It looks like the iPhone 4 reception problems are not going away quietly.
Richard Gaywood—Ph.D in wireless network planning from Cardiff University ran various tests that analyzed the network throughput of the device and concluded: “The iPhone 4 is a fantastic device but a lousy phone“.
The resulting data was clear under both situations: There is a performance penalty when you hold your iPhone with your bare hand, independently of the bars displayed. When the signal is very strong, the impact is less noticeable. When the signal is weaker (chart above), the problem could stop communications altogether, like have been demonstrated already for both internet access and voice calls.
Gary also claims that, from his experience, it doesn’t feel like a software fault to him. He says that he is waiting for a formal response from Apple, thinking that “there’s some deeper problem here”.
According to Gizmodo, the tests results show what thousands of iPhone 4 buyers have been complaining about – that the iPhone 4 suffers from a design problem that affects the core functionality of the phone: Make calls and receive data. This is something that Apple has chosen to deny rather than address.
The Law Suits Begin
Trust Americans, the first iPhone 4 class action suit against Apple and AT&T has been filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The lawsuit focus on the antenna design problems, making several claims:
- General Negligence (APPLE and AT&T)
- Defect in Design, Manufacture, and Assembly (APPLE)
- Breach of Express Warranty (APPLE)
- Breach of Implied Warranty for Merchantability (APPLE and AT&T)
- Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose (APPLE and AT&T)
- Deceptive Trade Practices (APPLE and AT&T)
- Intentional Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
- Negligent Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
- Fraud by Concealment (APPLE and AT&T)
Thousands of iPhone 4 users have reported reception and transmission problems in different countries around the world, which resulted in loss of internet connections and voice call drops and voice quality degradation. Other tests have demonstrated the antenna problems since then.
There is another iPhone 4 class action lawsuit said to be in the works. More suits may yet pop up.