iPhone 4 Problems: Do you have reception issues?

By Peter Chubb - Jun 24, 2010

Today is a big day for Apple, as it is the launch day for their iPhone 4. We picked up on a couple of issues earlier – one concerning the line segregation and the other about possible yellowish discoloration appearing on that new Retina display of theirs. However, we have just learned of another problem, this time with its reception.

Devindra Hardawar from VentureBeat has been explaining how some people were losing reception when they held the antenna band on the fourth-generation iPhone in a certain way. You can see this happening in the video that we have posted for you below.

Gizmodo has also seen this problem, 16 readers said that they also had this same problem. Apple is aware of this screen issue and has already given customers new units, but they have yet to acknowledge this problem with poor reception.

However, as owners were still able to make and receive calls it could just be a software glitch. Do you have the same issue? Please share this information with our readers.

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  • Barbara

    I have no reception, no bars, 'searching', at my house. Have reset the network a few times, At&T have tried something on their side, I have removed the SIM card…it is pitiful..HELP

  • Joe

    Poor reception and the calls keep dropping, however the reception is fine if I don't touch the phone! plus battery life is diabolical once you start using a couple of apps!
    I think I will try wearing surgical gloves and see if that cures the problem.

  • Steve

    I have an iPhone 4. Using the death grip kills my reception and drops my current call. Completely repeatable.

  • shaun

    i bought mine today and so did my friend, we both noticed a loss of reception when held in our hands. mine even loses reception with a black bumper cover on it.

  • Chris

    Queued from 4.00am and got a 32GB iPhone 4 this morning. Wasn't long before the excitement faded. Every time I make a call and hold the phone in my left hand, it kills the phone signal and often loses the connection. Its almost unusable unless you only use it as a speaker phone without holding it! Anddd…. the phone has had a complete black-screen lock up requiring a full hard reset! Clearly the iPhone 4 isn't fully debugged yet.

  • Michelle

    I was one of the luck ones to have received my phone on the 23rd. I've had no problems–reception, yellow screen, etc. By the way, I'm a lefty and hold the phone in my right hand.

  • Actually, not only that. It appears today, that the so-called gorilla glass of that glorious 'sapphire crystal' display of the iPhone 4 isn't so tough at all!