Has "Antennagate" put you off the iPhone 4?

Has "Antennagate" put you off the iPhone 4?

Summary: Has the whole "Antennagate" debacle put you off buying an iPhone 4, or is it all just a molehill magnified into a mountain?


Has the whole "Antennagate" debacle put you off buying an iPhone 4, or is it all just a molehill magnified into a mountain?

If the whole thing has put you off, you're not alone. A poll carried out by IDC of IT professionals indicates that 66% of current iPhone owners will delay delay purchase because of he publicised antenna issue.

But of those who don't already own an iPhone, 74% indicated that the antenna issue has had no effect on their purchasing plans.

So, what about you?

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Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • RE: Has

    Yes this whole antennagate thing has put me off on the iPhone. The way Apple has handled everything thus far has been very amaturish at best. They didn't offer any real fixes or solutions, just trying to mask the problem. It took them forever to acknowledge the issue and when they did they tried to blame other phone manufacturers as well. As a potential customer how can I put my trust into Apple when all they have done thus far is side step the issue with the antenna? Are they going to continue to use these tactics in the future? If so then I will not consider an iPhone.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Apple-calypse now

      "I love the smell of a rotten apple in the morning. You know one time we had this shill conference to smear other companies. When it's over I looked up. I did not find one stinking attendee dumb enough to buy it. The smear. The distortion smear. The whole shill. It smells like ... ... ... misery.

      Some day this fad is gonna end."

      "Sir it's hairy to put the antenna at this spot, isn't it? It's Charlie's point.

      Charlie don't grip!!"
      • RE: Has

        Pffft. Antennagate was just a bunch of FUD started by a group of iHating pricks that likely got paid by Gizmodo to get back at Apple. It will likely be found out that Gizmodo bribed Consumer Reports to not recommend the iPhone. Fortunately, CR is only worthy of testing things like toasters and vacuum cleaners. The iHating bloggers got the crapped kicked out of them and ended up scurrying back into their cockroach cracks. Steve Jobs told them to STFU by throwing Apple's quarter earnings into their FUD-smeared, ugly faces. Only a cheapskate wouldn't buy a case for an iPhone 4 to protect it from damage. Apple wins and the FUDsters lose.
    • RE: Has

      @Loverock Davidson - Only Loverock would consider 2 weeks FOREVER!. Guess he has been doing crack FOREVER!
      The Danger is Microsoft
      • RE: Has

        @The Danger is Microsoft: me see's a pot and a kettle pointing fingers at each other while smoking the same pipe
    • RE: Has

      @Loverock Davidson So you are telling us that if "antennagate" had never happened, that if all 100% of the iPhone 4s had worked out of the box rather than the 98.3% that worked right out of the box (based on a return rate of 1.7% and presuming that the ones who returned it were unsatisfied and the one's who kept theirs were satisfied) that you would have bought an iPhone 4?

      Really? YOU were going to buy an iPhone 4? I'm torn between letting this go on for a while and just calling bullsh1t now...
      • RE: Has

        Return rate means nothing.
      • RE: Has


        <i>Return rate means nothing.</i>

        "Return rate" means the rate at which items are returned. It's an excellent indicator of how satisfied customers are with a product.
      • RE: Has


        Which return rate?
        Knowing Apple predaliction for number management is the number returned to the Apple Store, AT&T, or both?

      • RE: Has

        @Droid101 - of course you'd say it means nothing because it would make everything the iPhone and Apple Haters have said a lie... or at best a distortion of the truth.
      • return rate is not an indicator

        Most early adopters will be apple fans in the first place and it will take more than this to shake them - but an admission that the big A is not perfect and has the "same problems as other phones" might prove to be the first crack in the holy grail - that was the point surely Apple products competed on the basis that they were both aesthetically appealing AND were believed to have unsurpassed quality. Steve Jobs shattered that myth for many in his press conference. How long term that is remains to be seen but it is sales over the next 6 months or so that will determine that and not a return rate.
      • RE: Has

        @athynz My answer is, Yes, I would have bought the iPhone4 were everything perfect. I still might if it becomes available on Verizon and a re-design occurs.
      • Return rate

        @athynz Return rate means people were so fed up they didn't want it anymore. I would love to return mine, but I need a phone, want the iPhone, and if I return it for another, I am currently going to get a phone with the same issues that this one has.
    • You like to play the blame game, don't you?

      @Loverock Davidson: There's a significant difference between placing blame and pointing out that you're not the only one with similar problems. Placing blame, by definition, is accusing one individual or group of individuals of causing the problem--so you seriously misused the term, as have so many others. Of course, this also makes the majority of your comments suspect when you use the incorrect definition or incorrect word for what you intend.

      With that said, the hoopla around 'Antennagate' is far worse than the issue itself. I'm not saying there's no issue, but the workaround is quite simple and I expect Apple placed a September 30th deadline on its 'free bumper' compromise for a reason. To continue to complain about Apple's responses is simply beating a dead horse.

      You have every right to your own feelings about the product and every right to choose not to purchase one for yourself. However, I will respect my own feelings and make my own decisions without any one individual--not even Steve Jobs--influencing said decision alone. As yet, of the people who have purchased the iPhone 4, the vast majority have been quite satisfied with the product. To me, that says a lot more than the FUD put out by people who don't have and don't intend to purchase one.
      • RE: Has

        @vulpine@... Seriously? Try this on. Next time Microsoft has a major security issue in Windows, they call a press conference and say, "Look, you know security isn't just a Windows issue! Apple's OSX is in serious need of patching in fact it's the least secure OS on the market, Solaris is having some similar problems, Ubuntu has security patches a couple times a week, it's just part of the OS scene, but people always wanna cut us down cause we're successful".... Tell me truthfully, you'd be 100% okay with that?
      • RE: Has

        @vulpine@... I slightly disagree that the "hoopla" around the antenna issue is the worst aspect of this thing. Apple handled the issue poorly, and honestly, they continue to handle it poorly. The disgusting display put on by Jobs where Apple made fun of raiding Jason Chen's house, trying to throw mud at Nokia and other cellphone suppliers was amateurish to the point that any sensible CEO would consider firing someone who screwed up as badly as Jobs did. Sadly there is nobody there to fire the incompetent idiot.

        I am an iPhone user and I have upgraded each time. The new rules for developers, and Apples dictatorial stranglehold on the developer market is the reason my next phone will be either an Android or a Windows version. I love my iPhone but I will not stand idly by and watch as the mobile world is taken over by Yet Another Evil Empire. For smart phones, Apple is the Evil Empire, and they are using their market power to a degree no other company has ever done in any market. If Microsoft had behaved in the PC market the way Apple is in the mobile apps market, the government would not have limited it self to fining Microsoft, they would have forcefully broken it up.
      • Blame?

        @vulpine@... Who can Jobs blame but Jobs?<br>I come from the public saafety communications realm and and I can say without a doubt that had this kind of problem occurred with a PST radio there would be lawsuits flying. Equipment should be tested nine ways from Sunday and problems like this addressed before being released . Apple probably knew of the problem and in a rush to market decided to turn a blind eye to it. There was an easy fix, but no, it would have affected the margin.<br>And I have no love for Consumer Reports, but their specialty is consumer products, and that's what the iPhone 4 is. That's what you're buying, and that's the way Apple is treating it.
    • my iPhone works perfectly fine

      I got a new iPhone 4 a few weeks ago and i have not been able to reproduce any of the problem people are reporting. The people who i know who have bought a new iPhone 4 have not had any issues with it either. It looks to me that the people who are complaining about thier iPhone 4 are the same people who would complain about winning the lottery becuase it was only 10 million.
      • OK

        @KellyRay1@... You're probably is a good AT&T coverage area. Consider yourself lucky.
    • Proximity sensor much bigger issue

      I am a long time Apple supporter. I have owned or currently own MacBooks, Mac Minis, Apple TVs, all iPhones and at least 1 dozen iPods. I think that the iPhone 4 is an amazing piece of hardware.

      With that being said, I also think that this is the first time that Apple has released a product with major issues that need to be resolved. Unfortunately for us, it also happens to coincide with the largest early sales of any device, so the issues are magnified. I am sure that the Newton, etc. had problems like this but since so few were initially sold, it didn't reverberate through the market like this.

      I personally feel that the proximity sensor issue is a MUCH BIGGER issue than the antenna. I am CONSTANTLY hanging up on people when I try and cradle my phone between my shoulder and my head. Additionally I think that there is an issue with the Bluetooth radio in the iPhone 4 (probably due to the same antenna issue) that is causing my Bluetooth headset that has always worked great with iPhones to have spotty service at best.

      Apple has never had to deal with a backlash of this magnitude in the past, and it has not been handled well. I think that they are having growing pains on the grandest stage. We all know that our Apple products give us the feeling that we are better than others. Unfortunately Apple is currently behaving that way in its response to this issue, and it is leaving a sour taste in many peoples' mouths.

      I personally think that they need to do a hardware recall of the phone and deliver one that not only is amazing on the inside, but is amazing on the outside.

      This issue will be a case study in this sort of problem for years to come, possibly right up there with Ford and Toyota. Overall the phone is a great piece of consumer electronics, but with customers that are so used to perfection, Apple is learning that they set the bar way too high this time, and can't seem to jump over it right now.