Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Jul 2010 17:59 UTC
Apple In a move that should surprise nobody, Apple has sort-of admitted to iPhone antenna problems in their press conference this morning, claiming it affects a small number of users, but they claim to be working hard to fix the problems that they have confirmed. They've offered free bumpers (that have until now been a $30 accessory) to all iPhone buyers, and are offering to waive any restocking fees for anyone who wants to return their iPhone 4. Whether or not there's going to be a hardware fix for future iPhones, Steve Jobs says he doesn't know yet whether that will happen.
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Phone Network Helps?
by REM2000 on Fri 16th Jul 2010 18:49 UTC
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

Im in the UK, i purchased my iPhone 4 on the O2 network at launch.

I haven't had a single problem with it, if i had i would have returned it. I have infact had a better signal. When im on the train i keep 3G longer, i get better downloads. As for voice calling, again a much better experience than my iPhone 3G and my work nokia. The calls are a lot, lot clearer with no popping, hissing or any other background sound. This is in part due to the extra second microphone. However it's incredibly clear and people sound like they are in the same room.

Now this may sound like a fanboy rant, however it's not. I always like to think of myself as platform neutral and will call a problem if there is one. However ive yet to experience anything being reported on the net.

I think this due to two reasons.

The first is the network, from what ive heard the AT&T network in america is really poor, with not very good coverage in major cities and poor network speeds.
The second is that yes i accept there is a problem for some people who have an iPhone 4, however these don't represent the majority, the majority that are happy with their phone usually don't feel the need to write a comment about it, which is why i have written the above.

Really it comes down to choice, apple has also said they are offering a 30 day return policy, if the phone doesn't work then simply return it and get an android or 3GS, both are very capable phones.

P.S. Thanks for the free case steve!

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RE: Phone Network Helps?
by mtzmtulivu on Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:51 in reply to "Phone Network Helps?"
mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14

YOu arent seeing the problem because:

1. All iphone 4 have the same antenna problem.The problem is more prominent when the phone is "held the wrong way" and at an area with bad reception.

2. Without the update that just came out, i phone 4 showed a stronger signal than it should be showing and this caused users to assume they have a better reception than they were actually having.

3. You dont observe the problem probably because you are in an area where there is a good reception and the problem is there but isnt big enough to be noticed.

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RE[2]: Phone Network Helps?
by REM2000 on Fri 16th Jul 2010 21:56 in reply to "RE: Phone Network Helps?"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

Ive tried holding in both hands how i hold a standard phone and it's working fine. Perhaps if i was to hold it in one particular way it might start dropping, im not sure as i haven't really played around with it and tried to get it to drop. This is not to say that some users are not having a problem when they hold the phone.

As i mentioned the O2 network in the UK has got excellent coverage so perhaps i do get a good reception. However ive been getting good reception in the SE of england, Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge and london. Traveling on the train the signal has remained stronger (i.e. it doesn't drop as often and the internet speed is faster). So the signal test has not been limited to my particular home town.

Perhaps without the update the signal is displayed stronger, however i based my review on usage, i.e. making the calls and surfing/net connections and the phone has had a better connection than my previous phone, my experiences with phones mean i don't usually pay much attention to the signal strength, im really only interested if it's EDGE or 3G.

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RE: Phone Network Helps?
by rubberneck on Sat 17th Jul 2010 12:34 in reply to "Phone Network Helps?"
rubberneck Member since:
2009-06-16

Same here. Better reception. Can use my phone in former 3gs dead spots.

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