Ok. So I just upgraded the firmware and was not expecting much difference in the reception issue when holding the phone and touching the antenna. I have to say, at least what the bars are doing, it is different. Before the update: I usually always had 5 bars when at my house. I thought this was always strange because I'm outside the city and didn't think I was really getting 5 bars. Anyway, when I would hold the phone by the "Death Grip", I would slowly drop down bars until I was at a single bar and sometimes I would get a "No signal" or "Searching for Signal" message (I forget the actual verbage). After the update: I noticed the tiny difference in the graphic of the bars. I think it's really annoying how people are complaining about how ugly they are. I mean really, who gives a ****! Anyway, my phone now has 3 bars instead of the 5. That seems more realistic to me being the area I am in. Now, when I use the "Death Grip" my bars slowly drop to one bar, BUT it then fluctuates going back up to two bars, then one, then two, then one, and so on. I'm not saying that they "fixed" anything with this update, but the reception bars definitely behave differently and I do get some positive gains in the signal, not just a dying signal until one bar or losing service all together. I can also say, I never really hold my phone using the "Death Grip" so I haven't lost any (maybe one) calls before the update. I think I'm going to intentionally hold the phone in the "Death Grip" for a while and see if I actually lose a call. If the signal is accurate, I would guess there would be no lost calls because my signal is sitting somewhere in between one and two bars while I'm at home. I would think that should be enough to keep a phone call going without dropping it. To reiterate, before the whiners and bashers jump in, I'm not saying this update fixed anything. I'm not saying there isn't a hardware flaw. I'm not saying anything other than what I have experienced with my iPhone after the update. This posting is only for people that may be interested in how this update is working for someone other than themselves. Oh. There is "One last thing". Before you start trashing what I've said or start whining about your own experiences, just go away. Let the grown-ups have this thread for discussion please.