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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. peachy997's Avatar
      peachy997 -
      seems i was right and a bit late BBC News - Apple issues advice to avoid iPhone flaw
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post


      pretty much.
      I have no issues holding mine that way. If I give it the death grip then it will loose bars but who does that. I do not want hand cramps by the end of the call.
    1. Craig02's Avatar
      Craig02 -
      Ok advise guys, My local Apple store still has plenty Iphone 4's for replacements, Is it worth seeing about having it replaced or not? Basically what are my chances of getting one that does not have this issue?

      Thanks
      Craig
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Craig02 View Post
      Ok advise guys, My local Apple store still has plenty Iphone 4's for replacements, Is it worth seeing about having it replaced or not? Basically what are my chances of getting one that does not have this issue?

      Thanks
      Craig
      Every iPhone 4 has this issue. Do not believe people who say it does not happen on theirs.
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Quote Originally Posted by sekazi View Post
      Every iPhone 4 has this issue. Do not believe people who say it does not happen on theirs.
      100% true my cousin was thinking his was fine.

      Told him to hold it death grip style for 45 seconds and only 1 bar.

      Case = fix if you can not change the way you hold it? LOL?
    1. wrcsti's Avatar
      wrcsti -
      I have really sweaty hands and live in south florida so its hot and humid here all year long. Called apple stores and they all ignored me and didnt offer the free case some have been getting. Will drop by best buy tomorrow to see what they have in stock.
    1. Craig02's Avatar
      Craig02 -
      I will need to make my decision soon about the swap,

      What about this video on youtube showing no signal issue on the Iphone 4 when it is covered: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk8t_AvX9EY]YouTube - iPhone 4 no signal problem UK[/ame]
    1. start2finish's Avatar
      start2finish -
      Update:
      I went into the apple store today and they downloaded stats from my phone.

      75 calls
      3% dropped
      7 Modem resets

      They said that confirmed my complaints, and that there was a software fix coming.

      I bought a case from the at&t store and it seemed to improve the signal issue. I like the case and will probably use it after they resolve the issue. I still needs to be fixed.
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      WOW when holding the phone in landscape mode

      with my thumbs and pointing fingers on all sides internet is just about non-browsable the bars drop all the way down. just got mine this morning this is crap.

      are they giving replacements?
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Craig02 View Post
      I will need to make my decision soon about the swap,

      What about this video on youtube showing no signal issue on the Iphone 4 when it is covered: YouTube - iPhone 4 no signal problem UK
      Maybe there are some good one's out there. Seems like it would be getting lucky to get one though
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      Thats mine and I hope they'll fix it as I don't like cases :/

      T-Mobile UK

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6prqv6Z3xM]YouTube - iPhone 4 signal test t-mobile UK[/ame]
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ealvinito View Post
      Tired of all this crap about iPhone 4, and all the so called problems. People always find a way to complain no matter what. There is no such thing as perfect.. I have mine love it no problems.
      Well if you had problems, you would be complaining too. Or.. would you just sit their in love with your faulty iPhone while Steve bathes in your money. Idiot.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I only have this problem if I hold it in a specific way. Thankfully, it's not how I hold the phone normally so I didn't even know this was an issue until it popped on the news.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Here's another example of poor QA from Apple. EPIC FAIL!
      Some iPhone 4's are Shipping with Wrong Volume Buttons [Video] | Redmond Pie
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Welp, my friend has this reception "issue". He made a video of it, it's ridiculous when you actually see it.

      YouTube - iPhone 4 Strange Antenna Interference Problem
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      According to apple statement Mr Jobs claim that all of us are holding the iphone the wrong way WELL WELL WELL here is I want all of you to look at




      Now look at him he is telling the world that we are holding it the wrong way WELL MR STEVE JOBS how about you ? are you holding the phone the rite way ???


      Don't let apple give this excuse every one email them and tell them to fix this problem
    1. zamansimba's Avatar
      zamansimba -
      well, i believe what Jobs saying is right and the ergonomical way of holding the phone is by using 2 fingers and touching just the top. I cant believe most of you hold it like that, its unnatural.

      Apple have considered the placement of the antennae bridges ergonomically
    1. Pchild's Avatar
      Pchild -
      It's based off signal strength. My phone does it at home but not at work. I have no explanation for that other than signal strength.

      I have 5 bars at home/work and at home if I hold it in my left hand as described it will 1-no service. At work it won't drop any bars at all. Tripple tested. I 100% cannot get it to reproduce at work. However I can reproduce while drive. I'm wondering if it's a power to the antenna issue. Perhaps it's not adjusting power to the antenna quick enough to adjust for your bodies interferrance.
    1. shore's Avatar
      shore -
      Apparently my iphone 4 has decided to not let me send texts.

      You can receive and write them but the send button does not work......
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      I am having a different signal issue in addition to the holding it problem. Sitting at my desk I have my iphone 4 and my wife's iphone 4 sitting side by side. Both have 90%ish charge, and neither of them is plugged in. If i reboot them both they go to either 4 or 5 bars,they sort of bounce around a bit, which has always happened in the past. As they sit there for a while, one of the phones will suddenly drop down to 3-2-1 then zero bars, while the other one, sitting just beside it stays at 4 or 5 bars. Suddenly, I can no longer make calls with the one that dropped signal. If I leave it alone for a while it will eventually return to full strength, and work fine. Now all the time, and I'm talking about 5-10 minutes or so the other phone is 4 bars. Now after a bit the 2nd phone suddenly drops down to zero bars, probably over the course of a couple minutes, while the original one, that dropped earlier stays at 4. Now the second phone can't call out.

      I had noticed my first phone dropping its signal strength before, but I wanted to check to see if it was a bad phone or at&t. Now it looks like they are both randomly losing signal, which of course exasperates the loss of signal when I am holding it.

      Fun stuff, I wonder how the droids are.