Do the Apple bumpers hurt reception?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ks-man, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. ks-man macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2007
    I recently got an official Apple bumper and I feel that the reception is a little worse when it is on vs. when it is off. I'm not at all testing Death grip, just regular holding of the phone with and without the bumper.

    It isn't so blatant that I put on the bumper and the # of bars plummet or I take it off and they instantly go up. More I am noticing during periods of wearing the bumper the phone has more 1-3 bars and when it is off I see more 4 and 5 bars.

    Anybody else noticing this?
  2. treyjustice macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2009
    my 3G speeds seem to have dropped dramatically
  3. Alphaspida macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Plastic and rubber

    I'll let you think about it some more
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You're saying it hurts, others say it improves and solves all reception problems.
    Im still waiting for my bumper to arrive to see whats really going on.
  5. makefunnyfaces macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2010
    West Virginia
  6. ogdogg macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2008
    Your bumper must have been in the batch that was contaminated with lead. You should probably demand :apple: exchange it for you.
  7. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2010
    Haven't really experienced any problems with mine.
  8. ks-man thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2007
    I said it feels like it may be affecting my reception but I'm far from claiming it as a fact. I haven't had enough time with it on or off to conclude it is an issue. I'm glad to hear from the responses on this thread that it likely isn't the bumper and more likely just poor reception as a whole.
  9. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    i just got my bumper today and it has definatly improved reception when I hold the phone. At my house, before when i would hold it (either hand not touching the left corner) I would have 3 or 4 bars and would lose all reception if i touched the left corner, phone would go to no service. With the bumper I now have 4 or 5 bars when holding it, and if I really cup it and do a death grip reception goes down to 1 or 2 bars but I don't lose connectivity.
  10. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
    Let us put this into layman's terms.

    The bumper is a figurative band-aid for the infamous bottom left corner. However, putting anything over the entire antenna will decrease performance, albeit slightly.

    You will get better reception with a naked phone if people could just figure out how to stop touching less than 1% of the perimeter surface area. (Not directed at you, but to everyone who has complained about that problem. Depends on if you got your bumper for the protective purpose it was made for, or if you can hold the phone without touching that area ;))
  11. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  12. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Bumpers or a case, which I recommend, will neither hurt nor help reception as long as they are not metallic. They will definitely help cure the antenna issue.
  13. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    Touching the metal antenna band affects the phone, period. Touching it in one specific spot - the seam bridging the antennas - tends to make it even worse, but the point is:

    It's not necessary to touch just that "1% of the perimeter surface area" to cause problems. Many people have actually altered how they hold the phone so they don't touch that area specifically and they still have problems.
  14. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    The bumper will have better signal than holding it naked, no matter where you hold it.
  15. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
    Surfers Paradise
    Not true. Radio waves will go through plastic and rubber as if they do not exist. No matter how thick the plastic or rubber is.
  16. angrywaiter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2007
    What about if the person is naked whilst holding it?

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