I would really like to be able to hear conversations on my iPhone as well as I could on my old LG clamshell phone and as well as on a friend's 2 year old Samsung SmartPhone. I love Apple products, but . . . I many people cannot hear well on their iPhones. This is a known fact for which there is no solution as of date. There are excuses, but no solution. Such as no cover, no case, phase of the moon, provider problems, etc. but no matter what the reason, you cannot hear as well. We have VZ, not that it matters. My friend had VZ in my house within 3 feet and it was a lot better. The iPhone, no matter the version is a phenomenal computer, but as a phone, there is something to be done. Maybe they the volume dampened to avoid potential lawsuits from people who have already damaged their hearing listening to loud music. I have great hearing and cannot hear will on mine or my wife's phone or anyone else's iPhone. A really good technical solution would be preferable to an excuse(s) any day. A larger phone would be good because while my hearing is fine, I cannot hold a much smaller phone. Also, it is too easy to accidentally touch the wrong soft switch or button on the iPhone. No case, well , it will not last long without one and you will soon not be able to hear it at all; it will be broken. I larger phone or a tablet with a phone or even a computer with an optionally activated phone would be good. If Apple would buy Verizon or all of their minutes or enough of their minutes, then we would not have to deal with them any longer. The iPhone needs to be cross carrier compatible and competition will then eliminate the problems.