- Aug 28, 2010
UPDATE: Sept, 23rd, 2013: I gave in a week ago and replaced my phone with a re-manufactured one per the suggestion of another rep. Was hesitant since I was doubtful it would solve the problem, nor did I want any NEW issues. Well, the replacement phone seems fine, except it still has the same microphone issue. A caller this weekend who hadn't actually experienced this problem with me before was very confused while talking to me... "hello? hello? You sound far away."
Important Note: If the noise cancellation mic (top back of phone) hears your voice clearly, it may think you are background noise! Once you're registered as background noise, you'll have to be patient and wait 10-15 seconds for the phone to reset. Talking louder will lengthen the problem. Resist the urge, and speak at a normal volume until the caller can hear you again.
I've had numerous people say I sound "distant", "muffled" or "very quiet" from time to time. It doesn't happen a lot and has been hard to track down. I now know it's not location, or signal related. The "pinky finger over mic" idea is brilliant, but I've been holding my phone with as minimal contact as possible since reading about the signal deathgrip issue to rule that one out too.
I even just called HTC on my ONE to report the problem and it started doing it. The girl couldn't believe what she was hearing.
Unfortunately, they couldn't replicate it in their offices immediately.
After some thinking, I can reproduce this problem any time now and wanted to see if anyone else could as well.
I think it is related to the dynamic MIC gain not resetting quickly enough, if at all.
- Call someone and just start talking normally for a few sentences.
- Turn the phone so the bottom edge (where the microUSB + MIC are) are pointing straight towards your mouth.
- Speak a couple more sentences. (You may need to get it close to your mouth, you may need to speak slightly elevated to trigger the issue... But don't SCREAM AT THE PHONE; it seems to be smart enough to not be affected by this)
- Revert phone to normal talking position and continue conversation.
When I do this... the other person cannot hear or make out what I'm saying for 10-15 seconds. Now obviously this seems stupid right? Who talks this way? Well, how do you talk to someone when you're looking something up on your phone during a call?
The real gotcha is that it happens to me when I'm just in a plain conversation. My thinking on that is maybe I coughed, or laughed loudly for a sec, or just accidentally moved the phone closer than I should have since I don't tend to sit like a statue when I'm in a call.
Let me know what you get, hopefully I can rule out personal phone defect vs. issue for HTC to look into for all of us.