Looks like Apple’s tryst with the Antennagate fiasco is far from over. Consumer reports, which had last year said that it could not recommend the then newly launched iPhone to consumers due to its reception issues has in a damning new report also blamed the new CDMA iPhone model to suffer from a similar issue.
The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.
If you were in a cave for the past year or so let us remind you that the “death grip” issue triggers when the user holds the iPhone in a way that covers the antenna band, located on the bottom of the left side of the phone. Apple’s solution back then included shipping free cases for all those who were affected by the problem – and a much more simpler way which asked iPhone users to “hold their phone right!”
Anyway, with the CDMA iPhone 4, while most people thought that the attenuation issues might have been sorted, if we are to go by Consumer Reports’ studies, all is still not well.
The special tests were all carried out in the controlled environment of CU’s radio-frequency isolation chamber at our National Research and Testing Center in Yonkers, NY. In this room, which blocks interference from outside signals, our test engineers mounted each phone on a stand and established a continuous signal connection to our base-station emulator, a device that simulates the signals phones receive in the field. We then placed a finger to each phone in a range of locations around its edge, and monitored any changes to the phone’s performance at each position.
The tests conclude that the iPhone was the only phone affected by placing a finger around the outer band of the phone.
For the same reason, Consumer Reports has like its older, GSM variant, not placed the Verizon iPhone in its list of recommended smartphones for its subscribers. This, even after it passed with flying colors in most other categories.
Verizon iPhone user? You might want to let us know if things are really as bad as the report makes it out to be.