iPhone 4: Back To Waiting

July 1, 2010

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 issueMG 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.


  1. Dave says:

    Yeah I’m holding off too mainly b/c of this lingering antenna issue (and I’m a lefty like you), the Verizon rumors and largely because of the iPad.

    The latter is because I mostly use the iPad as my home leisure device and the iPhone mostly gets neglected except when I step out and then my pokey 3G still works well enough for most of the basic reference/informational tasks I need it to perform. Even with the iPhone 4 at home, I feel like it will play 2nd fiddle to the iPad.

    Of course, if they had iPhones in stock, I would have already purchased one when I went down to the Union Square store earlier in the week.