Apple iPhone 4 for Verizon has same antenna problem as AT&T version, says Consumer Reports


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Consumer Reports didn’t like the antenna on the original iPhone 4, and it’s bashing the Verizon version of the phone for the same reason.

Reviewers found that the Verizon Wireless-connected device, released earlier this month, has a similar problem with dropped calls that the AT&T iPhone did.


In areas with a weak signal, users who block the tiny gap in the lower left side of the metal band surrounding the phone can experience connectivity issues, according to a Consumer Reports blog post. Palming the phone, a natural position, can cause the problem, typically within 15 seconds.

As it did with the AT&T version in July, reviewers said they didn’t recommend the Verizon iPhone 4. But they said that using the phone with a case alleviates the problem and that the product “performs superbly in most other respects.”

Consumer Reports engineers ran the same lab tests they use on other smart phones, throwing in a few extra ones that they developed after the initial round of dropped-call complaints.


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