Consumer Reports: Non-Recommendation for iPhone!

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Here’s a little gossip tidbit for you regarding Apple: Consumer Reports has issued what they call a non-recommendation for the iPhone 4. Apparently, the “bumper giveaway” policy is not user friendly for consumers and does not fix the root issues. When the iPhone 4 launched, there were issues with the antennae from the get-go. People who bought the phone complained that the signal would go in and out for no apparent reason. It turned out that the issue arose whenever bare skin came into contact with the exterior rim of the antenna. Addendum: Consumer Reports DOES support using jailbreak software to unlock iPhones as they consider it to provide a better value for the consumer. Particularly, they recommend that you should jailbreak 3G iPhones to get the most bang for your buck.

Apple, as well as consumer reports, have carried out tests, and determined that when a hand or finger touches a certain place on the left hand side of the iPhone, the signal can weaken considerably and you can sometimes lose your signal completely. It is for this reason that consumer reports has give the “non-recommendation” to the iPhone.

Apple created what they called a “bumper” after receiving numerous complaints. The bumper was supposed to be a guard so that skin would not contact the antenna. However, they have now discontinued the free bumper giveaway and will begin charging for them on September 30th. This was a further reason that Consumer Reports is not backing the iPhone 4.

The Apple company is trying to dig their way out the hole that this has put them into, and hopefully they will keep on trying to solve the problem. Clearly, though, this was an unforeseen design flaw. Sales of the phones do not seem to have dipped though, and apparently the new iPhone is outselling all previous versions. Even when you consider the flaw, the increased functionality that you get when you use jailbreak software to unlock the phone kind of makes up for any hiccups in the hardware.

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