Hard time hearing callers on iPhone

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tharmsen

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I am having a hard time hearing conversations on my iPhone with the volume cranked up to max... it's just so faint that when I'm in the car or some other less than ideal location I can't hear anything without the buds...

Is this normal? Is the speaker really this faint or might there be something wrong with mine?
 

Lheaxhuns

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I am having a hard time hearing conversations on my iPhone with the volume cranked up to max... it's just so faint that when I'm in the car or some other less than ideal location I can't hear anything without the buds...

Is this normal? Is the speaker really this faint or might there be something wrong with mine?
It's normal, and it may be fixable through an update.
 

tharmsen

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Argh... that's so frustrating. How hard could it be to test the volume level of a device and get it right the first time? Being a QA guy I guess such oversights drive me absolutely nutty on a $650 device. :p

I love this phone, but I can only hope a patch can fix this and soon... otherwise the phone will be mostly useless to me as I do most of my calls in less than ideal locations (car, train, busy streets, etc).
 

thedwp

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I am having a hard time hearing conversations on my iPhone with the volume cranked up to max... it's just so faint that when I'm in the car or some other less than ideal location I can't hear anything without the buds...

Is this normal? Is the speaker really this faint or might there be something wrong with mine?
I've had no problems with mine...it's plenty loud
 

ccr78

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Not to be rude, but did you remove the plastic covering the screen? This will make a significant difference in volume.
 

tharmsen

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Not to be rude, but did you remove the plastic covering the screen? This will make a significant difference in volume.
Not rude at all. I removed the plastic screen and I still can just barely hear people in my car. At home it works great, or in the office... but outside, in the car, in a busy building... I find myself sticking my left finger in my ear and really having to concentrate to hear the other person.
 

aggieman

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haven't tried my bluetooth headset yet but would that help volume level in less than ideal places? Honestly i don't have a problem with the volume. Its not what it was on my moto q or treo 755p but its adequate.
 

IPhone_Chica

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Try using a bluetooth headset. The new Aliph Jawbone supposedly has noise cancelling properties. If this doesn't work you might need to return the phone.
 

tharmsen

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haven't tried my bluetooth headset yet but would that help volume level in less than ideal places? Honestly i don't have a problem with the volume. Its not what it was on my moto q or treo 755p but its adequate.
To be honest my hearing isn't what it used to be. I'm a former Marine... I've been exposed to my fair share of gun fire without hearing protection and it's taken its toll. I'm not deaf by any means, but I do have a constant ringing in my ears I'll have for the rest of my life. But with my Moto Q this wasn't a problem, heck it was too loud on its highest setting.
 

daviddogma

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Try using a bluetooth headset. The new Aliph Jawbone supposedly has noise cancelling properties. If this doesn't work you might need to return the phone.
This call volume thing is depressing and starting to make me angry. What is making me even more angry is that many of you are accepting it. Justifying it and rationalizing it. I just paid $600+ for a "revolutionary" phone. Why should I have to use a bluetooth headset so I can hear when a free phone will do the trick?
 

IPhone_Chica

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This call volume thing is depressing and starting to make me angry. What is making me even more angry is that many of you are accepting it. Justifying it and rationalizing it. I just paid $600+ for a "revolutionary" phone. Why should I have to use a bluetooth headset so I can hear when a free phone will do the trick?

I agree with you to some extent but this is the first generation iPhone. There are kinks that need to be worked out. You can't tell me that you honestly thought this product would be problem free if so that is simply your fault. You should have taken off the rose colored glasses. No disrespect but you can't run around bashing the iPhone simply becasue you went into this thing with your nose wide open. Personally I think Apple has done well considering this is a first generation iPhone and there first attempt at handsets. JMO
 

tharmsen

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I agree with you to some extent but this is the first generation iPhone. There are kinks that need to be worked out. You can't tell me that you honestly thought this product would be problem free if so that is simply your fault. You should have taken off the rose colored glasses. No disrespect but you can't run around bashing the iPhone simply becasue you went into this thing with your nose wide open. Personally I think Apple has done well considering this is a first generation iPhone and there first attempt at handsets. JMO
I agree. I had multiple discussions with friends and co-workers who warned me that you never adopt first generation highend gadgets and expect them to be flawless right out of the gate. While I agree this is something that should have been noticed and addressed before release, I'm sure a patch will solve my problem. I have two phones right now and for the next 12 months. I went into this with my eyes open and even though it sucks about the volume, I'll live with it until they fix it for me.

It's just a reality of life that new products have glitches that aren't discovered until they are released to the general public. Welcome to the wild world of cutting edge technology. :cool: