First of all, the ‘grip of death!’ was not a complete shock.  Based on my testing on the iphone 3 looking at the various ways reception can be compromised, I had a feeling that having the antenna on the outside could be an issue.  And lo and behold.. It does. So, can software along fix… Read More


The new iphone4 not only does not seem to significantly improve reception, but hold it the wrong way and it make is it worse.… Read More


As all iphone users have experienced, I get my fair share of dropped calls.  Actually, live in the the San Francisco / San Jose Bay area, I get more then my share. I wrote about ways to reduce dropped calls back in 2009 as a response. So when I saw the new antenna layout for… Read More


Gizmodo posted a report today where they tested the various major cell carriers in 12 major cities. As they pointed out, they were not testing dropped calls, or customer service, or sound quality or anything like that.  Also they did not go into a street by street coverage check, so CLEARLY your mileage will very.  What they were looking… Read More


That’s right kiddies!  Your iPhone just does not do it anymore eh?  Since upgrading to 3.0 you have seen worse performance and even worse battery life since 3.1? (more on that here) Dropped calls eh?  MMS coming in WAY late?  Missed a call… 4 hours ago?  Well, there is a fix to all this.. short… Read More


As I reported a few months back, I noticed an uptick on dropped calls and overall poorer performance when I upgraded from 2.x to 3.0. Basically it felt like the phone reverted to the same performance levels before the 2.1 upgrade.  So I hoped it was a simple visioning error and the 3.0.1 would take… Read More


I’m not holding my breadth though. Since the 3.0 update, I have had more issues with dropped calls and poor cell performance. I’m not the only one to see it.  Since my first post on this issue, I have received quite a few comments from people experiencing the same thing, and tips to help reduce… Read More


I wrote this article for iphoneLife over 1/2 a year ago.  For those who remember before the 2.1 update on the 3G, dropped calls was a continual pain.  Well, I’m not sure what the story is; or if its just odd coincidence, I and others have been having issues with dropped calls once we did… Read More


I really do not understand this.  But for some reason, I’ve been dropping more calls, and the quality of my calls seems to have degraded.  I when I first upgraded, I tried to make a call and it sounded noisy like I had an analog connection.  At first I thought perhaps since the baseband was… Read More


I’ve talked about this before, using the iphone field test to get numbers instead of bars to see what kind of reception you are getting on your phone. When I checked my phone before 2.1, I used to get -99 to -107 db on my couch. Once I updated to 2.1, I was still getting… Read More


If you are on the edge of reception, these steps will help.. Turn off 3G – like I have not said that enough. Put the phone down.  Holding the phone reducing reception.  Use handsfree or a headset. Wired headset preferably. Plug it in.  The iphone works better both because the cable is attached and the… Read More


Everyone has been talking about it, and I’m one of those guys who can personally attest, the iphone 3G is just not as good as the first one. I’ve ranted about this before, and have even stopped using the 3G because it is simply not worth the hassle. Well, seems like we may get a… Read More