iPhone 4 Reception Issues Confirmed; Antenna Singled Out as Main Culprit

July 13, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Though reception issues with the iPhone 4 handset have been reported by several users since the device’s launch, the problem has been properly confirmed to be present in the phone by the engineers of the Consumer Reports blog, who conducted certain tests on the phone.

The test was conducted by placing three iPhone 4 handsets along with other phones from AT&T such as the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre in a radio frequency isolation chamber that was capable of simulating different signal levels from various mobile carriers. It was revealed during the testing process that no other handset placed in the chamber suffered from reception issues other than the iPhone 4.

Consumer Reports’ members have also said that they found the antenna to be the main cause of the reception issue and not the device’s software, which Apple had pointed out as the cause. They have also ruled out AT&T’s network signal as the main source of the problem.

The blog has also given a solution to problem suggesting that the antenna gap be covered with a piece of duct tape or any thick non-conducting material to prevent poor signal reception. They have also declined to recommend the phone to buyers till Apple provides a proper and free remedy for the problem.

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