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Verizon iPhone 4 Still Has Antenna Issues

It seems as if the problems that have plagued the GSM version of Apple iPhone 4 have come back to haunt the Verizon iPhone 4 handset despite apparent modifications to the original design.

Charles Starrett of iLounge (opens in new tab) conducted a number of performance tests on the iPhone 4 and found out that the phone still suffered from signal attenuation issues like the first iPhone 4.

The issue seems to affect both Wi-Fi signal (when held snugly with both hands as mentioned by iLounge) and the mobile phone signal strength (using the death grip). iLounge stuck to the same benchmark variables for the CDMA iPhone 4 and the GSM version and the issues appeared at the same geographic location as for the iPhone 4, indoors.

Using a protective case seems to fix the antenna issue as well and signal attenuation may be inconspicuous in areas where signal is stronger. Expect more customer complaints to emerge as the first Verizon iPhone 4 are delivered as from the 10th of February.

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.