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  • Say What?! iPhone 4 Loses Reception Bars When Held by the Antenna Band?



    Talk about holding one's calls.

    Apparently, if you hold the iPhone 4 by the antenna band, you'll lose your bars, your reception, and maybe even your call. As this video making the rounds showcases, holding the handset with your fingers pressed upon the antenna throws off your cell reception and effectively reduces your bars all the way down, in some cases, to zero.

    Of course, it isn't yet clear if the real issue relates to an inaccurate showing of bars or a significant problem with the actual antenna. But as thousands unbox their iPhone 4s and activate the long awaited updated smartphone, you may want to give your device the finger so to speak and play the home game version of this video demonstration.

    But as Paul noted earlier in his piece "iPhone 4 Screen Defects Reported," in every new product, manufacturing defects are almost inevitable. So as scattered but undocumented complaints similarly surface, there's a good chance we'll know in the coming hours and days if this example is an isolated incident (and let's hope that it is)... or if this is the first real bug and potential nightmare for the 4th generation iPhone and its customers.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Say What?! iPhone 4 Loses Reception Bars When Held by the Antenna Band? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 563 Comments
    1. jgregorio's Avatar
      jgregorio -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      hmmm. so on your iphone 4 have you tried turning off your wifi and blutooth like others have suggested and does this fix the problem?
      I don't have an iPhone 4, it ships to my house tomorrow. I'll post my results them but my 3GS is doing the same exact thing. Maybe it's an issue with iOS 4?
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Holly crap!!!! This is not only the iphone4 my newly updated to ios4 3g is doing this and my other on 3.1.3 is not!!!!!!!!!!! What the.....
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Maybe it's got to do with allbyhe electronics being crambed in one small device.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      I dont see what the big deal is. I mean how often is it that you hold your phone?
    1. ghostoffreedom's Avatar
      ghostoffreedom -
      When I turn off my wifi I don't lose any bars. I know this has been said.
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Wth haha unless u have invisible hands don't u hold it when u text or browse the web, watch YouTube etc.
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      Yea well im running 4.0 on both my 3GS and my 3G and i have zero issues with reception no matter how i hold it. So explain that smartass
      lol... gotta love limp noodle boy..
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJM AutoWerkz View Post
      Wth haha unless u have invisible hands don't u hold it when u text or browse the web, watch YouTube etc.
      Lol no unfortunately i dont have invisible hands. It was a joke lol
    1. crewxp's Avatar
      crewxp -
      3gs 32gb, iOS4, no missing bars when holding it like the iphone4 does.
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      I'm playing also lol

      Ok i covered the top half of the phone with one hand and I don't lose bars infact it goes up lol.

      If I cover the bottom half of the phone with one hand it dropped all the way to searching WTF.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      lol... Gotta love limp noodle boy.. Xd
      wtf!?
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      wtf!?
      if you're too dumb to figure out why i said that, then i'm not going to waste my time explaining..
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      I can't believe some people are so blinded by Apple that they accept the problem saying the bumper will "fix" this. WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU! I am terribly pissed that the problem is with all iPhone 4. When you buy a 600$ phone it should work as expected! Even 20$ phones have better reception. Damn you apple couldn't you test it better??? I mean dammit it's a phone and it cannot even make calls properly. I'm so disappointed.
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Quote Originally Posted by crewxp View Post
      3gs 32gb, iOS4, no missing bars when holding it like the iphone4 does.
      Well, you're antenna isn't on the outside of your phone like it is on the 4 now is it champ?
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Ok that's been covered already. We don't need 50 people stating the obvious.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      if you're too dumb to figure out why i said that, then i'm not going to waste my time explaining..
      Haha yea had to backtrack my posts. I didnt realize i quoted a mod there. Haha my bad.
    1. vegassteven's Avatar
      vegassteven -
      Anyone who makes an excuse for this Is ******* RETARDED
    1. mike_'s Avatar
      mike_ -
      well...
      I have the same issue on iphone 3g with IOS4.
      from 5 to 1 bar when i'm hold it...
      So, for me it looks like a software bug.
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike_ View Post
      well...
      I have the same issue on iphone 3g with IOS4.
      from 5 to 1 bar when i'm hold it...
      So, for me it looks like a software bug.
      ^Now thats what i call optimism
    1. mike_'s Avatar
      mike_ -
      3G/IOS4, once i did full signal loss (searching)
      Same thing happens with my wife's 3GS/3.1.3
      5 to 1 in less than one minute.

      Or not a software problem, but something else that reproducible even on 2 year old iphone 3G.

      Any suggestions?