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Apple iPhone 4 for Verizon has same antenna problem as AT&T version, says Consumer Reports

February 25, 2011 |  1:46 pm

Iphone Consumer Reports didn’t like the antenna on the original iPhone 4, and it’s bashing the Verizon version of the phone for the same reason.

Reviewers found that the Verizon Wireless-connected device, released earlier this month, has a similar problem with dropped calls that the AT&T iPhone did.

In areas with a weak signal, users who block the tiny gap in the lower left side of the metal band surrounding the phone can experience connectivity issues, according to a Consumer Reports blog post. Palming the phone, a natural position, can cause the problem, typically within 15 seconds.

As it did with the AT&T version in July, reviewers said they didn’t recommend the Verizon iPhone 4. But they said that using the phone with a case alleviates the problem and that the product “performs superbly in most other respects.”

Consumer Reports engineers ran the same lab tests they use on other smart phones, throwing in a few extra ones that they developed after the initial round of dropped-call complaints.

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