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Old 01-19-2021, 03:22 AM
 
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I really like flip phones, but none of the ones I've tried have very good sound quality.
I find cell phones in general are not very good, but the flip phones are particularly bad - the sound in so fuzzy as to be unhearable sometimes. The smart phones are generally better, but I'm looking for a flip phone.


Most of the time, I use my landline, which has very good sound, but sometimes I have to use a cell phone and it can be a real problem.


Has anyone bought a flip phone in the past year or so that had excellent sound?
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Old 01-19-2021, 04:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I have no idea, but I googled this:
https://www.bestproducts.com/tech/el...t-flip-phones/
https://www.technorms.com/69395/best-flip-phones
https://www.theseniorlist.com/cell-phones/best/flip/
https://screenrant.com/best-flip-phones/

The Cingular Flip IV:
"Overall, we found the Cingular Flip IV super easy to use, and love the on-screen menu as well. It’s very easy to text on, and we saw several comments about the excellent sound quality."

LG Exalt LTE from Verizon:
"We appreciated the large buttons and screen on this phone. The sound quality also scored highly in our tests."

LONG-CZ J9 World Mini Smallest Flip Mobile Phone B07NS7YDKS:
"Crisp sound of FM radio"

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Old 01-21-2021, 07:47 AM
 
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OP,
Is it your phone that is the problem or is it your hearing? I knew my hearing was getting worse when I could only hear well when using a landline and only when the person calling me was not using a speaker phone or a cell phone.

Three years ago I finally decided to have my hearing tested (it had been slowly getting worse over 15 years). While I have very good hearing for low pitch sounds, the medium pitch sounds were not good and the high pitch sounds I could not hear at all. Best decision I ever made was to invest in a good pair of hearing aids with blue tooth capabilities. Calls go directly thru my hearing aids and automatically balance the sound thru both ears. My hearing was restored to 96% of normal hearing. The iphone app automatically adjusts the hearing aids based upon the noise conditions it detects.

Just saying that the issue might not be the quality of the flip phone or smart phone. If the issue is your hearing the quality of even using a landline may depend upon if the person calling you is using a speaker phone or a cell phone.
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:59 AM
 
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There is a lot of difference in sound quality in both feature phones and smart phones. Honestly you just have to try before you buy. The cheaper the phone the lower the quality as rough rule of thumb. But not always true and used phones can be real bargain if you are careful shopper and understand what you need. Be very careful to get a 4G LTE phone, 3G is on way out and most flip phones were 3G. I had a Samsung they gave me free when I signed up at one place. Great flip phone, good sound, great battery life, but it was 3G and long defunct.



I will say my current Sonim XP5 (candybar) feature phone has very good sound. I actually prefer the speaker phone function on it to holding it up to my ear, but both are fine. There is a flip phone version, the Sonim XP3. These now have enough age, the XP5 can be had used very cheap and usually in very good condition. The XP3 were rarer so an unlocked one tends to be more expensive. Both I think still available new though crazy prices new.
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Old 01-25-2021, 07:18 PM
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my new ZTE Z2332 gets pretty good quality sound
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