iPhone 3G reception issues could be fixed via firmware update as early as this week

“Apple Inc.’s iPhone 3G was just a couple of days old when reports began trickling onto the company’s support forum from dissatisfied customers [regarding iPhone’s 3G reception],” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“What’s going on? We may not have all the answers, but we do have questions. Here’s our take on the griping about iPhone 3G reception,” Keizer reports.

“It’s conceivable that Apple has diagnosed the reception and dropped call bugs and that it can produce a fix soon, but it’s also possible that an update is weeks or months away. That’s Apple…. You never know, since the company won’t discuss much of anything, certainly not details of updates, before they’re released,” Keizer reports.

“The only definitive date on Apple’s iPhone calendar is Aug. 22, this coming Friday, when the company will unveil the iPhone 3G in another 20-plus markets. Apple has a history of doing software updates when it launches a new version of hardware, so it’s possible that the Aug. 22 debut in new countries will coincide with a firmware fix,” Keizer reports.

“AT&T, which is Apple’s exclusive partner in the U.S. market, has not admitted that a widespread problem exists, but spokesmen for the firm have acknowledged complaints from customers. They insisted that the numbers are small,” Keizer reports.

Much more in the full article here.

28 Comments

  1. @r2

    Have you tried shutting down and rebooting? I’ve discovered that many of the apps available on the app store tend to either fragment the memory of the device or have memory leaks. If I stick to the Apple only apps, my contacts are remaining relatively snappy without the daily reboot.

  2. I have had a few problems with reception, but nothing much.
    Couple of dropped calls in 4 weeks or so.

    However, I got the same problems with the 1G iPhone, in the same poor reception spots – although the 1.1.3/4 seemed to help.

    3G is cool – email is flying in on push, surf anywhere. Love it.

    I think they will fix it so it goes to EDGE smoothly and back again – that seems to be the issue.

    I notice that these issues are having a bad effect on iPhone sales….NOT.

  3. Two things.
    1. I got rid of at&t;just before the iPhone came out. The service from them dropped calls continually. I have no dropped calls now on t-mobile.

    2. “Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld” sounds identical to an article I just read on MacWorld UK. I wonder who copied?

  4. Is it not a little interesting that the iPhone 3G, which is a small Mac OS X computer, is aware of possible network problems so it jumps to a slower better edge network.

    I guess that the other 3G cell phones do not care about congestion or poor connections. Apple has to just get the iPhone to ignore the stench, sit in that over congestion and keep going. Who cares if the connection sucks. Blame AT&T;for that. The Mac can jump from network to network so I assume the iPhone will sort this out too.

  5. Baby, crying, panty-waist whiners who never grew up as the entitlement generation will have to wait a couple weeks or so before their urinated-in diapers and can’t-cope behaviors are pacified, as in a mother’s teat.

    Grow the fsuk up, you babies.

  6. Freddy,
    Don’t worry about him. x is just bitter because his mother was a crack whore who abandoned him to suck on a glass one rather than his own. Now he just uses some peanut butter and his poodle.

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