Duct Tape Solves iPhone 4 Reception Issue?
July 13, 2010 at 5:15 AM (PT)
Bad news for iPHONE 4 users -- APPLE's "death grip" is real, reports THE NEW YORK POST. The report cites CONSUMER REPORTS, "which slammed APPLE's latest iPHONE because of persistent reception problems, saying it cannot recommend the new smartphone. The mag found that -- in keeping with complaints since the iPHONE 4 launch -- a spot on the phone's left side can cause weak reception and even dropped calls when touched."
APPLE, the world's largest seller of digital music through its iTUNES service, has denied reception problems, but CONSUMER REPORTS Sr. Editor MICHAEL GIKAS said lab tests show the drop in signal strength is a hardware defect, not an "optical illusion".
CNET.COM even poses the question, "Time for an iPHONE 4 recall?" The tech site posted this video proving the problem.
With many users streaming radio on their iPHONES, this could be a big problem for stations who have been expanding their listenership on the web. "The tests also indicate that AT&T's network might not be the primary suspect in the iPHONE 4's much-reported signal woes," CONSUMER REPORTS wrote.
To solve the reception issue, APPLE has suggested that iPHONE 4 owners buy a protective rubber case -- which CONSUMER REPORTS found effective, but also suggested a low tech solution -- covering the small gap in the antenna with a piece of duct tape. "It may not be pretty, but it works," GIKAS said.
[What do you think APPLE should do? Do you own an iPHONE 4 -- and have you experienced this problem? Please share your thoughts below.]