The industrial design of Apple’s iPhone 4 was announced with much fanfare, including the efficient and attractive-looking stainless steel rim that doubles as an antenna.The launch of iPhone 4 in 2010 created a buzz all over the internet as mobile phone users yearned to own the new technology. However, just like other products in the market, this phone was reviewed and tested by consumers and it was discovered that many people experienced.
Unfortunately, when held a certain way reception issues become a problem.This mostly happened when the users placed their fingers or hand over the antenna on the left side of the phone, thus affecting the network coverage. iPhone 4 reception problems were serious, especially for people living in areas with low network coverage.If you have been experiencing these reception problems, then you do not have to worry anymore because this issue can be fixed by following simple guidelines.
1) Buying an External Case
Buy a case or skin. Cases will prevent your hand from connecting with the antenna and causing dropped calls or slow data transfer speeds. Apple made news when it announced the iPhone 4 Bumper, which covers the metal band with plastic. This also made news with conspiracy theorists, who thought Apple might have entered the case market simply to cover up the antenna problem.Apple sells these cases but a variety of options can be found in almost any mall or electronic store.
2) Balancing Your Hand
According to research, the majority of people experiencing this reception problem normally use their left hands to hold the iPhone. It is recommended that you use your right hand whenever you hold the device. This is obviously a greater challenge for left-handed people.Steve Jobs himself called the problem a “non-issue” and reportedly e-mailed a user not to hold it that way. The official Apple line:
“Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”
3) Using Tape
This sounds odd but most consumers who have tried this method accept the fact that it really helps in solving the reception problems. Apply a piece of tape at the bottom left corner of the iPhone. You can use gaffer’s tape to make the phone look elegant and also prevent the possibility of leaving behind a sticky mess.
4) Remove the SIM Card
This problem can also be solved by simply removing the SIM card and reinstating it again. However, generally users don’t prefer this method because it is tiresome and irritating when the device is opened and closed frequently. Some people also claim that they lose their phone’s settings when they remove the SIM card.
According to reports, Apple could release an iOS update as early as July 5. Steve Jobs was quoted in another email stating, “There are no reception issues. Stay Tuned.” This has added to speculation that a software fix is in the works that will solve the problem.