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In addition to using the iPhone's built in earpiece or its speakerphone to hold your phone conversations, you can also use the earbud headset that was packed in a box along with your phone. The current earbuds, called the ear pods, feature a small remote unit attached to the right earbud's cable, which is a combination microphone and control unit. It has these plus and minus buttons on it. The center portion is a button too, making this a three button device. The headset lets you control functions related to phone calls, as well as video and audio playback. In this movie, we're going to focus on using the head set during phone calls.
Obviously, the head set has to be plugged into your phone, and then you can place calls with the head set using voice commands, but we'll cover voice control a little later in this chapter. Lets say I get an incoming call on the headset that's plugged into my iPhone. To answer an incoming call, press the center button once. You can then hold your conversation through the headset. Press the center button again to hang up when you're done. If you want to silence the phone but continue to let it ring, press either the plus or minus button. This is the equivalent of pressing the volume control buttons on the side of your phone when a call comes in. The phone will continue to ring in the sense that your caller will hear ring tones for the full 20 seconds it takes for your voicemail service to answer the call, and you still have the option to answer the call at any time during that 20 seconds.
If you want to send an incoming call immediately to voice mail, press and hold the center button for about two seconds and release. The release part is important. If you just continue to hold down the button, the phone will continue to ring. When you release, you'll hear two low beeps to confirm that you've declined the call. You can also use the earbud remote to toggle between two calls if you get another call when you're talking to someone. When a second call comes in, just press and release the center button. That will put your current call on hold and answer the incoming call. At that point you can switch back and forth between callers by pressing the center button on the remote. If you want to initiate a conference call, you'll have to use the Merge Call button on the iPhone screen.
If you're on a call and a second call comes in, and you want to end your current call before answering the new call, press and hold the center button for about two seconds and then release. You'll again hear two low beeps, this time letting you know you ended the first call. You can also always glance at your iPhone screen to make sure you hung up on the first caller. And finally, you can use the plus and minus keys to increase or lower the volume of the call in the headset. It's important to note that you don't have to use the earbuds to control your phone at all. Even with the earbuds plugged in, you can still control you iPhone from its screen, just like you do when you're not using earbuds. So if you're not inclined to memorize all the functions of the remote on the headset, you don't have to.
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