Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

Summary: The iPhone 4 launched with record sales and a slew of complementary reviews. However, the alleged antenna problems have developed into major publicity crisis. Has it affected your buying decision? Take our poll.

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The Apple iPhone 4 launched with long lines, record sales, and a slew of complementary reviews. However, the tide turned against the iPhone 4 in recent weeks as the alleged antenna problems escalated into a full-blown publicity crisis.

We'd like to know if the bad press about the iPhone 4 has affected your plans to get one. Take the poll and then leave your comments in the discussion below.

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Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

    No matter what the Apple folks say there are hardware and software problems with the iPhone 4. My family has three iPhone 2 3Gs and 1 3GS. They are great phones but Apple screwed up on this one. Would like to get a new one but Apple needs to admit then fix the problems first.
    Joe Dufflebag
    • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

      @Joe Dufflebag - Add my three family plan iPhones I was planning to get to the list of non-sales. I'm glad I was waiting for a white one. Now I'm waiting for a white one that doesn't have so many issues. I'm giving my old brain-dead 3G a reprieve.
      Schoolboy Bob
  • Hated to do it, but I returned my iPhone

    I hated to do it, but I returned my iPhone 4 to the Apple store in Charlotte, NC yesterday. Too many issues from the antenna, 3G coverage indoors, 1/2 second lag during calls, and even bluetooth connectivity. I might have had a lemon, but it was too much to handle. What it boiled down to was that I could not use it as a phone, forcing me to return it. One odd side note is the Apple store rep stated I had the option to exchange it for a replacement. However if I did so, I would not have the option of returning the replacement should it be defective as well. That really was not an option!
    Lastly, I have gone back to my iPhone 3G and it now operates at a snails pace. I think it was the iOs4 update.
    jmallymall
    • Blame the lag on ATT

      @jmallymall

      I recently purchased and returned an ATT WWAN "aircard" for roaming Internet access with a 5GB data only plan. Even with a fully rated signal (-69dBm at all bars), the lag for round trip packets to an Internet server was always greater than 750mS. That performance was only when I could actually get the thing to connect in the first place.

      It was so bad that after hours with their tech support, they finally agreed to eliminate all charges. I returned it and eventually got a Verizon WWLAN radio and have acceptable performance. Now I remember why my cell phone is not based on ATT...
      jacarter3
    • Weird that you returned it

      @jmallymall
      We had been told by the Apple zealots that no one was returning theirs. Huh. Guess they were lying.

      [i]I have gone back to my iPhone 3G and it now operates at a snails pace. I think it was the iOs4 update.[/i]

      Yeah, that isn't unusual at all. It seems that iOS 4 was really only supposed to be used on iPhone 4, none of the other iPhones are quite up to snuff. Amazing when you think that MS got multi-tasking working on hardware with a fraction of the power about 10 years ago.

      I'm now worried about the bluetooth issues though. That would be a showstopper for me. Glad you had no trouble returning it. I'm still planning on getting one as long as I can return it too, should the bluetooth not work.
      NonZealot
      • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

        @NonZealot Microsoft's use of multi-tasking, of course, was on PC hardware. It seems that with their newest and finest, multi-tasking is only going to be implemented in a crippled, hardly acceptable state on phone hardware. All hail Windows Phone 7 - the Great Pretender!
        Den2010
      • @dbarr: I agree

        Many of us Windows Mobile users aren't fans at all of WP7. For the first time ever, MS has decided to copy Apple. Unfortunately, they decided to copy Apple from 3 years ago: no native applications, no copy and paste, no multi-tasking.

        [i]Microsoft's use of multi-tasking, of course, was on PC hardware[/i]

        No idea what you mean by this though. WM has never run on PC hardware.
        NonZealot
      • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

        @NonZealot [b]For the first time ever, MS has decided to copy Apple. [/b] The first time ever? Do you not recall the origin of Windows? Based on code stolen from Apple's first GUI mac OS Lisa... which in turn was licensed by Apple from Xerox. But don't let the facts stop you from your Apple Hating agenda.
        athynz
      • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

        @NonZealot <br><br><b>For the first time ever, MS has decided to copy Apple.</b> <br><br>Funny......Take a look at your beloved Zune, and then the ZuneHD, Zune Market Place? Zune "closed" ecosystem? All trying to clone the iPod's success. Have you seen the recently opened Microsoft stores? If that's not cloning then really, what is? They even hired the same guy who designed the Apple Stores. <br><br>But I will forgive you if you've just realized this with Win7. It's a start to recovery. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
        dave95.
      • @athynz and dave95: Prove your assertions

        I claim this is the first time ever. You claim otherwise. Fine. Prove that MS copied Apple's GUI. After all, if MS copied Apple's GUI, I'm sure Apple took MS to court and that a court found MS guilty of copyright infringement. Please find me the link to the courts finding MS guilty of copying Apple's GUI. If you can't, you [b]must[/b] retract your statement since once a court rules on something, it is the [b]right[/b] ruling. At least this is the standard that you Apple zealots have established when it comes to MS's anti-trust rulings. ;) ;) ;)

        Likewise with the Zune. If the Zune were a copy of the iPod, I expect you to find me a court ruling stating as much. If you can't, then either Apple doesn't agree with your or the courts don't agree with you. Either way, your assertion has been proven [b]wrong[/b].

        :)
        NonZealot
      • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

        @NonZealot The only liars here are the ones who responded to the poll by saying antennagate made them change their mind.

        How, then, do you explain the fact that it is currently IMPOSSIBLE for manufacturing to keep up with demand both in store and the long-lead pre-orders?

        And then why are people in coutries where iPhone 4 isn't being sold flocking to eBay to pay $800 USD CASH to get their hands on one?

        It would not surprise me in the slightest if it were YOU, mr Zealot, who were roaming around to every browser you could find go click the "I changed my mind" response to this poll, as it fits your vitriolic MO just perfectly!
        lelandhendrix@...
  • Still waiting

    I work in an IT shop and I'm the only kid in school without a smart phone. My coworkers are all either on iPhone or Android. I had planned to purchase an iPhone 4 when the dust from the buying frenzy had settled but being patient I now plan to wait for the next hardware update or at least for the iPhone to come to T-mobile (my current provider) or Verizon.
    bsvee
    • RE:Still waiting

      @bsvee Just get the Nexus One on T-Mobile. Pretty much the same hardware, but Android is better than iOS is every aspect.
      drphysx
  • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

    The antenna issue itself didn't curb my purchase but their arrogant attitude did. My next phone purchase will be android based. When that 2 year contract is up I'll look back at how this all shakes out. Most important however will be how they treated their customers.
    Admin71
  • Fix the iPhone for $4 from ebay

    Your poll needs another choice:
    > I paid an extra $4 for a case from ebay and totally fixed the problem.
    CathyCC
    • Re: Fix the iPhone for $4 from ebay

      Or perhaps that choice would be: "Had Apple admitted the flaw with a promise to fix, and included a case with the purchase, would you buy the iPhone4?"
      AllanV
    • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

      @CathyCC
      The case didn't fix the problem. It masked the problem. Take the case off and the antenna issue is still there.
      Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

        @Loverock Davidson: Give it a rest, you tool.
        jpdemers@...
      • RE: Poll: Has the antenna issue influenced your iPhone 4 purchase?

        @jpdemers

        Apple fanboy in denial.
        Loverock Davidson
  • Not in itself so much

    I don't have a iPhone, nor nee/want one. Yet I was talking with a co-worker the other day who said that he and his wife decided against getting it no for just the antenna issue, but for all the problems it's having combined.

    They said it's not worth spending money on buying a defective product.
    John Zern