This headset technology is *very* old. The original version was developed in 1907 for telephone switchboards. It does not appear to have been designed with the use cases in mind that we have today. As a result, I have not had a single device with a headset jack, that did not eventually fail. It did on my Pre-. It did on all my phone's prior. It did on my walkman (back in the day). I'm quite certin that it will on my Pre2 and my Pre3. The veer has the advantage that of that part breaks, you can just replace the dongle w/o having to replace the entire phone.
On the Pre's, one way to avoid this problem is to never use the headset jack. Bluetooth stereo headphones are pretty cheap, and completely avoid the mechanical problems associated with this very old technology. Of course they also introduce a different set of problems. So pick your poison.