Replying to: Audiovox VX6600 Phone Volume Defective by brucedb
Easy fix for VX6600 Ringer Volume Problem
When I started reading this thread you guys had me worried about my new purchase of a VX6600. I think I've figured out something about the problem and have come up with a quick and easy work around to get us by until Audiovox fixes this glitch.
The problem: I've noticed that when I go into Settings/Sound & Notifications/Notifications tab and select Phone: Incoming call, any of the available ringtones that you pick are much louder in the preview play than when the phone is actually receiving a call (probably called myself 20 times testing different things). I also noticed that no matter what you set the PDA or Phone volume level at with the volume controls from the speaker icon on the top menu bar, the actual ringer sound you choose doesn't change volume (I wonder if Audiovox has even noticed this or if that's by design). So... if the audio file you are using for a ringer is soft you're gonna miss some calls. I copied the "Windows Default.wav" sound file from my PDA to my desktop and used Windows Sound Recorder to up the volume 4 times on the file (25% increments each time) which made it annoyingly loud and copied it back to the pda. I did notice a bit of a volume increase, but not near enough to be heard well in a noisy office. This was the only one I could change though since the other ring tones are WMA files and not WAV. So... I had to come up with something else.
The Fix: Although the ringtone I ended up with isn't glamorous it does ring alot louder now and does indeed sound like a phone ringing. What I did was find a WAV file on my desktop that Windows XP uses for NetMeeting: Receive Call, filename RINGIN.WAV. I created a new folder on my PDA called My Ringtones under My Documents and copied the file from my C:\Windows\Media\ folder to the new folder I created. Then I went back to my PDA, to Settings/System tab/Add Ring Tone and scrolled down till I found RINGIN.WAV and checked it and hit OK. This puts the new file in the list of rings you can select for a ringtone under Settings/Personal tab/Sounds & Notifications/Notifications tab. I simply selected Phone: Incoming Call, left Ring Type at Ring, and selected Ringin as my Ring Tone. That sound is super loud in the preview from that menu and acceptably loud when the PDA is actually receiving a call.
Sorry to be so verbose with this fix for all you vets, but I thought some might want a walkthrough to fix this glitch for the time being. I've read alot of "I returned this phone because I couldn't hear it ringing" and it's a shame because I think this is one of the best Windows Mobile based PDA/Phones with Bluetooth that I've layed my hands on. Hopefully this will keep a few returns from happening because of this small problem when the rest of the package is great.
I can't speak about the actual volume of the speaker on a call since I just got my phone. I was able to hear a friend of mine fine mostly. I just assumed what little problem I had with hearing her was due to me not lining the tiny speaker hole up with my ear very well. I will be using a Bluetooth headset for all my calls (as soon as the dern thing gets here!) so I won't be having any problems hearing people talking.
Hope this helps!