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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. bftiedt's Avatar
      bftiedt -
      tried a few times and my signal stays full so idk
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Ya happens on mine, but only when I hold the left side and the top two corners at the same time. What the hell were Apple's engineers thinking when they designed this? Did they not once think that by putting your hands or maybe even a case on this thing (perhaps the Apple bumper case?) it would not interfere with the signal? Shouldn't this have been tested and fixed? I mean really, if it was one bar then ok, but mine drops from five bars to two, wtf? Apple better have a fix for this or something.
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      The good old days of having to stand in front of a TV holding the rabbit ears. Except this situation actually makes it worse.

      I kind of figured this would be an issue. You have direct contact to the antenna. I ordered a Bumper the day I preordered so I will not be in this boat.
    1. loujob's Avatar
      loujob -
      The problem isn't the antenna being on the outside. Its the placement of the exterior antennas. They should have been on the top and/or bottom, not the sides.
    1. sugebay's Avatar
      sugebay -
      does it on mine on the left side. not too worried though, as long as I have one bar it has been working. Phone worked all day with me holding it in the same area

      Launch product = problems are going to happen......kind of like when BMW launched the 745 in 2002...major problems

      Overall, its still a nice phone and won't be going anywhere.
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      I'm 2-for-2 with this issue (my and my wife's phones). Hope the bumpers fix it until there's another solution.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      If I put my shirt over my hand and hold the phone in that, so it is contacting the shirt and not my flesh, I don't lose signal. As soon as I remove my shirt and let it touch the flesh the signal drops. Put my shirt over my hand and it goes right back up to full strength.

      If it needs to be fixed by bumpers,they better darn well be giving everyone free bumpers.
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nkgneto View Post
      Apple knows this...They sell a $30 fix it's called "Bumpers"
      I completely agree!! They probably discovered this issue in the final stages of testing and with all the leaks and news coverage about the 'greatest smartphone ever' they had no choice but to press forward and then the "Bumper" was born.

      I had no intention on getting a new i4 and now I am loving my 3GS even more!!
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      So I guess you have to buy a case with this. Wow spend more money than you already did.
    1. Niner1000RR's Avatar
      Niner1000RR -
      Mine drops 2 bars when I do it, interesting...

      Hopefully the case I just ordered solves it!
    1. InDashMP3's Avatar
      InDashMP3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJM AutoWerkz View Post
      The signal problem to me seems to be with human finger contact because I'm using the iPhone 4 in the little white tray it sits on in the box and only touching the back and hands all over the white tray and no signal or 3G loss.

      Edit- I think the bumpers will solve this issue.
      WOW.... Look, I am a technology geek, and typically I HAVE to have the latest technology. Being an early adopter almost always comes with certain risks.. I've had 1st gen PVRs, Phones, whatever..and accept that risk to a point.. I just happened to wait to buy an iPhone4 until the J/B community has successfully identified an exploit. I am very happy I waited. Reading above that the bumpers will solve the issue is what these manufacturers LOVE to hear..customers that are SOOOOO in love with their brand, that they will accept an alleged manufacturing flaw with some crap that you are NOT supposed to NEED for the PHONE to work??!! People, please.... If these issues are real (and the numerous reports seem to indicate this), do NOT accept the problem by saying a case will "fix" it, or I can simply HOLD the phone a different way.. that's rediculous.. Apple needs to address this. I will wait patiently on the sideline until the flaw is either debunked..or corrected.

      EDIT: OMG...and the person posted above me just said hopefull the case they ordered solves it... geeezz
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Holy crap. SO many comments in so little time. This iPhone seems more addicting than crack!
    1. itsmejdn's Avatar
      itsmejdn -
      haha that nuts. i just tried it. i went from full signal to 2 bars. lol. i did it 3x, just to make sure.
    1. xyx's Avatar
      xyx -
      *bumper sales skyrocket*
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      I Don't like those ugly BUMPERS and I don't take them as a FIX APPLE YOU BETTER FIX THIS **** UP
    1. qgshadow's Avatar
      qgshadow -
      The people who says a Bumper Will this are so idiots..

      Dudes, Your not suppose to buy a case for your phone to work perfectly.

      The reception is supposed to be good anyway you hold you phone.

      Its a Major Design Problem and Should be Fixed at the source itself, not by a protective Case.
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      Quote Originally Posted by InDashMP3 View Post
      WOW.... Look, I am a technology geek, and typically I HAVE to have the latest technology. Being an early adopter almost always comes with certain risks.. I've had 1st gen PVRs, Phones, whatever..and accept that risk to a point.. I just happened to wait to buy an iPhone4 until the J/B community has successfully identified an exploit. I am very happy I waited. Reading above that the bumpers will solve the issue is what these manufacturers LOVE to hear..customers that are SOOOOO in love with their brand, that they will accept an alleged manufacturing flaw with some crap that you are NOT supposed to NEED for the PHONE to work??!! People, please.... If these issues are real (and the numerous reports seem to indicate this), do NOT accept the problem by saying a case will "fix" it, or I can simply HOLD the phone a different way.. that's rediculous.. Apple needs to address this. I will wait patiently on the sideline until the flaw is either debunked..or corrected.

      EDIT: OMG...and the person posted above me just said hopefull the case they ordered solves it... geeezz
      I was glad they announched the bumper for the fact it will have a lay on the table design. I hate laying the phone glass first on a table. It needs to be raised and thats what the bumper will do.
    1. DeviantGeek's Avatar
      DeviantGeek -
      I am not having that problem. Full bars no matter what I am doing to it.
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      Will the Wrapsol or SGP Ultra with their side body protection help against this?

      I don't like the way the bumpers look except for the black one on the white iphone
    1. InDashMP3's Avatar
      InDashMP3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sekazi View Post
      I was glad they announched the bumper for the fact it will have a lay on the table design. I hate laying the phone glass first on a table. It needs to be raised and thats what the bumper will do.
      And that use case is just fine... People that are saying the bumpers are the "fix" for the reception issue are what my post was targetting..