Consumer Reports: Verizon iPhone has antenna issue
On the first day that the popular iPhone was available at Verizon stores, Chris Cioban, manager of the Verizon store in Beachwood, Ohio, holds up an iPhone on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) By Amy Sancetta
SEATTLE (AP) -- Consumers Reports says the iPhone that works on Verizon Wireless' network has a similar problem to the original. If the phone is held in a certain way, it could cause dropped calls or problems dialing out.
Consumer Reports tested the Verizon iPhone 4 and found that covering tiny gaps in the metal band surrounding the phone's edge causes "meaningful decline in performance."
In conditions where cell signal is weak, the iPhone 4 would drop calls when the user covered the gaps by holding the phone in a specific -- but natural -- way.
Consumer Reports conducted similar tests last summer on the iPhone 4 that runs on AT&T Inc.'s networks. In both cases, the publication has decided not to include the phone on its list of recommended smart phones.
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