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    Reception Issues

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    Reception Issues
    Alright. So I have a brand new Iphone 4 (just had it replaced after my last one shattered) and I'm noticing I have issues (just as I had with my previous phone) with it jumping from having 3-4 bars on 3G to dropping calls and having no service, then immediately going back to having service. It'll alternate up to 4-5 times a minute.

    I've had 3 Iphone 4s. Iphone #1 had a software/hardware issue where the screen would freeze, then it would start selecting things on it's own going so far as to call numbers and having no way of hanging up. Iphone #2 was dropped and shattered. Iphone #3 is in seemingly perfect condition (and I hope it stays that way!).

    Anyway, it's an issue I've seen in all three phones. It jumping from having service to not and then back within minutes.

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    Do you have a case on it?

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    There was an issue with iPhone 4's where bridging the gap on the left side with your finger or hand would cause attenuation of signal, causing it to diminish or drop off entirely. As Chas mentioned, a case should resolve that.

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    I was using a case on the first two phones. Even laying still on a flat surface, such as a countertop, it was having jumpy reception issues. When my phone shattered the hard case went with it (good job case...ugh). So as of now, I'm not using a case. I've noticed and corrected holding positions on the phone, but it does it even when held correctly or not held at all.

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    From your description, it sounds defective to me. If it does this consistently (ie not just in your house), I'd have it seen to.

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    FWIW, I'm in London, Uk, and I'm sick of searching for rhyme or reason re: coverage. I thought it could be the service supplier but actually, I think the stark reality is that for all the wonderfulness, it's just a really rubbish phone.

    Reception is completely random and I've had more times than I care to remember where I've been expecting a call, have literally been looking at my phone in my hand and it simply shows a missed call - doesn't even ring. Calls drop, texts don't register, the actual call quality is very sub-par. And if it isn't doing that it simply says 'no service'. It's just not a very good phone, imo.

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    More than likely its the service are there would be more posters with said problem and sales would fall off not increase also mags and sites would be quick to slam it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rochester View Post
    it's just a really rubbish phone.
    Riiiiight. That's why it's the single most popular model phone in the world. Because it's rubbish. Everyone else who has an iPhone is of course having the EXACT SAME experience as you are. Of course.

    At first I thought the problem was the iPhone. Now I'm sure it's the owner.

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    I was replying to the OP with my actual experience - I'm not interested in the performance of all the other iphones in the world, I'm interested in mine which is consistently disappointing. And you try breaking a 2 year contract. As I said, there could be issues with the provider but this is my second phone and exactly the same problems persist. I think that there are plenty of us who realise that the actual phone f isn't as good as it could or should be but stick with it for all of the other app/ipod/safari etc etc functionality.

    And what a charming chap you are, I hope other posters on this site prove slightly more polite and less dismissive of people posting their actual experience or I wont be staying long.

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    Good luck to you then! Bye!

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    Reception Issues

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    I am on my forth iPhone 4, all having the exact same problem, and while AT&T may not have the best service the Apple Genius Tech said it was a hardware problem. I stay with iPhone due the screen and text makes it easy to read. my two cents.

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    Reception Issues

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    Happened to me too when I got my iphone. I compared the signal with my friend's i4, his got more bars than mine. I made the sale reps changed me another and it gave 1 more bar than the 1st one.

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    Switching to 2G (Settings >> General >> Network) seems to solve the reception issue for me. (don't know whether it applies to US networks?).

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    Reception Issues

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    I did that when i'm not searching. Seem likes not all i4 have the same signal strength also depend on where I'm at. I may get a case later hopefully it will help. Any recommend on which case to use.

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    Reception Issues

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    iFrogz, Speck and Case-Mate are good case manufacturers and have awesome cases. Why not do some research on those sites?

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