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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. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      So I take it this is a software issue, if 3gs users are experiencing the same thing all of a sudden, probably Ios 4? Maybe the baseband or something, all I know this is pretty much crap. I mean it's a phone, it should do the most basic thing a phone can do, make a call... with this great decrease in bars upon touching the phone, I can't make any calls whatsoever without it being dropped.
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ish8894 View Post
      I just wrapped mine in tin foil. Still doesn't work.
      Put on some gloves and give it a shot
    1. ish8894's Avatar
      ish8894 -
      I heard if you gently dip it inside a bowl of cherios that the anttenta forms a coating
    1. PristineAura's Avatar
      PristineAura -
      Your going to cause some gullible boy's iPhone to **** up.

      ;(
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      can some of you check if you are having this issue?



      So i found another ******* problem. You know when u make a call and you put the phohe to your ear the screen darkens? Well when i put the phone away from my ear it stays dark and the keypad and other stuff doesnt show and the phone just freezes. WTF is this ****!!!!!!! OMG im so ******* angry

      Anyone having this issue? fuc man im gona have to go to apple for this ****
    1. justinwinter's Avatar
      justinwinter -
      looks like the lefties finally caught a break!
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      maple syrup works better. Plus its like a protective coating and iphone cologne all in one.
      And if you leave this maple syrup protective coating on long enough it becomes sticky enough to where it will stick to your ear and you suddenly have a built in hands free device free of charge.No blutooth required
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      this is pretty simple, you know those gaps? Its to keep the two antennas from touching. Your body conducts electricity, so its just like making them touch together.

      Someone test this, just grab at the gaps with your finger tips to make the connection between the two. Then turn off blue tooth and wifi and do it again, it wont happend because there is no signal from the wifi/blue tooth to connect thru your fingers to the other band.
    1. skatertrash's Avatar
      skatertrash -
      Alright, I call either ******** or software on this one, since I was able to replicate the "reception problem" on my 3G by holding in a similarly awkward way. We'll see what happens tomorrow, anyway. Still can't wait for my new phone :]. I will, however, be checking for yellow spots on my display...
    1. ish8894's Avatar
      ish8894 -
      Ok so I found out that if you apply some speed stick deodorant to the antenna, and lightly rub some lemmon juice on with a Qtip that it would temporarily fix the signal problems.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      someone PLEASE tell me if theyre also having this issue!!!

      can some of you check if you are having this issue?



      So i found another ******* problem. You know when u make a call and you put the phohe to your ear the screen darkens? Well when i put the phone away from my ear it stays dark and the keypad and other stuff doesnt show and the phone just freezes. WTF is this ****!!!!!!! OMG im so ******* angry.. I cant use the keypad, speaker, or hang up a call!!

      Anyone having this issue? fuc man im gona have to go to apple for this ****
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      someone PLEASE tell me if theyre also having this issue!!!

      can some of you check if you are having this issue?



      So i found another ******* problem. You know when u make a call and you put the phohe to your ear the screen darkens? Well when i put the phone away from my ear it stays dark and the keypad and other stuff doesnt show and the phone just freezes. WTF is this ****!!!!!!! OMG im so ******* angry.. I cant use the keypad, speaker, or hang up a call!!

      Anyone having this issue? fuc man im gona have to go to apple for this ****
      wow how many times are you going to post this. Have some patience and wait for a response, dont spam us already!
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      great. and i just preordered mine. **** well im a righty i wonder if its defective for lefties. also i wonder if the cases help with that.
    1. jgregorio's Avatar
      jgregorio -
      I'm uploading a video to Youtube right now. This problem affects my iPhone 3GS. If I set it down I get full bars 3G, if I hold it i get 1 bar Edge.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      wow how many times are you going to post this. Have some patience and wait for a response, dont spam us already!
      sorry man im just pissed that i got a new iphone and the pos doesnt work properly. just ranting
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      someone PLEASE tell me if theyre also having this issue!!!

      can some of you check if you are having this issue?



      So i found another ******* problem. You know when u make a call and you put the phohe to your ear the screen darkens? Well when i put the phone away from my ear it stays dark and the keypad and other stuff doesnt show and the phone just freezes. WTF is this ****!!!!!!! OMG im so ******* angry.. I cant use the keypad, speaker, or hang up a call!!

      Anyone having this issue? fuc man im gona have to go to apple for this ****
      I think it's the proximity sensor twice while on a call my face hit the mute button and the speakerphone. It doesn't stay dark or freeze or anything else you mentioned.
    1. PristineAura's Avatar
      PristineAura -
      If my iPhone has both defects, screen and signal, I swear to ******* god, I will return the iPhone, slander AT&T, then buy either the Evo 4g or the Droid X.

      A, *******, men.
    1. ish8894's Avatar
      ish8894 -
      BoostedEvo I had that problem. Just hook up a car battery to the metal edges and rub a peeled banana around the proximity sensor. Proven by science.
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      wow how many times are you going to post this. Have some patience and wait for a response, dont spam us already!
      Oh look, the spam master is back. You must love the word spam. ill repeat it for you, maybe youll get a hard on SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM.

      I bet you like that. huh buddy? Lol
    1. ish8894's Avatar
      ish8894 -
      This is a little off topic, but can anyone get pornhub working on their iPhone 4? Maybe it has somthing to do with the antenna issue?