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Infineon Chip Causing iPhone 3G To Drop Calls says report

A research report from Nomura indicated the possibility of an Infineon chip being at the heart of the complaints related to Apple new iPhone 3G.

The new iPhone has been plagued by issues related to drop calls and UMTS connection problems with most of the complaints originating from dense urban areas.

Many users have mentioned about inconsistent internet speeds on their iPhone which tends to switch back to slower networks even in 3G areas.

Infineon has refused to comment on the issue however it has mentioned that its chips haven’t experienced similar problems in other handsets including those made by Samsung.

Richard Windsor an Analyst with Nomura wrote in a report that the 3G Cellular chip made by Infineon is likely to be the cause with flawed software on the chip preventing the iPhone to effortlessly switch between 3G and lower speed networks.

Incidentally Businessweek has reported that Apple may attempt to solve the problem through a software upgrade in near future.

Though these complaints may hurt Apple, no long term damage to it reputation is expected as major handset makers including likes of Nokia had earlier experienced issues while 3G networks were initially rolled out in Europe.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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 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.