GS will still revert to EDGE if your 3G coverage isn't sufficient.
  9. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    I know that. My point is that it should only happen when my phone is on Edge and that almost never happens since I'm always on 3G or wifi.
  10. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Okay. Makes sense.

    I was replying because your post that I quoted made it sound like you thought you shouldn't be on EDGE because you have a 3GS.
  11. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Wait - if I'm on GPRS/EDGE and I'm browsing the web, incoming calls go straight to voicemail?!
  12. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Unfortunately yes. I've dealt with this a lot.
  13. Toadjeep macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2008
    I have had this problem before. I don't think it's the phone as much as it's AT&T. I had one weekend where I wasn't using the phone at all and then all of a sudden I would get a new voicemail. I had 8 calls go straight to voicemail that weekend. I had never had a problem like this before. This is AT&T being lazy with tower overload and rather then connecting your call it just takes a voicemail for you.
  14. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Bummer.. I always turn 3G off (poor coverage in Edinburgh, UK) and I check Facebook and use the chat feature when using GPRS. Had no idea all calls would divert to voicemail, that really sucks.

    I assume it is GPRS's limitations that cause that?
  15. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    I had this very problem yesterday at work. I was sitting at my desk with my phone in the charger and suddenly I had notification of a voicemail message. I checked the missed call log and there were no calls listed for that day. This was on my work provided Verizon phone. They added a bunch of repeaters in the building too so service is good.
  16. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    Funny. I'm lucky I don't experience this. Sorry to those with poor reception near their area. Hopefully AT&T will work out such kinks.
  17. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    I feel for you mate. I was up in Edinburgh a few weeks ago and I was appalled at the bad coverage O2 has up there.
  18. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    This is really irritating. What's more irritating is that you never know when you get a buzz from the phone, see you missed a call because it never rang and lo and behold, there's the "E" in the upper left when, 5 minutes ago and in the same place it is now, it was "3G" with full bars.

    Speaking of lousy connections, one day my cable modem connection went down and since I have a voip phone, I used my iPhone to call support. It absolutely would not stay connected more than 5 minutes. I'd go upstairs, turned off 3G and still, after a few minutes I'd get dropped. After a few go-arounds with this, I remembered that I have other phones so I pulled the sim card out of the iPhone, put it in the Fuze, turned it on and called and the call lasted just over 45 minutes (it was a tough problem, according to them) without a problem. Considering my other iPhone and my wife's iPhone have the same problem with being dropped, I'd have to guess that the iPhone has really lousy radio hardware, really lousy radio control software or both and it's not actually AT&T this time. I left the sim card in the Fuze for a couple days to see what would happen and never once saw an "E" on the screen. Go figure.
  19. techwarrior macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Happens on occasion on my 3Gs. I live near the edge of 3G coverage and watch my phone go from 4 bars to 'searching' from time to time. It often happens while the phone is doing nothing, just sitting in a dock. The latest update helped, but it still occurs and when it does, callers will go direct to VM.

    I wonder if it has to do with how many calls are active on the local tower. Our local tower serves the Interstate where considerable traffic passes. There is no second tower in range. The outages appear to occur more often during commute hours.

    To me, it is a modest annoyance, one that is overcome by the many other great features. However, I would welcome a solution.
  20. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Next time it might help if you provide the link for stuff you copied:

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