A Fix for Signal Loss for Metal Bumpers?

boba7523

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May 14, 2011
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Has anyone found a fix for the signal loss after putting on metal bumpers? I'd really love to have one on but it seems like the iPhone will lose signal drastically...

PS: I'm talking about the metal bumper that covers just the sides. Thanks!
 

Gav2k

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Jul 24, 2009
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Has anyone found a fix for the signal loss after putting on metal bumpers? I'd really love to have one on but it seems like the iPhone will lose signal drastically...

PS: I'm talking about the metal bumper that covers just the sides. Thanks!
Yes purchase a titanium bumper.
 

Partridge

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Jul 28, 2007
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Yes purchase a titanium bumper.
Wrong. Titanium will block signal just as well as any other conductive metal.

It's a matter of design for antenna compatibility. You don't want metal on metal contact bridging the antenna segments and you need to have a critical amount and location of antenna exposed.

Different model phones have different requirements. The 4 is very picky in the band on the lower left corner, which is why some cases have plastic there. The 4S less so, but both of the 4's are still dependent on the metal band for antenna function. The 5 on the other hand is very dependent on the two glass panels on the back. So a metal case on the 4 is a tough job, but a carbon fiber back is ok. On the 5 a carbon back will kill your signal, but metal bumpers do better.
 

tekkifi

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Jan 22, 2012
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Has anyone found a fix for the signal loss after putting on metal bumpers? I'd really love to have one on but it seems like the iPhone will lose signal drastically...

PS: I'm talking about the metal bumper that covers just the sides. Thanks!
It's a hardware issue with the bumper. Other than taking the bumper off your phone, there isn't anything you can do...which sucks because there are so many awesome looking bumpers that suffer because of signal issues.