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mrselaineious Level 1 (0 points)

I am thinking about what my next phone is going to be and am looking at the iphone.  As small of an element as it is to most people, I love how my Blackberry has an indicator light for waiting messages.  Does the iphone have this?  I was playing with a couple and couldn't see one/find out how to set one on.

  • bbfc Level 3 (850 points)

    No. I think this feature is only available with Blackberry's.

  • probe_droid Level 2 (470 points)

    No, it doesn't have such a thing.

    And I personally do not miss this as for me a blinking something is an indicator for either a severe warning (low battery) or a failure, so I am perfectly happy with not having a message indicator on my iPhone.

    As an indicator light is not capable to stating how many messages there are, how important they are or from whom the messages are, the level of information is so low for that I do not miss this.

    But as always this is a matter of personal preferences, so if this feature has a high priority, you should probably look for another device.

  • Vincent_Canucks Level 1 (0 points)

    IOS5 is said to have the LED flashing indicator.  But it's also optional for those who prefer otherwise.

  • Eric Shawn2 Level 3 (600 points)

    It currently doesn't have an indicator light.  But it does have badges.  So if you missed a call, or received a voice message or text message but didn't hear because your phone was in your bag or in another room.  The next time you check your phone there will be a red circle or a red circle with a number (number of messages received) on the top right corner of the app icon.  There is also a reminder sound setting that alerts/reminds you that you recieved a text, as well as a notice on your screen saying you missed so many calls, or so many texts, it will also tell you who they came from.  No flashing lights.  But it's really just a matter of checking your phone.  Which you would do anyway with any phone.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,832 points)

    How can iOS 5 "have the LED flashing indicator" when the hardware doesn't have an LED light?

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    Read here under Accessibility...the iPhone 4 has an LED flash...


  • deggie Level 9 (52,662 points)

    Not sure how that will work though the description is a bit ambiguous: " iOS 5 works with specialized hardware accessories. The LED flash and custom vibration settings let you see and feel when someone’s calling."


    Perhaps the "LED" is a specialized hardware accessory. Not sure I see the point of it since the screen does light up and can show the name and a picture of the person calling now.

  • modular747 Level 6 (18,730 points)

    This "flashes" the LED flash light on the back of the phone for any alert - text, call, email, etc.   It doesn't stay on or act as a "indicator light" for any type of message.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,832 points)

    Sorry, meant LED indicator light, not the flash. My Thunderbolt, in addition to the camera flash, has an indicator light on the front that flashes different colors, depemding on various conditions. I suspect thays the sort of thing thr OP meant.


    Never occured to me that one could use the camera flash. Doesn't seem very useful to me as it's on the back and I rarely leave my phone face down. Might helpmsome people, though, I guess.

  • Nanook Level 2 (215 points)

    "But it's really just a matter of checking your phone.  Which you would do anyway with any phone."


    Except one with an indicator light. 


    I miss repeating alerts too (with more than two repeats) from my Treo days.  I guess I don't want to have to "check my phone," but rather it let me know when I've missed something.  I don't work for it; it works for me, know what I mean?

  • Eric Shawn2 Level 3 (600 points)

    I guess different mindsets require different needs.  The downside to having the mindset of "I don't work for it; it works for me", is that any electronic device can fail at anytime.  That's just fact.  And most times you don't know when it happens.  So relying on your phone to do pretty much everything for you, doesn't turn out as reliable as most would like.  The human factor should always be there.  My phone is a tool that helps me to organize, and simplify my life.  It doesn't run my life for me, and I don't rely on it to.  I use it when I need it.


    The one thing I like about 4.3.3 is you can now set the reminder alerts up to 10 times.  I have mine set for 3, I usually get it by then.  But I periodically check my phone anyway.  Looking to see if your notice light is flashing takes pretty much the same time as clicking your home button to see if you missed anything.  I know a lot people with phones with indicator lights that still check their phone whether it's flashing or not.  And many of them don't check even if their light is going off. ;-)

  • deggie Level 9 (52,662 points)

    Yep, I remember my Treo days, and since the phone worked for me it shouldn't go around nagging myself and everyone else with those ****** indicator lights.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,832 points)

    I mostly can't remember what the different color indicator lights mean on my Thunderbolt. I'm pretty sure I know when it's telling me it's charging but beyond that, I'm not sure.


    I do miss on my iPhone, the ability to set configurable reminder alert for texts. I don't have 4.3.3 yet as I have a Verizon iPhone. I tend to rely much more on sounds than lights. (Yes, deggie, my phone is very annoying!).

  • deggie Level 9 (52,662 points)

    I thought people got married or bought a cat to get annoyed?

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