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Old 07-09-2019, 12:09 PM
 
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One of the last things holding the family back from cutting the cable/bundle cord is the audio quality on smartphones.

A handheld cordless phone still has way better audio quality than our smartphones. The wife & kids have the latest iPhones and I still have a Blustudio android.

The phone call audio still sounds like I'm hearing a conversation from the bottom of 50 gallon steel drum.

Half the time I'm always talking back with "didn't get that - can you say that again?"

Anyone have recommendations for a smartphone that has a built in speaker that equals the quality of a handheld telephone?
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Two things, you’re not going to get good call quality on a lower end phone. We are both are using the iPhone 7 and people can’t tell we are not on a land line. This was true when we had att and our current carrier, Verizon. People sound clear as a bell. The built in speakers have great sound. The newer iPhones have even better speakers as does our son’s Samsung S 10.

Second, I use a Bluetooth speaker or my Beats earbuds when watching a show or listening to music and the sound quality is excellent.
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:53 PM
 
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Two things, you’re not going to get good call quality on a lower end phone. We are both are using the iPhone 7 and people can’t tell we are not on a land line. This was true when we had att and our current carrier, Verizon. People sound clear as a bell. The built in speakers have great sound. The newer iPhones have even better speakers as does our son’s Samsung S 10.

Second, I use a Bluetooth speaker or my Beats earbuds when watching a show or listening to music and the sound quality is excellent.
My wife has the latest iPhone, and I was standing next to her just this morning while she was talking to a customer rep for an order she placed.

She had her latest iPhone on the ext speaker it sounded terrible.

Hmmm..
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:25 PM
 
Location: NYC
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It costs $20 or less to get some wireless bluetooth speakers that work with any recent Smartphone.
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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She had her latest iPhone on the ext speaker it sounded terrible.

Hmmm..
Must then be your carrier or your location/local tower or a defective phone. See my previous post
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:23 PM
 
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Must then be your carrier or your location/local tower or a defective phone. See my previous post
Saw your previous post.

Guess I'm one of those super picky particular never pleased consumers.

But, thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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No cell phone is as good as an old fashion landline.
Having said that, they are still pretty good today. You are super picky. And that's ok.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I like sound quality through a decent Bluetooth headset better than the phone speaker.
Have felt that way with multiple phones.


And, BT in the car sounds excellent.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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She had her latest iPhone on the ext speaker it sounded terrible.
To paraphrase the old saying "Audio is in the ear of the beholder". What you think sounds terrible may sound perfectly fine to someone else. It could be a faulty speaker on the phone. Maybe you don't have the best reception where she uses the phone. Too many variables involved.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:04 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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One of the last things holding the family back from cutting the cable/bundle cord is the audio quality on smartphones.

A handheld cordless phone still has way better audio quality than our smartphones. The wife & kids have the latest iPhones and I still have a Blustudio android.

The phone call audio still sounds like I'm hearing a conversation from the bottom of 50 gallon steel drum.

Half the time I'm always talking back with "didn't get that - can you say that again?"

Anyone have recommendations for a smartphone that has a built in speaker that equals the quality of a handheld telephone?
You sure this isn't more a connection issue vs. a speaker quality issue? With everyone using voip and on mobile these days, I've actually started to hate talking on phones. Do you have the same issue when listening to music, etc. locally? If it's dropping in/out or stuttering, then you may have other issues that may be specific to your phone (vs. the line of phone).

As other's mentioned, landlines were more reliable because it was less susceptible to interference and attenuation. It was usually also dedicated.
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