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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by slickpick, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. slickpick

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    Love the Eris so far...minus 1 glitch which is hopefully user error. Has anyone else had a problem with it calling from your pocket? It has happened to me a few times the passed couple of days (just picked up the phone this weekend) where the screen is somehow activated in my pocket, possibly after a missed call or text, which results in "pocket dial". Is there an alternative method to "unlock" the screen so maybe it doesn't happen so easily? This is my first touch screen to maybe there is a trick I don't know about. Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. Caddyman

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    I hear reports of this but as of yet have not been able to duplicate the issue. I carry mine in my pocket, no screen protector or case, and never once has it unlocked itself.
     
  3. aleis

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    i have a pretty long criminal record, did VERY illegal things since i was 8 or 9...grow up in the ghetto of ghettos so im far from a nerd...geek...in the full since of the word. but i would NEVER carry this phone in my pocket!
    i keep it in a holster at ALL times. most people in the hood do, i guess cause its no protection like a holster.
    i mean you have keys in your pocket that can scratch the screen you have change...why would you want to do that?
    i know they say nerds keep it on the holster....although, i`ve only read that in forums posted by...nerds! :)
     
  4. Caddyman

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    don't lie, you know you're a nerd :p
     
  5. justjimjpc

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    Looks like a thunerd (thug+nerd) can even be funny ..:)
     
  6. Caddyman

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    e-thug would be more appropriate ;)
     
  7. aleis

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    dats right :cool:

    lol! :D
     
  8. HP2

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    To lock your screen, press the END button on the lower right (it's the one with the red phone on it. The screen will turn off, and it will lock the phone. When you're ready to use the phone again, press the END button to "wake up" the phone, and scroll down the gray bar to get back in. That should help with the unintentional dialing.
     
  9. russell5

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    I had a similar problem with my droid. Somehow i would hit the power button on top and swipe to unlock while it was in my pocket.

    My fixes.
    1. Set unlock pattern. Only kinda a fix because it would still wake in my pocket but would not do anything but touch the pattern screen. So i wouldnt call anyone or anything.

    2. got a holster. Works fine now.
     
  10. goathog02

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    Easy to duplicate. While the screen is locked, hit your End button. While the lock screen is showing, hit the Menu button. This will unlock the phone.

    Things like missed calls or Incoming SMS msgs (if using Handcent) will light up the screen. Pocket dialing start from there!

    Anyone know of a way to disable this function? Pattern lock won't work b/c there is still a call button on that screen.
     
  11. slickpick

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    You're right I think its that "menu" activation that does it. Hopefully there's a way to deactivate that. I certainly never use that feature on purpose.
     
  12. Caddyman

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    i hear you on the menu button unlock, i knew that, but that is a capacitive input button. as in you have to touch it with your finger...or....ummm...skin...to hit the button to unlock it.

    im not doubting anyone, just trying to understand how it would happen.
     
  13. jerseyfresh

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    You don't need skin contact to press the capacitive buttons. I've had the pocket dialing problem too - I just tested unlocking my phone with a t-shirt over it, and I can hit the menu button and even draw the unlock pattern.

    The menu button really shouldnt be active from the lock screen.
     
  14. DroidDO

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    I had this exact thing happen last night. But here's an opposite question; can you set the phone not to lock when the screen dims?
     
  15. sgoldwa

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    You can download a free widget from Android Market called "ScreenModeWidget" that will be what you're looking for. One thing to note is that when you power off the phone and power it back on again, you will again need to set the widget to the "Awake Stay" mode.
     
  16. jerseyfresh

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    Not locking the screen wont do anything to prevent pocket dialing.
     
  17. yoyohere2

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    It happens to me also. Sometimes i realize it has open a some applications and starts typing away. sometimes it dials, or presses random numbers which is about to dial.
     
  18. uujim

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    On my phone as long as the screen is turned off (i.e. as long as I have pressed the red on/off button before putting it in my pocket), the phone cannot be activated in any way. No buttons can be pressed except the red on/off button. The Menu button is not active, the green button is not active, no pocket dials are possible.
     
  19. bigdroid

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    I have had the phone come unlocked on one occasion in my pocket. Have not had it happen since. :)
     
  20. jerseyfresh

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    But once the red on/off button is pressed, the menu button becomes active and can be pressed accidentally, unlocking the phone.
     
  21. uujim

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    Aha! Hadn't thought about that possibility. So if the red h/w button gets accidentally pressed in my pocket, then the Menu h/w button can get accidentally pressed, too, then the Phone screen button can get pressed accidentally, then one of the contacts that comes up at the top of the screen can get pressed accidentally. Hello! Pocket calling!

    I've tried, but I can't find a way to prevent the Menu h/w button from becoming "live" after the red h/w button is pressed. That's what is needed here. That's probably a fix for HTC to make, since I would imagine most people unlock the screen by "swiping", so the Menu button does not need to be live then.
     
  22. uncannyzebra

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    I had the same issue. Lots of accidental calls. I found Lock 2.0 free in the market and i haven't really had issues since. It basically makes it like the iphone with slide to unlock. Also the menu button doesn't unlock it. Hope that helps.
     
  23. yoyohere2

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    I have also found a solution. Add an extra security lock. Similar to lock 2.0 but built into Android.

    Menu -> Settings -> Security -> Require Pattern

    This will add an extra layer of lock
     
  24. Podivin

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    I've found that by simply closing the phone app before I shut down the phone this problem has gone away. Once in a while I when I take the phone out of my pocket it's already active, but because the phone app wasn't up there was no way for it to dial/redial.
     
  25. 318whoever

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    What happens is when i get a call,(while phone on vibrate in pocket) it hits my leg and anwsers. After whoever was calling hangs up it starts pocket dialing, not just after i lock it and put in pocket, never unlocks that way.
     

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