2G iPhone reception now hindered by v2.0

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Barcode, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Barcode macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    Ever since I upgraded to v2.0 on my Original 2g 8gb iPhone I've had my reception drop from full service (5 bars) down to half (2-3 bars max). I am located in Northern NJ 7 miles outside NYC. The phone has always been very responsive and the service was superb. Now with 2.0 I get half reception and constant random app errors (even on original apps such as stocks and text)

    I bought the iPhone on it's original release date last year and have always had full service in my house.

    Not only that but my phone has been slow and non responsive at times. This has never happened before. I've tried several restores and restarts. Ive even pulled off all the apps I downloaded and reinstalled 2.0 clean.

    Wondering if anyone else has experienced the same problem?
  2. mikecenizal macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2008
    the exact same thing happened to me... hopefully there are others and this isnt an isolated incident. v1 owners are gonna need a fix!
  3. mmaguire macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2008
    Pacific NW
    Same result on the new 3G phone....

    In areas that I always had great coverage in the Seattle area with my Sony Ericson phone I now have 2-3 bars max. In fact my first call was dropped. I watched my signal strength bars go from max to none every 1/2 mile all the way home. I used to have perfect reception. As more people actually begin using their phone in the coming week I have a feeling we'll here more on this later since all 3G users had v2.0 preinstalled.
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I'm indoors in the Atlanta burbs and I've got 5 bars (plus 3 WiFi, um, arcs?). Signal strength can go down just because you sneeze. This phone has had the best signal/coverage of any phone I've ever had, so I can't really complain. You guys may have an isolated error.

    If it makes a difference, I upgraded early using the cheat sheet from the news page.
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Are you using the official software, or the "early release" that was posted on MR a couple of days ago?
  6. JPS macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2007
    Likewise with me. I'm using the official Friday release, and though until then my ATT service was so minimal-to-none that I was considering getting a VZW Blackberry, now my service is nil, with the occasional lucky little eighth-of-a-bar. I hate to do it, but I'm going to have to bite the Blackberry--I mean bullet.
  7. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    New Jersey USA
    Northern NJ

    I have the same problem. I am using the early firmware however.

    I did get through to a technical signal guru at ATT. They stated they are experiening unusual volume in the area and that iPhones as well as other phones may be adversely affected. I did test my RAZR 2 and while it does have a signal, it is less than normal as well.

    However, I am dubious that the signal strength being poor has any relation to users. A call being dropped or failing ar slow edge or 3G makes sense, but not signal strength.

    But a coworker still have rev 1 iPhone software and his signal is FUBAR as well. Wer used to get 5 bvars in the parking lot. Now I get 0 to 1 and he gets 2 to 3. This is all since Thursday. SO SOMETHING has changed with ATT and not just the software.
  8. masterstyx macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Mine is having a signal problem as well. original iPhone running official 2.0. I used to get excellent signal strength at both my office and home. Now very little to none. Sometimes I've seen it go to just 1 tiny bar in these places where I use to get get 4 to 5 bars.

    I've been reading the forums here and at apple and I couldn't tell if others were having the same problem... I'm glad I'm not the only one.

    I hope there's a quick fix here... we can't live/work without our phones.

    Austin, Texas
  9. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Is your iPhone ATT/iTunes activated or Hacktivated/JB?
  10. masterstyx macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Mine is ATT/iTunes activated.

    The ONLY thing I've done is download the AIM and Weather bug app since the 2.0 install.
  11. idyll macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Eeek! My 2G has always had pretty bad reception, and I was hoping the 3G would help. I'm waiting until people calm down about them though... No sense going to the store right now to get one
  12. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    My reception seems to have improved. I now have 2 bars in a place where I used to get 'no service'.
  13. Yoda3984 macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2008
    I've had this problem, too. It's been sort of weird, though. I'll be at full signal, but it'll just drop to 1 bar randomly from time to time, usually when I'm trying to do something (like call, text, or surf the internet).

    I'm running the official 2.0 release, at least I think I am. I had been running the unofficial one, but when everything cleared up yesterday I did a restore and it downloaded the smaller file.
  14. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2008
    Upstate NY
  15. masterstyx macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Exactly! That's what mine does too. It can have FULL bars and then instantly drop to 1 bar during use.
  16. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Same here.

    Had the BB Curve and had top notch reception....3G.....not so much...1 or 2 bars.
  17. Barcode thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    I am running the official 2.0

    I have deleted all apps and restored.

    Still the same problem. Other people are reporting similar problems.

    I cant really pinpoint exactly what would cause this to happen except is has to be associated with 2.0

    Unless this is a less than sleezy attempt to make us original owners shell out for the 3G but I hear some of the 3g are having the same issues?

    eh, im going fishing. :) good luck to us all
  18. GeeperZ macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    Turn Push off

    Hi everyone,
    am new on here but was looking for a solution to my problem which is very slow typing in text messages, everything else seems to be fine.

    I upgraded to v2.0 software on saturday (which took about 3 hours BTW, my home connection is a 2MB service but it was the restore process that ate all the time)

    I have solved my problem by turning off the 'Push' Function under 'Settings' & 'Fetch new data'
  19. AustinSTI macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007

    I'm in Austin and haven't had a single problem with signal reception on my 2G since updating Friday...
  20. AustinSTI macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Push is not the problem; speading false solutions = bad.

    I've had push on all weekend - 4-5 bars everywhere I've went...
  21. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    My reception seems as good if not slightly better.

  22. BASE91 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Add me to the list. Signal in my place used to be 5 bars. Now only getting 2 or 3. Also, noticed I am getting "No Service" in more places.
  23. EdLee macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2008
    I had to call AT&T today due to my iPhone 2G not connecting to EDGE properly at my home (no problems with older firmware) and resorting to GPRS constantly. Also getting a sporadic "Could not activate cellular data network" (which I guess is the same error message as "Could not activate EDGE" as they now genericized it for EDGE and 3G) at home, as well as out and about.

    I went to AT&T a few days ago thinking it might be my SIM, but they said it was network problems around here due to the 3G rollout. I'm in central NJ, US at the moment.

    Did a bit of searching and found that calling AT&T and having them remove the data plan and reactivate data might help.

    Sure enough, after doing that, I have a more stable EDGE connection on my iPhone. I've had the "Could not activate..." message with Google Maps, but it cleared automatically whereas before, I would actually need to press Dismiss.

  24. kittyflipping macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    I started having this issue BEFORE I upgraded. It was a few days before the launch when my reception started fluctuating drastically, every so-often. I've noticed this at work and at home, and I can see the cell tower from the window at work, and have never had issues at home either... It's almost as if cell towers are periodically going offline.

    I wonder if it's a bug with the push notification service that launched for MobileMe, and that is launching for 3rd party developers in September. That's the only thing I can think that would change on the AT&T side just prior to launch...
  25. gceo macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    ^^ This is the best answer in here.

    You can't predict signal with AT&T.

    I don't believe the update has anything to do with it.... It's probably more of an effect from the almost 1 million new AT&T subscribers....

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