Why I blame at&t OR the software

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rye9, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. rye9 macrumors 65816

    rye9

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    Okay, well here in my house, we have an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.0.1 and an iPhone 3G with iOS 4.0.0.

    The software update, in my understanding, more accurately depicts signal strength in the respect that the 5th bar now covers a whole lot less range... leaving the lower bars relatively the same. (judging by a recent graphic on the rumor site)

    Now, when the iPhone 3G was updated from iPhone OS 3.x.x to iOS 4.0, it was around then I feel that a drop in signal occurred. I used to have full bars, then only reported a consistent 3 or 4, if lucky. Judging by this, I feel that perhaps this was a coincidence and maybe for some reason the At&t coverage in my area took a drop. My friend on Spring also noted a month ago or so he began receiving a much weaker signal, so maybe the towers in my area for everyone are screwing up for some reason.

    If the towers are not the case, though.. then I have no choice but to blame the iOS software, not the iPhone antenna. As SJ put it today a few hours ago, ALL phones suffer from signal attenuation and I fully support that. But the fact that the iPhone 3G started reporting lower bars BEFORE the iOS 4.0.1 update (which theoretically will give people a less 'optimistic' reading) makes me wonder if the iOS 4.x.x software right now itself is hurting signal, but I feel if this were a widespread issue then Apple would know about the software being buggy right now, which leads me to believe my coverage just took a beating for some reason because I don't feel many reported worse signal strength after the iOS 4.0.0 update.

    So I don't know how to make sense of this... I really think that the new software is causing the issues and for the experimental reasons I listed above, and that the iPhone 4 itself only has the major issue of the proximity sensor flaw.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Yeah - how about the idea that the iPhone, compared to other cell phones also has a weaker radio. Also a distinct possibility.
     
  3. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    ios 3- connects you to the closest tower, ios 4 connects you to the tower with the least traffic.
     
  4. rye9 thread starter macrumors 65816

    rye9

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    That could very well be it, then. I still wish there would be less dropped calls. I can live with a weaker signal if it's connecting to a more distant tower, but having more dropped calls is bothersome. Or at least better call quality (see this video for what I specifically mean regarding the antenna's correlation to quality.
     
  5. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Complete nonsense.

    The phone has no control over which "tower" it connects to. The network decides that.

    If it was this simple, Apple would have implemented such a fix.

    This possibility has been tossed around for over three weeks, but now that Apple has clearly spoken on the issue and not used this fix, I think we can say it's not possible.
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Wrong. Apple made a few changes to iOS 4. This is one of them.
     

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