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Gary in Michigan listens on AM800 CKLW – “The Information Station” and asked: “I have an iPhone 11 and it makes random Facetime and phone calls when I don’t even have the phone icon selected. It’ll be in my pocket and all of a sudden it’ll be Facetiming or calling somebody and I seem to have no control over it.”
Gary, to be honest it sounds to us like you’re just not locking your phone before you put it in your pocket.
You’re talking about an iPhone 11 which has FaceID, the inside of your pocket shouldn’t look an awful lot like your face so you shouldn’t be able to pocket dial anyone.
With FaceID on, unlocking the phone is pretty effortless, so there’s really no reason to not lock your phone before you put it in your pocket. It’s not any harder than closing a flip phone and it should prevent this issue entirely.
As an iPhone user, Chris can pretty much confirm that’s what you’re doing. He’s famous for forgetting to lock his phone before putting it in his pocket. A few weeks ago, he was out doing some yard work in the 95-degree south Florida sun and he heard my phone ring from his pocket. It was his mom asking if he had just pocket dialed her. She said she got excited that he was actually calling her but when she answered, all she heard were rustling noises and the muffled sound of his cussing. So after the guilt-trip, he took a break and talked to his mom for a while.
Jake in Colfax, Washington listens on KMAX called in to recommend a low-cost phone.
Jake recommended the Samsung Galaxy A10e.
Thank you, Jake!
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