Reception issue in a previously rock solid cell signal environment?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rotobadger, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. rotobadger macrumors 65816

    rotobadger

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    Sorry to add to the reception frenzy but I have a rather specific question I could't find an answer to in the existing threads.

    Is anyone able to replicate the dropped bars phenomenon (with their hand) in normally solid five bar location?

    I am on business away from home and my wife shipped me my iPhone. I'm in Waycross, GA. There is no 3G here but the Edge signal is solid. The thing is, I can see the cell tower from my window!

    I am absolutely, positively, unable to replicate the reported signal problem with my 4. I've tried all sorts of positions with my hand. Stays at 5 bars.

    BUT...I'm wondering if this is due to the fact I'm next door to a cell tower?

    Andy will I ever be able to have children again because I'm so close? :p

    So far, this phone has been awesome. No yellow, no proximity issues and, so far (fingers crossed), no reception issues at all.

    Comments?

    -Badger
     
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    So far I've seen most people lose a few bars when they experience the issue, so if you normally have a full signal you'd end up with a weaker but still usable signal.

    If you were using the phone in a poor coverage area, then that drop of 2-3+ bars would obviously cause you to get no signal at all.
     
  3. cenetti macrumors 6502

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    yeah the guy at the gym was telling me the same thing....no matter how hard he tried he couldn't replicate the problem.... well, I took the phone and made it lose it's connection to "searching...../no signal" :D

    He was holding the phone in one position for 2-3 secs and then moving his hands... it takes a good 30sec to minute hold without moving hands to make it lose from 5 bars to no connection.....

    you'll need to count to 30sec when on the phone ..... no issue really... I am sure they'll make an app for that soon... remind me to move my hands app.... lmfao...


    :D

    I am sure they'll secretly fix the problem...I'll get one then.... :D
     
  4. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

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    Simply because you can see a tower does not mean:

    1) it is the cell tower you are using,

    2) it is an AT&T cell tower

    3) it is a cell tower at all.
     
  5. rotobadger thread starter macrumors 65816

    rotobadger

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    Held my hand over the bottom left corner while covering the antenna in that area as well. Full 60 seconds. Solid 5 bars remained.

    -Badger
     
  6. rotobadger thread starter macrumors 65816

    rotobadger

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    Point taken. Regardless, the signal here is rock solid and, since it is a VERY small town, I just assumed it was the tower.

    Unless you're right about #3. It could be the water tower. It says "Welcome to Waycross on it".


    :p J/K
     
  7. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020

    TroyBoy30

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    ive sat here and held it left handed for 5 minutes and went from 5 bars to 4. did the same thing at work and went from 3 bars to 2. I could hold the phone left handed all day or even place a key to connect the antennas and it would never lose signal
     

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