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Poke it with a needle or use mobile phone insurance?

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    This seems to be a common problem with the iPhone 4. Just wanted to ask here if anyone else has had the same issue and resolved it themselves.

    Basically the microphone has stopped working, so when someone calls me or I call them they can't hear a damn thing.

    Option 1 is to be sensible and get my mobile insurer to sort it out
    http://www.cpp.co.uk/phonesafe/
    Only snag is that I'll be without a phone for a week or so

    Option 2 is to take matters into my own hands -with a paper clip!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyJI2OdJPEw
    Lots of videos on youtube from various people doing this, but I'm absolutely terrified to try it myself, because none of the videos clearly explain WHY this works.

    Don't want to lobotomise my phone by sticking a needle into it!

    Suggestions?
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    UPDATE: Got bored and poked it with a paperclip and it works!! :banana:
    I should apply for a job as an apple technician
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    (Original post by LickOfPaint)
    UPDATE: Got bored and poked it with a paperclip and it works!! :banana:
    I should apply for a job as an apple technician
    What is an "apple technician"? :rolleyes:
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    You should have just taken it to an apple store and they'd have done it for you for free. There's little point in doing the insurance route unless it's water damage/you smashed it. Glad you've been lucky and fixed it yourself though!
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    (Original post by Sgt.Incontro)
    What is an "apple technician"? :rolleyes:
    Someone who has qualified as an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician.

    It's an annual exam you have to take to re-qualify however your first exam you don't have access to the coursebook and have to memorize the knowledge needed however in subsequent exams you have access to the coursebook during the exam.

    OT: Glad you've managed to fix it but as Alice has said, the apple store generally do these minor repairs free of charge.
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    (Original post by LickOfPaint)
    This seems to be a common problem with the iPhone 4. Just wanted to ask here if anyone else has had the same issue and resolved it themselves.

    Basically the microphone has stopped working, so when someone calls me or I call them they can't hear a damn thing.

    Option 1 is to be sensible and get my mobile insurer to sort it out
    http://www.cpp.co.uk/phonesafe/
    Only snag is that I'll be without a phone for a week or so

    Option 2 is to take matters into my own hands -with a paper clip!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyJI2OdJPEw
    Lots of videos on youtube from various people doing this, but I'm absolutely terrified to try it myself, because none of the videos clearly explain WHY this works.

    Don't want to lobotomise my phone by sticking a needle into it!

    Suggestions?
    Is it just me or is there wrong with the boldened bits?
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    (Original post by Chronist)
    Is it just me or is there wrong with the boldened bits?
    Nope.
    (Original post by LickOfPaint)
    This seems to be a common problem with the iPhone 4. Just wanted to ask here if anyone else has had the same issue and resolved it themselves.

    Basically the microphone has stopped working, so when someone calls me or I call them they can't hear a damn thing.

    Option 1 is to be sensible and get my mobile insurer to sort it out
    http://www.cpp.co.uk/phonesafe/
    Only snag is that I'll be without a phone for a week or so

    Option 2 is to take matters into my own hands -with a paper clip!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyJI2OdJPEw
    Lots of videos on youtube from various people doing this, but I'm absolutely terrified to try it myself, because none of the videos clearly explain WHY this works.

    Don't want to lobotomise my phone by sticking a needle into it!

    Suggestions?
    Microphone on OPs phone has stopped working, so ofcourse the person calling isn't going to be able to hear them.
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    (Original post by Chronist)
    Is it just me or is there wrong with the boldened bits?
    It's you. The other person can't hear.

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