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Will weak signals nail iPhone?

Wil Harris reported yesterday in the latest TWIT.tv podcast (opens in new tab) that his iPhone has suffered from weak signal receptions.

He did an empirical test - using different O2 phones and different networks - to find out whether it was the phone or the network which was to blame and found out that the iPhone was the culprit.

And he's not alone. Lawlbaker2 has started a thread on his poor signal strength on Apple Discussions (opens in new tab), the official Apple user forum, and after one day, received nearly 150 replies and several thousands of views.

Some feedbacks he received on the thread indicate that there might be a defective batch of iPhones; something that Harris suggested as well.

Others like Jia10 posit that this might be a software issue that can be solved by an update.

He and Lawlbaker 2 also found out that the strength of the signal was boosted when the iPhone was placed on its dock, even if the latter is not connected to anything else.

Computerworld wrote that Apple and O2 (opens in new tab) have both been informed of the problem although O2 denied any problems with its network.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.