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iPhone 4 Reception Issues Caused By the Way You Hold It

The issue that many people are experiencing is a drop of signal bars when holding their brand new iPhone 4 compared to when it’s just sitting in front of them. From others posts it seems that “palming” the phone in ones’ left hand will result in a loss of signal, sometimes dramatic enough to bring up the dreaded “No Service”.

The issue stems from the positioning of the internal antenna, and cupping the bottom of the phone in your hand. Below is an image of the right AND wrong way to hold an iPhone 4.


According to Steve Jobs in a response to a DailyTech readers email; “Just avoid holding it that way.”

Apple’s official stance on the claims: Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

Some users are reporting they have NOT experienced this issue so many theories are focusing on a manufacturing flaw of these initial units.

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