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SeAnSieS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 26, 2010 10:00 PM
I don't know if it's the phone or the OS, but my headset worked fine with my iPhone 2g. On my new iPhone 4, every bluetooth headset I use connects fine and I can hear the caller perfect. Except, they say it sounds like there's a pillow over my mouth when I talk. To the point of not even recognizing what I say. I tried calling the house, and I can barely hear myself, and it will cut in and out. Anyone else getting this issue?
iPhone 4 - 16GB, iOS 4
  • Hlasgal85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 26, 2010 10:39 PM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    Having same problem. Have '08 TaurusX & the contacts won't sync. Says "no entries" for my phone book. I tried using BT Audio & couldn't get the sound. The phone works but can't function hands free on outgoing calls. I'm with everyone else, this is very annoying! However, I feel better now knowing I'm not the only one experiencing this problem. I drove to the dealership to ask questions & was told they would need to put it in the shop & have a radio specialist look at it?? Please!
    Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • berrygirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 27, 2010 3:31 PM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I'm having the same problem. I thought it was my bluetooth device so I took it back and got another one and am having the same problem.
    iPhone 4, Windows XP
  • vnemous Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 6:41 AM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I just got the I Phone for and I am having the same issue. Callers sound clear but everyone said I sound like Iam talking in a barrel and I keep breaking up. I hope they find a fix soon.
    I Phone 4, iOS 4
  • pablosan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 7:00 AM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I am also having this same issue on my new iphone 4. It's not pairing with my car's hands free bluetooth as reliable as my iphone 3gs did and I'm also getting the same muffled sound outbound, but I can hear the person talking to me fine.

    Re-paired my iphone with my car and also rebooting my phone seems to help, but this is really not an acceptable fix.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Timesplitter88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 8:00 AM (in response to pablosan)
    iPhone 4. 32gb. Same issue. Headset worked fine on 3GS now dropping connection every 5 mins and people say I sound like I'm talking through seran wrap! Has anyone attempted to contact apple support about this???

    Message was edited by: Timesplitter88
    iPhone 4, iOS 4, 32 GB
  • uscrules1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 10:09 AM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I am having this some problem too and it's driving me crazy. My bluetooth has worked well for a few years and now the callers are having a problem hearing me clearly. I can hear them fine. Please let me know if you find a way to fix this. I am using the jawbone headset.
    iphone 4, iOS 4, Jawbone headset
  • berrygirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 10:12 AM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I contacted Apple Technical Support about the problem this morning and the lady suggested that I do a restore on my phone. I explained to her that I've already done that, which is insane IMO considering I just got the phone Thursday. After being on hold for several minutes, she came back to the phone to tell me that she spoke w/ a supervisor and he stated that I need to have the phone replaced (keep in mind that this was AFTER I explained to them that I'm not the only one having this problem). I'd hate to exchange this phone, reload all the apps on my phone,and set up the folders again only to have the EXACT problem!
    iPhone 4, Windows XP
  • Thanar Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 11:17 AM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    Hello dearest iPhone 4 users;

    Could the problem you are facing be a duplicate on [this one|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1804116] that dates back almost TWO years?
    iPhone 3G, Vodafone Hellas, iOS 4
  • walman01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 2:25 PM (in response to Thanar)
    I have the same issue. My wife calls me, I answer through the bluetooth, she says it sounds like I am talking through a straw. I have to power down the phone, turn it back on, turn the bluetooth back on, and then every thing is fine. VERY annoying.
    Dell, Windows Vista
  • FlapiPhone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 4:07 PM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I am having the same issue with my iPhone 4 32GB as everyone here. I have paired my iPhone with 2 Bt headsets that worked perfect fine on my old 32GB 3GS, now the audio is horrible on my caller's end. I have a Jawbone 2 and a Plantronics Discovery 655, both pair ok with the iPhone 4. It appears that when I answer a call with the headset or when I initiate a call with the headset the audio is horrible. I have had some success with the following steps: 1. Make or answer the call from the phone then 2. Turn off and then on my Bt headset and 3. Transfer the call to the Bt headset.

    Anyone else tried doing this and have any success?
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • MehPhd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 5:39 PM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I'm having the same problem on the iPhone 4 and a plantonics headset. What is strange is that the muffled sound problem mainly happens only when calling a friend also on the new iPhone. He has the same problem when he calls me on his bluethooth I can't hear him. So add two more users both having muffled Bluetooth problems. I traded in my 3GS or I would be looking to take this back.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • JHawkZZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 6:30 PM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I'm having the exact same problems as everyone else. iPhone 3GS worked great with my bluetooth headset, and with the iPhone 4 the person I'm talking to frequently has trouble understanding me, complaining it sounds like I'm speaking in a tunnel, or a tin can.

    Another thing I've noticed is that if I walk more than ten feet away from the phone, it begins cutting out on them, and if I walk more than about 30 feet away, the iPhone automatically disconnects my headset.

    Anyone else notice these things too?

    Message was edited by: JHawkZZ
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Timesplitter88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 6:37 PM (in response to JHawkZZ)
    JHawkZZ wrote:
    I'm having the exact same problems as everyone else. iPhone 3GS worked great with my bluetooth headset, and with the iPhone 4 the person I'm talking to frequently has trouble understanding me, complaining it sounds like I'm speaking in a tunnel, or a tin can.

    Another thing I've noticed is that if I walk more than ten feet away from the phone, it begins cutting out on them, and if I walk more than about 30 feet away, the iPhone automatically disconnects my headset.

    Anyone else notice these things too?

    Message was edited by: JHawkZZ


    JHawkZZ,

    Im having the same issues in your second paragraph... except my phone is sitting on a cradle, in my car, 5 feet away from me sitting idle and it will just randomly disconnect and reconnect every 5 minutes. I know this because the bluetooth icon goes dim and sometimes the headset will beep in my ear letting me know its lost the phone. UGH! Frustrating!
    iPhone 4, iOS 4, 32 GB
  • wineberserkers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 28, 2010 6:49 PM (in response to SeAnSieS)
    I've seen this discussion on the web several places, and no fix as of yet. I'm experiencing it with mine as well, and it's monumentally annoying, as we can't HOLD the phone (or the signal drops), and we can't use Bluetooth, because it doesn't work...how are we supposed to use the phone??
    Macbook Pro
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