Verizon iPhone 4 Cellular Signal Strength Also Affected By ‘Death Grip’; Wi-Fi Reception Affected By ‘Death Hug’

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4. They have also noticed that Wi-Fi reception is affected when the Verizon iPhone is held in a different position referred to as the “death hug” something that hasn’t been observed on the GSM iPhone 4.
As seen in this Verizon iPhone 4 antenna attenuation video, the CDMA iPhone 4 can still lose substantial cellular signal strength when held in the prior “death grip” position, as well as Wi-Fi signal when held in a different position, in each case noticeably slowing or completely stalling the reception of data.
The problem with Wi-Fi reception appears when the device is held snugly in landscape orientation with two hands, a position common when playing games or using the widescreen keyboard. Prior to the Verizon iPhone 4’s launch, sources told iLounge to be on the lookout for the issue, which was being referred to as the ‘death hug.”
Last year, Apple held a special conference to discuss the iPhone 4 antenna problem after it received a lot of negative publicity and
. Apple ’s CEO Steve Jobs claimed that every smartphone lose signal strength if you hold it in a certain way and it is not something unique to
. Apple had provided the following explanation:
The opposite of amplification, attenuation happens whenever a signal is obstructed. All antennas — including television, radio, GPS, and cellular antennas — can experience attenuation. And with most antennas, the density and composition of the human hand can cause attenuation to a greater degree than some other materials. On a mobile phone, signal loss typically occurs when your hand attenuates the most sensitive part of the antenna. In the photos and videos below, we demonstrate how different grips cause attenuation on many popular smartphones — including iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS
Apple had also demonstrated how smartphones like RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC’s Droid Eric, Samsung’s Omnia II lose signal strength when you grip them in a certain way. But to address the situation and to ensure that its customers are happy, Apple had announced
who had purchased their phones by September 2010. After reviewing the situation again in September 2010,
as it believed that iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue was even smaller than it originally thought.
but as iLounge points out the issue is not noticeable in areas with stronger signal strength and can be fixed by using a case.
Have you observed the issue on your Verizon iPhone ? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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