Have the reception issue with your iPhone 4. Indulge me a moment.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by flaystus, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. flaystus macrumors newbie

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    I'm 99% sure its pure coincidence because its based on very circumstantial evidence but humor me.


    If you hold your phone and the bars go down pretty reliably. Do this and report back.

    1. Test that its still doing.
    2. Go wash your hands real well with warm to hot water and plenty of soap.
    3. Dry Hands on towel.
    4. Test again.
    5. Report back.


    Just interested to see what happens. :cool:
     
  2. keyofnight macrumors regular

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    Same problem.
     
  3. Tomple macrumors 6502a

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    Same problem
    for some reason none of the iPhones at the Apple Store are having this issue. I will be exchanging mine on wednesday.
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Our hands are cleaner.
     
  5. Mfear macrumors member

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    does it happen to yours in the store?

    i've heard it happens mostly when the reception is already spotty..
     
  6. rmchale macrumors regular

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    I tried this at the Apple store today... Alas with dirty hands. And was able to watch the signal go from 5 bars to 1.
     
  7. thelumpya2 macrumors regular

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    exchanging it will do you no good, all the phones are having this problem, some area's just have better reception than others..

    also, video of display iphone in apple store, having issue..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3dMhyti02o
     
  8. flaystus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Interesting... both my friends were unable to duplicate the problem after a good hand washing.

    They were also able to make it happen on my phone before the hand washing though it never does it for me regardless of who's phone I hold.

    Well its a win win then!
     
  9. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I cannot replicate the problem :) Perfect reception.
     
  10. the-oz-man macrumors 6502

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    I've done repeated tests over and over in various places of my city. Some places nothing happens. Most of the time no matter how I grip the phone, it never dips below 3 bars. And this happens only in buildings. Maybe I'm blessed with transparent hands?
     
  11. rmchale macrumors regular

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    Maybe this means its a software problem then.
     
  12. Hoppesangen macrumors member

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  13. rittchard macrumors 6502

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    Sorry but this is clearly a hardware issue. They may be able to do something in hardware to mask the problem, but it originates as a hardware design flaw.

    http://www.antennasys.com/antennasys-blog/2010/6/26/hey-hold-the-phone-like-this.html

    The interesting thing that I found during my own testing was that it was not just dependent on the holding/grip position, but also on the angle of how the phone was tilted. In the end I found the whole thing a bit silly because I was literally squeezing and tilting the phone 45 degrees to get the bars to drop. I doubt I'd ever be doing any of that in a real usage scenario. :eek:
     
  14. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    Does this happen to anyone who has naturally dry hands?
     
  15. koilvr macrumors 6502

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    My hands are soft from Vaseline all the time no issues here.
     
  16. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

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    This is stupid. It is amazing some john q poster comes in on here with some half cocked dirty hand theory and people actually latch on to this. What's next, wash your hands and stand on one foot and hop around. Everybody and there mother thinks they got a clue, but dirty hands takes the cake. It looks like people will stoop to anything when they get desperate.
     
  17. flaystus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay test 2 then...

    1. Get a pair of oversided waterproof gloves.
    2. Fill inside of gloves with mineral water.
    3. Put hands in gloves and have buddy tape them up water tight so that your hands are submerged constantly in mineral water.
    4. Wait 24 hours.
    5. Wonder why you have just done this.
    6. Report back.



    Aka. sorry thought I was onto something but apparently not. Was worth a try. I warned you it was based on very circumstantial evidence.


    I have very dry hands and have been unable to make any phone do it even just after someone showed the problem to me on their phone.
     
  18. randomerratum macrumors 6502

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    Well now it doesn't work at all!!!

    ...oh wait.. you said wash your HANDS with soap and water...

    uh oh. :eek:
     
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