I would like to use Apple EarPods with a Nokia 130 (dumb phone). I only need sound and microphone to work. I don't expect the volume control to work, since I assume it's proprietary.

  1. Inserting the EarPods directly into the Nokia gives no sound at all. If I keep the connector halfway in, I get sound, but this is obviously not a permanent solution.
  2. I tried an adapter with a female connector for the EarPods (4 pins) and a male connector (3 pins) for the Nokia. This gives me sound, but the microphone does not work.
  3. I also tried using a cheap EarPods copy on the Nokia, which works for both sound and microphone (even if it has 4 pins like the original EarPods...!), but with bad quality (no bass).

Can someone recommend an adapter where:

  • Sound works
  • Microphone works
  • Does not degrade audio quality
  • Is as small and simple as possible
  • Take a look at this question. It's not an exact duplicate but some of the answers might help you while waiting for an answer. – fsb Jul 3 '17 at 19:45

The issue here is a little more interesting than it appears on the surface.

Both your old Nokia and the EarPods use a 3.5mm audio jack with support for four "poles", each one providing a different purpose. Each one has left, right, ground, and microphone. However, your old Nokia uses the OMTP standard, while the EarPods use the CTIA/AHJ standard. This means the ground and microphone are switched between the two.

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You'll need an adapter like this one to get the EarPods working properly.

  • I bought an "OMTP/CTIA headset adapter" at a local shop. When used between the Nokia 130 and the Apple EarPods, the headset icon shows on the Nokia (which it doesn't when connecting the EarPods without an adapter), but the sound is distorted (sounds like peak clipping), and the microphone doesn't work at all. Out of curiosity, I tried it between a Mac and the EarPods: The sound and microphone work as normal, just as if I had used to adapter at all. How do I interpret these test results, and how do I proceed to make the EarPods work with the Nokia? – forthrin Jul 10 '17 at 14:03
  • I'm really not sure. That's the only thing I could think of. – JMY1000 Jul 11 '17 at 7:11
  • Do the EarPods themselves do any modification or amplification of the sound? (I assume not, but that's what it sounds like...) – forthrin Jul 11 '17 at 8:01
  • Not that I'm aware of. – JMY1000 Jul 12 '17 at 8:54
  • cablechick.com.au/cables/…: "Apple hand-free kits and earbuds with an inline microphone for phone chat on Apple products are not compatible with any other equipment because of the way Apple uses the Mic and Ground lines for call accept/cancel and media controls. This adapter is not able to convert iPhone earbuds for use with non-Apple devices." Can you confirm this? – forthrin Aug 13 '17 at 9:08

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