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This may be a clusterfuck of truly epic proportions, it seems the new iPhone is prone to dropping calls if ... you hold it in your hand.
The external antennae can be shorted together and ... http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06…
Haven't had mine delivered yet and already thinking of returning it. This will wipe the smirk off Johnny Ive's face.
Ooops, missed the end of the other iPhone4 thread.
Apparently it's the first phone in several years to use an external antenna, and probably the first ever where the antenna was intentionally touching someones hand while holding it.
Sounds entirely plausible they didn't notice this while making the thing (focusing more on the OS and wifi video calling I'd imagine), they're still quite new to the phone biz and were not in it when things like this would be well known things to avoid.
I'd say, hold off on buying a bumper because Apple will be sending them out for free soon.
Whats a bumper?
Got mine, and it does indeed exhibit the problem. I want to try it outdoors with a stronger signal before deciding whether to return or not. How Apple handle this one will be interesting, if they try and brazen it out it will severely tarnish their reputation. Apple haters are about to have a field day.
meh, doesnt bother me as Im a hand model and have to wear gloves 24/7 for insurance purposes.
I have heard that this is more to do with the AT&T network in the USA. It was predicted because there network uses lower MHZ.
A friend sent me this, not sure where he got it from.
After the launch, the design was praised by Dermot O'Shea, director for Taoglas, an Irish provider of antenna solutions, who told website Wireless Week that there might be problems with AT&T's network - which is the only one on which the iPhone is available in the US: "In fairness, the cellular antenna – it looks like it goes all the way around the phone, so it looks like they're getting a lot space out of the antena," he told Wireless Week. "I think the reception challenge they would have is on the lower 850 MHz frequency that AT&T uses," he says, noting that the thinness of the antenna could still lead to dropped calls on that frequency.
The iPhone 4G, Changing the game in dropped calls, again.
funny in the comments,
instead of bitching about this flaw, the usual apple user will abide and buy a bumper,
you can't tell me they didn't plan this, when they decided to create bumpers especially for this phone,
I smell a conspiracy of epic proportion
One single observation. If I hold it in my hand like a PDA then I get the lowered signal strength (5 -> 3 bars). BUT if I use it to make calls then I actually hold it differently and *for me* it seems to work just fine with full signal.
Apple's response will be interesting, at the very least this is a major PR fuckup. Somewhere deep in the bowels of Jobs' lair some hapless (about to be ex-) employee must be undergoing some rather creative exit interview techniques.
Meanwhile, at the Droid factory...
This is what happens when you have a small test group and they're all in faux 3Gs cases.
If you can't hold it on the sides, WTF do you do?
iphone roach clip?
Big oversight, but just get a case, it seems to solve the problem, and protects your phone. Not a big deal.