Apple iPhone 3G antenna test verdict: completely normal

“Is there a problem with Iphone’s antenna? Is the coverage worse than for other mobiles? There are many rumors on the internet. In the USA someone is going to sue Apple. We took our iphone to a test chamber for fact-finding,” Eva Wieselgren reports for The Gothenburg Post.

Bluetest is a company “which sells test chambers for wireless devices with small antennas. In a noise free metal chamber the mobile communicates with a simulated base station. The equipment measures how the mobile sends and receives signals under different conditions. For manufacturers and others who want to make a test the test is much faster and more reliable than travelling around to check the performance at different locations,” Wieselgren reports. “Bluetest’s chambers are used by among others mobile phone manufacturers such as Motorola, and TCO which has a system for certifying mobiles.”

“The values are completely normal, says Magnus Franzén, an antenna engineer with an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics,” Wieselgren reports.

Full article here.


  1. So much for the class-action lawsuit by the woman from Alabama! (As if no other 3G phone EVER experienced a dropped call with their carrier! More panicky FUD from RIM, Palm, Nokia, etc.)

  2. I’ve yet to meet a cell phone that could be a phone better than any other functionality. Therefore, the iPhone wins because all its other functionality far surpasses any other phone’s other functionality. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

    Love my 3G iPhone and so does my 5.5 month old son who can watch Elmo on it.

  3. So, why do the talking heads will not turn on the carriers? And Apple is being very gracious at it’s stock holder’s expense again.

    It is just like Steve was guilty in their minds and words without a trial or any facts.

  4. Hey!! I wanna sue Apple too!

    Let’s not muddy the waters with things called ‘facts’ and ‘scientific evidence’…

    He probably became an ‘antenna engineer with an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics’ because he found the degree in a box of Cracker Jacks… or online… or, something.

    MaWo: ‘evidence’. dammit.

  5. I don’t want to come off as anti-apple, because I’m not, but just how many iPhones did they test? Perhaps the issue is with a few iPhones that are particularly prone to drop 3G… with the overall quality control and not with all iPhones? From the article, it sounds like rather than testing an iPhone someone was having problems with, they tested the journalists phone where he had only had one dropped call. How is that a fair test?

  6. For years we have suffered with CRAP cell phones while the big biz morons pocketed cash.
    They they introduce ‘smart’ phones and they were CRAP too. More cash for the corporate thieves.

    Apple makes the iPhone with features you can actually USE, for a change.
    REALLY surf the web – I guess the greedy corporate idiots at AT$T dont realise that Apple actually DELIVER.

    And people complain that Apple is all ‘hype’ – what a joke.

    Apple is one of the few companies that make stuff that works – it must be a shock for all those phone co. guys who are used to dealing with Windows and Symbian rubbish.

  7. This sounds like the perfect place where people who are actually having 3G problems can bring their iPhone and have it tested in a controlled environment. Bringing a phone that you know is good, isn’t much of a surprising test, but bringing an iPhone that people are having problems with, would be a good test to disqualify what the problem really is. Unless this is all just smoke and mirrors put on by Apple. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”hmmm” style=”border:0;” />

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