Does anyone elses iPhone 4 bumper worsen their signal?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Pepper Pot, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Pepper Pot macrumors member

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    I was applying the invisible shield onto my phOne last night and took the bumper off and throughout I noticed the signal bars much higher than normal (it was lay on the table not in the death grip). Then this morning after I left it to dry I noticed the signal strength still strong, but then when I popped the bumper on the signal dropped right down to one bar :/
     
  2. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    this would be pretty odd....but if you say so.
     
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    It's physically possible for an insulator to change the characteristics of an antenna element. Combined with the bridged area I could guess overall attenuation could be increased by somewheren in the neighborhood of 1 to maybe 3 dbm. If that decrease in signal occurred between bars, it could easily cause a drop by one bar. IIRC, all bars are wider than 3dbm, so I can't see a multiple bar drop.
     
  4. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    Man, what's with all this counting on bars?

    Isn't the test really how many dropped calls, and rate of data transfer?

    Who cares if I've got only one bar as long as I can call my mum.
     
  5. iammike1 macrumors 6502a

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    This is why I posted my video of No Service without bumper and 5 bars with bumper.

    You can debate about bars all day long but the different between no signal and 5 bars is about as clear cut as you can get.
     
  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    i'm sorry, who are you trying to call? just kidding! :D
     
  7. RiceRacerDX macrumors 6502

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    Steve Jobs would refer to you as the <1% of the <1% experiencing this problem.
     
  8. Pepper Pot thread starter macrumors member

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    It's gone to 3 bars now must have just been a coincidence lol sorry people :)
    I only activated my phone/simcard yesterday and it was yesterday that my phone was fluctuating in signal so maybe the settings were just playing about? As a matter of fact my phones signal has just gone to a strong full bars whilst I'm typing this, I should stop getting so worried lol thanks anyways guys.

    Peter James
     

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