If you have an iPhone 3G you may have found yourself in the awkward situation where after a while of rambling on, you suddenly hear the person at the other end say “hello? Are you there? hello…”. It’s so annoying! Not to mention embarrassing…now you’ve got to say all that stuff again (making you look like an idiot to bystanders), that’s not cool. So why does this happen? Because your ear has touched and activated the mute button at some point during your conversation thereby preventing others from hearing you. Here’s how you can prevent it from happening again.
Before I continue, I quickly want to point out the irony in the fact that newly minted AT&T iPhone owners are experiencing the exact problem an Cingular (AT&T) marketing campaign claimed happened “only to the other guys”. Check out these videos from the not too distant past:
[step 1] To understand why some iPhone owners accidentally mute their microphone when moving the phone close to their ear or head, you have to understand how one of the iPhones’ many sensors works. The iPhone 3G has a proximity sensor near the speaker. This sensor was specifically designed to tell the iPhone whether or not you’re holding it up to your ear. If this proximity sensor detects your face, it’ll lock the keypad preventing any accidental pressing of buttons.
So why does it still happen to so many people? This is the tricky part…It turns out the proximity sensor gets blocked by many of the 3rd party accessories such as protective cases, covers or sleeves. So, to ensure that your iPhone’s proximity sensor isn’t blocked, simply buy a case, pouch or protective cover that doesn’t cover the proximity sensor and you’ll mute yourself no more.
Here’s the location of the proximity sensor I’m talking about:
[step 2] If your iPhone accessory covers these sensors, then the iPhone won’t be able to sense whether or not you’re holding it up to your ear and will therefore not lock the screen during calls. So wander over to your nearest iPhone accessory store and obtain a case that protects your precious possession but still allows your iPhone to sense your face.