How to improve iPhone 3GS voice recognition?

I just upgraded from 3G to 3GS. When I try to dial by voice command, I get results like “John” when I say “Matt” and “Sam Loulou” when I say “Joann Kibbledasher”. The voice recognition works right about 5% of the time. Is there a way to train iPhone to recognize my voice better?

UPDATE: Dumpted the iPhone and got a 4G HTC Inspire…removable SIM, micro SD, better (and focusable!) still/video camera, all for $50 less than the Apple toy. Voice recognition still sucks badly,

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8 Responses to How to improve iPhone 3GS voice recognition?

  1. Weston says:

    In soviet russia, phone recognize YOU!

    Seriously though, we’ve never actually met, so I don’t know if you have an accent. I wonder if that affects it? Have you ever just tried adding a Nashville country twang? 😉

    • Oleg Volk says:

      The Sanyo phone I had five years ago had functional voice recognition. 3GS doesn’t. Can it be fixed or should I exchange it for something else?

    • Lyle says:

      Oleg has an accent, but he isn’t Nashville born. His accent isn’t anywhere near heavy enough that it should be a problem.

  2. daniel says:

    Never used the iPhone, but my Android has no such problems, except when trying to find a street with voice search, and the street name is Spanish. This, unfortunately, accounts for way over 50% of the streets here. It still gets some right, but anything starting with “Calle”seems to confuzzle it.
    In general, I’d say that if you are a dedicated Mac user and all caught up in the Apple ecosystem, stay there. If not, get out while you can.
    BTW, love your work. Thanks for all your efforts on behalf of Appleseed! I love the Mona Lisa walnut AR photo. Classic!

  3. Weston says:

    just a wild guess but do you have a case on it? if so try taking it off and try it. might be muffling it somehow

  4. Mike says:

    iPhone voice recognition has no training facility.

    I get over 90% accuracy by using my Radio Voice and speaking each word individually, with a brief pause between them: “Call. Joe. Schmoe. Mobile.”

  5. Bryan S. says:

    Find an aftermarket app, you will probably be much happier.

  6. Daddyo says:

    Not sure if the iPhone is this way, but LG phones are “region specific”. I’m from Minnesota, so when I bought a phone in Alabama the voice recognition would only work when I used a heavy Southern accent. The Russian pronunciation for Tanya wouldn’t work at all. It would only work if I pronounced it with that long and flattened “a” that southerners use.
    Bought a new phone in Minnesota and had no trouble.

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