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  • Death Grip Fixed: Mexican Carrier Exec



    An interesting bit of news filtered into the US tech blogosphere through a report in the Mexican media: according to an executive at one of Mexico's two iPhone/iPad carriers, a new iPhone 4 model may be released as soon as the end of this month to fix the so-called Death Grip issue. Though the report is unconfirmed, and may represent mere speculation rather than true inside information, the news has been making the rounds of blogs like AppleInsider and MacRumors.

    Marco Quatorze, director of value added services at Mexico's largest carrier Telcel told the Spanish-language site CanalMX that after September 30, iPhone 4 handsets sold by his company will not suffer from the antenna problem. Telcel customers who buy an iPhone 4 before September 30 will get the current model. As a result, they'll need a protective case or bumper to minimize the problem of dropped calls and poor signal strength, and will be given an option to switch to a revised model, he said.

    Why September 30? Quatorze didn't explain why that particular date was given, but that is the day the iPhone 4 case program expires. The temporary nature of the program did suggest to many that Apple would have a fix in place by the time it ended, though Apple's never publicly asserted that, saying only that they'd reassess the program at the end of the period. Requests for comment have gotten no response from Apple as of this writing.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Death Grip Fixed: Mexican Carrier Exec started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      i like that ppl have a choice 2 get the revised model hope that happens every where
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      i like that ppl have a choice 2 get the revised model hope that happens every where
      at what cost? i don't think they just going to let everyone in the world change the phone for free.
    1. HeLLaxGoOd's Avatar
      HeLLaxGoOd -
      they better let us change it for free..they sold us a damaged product.
    1. armypunk2003's Avatar
      armypunk2003 -
      This I believe is true after talking with apple tech support about problem with my 3GS. I told him about how much I wanted to upgrade to an iphone 4 but I was waiting for apple to work out the bugs and he then told me that late September when the apple releases the white iphone 4 all so called death grip issues will be addressed. He then told me that if I hold out till october he can guarantee that I will get a problem free iPhone 4.
    1. ill_graphics's Avatar
      ill_graphics -
      I would like for that to happen as well, but I wouldn't hold my breath. I always get my idevices on release date as they can never keep up to demand. My iPhone 4 was horrible but somewhat better after I got my bumper but seamed more unstable (the reception) after 4.01. Here's dreaming I'll get a revised one without reception problems...please, please, please. I like the stainless steel band & hate to cover it up cause Apple fudged up
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      at what cost? i don't think they just going to let everyone in the world change the phone for free.
      Yeah the rest of us are stuck using their abortion while everyone else gets the real deal. It'd be nice to have paid for a flawless item from Apple. Dreams are only dreams I guess...
    1. Dizi's Avatar
      Dizi -
      Quote Originally Posted by pistolxwhipped View Post
      they better let us change it for free..they sold us a damaged product.
      Which they offered you the option to return within 30 days for a full refund. This means they have no obligation to replace your phone for free.
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      A replacement might be nice, but I have valuable SHSHs on file for this iPhone 4, not the replacement.
    1. jomo25's Avatar
      jomo25 -
      I'd venture to guess that a current jailbreakable/unlockable iP4 with SHSH files for 4.0.1 is more valuable than the unjailbreakable/unlockable 4.1 with this fix (if it were true).

      Well, until a 4.1 JB is released.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      I ordered my iPhone today from Vodafone, will I have the option to upgrade to the "revised" model? I'm still eligible for a free bumper off apple.
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      Anyone thinking Apple is going to accept trade in's from people who bought there iPhone 4 in June, July or August is deluding themselves. If you bought it in the 30 days prior, they'll let you trade it in. If you didn't? Enjoy your free bumper! LMAO.

      This is going to be like the price cut on the original iPhone all over again. The early adopters will act like jilted lovers and a storm of protest will ensue. But all the outrage won't change a thing and next year those same folks will be clamoring for the iPhone 5.

      C'est la vie.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      wow exchange hmmm
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      I doubt we all get free revised iPhone 4's
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      We shall see
    1. gogo8675309's Avatar
      gogo8675309 -
      I'm pretty much SOL on getting any replacement from Apple. I bought mine from some random dude on craigslist. Guess I'll just have to buy the newer model whenever it comes out.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Free revised iPhone 4s for everyone? That's essentially the same thing as a recall.....without actually calling it a recall. But if you're exchanging your current defective phone for a revised and fixed iPhone 4 without the antenna issue.....that sure sounds like a silent recall to me.
    1. Enkidu's Avatar
      Enkidu -
      Not gonna happen...
    1. jiggyjae's Avatar
      jiggyjae -
      Well my iPhone 4 that I got like 3 weeks ago works perfectly fine. However, if apple agrees to switch out people's phones then I'm sure they will take it for a few minutes to make sure something is actually wrong with it and you just aren't trying to get a new model for the hell of it.
    1. Bouzo's Avatar
      Bouzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by jiggyjae View Post
      Well my iPhone 4 that I got like 3 weeks ago works perfectly fine. However, if apple agrees to switch out people's phones then I'm sure they will take it for a few minutes to make sure something is actually wrong with it and you just aren't trying to get a new model for the hell of it.
      There is something wrong with ALL of them. I have been through 4 iPhone 4's (YES 4) plus my fiance's and they ALL have death grip syndrome in my home. You can blab to me all you want that my home may be in a weak area but it ain't and my iPhone 3G doesn't think so either.

      If you are using yours in a solid/strong area like downtown of any major city you won't see the effects of the death grip, but if you venture into a suburb, or smaller city, rest assured, you can replicate the death grip.

      If this news is true, I will not accept anything less than a replacement from apple.

      And regarding the 30 day policy, I tried to return my 3rd one at 23 days and they refused me because mine is a subsidized phone through FIDO and their policy is 15 days.
    1. gamebeater's Avatar
      gamebeater -
      Was going to buy an iPhone 4 next week, but I guess I'll just wait until October and see what the deal is then.

      Tough luck to the diehard apple fans that got theirs on launch day if this turns out to be true.