iOS 4 Users Reporting Widespread Issues With Bluetooth Headsets Across All Devices

iOS 4 Users Reporting Widespread Issues With Bluetooth Headsets Across All DevicesThe iPhone 4’s reception issues may get all the press, but there may be another big issue when it comes to iOS 4: a growing number of users are reporting that upon upgrading any iPhone to iOS 4, the performance and audio quality of Bluetooth headsets is vastly degraded.

The symptoms vary, but are usually reported as sounding “muffled,” “like you’re in a tunnel” or “far away” when using a Bluetooth headset with any iOS 4 device.

Users are also reporting significant issues over at the Jawbone forums, prompting a Jawbone spokesperson to comment:

We are aware of and concerned with the user frustration surrounding the issues affecting all Bluetooth devices (headsets, car kits, and speakers) connecting to the iPhone 4 and iOS4 updated phones. We know users have come to expect the freedom of hands-free and we are working night and day with our partners, Apple and AT&T, to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.”

The good news here is that since the problem does not appear to be specific to iPhone 4s, but rather to all iOS 4 devices, it is very likely that the forthcoming iOS 4.0.1 software update will solve the Bluetooth problems. The bad news is, of course, that this appears to be a universal problem across all devices, which means a much larger volume of people are being effected.

Anyone out there in CoM-land noticing Bluetooth issues with iOS 4? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Kevin

    I have had an iPhone 4 for about 4 months. I am on my second Jawbone now.
    Thinking it was my old Jawbone I replaced it. Both have had the same issue. I upgraded to iPhone Software Version 4.3.2 last week and it seemed to improve. The original issue was that I could only be about 2 feet way from my iPhone in order for the person on the other end of my conversation to hear me.
    Once I upgraded to 4.3.2, it seemed to improve. 8-10 feet from the phone was not an issue. Still much less than the Jawbone publishes for their bluetooth. Should be 10meters…. about 33 feet.
    Now, this week I am having issues where the person on the other end can only get about every other word from me. How frustrating, I am not impressed.
    I’m not entirely sure this is a software issue, possibly hardware…..?

  • Eddieranch

    Not sure if this is related but my 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander’s bluetooth connection which worked fine with my old Iphone 3GS is giving me all kinds of problems with Iphone4. Trying to pair the phone is very hit and miss as it often doesn’t recognize a phone in range. And if I am successful in pairing, the next time I start the car the pairing is forgotten and I have to go through the whole process again. Very frustrating.

  • CardsterB

    Had no problem pairing the Icon to iphone4 but I do have another issue. When I RECEIVE a call, the jawbone has to be turned on on the iphone before it works. NOT GOOD! Conversely, when I MAKE an outgoing call, the Icon works fine without having to manually turn it on. just swirched from the Blackberry where the Icon worked just fine. 

  • CardsterB

    Had no problem pairing the Icon to iphone4 but I do have another issue. When I RECEIVE a call, the jawbone has to be turned on on the iphone before it works. NOT GOOD! Conversely, when I MAKE an outgoing call, the Icon works fine without having to manually turn it on. just swirched from the Blackberry where the Icon worked just fine. 

  • Gery Martin

    Don’tknow whats going on. All ofa sudden a couple weeks ago my Rocketfish Bluetooth starts dropping the signal and will come back  on on its own. Sometimes it even powers off on its own. Seems like it happened right after I updated the IPHONE. Even returned bluetooth and got an new one just like it and same issue. Frustraing.

  • LouisCantu

    I changed my mind. Was supposed to buy it but my friend who brought it recently has got lot of issues with it.

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