Did your previous iPhone have better /worse/same reception INSIDE & OUTSIDE???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RonHC, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. RonHC macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not talking about the antenna issue when holding it on your left hand, i am talking about the signal strength in general

    On my iPhone 3GS, I had about 2-3 bars inside and 4-5 bars outside
    On my iPhone 4, I have about 1-2 Bars inside and 2-4 Bars outside

    So my reception got worse on the iPhone 4
    What about you?
     
  2. zub3qin macrumors 65816

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    I am not too concerned about bars as some have suggested that the bars on iPhone 4 may not reflect actual signal strength (some say even with no bars, calls are not dropping).

    But I will tell you that with the phone on a table (not being held) I got horrible reception at work today- iPhone 3G gave me 3 bars on 3G and iPhone 4 in the exact same location gave me EDGE 1 bar if I was lucky, and often no signal at all. I could not surf, check email or make a call.....

    I hope this is fixable with a software update.... Or I hope it is a true hardware problem with my particular phone and getting a replacement will fix it.

    Anyone else with worse reception than with your last iPhone?
     
  3. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. Jetwash macrumors member

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    My signal strength appears to be about the same as my 3G.
     
  6. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    how many bars do you usually have?
     
  7. xmtgx macrumors regular

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    Same as 3g for me no matter how I hold it. Naked Ip4
     
  8. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I seem to get the same service everywhere except work. It actually improved there.
     
  9. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  10. engelke2010 macrumors 6502a

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    Not considering the antenna problem, my signal is the same as my 3G. At home, the signal usually stinks - about 2 or 3 bars, but I always can make and receive calls. At work and everywhere else, I am usually at 5 bars or 4 at worst.
     
  11. myfoneisdank macrumors regular

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    my 3gs had ridiculously good reception. rarely did i ever notice it going down from 5 bars unless i was in a known bad service area.

    with the 4, the phone is still blazing fast (tested via speed tests) but where there was a consistent 5 bars on the 3gs, the 4 fluctuates between 3-5 quite often depending on how i hold it. again, this is not affected the strong signal at all, unless it drops to 1 or 0 bars. then the service dies.
     
  12. kangaralph macrumors member

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    i dont have the antenna issue :eek:
    i tried but i cant
     
  13. nohite macrumors member

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    I got 1 bar at work with iPhone 4 on the table. I used to get 1-3 bars with 3GS running ios 3. But I am able to surf the Internet without interruption on iPhone 4 with 1 bar. One trick is to put a little padding under the top of the phone to create an angle. It helps with the reception.
     
  14. JamieRN macrumors newbie

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    I work in a hospital in the operating room. Our department is tucked in the hallows of the hospital where cell reception is hard to get. My 3GS would fluctuate between no signal and 1 bar. I haven't seen my iP4 loose it's signal at all in the OR. It fluctuates between 1 bar and 3 bars. Very pleased!
     
  15. YodaOfDarkness macrumors newbie

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    My 3GS couldn't load a damn thing at Dodger Stadium once the game started, but last night, I was pleasantly surprised to be uploading pictures to facebook and reading a few articles on MLB At Bat 2010 in between innings.

    I'm just hoping it wasn't a fluke... after all, it was a Dodgers-Yankees game, so there had to be more people trying to use their phones, and my dad couldn't even get his G1 to connect to a data network at all. I go to about 30 games a year, so we'll see how this one holds up compared to the 3GS over time :)
     
  16. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  18. wgary macrumors member

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    Ditto here. I am frustrated.
     
  19. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am getting the Griffin Reveal, I hope it stops the signal loss
     
  20. parrothead001 macrumors newbie

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    Mine has gotten better. Faster too....
    I do have the antenna issue but a ifrogz thin case completely solves it.
     

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