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Some iPhone 4 buyers have solved the handset's infamous "Death Grip" reception problems by taping, cutting, shaving, or re-seating its SIM card. Considering third-party examinations of the reception issues by the likes of Anandtech and Consumer Reports, such fixes don't quite stand up to logic, and many users claim the fixes don …

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Anonymous Coward

Serves apple right...

... for insisting on that obviously-too-small micro SIM format.

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As always, the answer is ...

... duct tape.

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Coat

You know what they say?

If it can't be duck'd, then it's really... beyond repair

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Hmm

The only difference I can see between an iPhone with an Apple or third-party case applied and a "regular" plastic phone with an internal antenna is that I can optionally remove or replace the case on the iPhone while the plastic casing on the other phone is fixed to it forever.

I think the proximity sensor issue is worse.

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Headmaster

ISO 7816 Pinout

Did no one think to look at the SIM card footprint ?

The top two pads as shown in the article photo are VCC / +V (left) and GND / 0V (right) so if there is a short to the socket that could be a +V to 0V short which would likely cause huge problems; whether +V is direct to battery / internal PSU or to a controller pin delivering power only when needed.

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They should try demagnetizing

Always worked with vinyl records and CDs and stuff...

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Alien

iTrek

Has no-one tried reversing the polarity yet??

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Boffin

New Fault..

Well if you ask me the sim shorting on the carrier is just another fault for the list.. whether it helps with the antenna issue or not, it should not happen. but obviously I'm just an iHater so feel free to ignore^H flame me. So there is obviously nothing wrong with the phone cos it still looks great and costs a lot!

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Jobs Horns

It just works. NOT.

It just works .... with a considerable bit of fking about.

HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAAAA

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Pint

Aw give over!

"Where do you want to go today?"

Back to the shop for a refund on WIndows 7 for XP? Well you can't 'cos we couldn't give a toss if it doesn't work on your sad old hardware! LOL!

"Free to download and free to use!"

Free to waste a whole day installing it only to find out your hardware isn't actually supported, but you only found after spending 3 hours on the free forums with the freetards berating you 'cos you don't understand the free O/S yet!

"Android is the answer!"

I know iPhone is made by a nasty corp, all greedy and couldn't care less about the punters so I will go with Android. So remind me, who backs Android development again?

See, it's easy to find fault with most things if you try....

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Stop

a simpler solution...

walk into shop.

plonk iphone (boxed) on desk.

ask for money back.

walk out.

buy large stash of porn.

have enjoyable few hours.

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You BUY porn?

Have you heard of the internet?

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@Darren Barratt

8 and 3 are not the same point. By pictures in 3 he means photos and by glass on 8 he means screen. Both have been documented.

As it is I don't have any of the mentioned issues with mine.

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Megaphone

Perhaps someone up high has dropped an Apple...

Strange. This fall from paradise occurred right after the discovery their new user agreement showed us they intend to share your GPS locations with partners. Could this be a warning from other realms?

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Does short-circuiting the SIM drop your call

- without raising the "stupid antenna" question?

By the way, to what extent, when you grip the antenna, do you BECOME the antenna?

Was the point about other phones having an antenna in the base, to reduce the measured microwave power just next to the ear? Which I agree is not shown to be a meaningful hazard.

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@Marcus dubious

<sigh> FFS...

Lose - be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something).

Loose - not firmly or tightly fixed in place.

Any chance you'll learn the difference?

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Anonymous Coward

It just borks

innit

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So. The Jesus Phone..

...is now cured by homeopathy.

I'd have used smoke and mirrors myself, less time to prepare.

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Jobs Horns

Bullocks

At the very least, Apple should just publicly admit the design flaws and give away the damned rubber bumper as opposed to selling it to customers to correct an issue with a clearly and obviously faulty product. At the most, Apple should publicly admit to the product faults and issue a full recall. Slight of hand trickery isn't fooling the majority of the public on these design flaws. That quite simply is what they are. Design flaws. Customers shouldn't have to seek their own solutions to fix product design flaws. The company that made the products needs to deal with it, admit the faults, and fix the problem.

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FAIL

I made this

http://www.judasphone.com

I am collecting artwork if anyone has any.

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