So I have played around with a few things to troubleshoot the reception issue. Nothing seems to fix it. I have not tried a bumper though. I have a bestskinsever covering the front, back and sides. My wife has a 2G and I have the IP4. Ever since I got the phone with the reception issue, I would always compared it to my wifes 2G. It always seems to have lower bars. So tonight I did a test around my house putting the phone down without holding it. Letting it sit down for a few mins for the bars to be accurate. Hers would show 2 bars mine would show 1 or none. Hers 5 bars, mine would be 3-4 bars. Sometimes she would have 5 bars and mine 1-2, sometimes none. The reception is substantially different. The 2G is on firmware 3.1.3. Sorry I do not have a camera to take pics side by side which is currently in my office at work. I will do so in the morning. Has anyone tried comparing older iphones with the iphone 4 by just sitting it down and not holding it.