Lack of antenna coating on some iPhones may be part of the problem

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Lack of antenna coating on some iPhones may be part of the problem
We recently reported how your body can be responsible for the bridging of two antennas on the iPhone 4 when you hold the phone on the bottom left of the device. There are reports circulating that a coating that was supposed to insulate the antennas and prevent your body from detuning them, was accidentally left off of some units. When an iPhone 4 user called Apple tech support, he was told that once the Cupertino based firm decides what the solution is to the problem, "defective" iPhones will be repaired or replaced. For now, what the company is telling users to do is to reset the network settings, flip the "Airport mode" on and off (which ironically is something that we have found works well when a Motorola DROID loses its 3G signal) and avoid holding the phone in the lower left corner. If the problem is indeed the lack of a coating, it can be easily fixed with new production runs. In fact, this might have saved a lot of agony for those who held out for the white iPhone 4, because when the production line rolls on that version of the device, all of the issues surrounding reception will probably be taken care of. On the other hand, the coating theory pre-dates Apple's announcement that the problem is related to the miscalculation of the signal bars on the phone, so it is possible that it is not responsible for the iPhone 4's reception problems at all, in which case we are back to square one.

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55 Comments

1. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

This article was useful until the end. The two receptions issues are un-related. The software issue plagues the 3g, 3gs, and 4 models. The dropped call issues relate only to the iPhone 4.

12. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Software, Hardware, Rubber Bumper, Crossing signal, At&t WHICH ONE IS IT?!?!?!... The only thing this articles proves is that STILL no one knows what the issue is. period. ...And yet still people buy this damn thing?

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well technically not many people are buying this thing because it's been sold out for a while. Maybe you're talking about online sales?

16. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I really dislike you E.N., and if you re-read, which is possible because the article is just right up there above you..you'd notice i said "...And yet still people buy this damn thing?" People still "BUY" is different then "buying", my comment relates to every issue or lack of features that flood the phone itself and yet people still buy it. this was merely a comment on how, not only lack of features, and behind the curve this phone is now, is that the technical issues that are noticeably greater with every model that has came out. It boggles me that people still BUY it. So technically your still a random posting moron.

20. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

hello PapaJay224. The problem how I see it. Is that with the aluminum body, they might have wanted to try and attach the antenna to the phone body.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Now I understand what you're trying to say but it can go both ways. You don't have to add "ing" to make it current/ongoing. Just a simple misunderstanding. And dude, I'm not here to make friends with you. As for you not liking me, I couldn't care less.

25. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

PapaJay is gangsta haha

28. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

Sorry E.N. I have friends. I just want to bounce around knowledge and ideas with other people .

30. DROID_FOR_LIFE

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 04, 2010

YOU SOUND LIKE A BIG ASS DOUCH

32. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

But I want you to be my friend ... I need friends...

45. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

As someone who works for ATT (and throuroughly dislikes them as a company, hey it's a job) I can tell you I haven't had a single person call in about this issue. I work in retention so I would think if it's as big of an issue as the news reports daily, I'd say we'd be hearing about it. We've received information about the whole iPad breach and other issues in the past but nothing on this, not one thing. Yes, I've seen the videos that prove there's an issue when you try to magnify the problem by cupping the phone with your hand, but obviously in the real world it's not causing much of an issue. Not for myself, and not from anyone else I've heard from. If it was as big of an issue as the media makes it out to be, I'm pretty sure people wouldn't be buying it, or I'd be hearing from all of them when they wanted to cancel because of it.

46. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The drop call issue actually affected 3g also as a defective part was found and it was fixed with later releases - just like with MICROSOFT, always buy the iPhone after it has been around for 6 months.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Geez if I this is true - if I were Steve, I'd sue the damn holy mother out of those responsible for the phone's assembling and production. Maybe thats why some of the folks working there suicided - they realized that they forgot this component, thought of the consequences, and decided to do something about it.

4. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

It's not fun to play with that... they kill themselves because they feel like paying back their families with the money FOXCONN pays to them when the employee die...

33. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

This went to far...

3. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

And if it were not for the lack of coating, my DICK would be 12 inches long.

8. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

More bars in more places.....where you need them the most.

5. richk

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

hitlers views on iphone 4 signal problems well funny lolhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h3Ogt2L44Q

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

That one wasn't really funny at all. It was actually pretty boring. I like the welcome to phonemart one better. That one actually made me laugh.

24. richk

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

itmade me laugh :)

39. elpuser

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

I usually don't find anything with Hitler funny, but it was mildly amusing

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

watch their software update brick half the iphone 4's lol

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

@ajac09 android phones have been bricked by updates, iPhones never are. They just don't make calls

17. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Which Android phones were bricked during update????

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Supposedly some EVO 4Gs were because of a Sprint update, I haven't read much into it though...

34. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I know a couple people that have had bricked iPhones froom software updates, it may be rare, but does happen.

47. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

a few droids got stuck on the eye after the 2.1 upddate. but it was a very low number.

49. luv_droids

Posts: 30; Member since: May 21, 2010

the Evo has had issues with updates, but hey being on the SPRINT network, its not a surprise....

9. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Only some phones??? Apple is so trying to cover their assez it's a joke!!

10. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Also isn't it funny how phonearena hasn't done a comparison between the iphone4 and the Moto X yet?? It's because when u match the two head to head the X smokes the call dropping peice of crap!!!

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