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Why is Siri Useless to me :(

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edario Calculating status...
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Jan 30, 2012 1:38 PM

I am located in Bogota, Colombia and bought the iPhone the day it was released here.  This is my first iPhone and it's an incredible gadget, now I can't live without it!

 

One of the things that really made me buy an iPhone this year was Siri.  Unfortunelty, for me and probably anyone else not living in the US, Siri falls short of expectation, by a 1000000 miles.

 

The reasons: It doesn't know anything in Colombia, it doesn't speak Spanish, it doesn't understand accents, it gets confused easily.  Now, English is my first language, but I speak spanish everyday, be it company names, friend's names, road names, and a bunch of other names.  And it just doesn't understand what I'm saying about 70% of the time.  I actually have to becareful not to say somethjing I know it won't understand.  For example my carrier is called Movistar, and whenever I ask Siri to call Movistar it starts to dial my SISTER, I'm like UGHHH you idiot machine.

 

About the only thing it can do right is set up appointments (without using specific names in spanish), and call some people (whose names are internationally recognizable).  It used to be able to tell me the time, but for some weird reason now whenever I ask "What time it is", it responds with "Sorry Name, I can't provide directions in Calle 12," and I'm like *** are you talking about

 

Siri is useless and I hope it can one day work the way I need it to work. The end.

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  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,150 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:45 PM (in response to edario)

    "Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply."

     

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to edario)

    Siri is a BETA at the present time, which whining is not going to change

     

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/siri-faq.html

     

    Language Support and Availability

    Siri works exclusively on iPhone 4S. Siri understands and can speak the following languages:

     

    English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia)

    French (France)

    German (Germany)

     

    In 2012, Siri will support additional languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish.

     

    We are barely into 2012.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 2:24 PM (in response to edario)

    Sorry, but you need to teach me how to know if someone is whining/ranting here without reading it.

     

    And the same goes to you. If you don't like my reply, then don't read nor reply "man", it's that simple.

     

    None of your questions can be answered. Siri is a BETA and Spanish is not supported yet.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 2:36 PM (in response to edario)

    It is just pointless to post such stuff here, nobody can help you and Apple won't see it.  Tell Apple what you want at

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

  • costamatrix Calculating status...
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    Feb 2, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to edario)

    same for me...i live in Brazil and this is my 4rd iPhone.. the 4s...and i bought only to have Siri...

     

    but Siri do not understand Portugues (even with iphone 4s already available on all Brazilians carriers)...

    but, i love Siri, i just can imagine what will gonna be when maps and location be available here...and of course portuguese...

     

    Come on Apple, keep up....

  • Richard Caughlan Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Apr 4, 2012 6:48 PM (in response to costamatrix)

    Don't feel bad.and don't get excited about it coming in Spanish.  It's no better in the US in Engish. I tried over and over in the car, I'd say call so and so and it says, "I'm sorry, I can't do that right now." Every time. Never did that before Siri.  I always have to manually call. I don't even try to use it anymore ever for anything. Another stupid Apple gimmick that doesn't work most of the time.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,450 points)
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    Apr 4, 2012 6:57 PM (in response to Richard Caughlan)

    So...before Siri if you asked your phone to call someone it did? But now it doesn't? Were you using Voice Control? If you prefer that, you can always go back to that. Just turn off Siri.

  • JVXB Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Apr 4, 2012 7:51 PM (in response to Richard Caughlan)

    Richard, Costamatrix isn't excited about it coming in Spanish -- s/he is wanting it in PORTUGUESE, since they are in BRAZIL. Spanish voice recognition would be useless to Costamatrix.

  • Richard Caughlan Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Apr 4, 2012 7:50 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    OMG!  I forgot you could do that.  Thanks!  Yes, it did recognize phone commands pretty well before, and I will turn her off.  Say goodbye Siri. The biggest problem is that she doesn't reset after failing but just sits there so you have to get it out of your pocket to reset the screen and make the call.  The voice command module resets and you can try again if it doesn't understand. 

  • Richard Caughlan Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Apr 4, 2012 7:56 PM (in response to JVXB)

    Like I care what language you speak.   I believe the poster said Spanish. 

  • JVXB Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Apr 4, 2012 8:42 PM (in response to Richard Caughlan)

    Edario said Spanish. Costamatrix, who you replied to said s/he lived in Brazil. And they speak Portuguese, not Spanish.

     

    I have no idea why you are saying "what language you speak" to me, as I speak and write English. I'm trying to let Costamatrix know that not ALL Apple users are geographically stupid, and that they don't ALL reply willy-nilly to people as if their specific problems didn't matter. Some help that would be in a help forum.

  • Richard Caughlan Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Apr 4, 2012 11:29 PM (in response to JVXB)

    I think you knew what I meant before you started scolding me like a nitpicking twit with a superiority complex.   It was not necessary or worthwhile. What kind of forum would it be where people just pick at others supersiliously?  I'm thinking you would know.

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