I'm having trouble hearing when I use my cell phone

@estherlou (5020)
United States
November 5, 2007 12:30pm CST
I have a $30 Nokia tracfone, so it's not the best. I've just noticed recently that I can hardly hear when the phone is dialing the number and sometimes it's hard to hear when I'm talking to my husband on the phone also. It's like I can't figure out where to position the phone to my ear so I can hear better. Is it just because I have a cheap phone? Are there better phones for hearing out there that don't cost an arm and a leg?
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10 responses
• United States
5 Nov 07
...Try turning the phone off and taking the SIM card out of the phone. Wait a few minutes and put the SIM card back, turn the phone on and make a call. It may help. ...Since it is a tracfone, you cannot call your service provider. If you had a provider, you could call them and they can boost the reception. You can try calling a Nokia store to see if they can do something like that. ...Good luck with it. Peace be wtih you. =(^;^)= Della
• United States
11 Nov 07
What's a SIM card? None of the cell phones I've had thru the years had one that I know of.
• United States
11 Nov 07
...The SIM card is where the memory is stored. If you remove the back of your phone, take the battery out (some backs are the battery pack), there should be a card with a computer chip in it. That is the SIM card. Take it out, whip it off and put it back in. Assemble you phone and give someone a call. It may help your reception. ...Hope it does some good for you. PBWY =(^;^)= Della
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
11 Nov 07
We bought a Tracfone several years ago for hubby to use only to find out they didn't work in our area. Lost money on not only the phone but the additional min. we bought at the time cause the company replaced the original with another one and the store wouldn't take it back. Claimed the card had no min. on it either. Instead of fighting with the company about it, I just chalked it up to another hard lesson learned. Never buy another pre-paid phone again unless I'm sure it will work in our area. Have you tried calling the company about it? Are you sure the volume is turned up on the phone? Stupid ? but..Do you know how to adjust the volume on your phone? lol I find it amazing the amount of ppl who have cell or cordless phones DON'T know how to use them properly.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
11 Nov 07
Funny you should ask me that. My daughter asked me the same thing, and I didn't know how to adjust it. Well, it was already up as loud as it would go, so maybe when I first programs stuff in the phone, I already did that...who knows. Anyway...it doesn't really help much. I just have to turn down the radio or whatever to use it.
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
5 Nov 07
How old is your phone? I was told to replace mine after having it for two years. It was hard to hear on it and mine was a cheap phone also. I no longer have a Nokia, as decided to change companies. Many times there would be places where I couldn't make calls. Good luck with your phone.
@estherlou (5020)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I've had it less than 6 months, so it's not too old.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
5 Nov 07
all those cell phones are expensive unless you get on a two year plan,then they will give you one free.The last one i bought cost me 300.00,and i had it a week and some thief stole it,I was so upset..Anyway my kids found out and it was near mothers day so they bought me another one just like it and i guard it with my life...see if your phone has a volume on it,most of them do,if so turn it up as high as you can,thats how i do mine.I have a time hearing mine ring unless its right up close to me.If you have instructions it should tell you where the volume button is.I know several people that have tracfones and they do just fine...
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
5 Nov 07
Oh forget that Bluetooth thing,I have one and its hard to hear on that too,its just a bunch of static
• New Zealand
28 Dec 07
ok so it's you don't have a problem with your hearing yourself. I don't know of any phone that is cheaper than that other than a casual phone cell phone without the tracfone device on it. Sorry I am possibly not much help.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I have a verizon, not a cheapy either and I sometimes even have a hard time finding the right position to hear good! And I find it really aggravating sometimes, not being able to hear the conversation on the other end of the phone.
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@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
6 Nov 07
I bought a Nokia cell phone to give my mother as a present for her birthday. There were some features I found really important for my mother: one was that you could program it to have big letters when writing and receiving SMS and other I'm not quite sure, but I think you could program to hear it louder.
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@ElicBxn (60833)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I had a Nokia phone that I put on the speaker function so I could hear it better. Sadly, the iPhone's speaker function doesn't make it that much louder only had the sounds coming from the bottom! You might check and make sure the volumn is up all the way.
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I have noticed that I cant hear in certain places. I find it hard to hear in a car or crowded place. I don't necessarily think the cheaper phone is the problem. My phone was $150. Maybe the earbuds or earpiece might help. It is worth trying. I know the ones with the little cord that plugs into the phone and your ear are not that expensive. The cordless ones (bluetooth) are expensive.
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
6 Nov 07
Hi Esterlou if you have a headphones or headset connected to your cellphone it is better you can hear loud and clear coz you can change the volume within the seting of your phone.