The iPhone 4 has perfect reception, what are you talking about?

As per Steve Jobs, there is nothing wrong with the reception on the iPhone 4. You’re just holding the phone wrong. All of us, who have had iPhones for several years, have been holding them wrong this whole time. It all makes sense now!

Depending on how you hold your iPhone 4 during calls you may or may not notice your reception drop. Some haven’t seen it at all, but many users have definitely experienced it while browsing, emailing or using apps. Some think it has a bit to do with your initial reception and people in stronger coverage areas are affected less. But they’re also pretty sure — and Apple confirms it — that touching the antenna does affect things — whether or not it has the final result of killing calls or speed of data connection.

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.With our past devices, the antenna performance when the phone was held in a certain way didn’t seem to be an issue or stand out in particular. But with the iPhone 4 we’re definitely seeing an effect, particularly when using data or tapping away on our on-screen keyboards.

This is all becoming clearer and clearer! Apple has explained that the iPhone 4 reception issues end when people just plain stop holding their devices the wrong way. 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.This explanation does fit with the user reportsthat have been sent, but the solution isn’t exactly comfortable. It’s awkward to avoid touching the antenna points on the iPhone — especially because the glass on the phone’s back and front is extremely slippery. The bottom portion of the phone just seems like a natural place to hold the iPhone 4 in order to avoid dropping the gadget. The additional problem is that when you hold a phone for data usage — browsing or apps or email — you’re going to almost have to touch the bottom and sides at the same time. Especially in landscape mode. This is a major problem for smartphones.

There are solutions to this, however. Using a case for the phone, which you should do anyhow, will help you in not making contact with the antennae bands. Fortunately you will only have to shell out about another $30 for such a case, for a problem that Apple should have initially addressed.

Some folks report that they’ve successfully rid themselves of reception issues by wrapping a rubber band or wristband around their iPhones. It’s not exactly a great solution as you have to cut holes into the band in order to access the charging port or volume-toggle—not to mention that all your buttons are constantly pressed down. It’s a cheap solution though and simple enough to use in a pinch. Just be careful that you don’t accidentally fling your iPhone across your room like some did while trying to test this solution.

Alternatively, the easiest way is just to not hold the phone at all. If all else fails, you can just plain avoid touching your iPhone. Use a rubber band to attach it to your head, leave it speaker phone, use a headset, use the included earbuds, or learn to levitate it. It’s an awful solution, but it’s there as a very last resort.

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It's an awesome ride. =-)