Seth Meyers on SNL got it right...it's about the calls.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by elgrecomac, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    As a frustrated iphone owner, it is great to see that the issue with the iphone is not the 100,000 apps that no one uses...the average is about 10...but, rather that the iphone, AS A PHONE, is extremely weak due to Apple's good friends at ATT. In New York, San Francisco, San Diego and countless other areas, dropped calls are the norm, no signal is the norm...but I do have 10 cool apps.

    Bravo SNL!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmgKDvWdi6o
     
  2. Surely Guest

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    I rarely have trouble making phone calls with my 3GS. So......... meh.
     
  3. MEJHarrison macrumors 6502a

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    I very rarely have issues where I live. Of course for me it's all about the apps. I probably use mine as a phone for less than an hour a month. And if I stopped calling my wife, that would drop to about 5-10 minutes a month.

    So it's NOT about the calls. At least not for everyone.
     
  4. elgrecomac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well...

    Lucky you. But a VERY LARGE part of the iPhone owning public is more than frustrated with ATT performance. Dropped calls or no signals in major metropolitan areas....like New York City and San Francisco were the fuel for the joke on SNL. And ATT acknowledged they had a problem LAST January and said they were going to fix it ASAP. To quote SNL...really? Really? REALLY? :eek:
     
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You base this on what? These forums? The sqeaky wheels?
     
  6. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    Whenever I travel to NY, I always notice that data speeds are very slow, but I don't have much trouble making calls. Maybe it's just me. I've been with AT&T/Cingular since 2002 though, so maybe it's just that I've grown used to them. I still say that if the phone moves to Verizon, they'll begin to see the same types of problems. The iPhone itself is a data hog and gunks up the network.
     
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    +1. I am honestly starting to think the antenna in the iPhone is just weak. Next to other AT&T serviced phones in my house, the iPhone has the weakest signal, consistently.

    We actually switched from Sprint to AT&T because it got service in our house (due to a special insulation, signal strength is hard to come by), we have no home phone and rely on cell phones. My dad can actually leave his cell phone on the charger next to his bed in the back of the house and we will hear it ring, I can be in the kitchen full of windows and close to them and see "No Service" regularly.

    Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone 3G but it is starting to make me wonder if AT&T is solely to blame or if other things were a priority and Apple just didn't quite get the antenna right.
     
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Maybe he based it on... Consumer Reports? Many press articles?

    Or perhaps the ATT CEO himself admitting it? After his speech, ATT even gave out a press release noting the LARGE effect:

    So no, it's not just complaints on these forums.
     
  10. pintnight macrumors 6502

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    I have never got a dropped called or not being able to make a phone call.

    The iPhone is working perfectly.
     
  11. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Exactly. I have never had a dropped call that wasn't due to traveling into a rural dead zone. I don't live in NYC, but I've never had problems when I visit. Without a doubt my iPhone gets better reception and has better call quality than any previous phone (Nokia, Motorola, LG, Samsung) I've owned (all of them on Cingular or AT&T).
     
  12. cecoleman macrumors regular

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    Yea I don't get it either. I have an iPhone in the South Bend, Indiana area and my coverage has been fantastic. I don't recall losing any calls yet either in the six weeks I have had my phone. The data also has been fast and reliable. So it's just those big cities and deserts that must be affected. This tells me it's not the phone just an over populated network.
     
  13. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Good for Seth. I'm betting Apple's getting angrier and angrier about this every day. This kind of exposure only pushes them more.

    I sure hope they drop this exclusive contract in the U.S as soon as they are legally able to. I'm getting darned close to 50% of my calls being dropped these days.
     
  14. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure Apple is fuming over this right now. This is a bad kind of label. I don't know when the exclusivity is over next year but there is guaranteed to be a CDMA phone once it does end.
     
  15. w00master macrumors 65816

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    Here come the apologists...


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  16. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    I have yet to have an issue, and so have the majority of my friends, in different states.

    If I had to guess I would say its about 8-10% of total iphone users that have "sporatic" issues. People that have problems constantly, go buy another phone. Vote with your wallet, not your online forum account.
     
  17. w00master macrumors 65816

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    Wow... a brilliant scientific survey...

    :rolleyes:

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  18. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    This may be true for the areas you & your friends live but the areas with the most users are in NYC & SF. I have no idea what the percentages are but it is ridiculous for any carrier to have poor coverage in two extremely large markets. It is simply ineptness.

    It's also not that simple to vote with your wallet. People like the iPhone, invest money in apps and are tied to two year contracts. The fault will lie with Apple if they don't listen to their customers and provide an alternate solution. The fault should lie with AT&T since they can't get their act together despite having a popular & exclusive phone while using GSM which ishas advantages that CDMA does not have.
     
  19. Leet Apple macrumors 6502a

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    That gave me a laugh this problem is more of the IPhone users in America , me living in Canada have not droppped a call besides once being the basement of my school and had 1 bar.
     
  20. jkimbro0316 macrumors regular

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    Thank you! It's good to know that I'm not the only one that doesn't have any problems with my iPhone. A lot of people talk about terrible reception with AT&T but I've yet to have a single problem with their network and I travel quite a bit.
     
  21. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    probably the infeneon radio chip. for the 3G there was an issue in some cities with almost constant failed calls until apple fixed it in 2.2. my inlaws have been on AT&T since June and never complained about the service with their cheapo Samsung A237 phones. could also be a regional thing since no carrier owns all their towers. a lot of the cell towers are owned by third party operators with most of the LTE towers going this way. everyone runs different equipment and it could be the iphone electronics having problems with some towers and not others

    my wife had something similar on VZW. out of 3 phones, the middle one had horrible reception. the first and third ones were always 5 bars almost everywhere
     
  22. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    Is there any proof, or reasonable theory, that another network wouldn't suffer the same struggles as AT&T has in these markets if they had the exclusive rights to the iPhone? That's not an "apologist" mindset, or apple fan boyism, I personally couldn't care less whether Apple or AT&T looks bad in this to tell you the truth.. It appears there's an issue in those areas, so as opposed to looking to blame someone I wonder if any carrier would have produced different results..

    I've seen the data numbers and the iPhone increased data usage (particularly in San Fran & NYC) at just a mind boggling number.. There's reason to believe that no carrier would have been able to handle a spike like that smoothly.. It makes sense..

    Like I said, I don't care either way but there's no denying that the iPhone changed the cell phone industry- specifically that amount of data thats being used on a regular basis.. I don't know that any carrier prior to the iPhone even imagined this let alone had a network set-up to handle it in place..
     
  23. ruinfx macrumors 6502a

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    sure, the iphone increased the amount of data being used on at&ts network. thats fine. back when it come out, you would expect that the network would be pushed to the limit and performance would be negatively impacted. however, the issue is that at&t has done very little with the boat loads of money they have made to actually improve their network. instead, the money has been pocketed and customers have suffered.
     
  24. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    I live in San Diego (right in the city). I have had an iPhone since day one. I have had 3 or 4 dropped calls in that whole time.

    I had a Sprint phone and had dropped calls every day previous to my iPhone.

    ATT is way better than Sprint here (in my experiance).
     
  25. firewood macrumors 604

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    Why would Apple be fuming over this huge amount of very hip free PR?

    You may well end up out-of-the-loop at social gatherings, unless you too can complain about dropped calls with your iPhone.
     

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