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This is a common problem. It appears to be a problem with the microphone (on the headset). Under conditions that are humid or windy, the problem seems to be worse. The humidity gets into the mic, and is able to complete a circuit, turning voice control on.
For a temporary workaround, try using earbuds that do NOT have a mic.
It's not just a headphone problem. My wife's 3GS can be sitting on the table and suddenly the voice control screen comes up and often the phone will call someone or start the iPod app playing. Or the phone can just be in her purse and it will spontaneously make a call--we've realized that probably VC self-activated and then someone mentioned a name that's in the contact list and boom, phone call.
Just think: you can be talking about someone and, unknown to you, your phone might call them...and they hear your conversation, which included their name…
It is not just with headsets, humidity, moisture, wind...there's something wrong with the software or iPhone hardware itself.
It's not just a headphone problem. Since the mic/switch part of the headset mimics the home button, it can cause the problem. But phones with no headset problems at all are suddenly activating the voice control menu and then automatically dialing a number if a word is said nearby that fits the owner's contact list. For example, I was teaching a class with my phone lying on the desk. Voice Control spontaneously activated, but I was standing to the side and didn't notice. I was lecturing and said the word "alternative." Since my contact list has my auto mechanic, a company called "Auto Alternative," the phone automatically dialed him! This happened about four times, each time some word I said triggered a different number being dialed.
Imagine...you are a lawyer. You are having a confidential conversation with a client about a lawsuit. Unbeknownst to you, VC activates on your or your client's phone. You say the name of the other party and they happen to be in the contact list. The phone dials them, but you don't know it. They answer, and suddenly they are hearing your conversation, with a client, about them....
...this could be serious.
I just started experiencing this problem today while out for a run. I won't go into details, but yes, it is very annoying.
I have started another thread, not to rehash this topic, but to encourage people to click the user feedback link and ask Apple to either 1) disable holding down the Home button to activate Voice Control; and/or 2) disable Voice Control completely. (Apple does not officially read or respond to issues raised in this forum.)
The reason I started another thread is that if you reply to the thread after leaving feedback with Apple, we can keep track of how many people have actually complained about this issue.
If you'd like to join me in my effort, the thread is here:
Please go to this thread, click the feedback link, leave feedback, and then reply to it saying that you have left feedback with Apple. Let's see how many people complain about this, and how soon Apple responds to it.
Someone Who Would Really Like to Like Using His iPhone While Exercising
Well, someone at Apple reads at least some of these forums.
The new thread I started to have people submit feedback to Apple was deleted by the Apple Discussions Staff.
Nevertheless, as other users have suggested, if you want Apple to either 1) disable holding down the Home button to activate Voice Control; and/or 2) disable Voice Control completely, go to this link:
and let them know.
In the meantime, two possible solutions:
1) get the Apple headphones replaced: http://www.apple.com/support/headphones/replacementprogram/
2) get the "Home" button repaired by Apple under warranty.
This is not off the rack, as I have experienced this problem on my iPhone 4.
With a different phone, bluetooth headset and different voice dialing I would get random call making on the phone.
It would seem, at least to me, that the problem has been around for a while.
That still doesn't make it any the less serious as pointed out.
I am really frustrated with this voice control feature of iPhone 4. Everytime I plug in my earphone, the voice control pops up and plays music like crazy. Sometimes stop itself and sometimes 3x faster and stop again. What is all this?? I really don't understand! Please remove this voice control, I don't need this. Otherwise please put an option to switch it off!! I am afraid to use my earphone now! It's bugging me too much. Apple, pls respond/help! People, pls let me have your opinion about this issue.
I am experiencing the same issue with my iPhone3GS - when I plug in my In-Ear Headphones, the Voice Control will randomly kick-in. So I just spent the last hour trying to figure out how to use the Voice Controls. No luck- when selecting an artist, it totally misses and plays something very different.
I haven't tried the Voice Controls for anything else - so now I'd be very curious if anyone knows how to simply shut it off and lock it out?
I wasn't having this problem until the last OS update last week, but it's really annoying. Mic-less headphones aren't an option since street noise here makes it impossible to use the phone w/out the headphones. There really needs to be a disable feature. Will go leave feedback for Apple as suggested.