iPhone 4s dictation for text not working please help

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  1. Sippysippy
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    Today I tried to dictate a text by pressing the microphone picture on the keyboard. The microphone comes on with a beep (as normal), listens to me talk, and then I press "done." The 3 small blinking purple dots appear where you
    would type. The problem is, those 3 dots (which normally turn into words after the phone is done "thinking") just
    stay there, blinking, indefinitely.

    So far I've tried holding down the home bottom and top button together to reset, multiple times. After the phone
    resets, I try dictating and the same thing happens (iMessages, emails, doesn't matter).

    Any other suggestions?? Thank you!
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    I have the same exact problem. Do you know how to fix it?
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    It's most of the time related to your Internet connection I think. Make sure that you are under a good range of 3G or wifi and try it again it should work or try hard resetting the iPhone.
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    Tried both with no luck. Only works on siri.
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    I am having same problem! Worked earlier today! Siri is working fine. Hummmm
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    I am in Portland Oregon. I'm using AT&T 3G Network and I'm having the exact same problem. Siri seems to work just fine. I've also tried two different wifi connections and I get the same symptoms. Please post if someone finds out about a fix or update for this issue.
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    Exact same problem here in Battle Creek, MI. No dictation for wifi and 3G, Siri works fine. Weird...
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    Same problem here in SW Florida, but on only one of our phones!
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    I started having the same problem, too, within the past week (first week Dec 2011). Siri works well, but dictation within text or email does not work at all. Three dots just keep blinking endlessly. My AT&T wireless connection is strong. Even tried speaking really slowly and distinctly. No dice. Will try Apple Support soon if no solution.
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    Same exact problem here on my brand new 4S. I'm on Verizon....
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    I tried apple support. They walked me through the usual be. Powering and resetting phone. Nothing worked. They said its probably a siri server issue. Kept saying siri is in beta stage. How could it be the server if according to this forum, is happening in more than one area of the us? Kind of felt like they meant tough luck. They told me to wait 24 hours and call back if dictation issue is still there.
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    BTW, I have Sprint and am in Michigan.
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    Having same exact problem on Cape Cod, MA. Siri works. Voice dictation via keyboard doesn't. Just 3 blinking lights.
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    I have same problem. Verizon told me to reset and this did nothing. What is the fix?
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    Must be too new of a problem for them to have a fix.
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    Yeah, clearly it is something happening on Apple's end given that we all have same problem at same time. The dictate function only works with Internet.
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    Same thing with Verizon in Florida.
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    Same thing here in Myrtle Beach. Just noticed it being a problem this afternoon. I would call Vzw, but don't feel like holding.
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    Ditto here in Ohio, was working this morning. Siri still works fine.
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    Having the same issue in Birmingham Al. It was working fine yesterday.

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