November 6, 2008

Solution to iPhone Won't Ring Problems

As reported couple of days ago, one of my Pwn'd iPhone 2.1 just wouldn't ring once it goes into sleep or standby mode. The condition is when you hit the power switch to shut off the LCD, give it a minute then try calling your own number with a different phone, the iPhone would not ring. As soon as you hit the power or home button, it will either start ringing or if you ended your call prior it will tell you have missed a call. I found a good number of people complaining about this issue so I am going to assume its a software/hardware incompatibility bug, not just a hardware failure.

This tells me that the phone portion of the hardware is working but it somehow isn't waking up the screen or the OSX to trigger the ring tone. I have tried various methods to get it working, restore, DFU-retore, go back down to Pwnage 2.0.2 instead of 2.1 firmware, turned bluetooth on, leave it in iPod mode and paused to set the screen autolock. None of which worked.

I started to look into the homebrew community since I have a Pwn'd iPhone anyways. I started with an application called backgrounder but it didn't work as I intended (a cool home brew app never-the-less). What ended up working is an ingenius application called "Insomnia", I found it from a discussion in this thread. This little program lets your screen shut off but keeps the phone from sleeping or entering standby. Some folks use it to keep WiFi, IM and other internet functions going while in stand by mode. The program is very simple to use, located in the Cydia application under "Utilities", just click install and in seconds you'll have this app logo on your springboard. Simply tap the icon once to see it turn on (with an indicator). Be sure to turn Insomnia back on if you restart your phone, by default it is turned off.

Here are the caveats: Having your iPhone awake all the time can incur unwarranted and massive data usage especially if you have a program like "Backgrounder" running. If anything else, constantly sending a signal to iPhone's powermanagement can either drain the battery sooner or produce extra wear and tear on the internal components (unproven, just my own theory seeing that some arguements have been made when folks installed InsomniaX on their MacBook and unsure if it would overheat CPU). If you can, try to turn off WiFi, Fetching/Push email as well as stay off of chat and other activities if you are using Insomnia to address the same "iPhone won't ring" problem as me; otherwise use the program as intended (keep internet applications running on the background). I will keep an eye out on the battery life over the next few days and report back, but I highly doubt it will either drain the battery fast or product extra wear and tear to keep the iPhone awake all the time, since if you have your iPhone plugged into your computer or charger, it pretty much keeps the iPhone from falling asleep anyhow (I know this because when the phone is plugged in a charger or laptop, it always rings). I found more information on Google Codes here. I am really hoping for a true fix when firmware 2.2 arrives (assuming iPhone Dev team can "handle" it as well).

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