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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. mysteryskater125's Avatar
      mysteryskater125 -
      hopefully the invisibleShield will solve this. That or a good case. But if this is happening on the 3GS too, then that's a software problem, correct?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by itaintrite View Post
      Just go exchange for another iPhone until you get one without this problem :P
      if the supply wasn't super limited......
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Just one more reason for me to wait until otterbox makes a case for it... Or you could just be super cheap and I'm sure a rubber band around the edges would solve the issue.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mysteryskater125 View Post
      hopefully the invisibleShield will solve this. That or a good case. But if this is happening on the 3GS too, then that's a software problem, correct?
      Not happening on 3gs.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Lmao most of you guys don't know what you're talking about!! It's not a firmware issue or anything, the iPhone has always been like this :s it's just know you guys noticed.

      I have a iPhone 3GS with FIDO, on 3.1.2 and when I hold it like that, receptions drops till no service

      I have a 3G on
      3.1.3 and the same.
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      IPhone engineers being the "smartest engineers?" More like overgrown college kids who drink too much and lose important prototypes
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      Lmao most of you guys don't know what you're talking about!! It's not a firmware issue or anything, the iPhone has always been like this :s it's just know you guys noticed.

      I have a iPhone 3GS with FIDO, on 3.1.2 and when I hold it like that, receptions drops till no service

      I have a 3G on
      3.1.3 and the same.

      Macrumors dug up some old videos that say the same thing.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by and1gator View Post
      For those that have had this occur with a 3G or 3GS using iOS4 what baseband are you running. Excuse the ignorance but could the baseband have an affect on how reception is handled. I have a 3GS on baseband 05.11.07 with iOS4 and my reception did not drop at all. Just throwing that out there too.
      You might have hit the nail right on the head. It looks like it could possibly be a baseband issue. im on baseband 4.26.08 on my 3GS and 3G and i cant replicate this problem. Possibly its an issue with the newer baseband?
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      this has been happening on all iPhones for years now -.-

      or MAYBE now its cause of the 05.14.04 firmware
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      My 3GS is doing it just like in the video. I drop from 5 to 2 bars using bell in Canada, it's official 4.0 with modem 5.13.04.

      I'm also thinking this is intentional; a ploy to get a new exploit exposed so they can plug it up with 4.1 (edit along with a radio rom upgrade) which will fix reception issues (and of course burn the exploit)
    1. ealvinito's Avatar
      ealvinito -
      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.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      Lmao most of you guys don't know what you're talking about!! It's not a firmware issue or anything, the iPhone has always been like this :s it's just know you guys noticed.

      I have a iPhone 3GS with FIDO, on 3.1.2 and when I hold it like that, receptions drops till no service

      I have a 3G on
      3.1.3 and the same.
      Im on 3.1.2 and 5.11 baseband with a 3GS. You could be right, I did the "test" and went from 5 to 2 bars. Placed the phone down, back up to 5 bars in 8 seconds.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      I can't replicate this problem on my 3gs can someone tell me how to check what my baseband is.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by katmeef View Post
      My 3GS is doing it just like in the video. I drop from 5 to 2 bars using bell in Canada, it's official 4.0 with modem 5.13.04.

      I'm also thinking this is intentional; a ploy to get a new exploit exposed so they can plug it up with 4.1 which will fix reception issues (and of course burn the exploit)
      Don't you think this is the worst time for Apple to pull something like this? This will harm them severely marketing wise since this is the initial release of iPhone 4.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      ^^ settings/general/about
    1. dr33Rocks's Avatar
      dr33Rocks -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      Just one more reason for me to wait until otterbox makes a case for it... Or you could just be super cheap and I'm sure a rubber band around the edges would solve the issue.
      It would be great if it were that easy. Got iphone 4 today, immediately noticed the reception issue and purchased a case to solve the problem....it's still there. I have not purchased a bluetooth for years because I hate hearing people talking into thin air.....well that has changed now and had to breakdown and get a bluetooth thanks to the antenna problem. HOWEVER......if given the choice to purchase a different phone...I wouldn't it, still crazy about my iphone!!!
    1. oops1975's Avatar
      oops1975 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mysteryskater125 View Post
      hopefully the invisibleShield will solve this. That or a good case. But if this is happening on the 3GS too, then that's a software problem, correct?
      Yeah.. buy an extra one cut it to the size and apply it... that way you can keep the looks and no reception issues with human touch....
    1. linkisbest's Avatar
      linkisbest -
      you know what the worst part is? I remember a modmyi article where they showed the iPad and Iphone 4 bolted down to some desk before their release. This is why they probably never noticed it. So this is REALLY because Apple was too tight on security, and didn't allow enough testing of the actual phone in normal circumstances.
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      @robertr1 - go to General-About-Modem Formware
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      lmao