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iPhone 4 Losing Signal When Held in the Left Hand

Category: Mobile
Posted: 08:44AM

Although the title may sound like something you'd see on April Fool's Day, check the date - I assure you this is no April Fool's joke. Several sites and users are reporting signal issues when the new iPhone 4 is held in the left hand - there are even videos to illustrate this. The problem seems to stem from the location of the antenna band. The antenna band wraps around the edge of the iPhone 4. The problem seems to occur at the intersection of the WiFi and 3G antenna bands, in the lower-left corner. A few days ago, Apple apparently stated that it was aware of an issue with the display of the signal bars, but that it was merely a problem with the way they were presented, rather than the actual signal or ability to make a call. However, according to many reports, blocking the antenna doesn't merely result in lower signals, but sometimes results in losing connection entirely, causing the iPhone 4 to have to search for networks. Using a case seems to help the issue somewhat.

This is certainly troublesome news not just for Apple, but for the thousands of people who waited in line this morning for its release. If you've picked up an iPhone 4 today, let us know your experience.


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MannyCLT on June 24, 2010 09:42AM
I am having the same issue. When the phone lays flat on my desk my reception is full bars but when i pick it up the bard start dropping to where i loose service.
d3bruts1d on June 24, 2010 11:17AM
No issues with the 2 phones I picked up this morning.
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Cathy Steinberg on June 24, 2010 11:52AM
My iphone was delivered yesterday and when I cup the phone in my left hand the 5 bars goes to searching.
Comp Dude2 on June 25, 2010 08:22AM
Its a joke that apple have released a device with such a fundamental flaw, seems a case of "get 'em out the door anyway and patch it later" because they must have noticed this in testing.
ClayMeow on June 25, 2010 08:58AM
The real joke is that this can't even be patched! Their solution is simply to use a case...which you need to pay another $30 for. If this is such a fundamental flaw, the cases should have been thrown in for free. There'd be no big loss to Apple in doing that because you know they have a 75% markup on the iPhone 4 anyway.
Puck on June 25, 2010 10:05PM

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