Originally Posted by sherrod
At home where I normally have 2-3 bar signal my iPhone 4 drops calls 100% of the time when I hold it in what I consider to be a normal fashion in my left hand with the left lower corner pressed against my palm and my thumb on the volume buttons.
How do you hold it so that you can adjust the volume and type on the keypad without touching the left corner?...
I don't believe this.
You're either making a call, or your not. The worst case scenario is putting a large amount of meat in contact with the cell antenna which causes attenuation, so holding it in your hand as described is the only time when you should see the problem. The kicker is though, that you are indeed "holding it wrong" if you are making a call that way.
It's very very *hard* to hold the phone cupping it that way when you are making a call. The easier more natural way is to only grip the top half of the phone lightly and this is what most people do.
I think most people doing the complaining are mixing up "making a call" with "using the phone (for anything)" and mixing up which antenna is doing what at the time. All those joke posts about "holding it wrong" that show pictures from Apple merchandising are completely misleading in that no one in those pictures is actually making a phone cal
It's mostly only when you make a phone call that you might be using the cell antenna to the degree that this issue would matter at all (dropping the call), and when you do that, you don't hold the phone that way (or at least most normal people don't).
I've been reading about this for days, commenting on forums like this (and others) and talking to dozens of my techie friends daily since the phone came out and at the end of the day, Apple's statement on the matter is the only sensible statement out there.
1) All phone signals attenuate when you place a large piece of meat in close proximity to the handset.
2) When you are in a low signal situation, this attenuation can sometimes cause a call drop.
3) careful how you hold the phone
4) consider getting a case if you don't like number 3 or live in a bad signal area