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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. Mastroz's Avatar
      Mastroz -
      people don't even hold there phone like that anyhow... mine does it without the case.. with case.. nothing at all.... does suck that does happen. I wonder if they knew about that ahead of time or not??
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobright View Post
      Health wise isnt that NOT GOOD?
      all of the radiation is draining into your body!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      my 3g would sometimes do this. [i dont think its an i4 bezel/antenna issue] so far my i4 has not had one issue at all with this.
    1. marko111's Avatar
      marko111 -
      ok how do i include a video????
    1. vikas3saraswat's Avatar
      vikas3saraswat -
      ******** I am using my iPhone 4 and there is no problem
    1. duffy_george25's Avatar
      duffy_george25 -
      Same here signal bars just drop completely as if you are shorting out the two separate antennas.That's why they have the bumper case.
    1. jtanner's Avatar
      jtanner -
      Quote Originally Posted by marko111 View Post
      ok how do i include a video????
      just place the url in the post text area. It will automatically embed
    1. matinm90's Avatar
      matinm90 -
      idk if anyone noticed by from all the videos i have seen from the wwdc iphone 4s that were filmed and reviewd after the keynote, i noticed that none of them lost their reception when they were held by the bands on the side. just saying idk what that means lol. see for yourself you will know what i mean.
      correction i just noticed they werent being held by the band but still lol
    1. cdx454's Avatar
      cdx454 -
      I just picked mine up and I'm having to hold it with a napkin so I won't loose signal. If they don't fix it I'm returning it!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Holy crap!!!! That's why I've dropped 10 calls today! I just did the test 5 times in a row... This is not good...
      ipod touch > iphone.


      it's official
    1. lol_release's Avatar
      lol_release -
      My 3g does it but it only goes down 2 or 3 signals!
    1. Travibizzle's Avatar
      Travibizzle -
      mine and my dads phones just came in about 2 hours ago probably. we've both been dreading trying this out with all the videos and what not. activated and tried it right away. neither one of us lost a single bar. my phone just fully charged up and i took the cover off (i planned on buying one regaurdless of the reception problem) and i lost only 1 bar. then put it down and it went right back to 5. ill try again later on today and see what happens but so far neither of ours has reception problems or yellow spots. sick *** phone. i love it.
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      I just tried this with my iphone 3gs on 3.1.3 and it does the same thing I lose signal goes to no service phone I hold it like on the video it goes back to signals..I never experienced this before because I always had a case on my iphone since day 1 so I never actually hold it on the actual phone
    1. UKROB88's Avatar
      UKROB88 -
      People need to stop talking about getting a case/bumper for their iPhone. This is a problem that apple must and will fix! Shorting the antennas or conduction of antennas cannot be caused or fixed by software. The calls have been proven to drop and not just "show" a weak reception. Speeds have been tested and shown to decrease when holding the band.
      Apple will most likely have to do a quick in apple store service/repair for this, or recall all units. Not to be pesamistic but only realistic.
      Thankfully I live in Canada, the phone has not been released here yet, and so by the time it comes, it will be a revised version.
    1. RyanWS's Avatar
      RyanWS -
      Absolutely no problem with mine!
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      The 2 iPhone 4G's I got yesterday both lose bars when held. They better fix this up fast. There is no way I will settle for an expensive "magical" phone that I have to use a bandaid on it so it works as it should. Not gonna happen. Bumpers my asss!
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Just sold mine on ebay and switched back to my 3GS. Now I can get a free one after this is all fixed.
    1. arfreitas12's Avatar
      arfreitas12 -
      so i thought this wasnt affecting my iphone.... i was wrong... this is a very bad problem
    1. mattolson's Avatar
      mattolson -
      I might put electrical tape down the side and see if that works, could be a good and decent looking temp fix