iPhone 4: Back To Waiting
The other day I was all set to stop by the local Apple Store and pull the trigger on an iPhone 4, but recent news gives me more reason to pause.
First, renewed concerns of the reception issue. MG Siegler of TechCrunch mentions at ParisLemon (careful to mention he can only speak for his iPhone) says the antenna issue is definitely real. And the specific, troubling part: “this problem does seem to affect data as well.”
Spotty reception on phone calls is one thing – am sadly, already used to that because of AT&T. But data is a bigger deal in my case.
Digging a little deeper into Walt Mossberg’s iPhone 4 review:
However, on at least six occasions during my tests, the new iPhone was either reporting “no service” or searching for a network while the old one, held in my other hand, was showing at least a couple of bars. Neither Apple nor AT&T could explain this. The iPhone 4 quickly recovered in these situations, showing service after a few seconds, but it was still troubling.
And lastly an engineer friend who got an iPhone 4 on the first day confirmed reception problems.
Then there’s the resurrection of the iPhone on Verizon rumor, this time coming from Bloomberg. Yes, this rumor pops up like clockwork every year, but it has revived my previous gut feeling that something sneaky is going on with AT&T – they’re in a last-ditch move to lock as many people in to new two year contracts before year’s end, when competition arrives.
I’d like to upgrade to a new iPhone, but am waffling back to “when.” Waiting a few weeks isn’t going to kill me.