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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. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      This is terrible. My phone does it everytime. But I've noticed it's only when you touch all 3 sections of the band.

      Really ***. I'm starting to miss my 3Gs...
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      taking my iphone to the genius bar friday to see what the hell is wrong with it. I cant believe im having problems already. theyre prob gona have to give me a new iphone is they cant fix it at the store
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      This is strange indeed. I've only activated mine through iTunes to get the OS up and running so I still have to go to AT&T.com to activate it before I can try this out.
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      Isn't the sections of the band actually 3 different antennas? Thought I read that somewhere.

      Like wifi 1 section and gsm another, then udma on another.

      Crossing them over to each other by the hand destroys the signal.
    1. love2drive2fast's Avatar
      love2drive2fast -
      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.
      Ok, I know a lot of us here are geeks ... but I don't want a f'n cheap-***** rubber band around my $300 phone so it will do what it was SUPPOSED to do (ummmmmmmm ... make calls).

      Also gotta chime in with the other guys on the "A CASE IS NOT A FIX" thing ... this is simply NOT acceptable !!! And anyone who thinks it is, deserves any POS they buy.

      I have all 3 previous iPhones ... and NONE of them do this ... no matter how I hold them ... not even a single bar ... and not after close to 2 minutes on each !!!

      Now does anyone have some tape so I can fix the bridge on my glasses ? ... thanx ... lol
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      i think the proximity sensor on my phone is damaged
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      Most definitely should have caught this one. Some poor soul is going to be lynched over this at Apple. This is straight up a hardware problem.

      External antenna idea not looking so bright...
    1. jgregorio's Avatar
      jgregorio -
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6rU-S9bCVc#t=3m15s

      There's my video.


      Same reception issue on a 3GS on iOS 4.

      Yes I know video is crappy but it was shot with a MacBook camera.
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Im just happy I don't have any piss spots on my new phone lol
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      have to checked for piss spots by turning the brightness up all the way then lookig for them.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jgregorio View Post
      YouTube - iPhone 3GS Reception Issues

      There's my video.


      Same reception issue on a 3GS on iOS 4.

      Yes I know video is crappy but it was shot with a MacBook camera.
      So let me get this straight. You lost a max of two bars? Im sorry but thats not really comparable. We are talking about a total loss of signal here on the iphone 4 no? Do you have a iphone 4? If so how much signal do you lose?
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      I believe everyines iPhone 4 drops down to no bars or atleast 1 and lose 3G it's hard for me to really check because where I live I always have messed up signal it usually gies to full bars with 3G to no bars with edge and this is on my 3GS 3.1.3. My iPhone 4 does it once I. Awhile but honestly not as bad as the 3GS and I had 2 3GS both the same.
    1. Lace's Avatar
      Lace -
      Tried holding it all kinds of ways...5 bars
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      Dude, I have a cell tower literally a "stones throw away" from my house and I can destroy every single signal bar by holding it snugly...
    1. jgregorio's Avatar
      jgregorio -
      No. Usually I lose 4 bars. I'll go from 5 to 1. If this problem exists on the 3GS as well as iPhone 4, something is really fd up.


      Just tested it again, was laying on desk 5 bars 3G. picked it up and the bars slowly ticked away until I was on 1 bar. Set it back down and I instantly had 5 bars again.
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Yea mine goes from 5 to flat bars lol
    1. Lace's Avatar
      Lace -
      Quote Originally Posted by Turnamental View Post
      Dude, I have a cell tower literally a "stones throw away" from my house and I can destroy every single signal bar by holding it snugly...
      I just literally smothered mine for 2 mins and still 5 bars. Guess i lucked out?
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jgregorio View Post
      No. Usually I lose 4 bars. I'll go from 5 to 1. If this problem exists on the 3GS as well as iPhone 4, something is really fd up.
      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?
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Do it again but hold it for atleast a minute

      Nope same results with bit off.
    1. sinnersage's Avatar
      sinnersage -
      Its amusing to me that every first batch of products like iphone have defects.

      Oh well , these devices are made by man who aren't perfect themselves :S