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Everyone on this forum really should take some time to read the threads on Howard Forums and Apple Support regarding the significant complaints on the 3G IPhone's poor signal quality when compared to other manufacturer's 3G phones on the same network and in exactly the same location. It makes for a sober reading. There are some very unhappy people out there in strong 3G coverage areas (Japan, Norway, Manhattan), who feel that the 3G iPhone has some highly significant issues.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread....02608&tstart=0

Problems are widespread, but how many units are affected remains to be determined. It has nothing to do with AT&T coverage (poor as it may be)
post #162 of 188
I'm not at this point convinced the problem is with iPhone 3G.

A couple months ago, the Motorola v180 that had been our primary mobile phone just flippin' quit. Calls on AT&T's network in my area were cutting off. The blasted thing just would keep calls connected. I'd have to redial several times just to complete one call.

A friend of mine had an old Nokia (branded for Cingular), and gave it to me. I popped in the SIM from my v180 and noticed several things. First, the Nokia phone worked with my old SIM, no fuss or muss. Second, the signal strength from the towers in my area was fluctuating wildly on the Nokia's meter. When I would put a call on speakerphone, and dial, signal strength would be at "full" strength. As soon as the call completed, the meter would plunge to "half" strength or so. I'd then pop the SIM out of the Nokia, and back into the v180. The v180 would work normally -- once or twice. I'd then go back to the multiple redials needed to complete calls. As soon as I'd go back to the Nokia -- same SIM -- the calls would complete normally. I concluded the Nokia hardware or software somehow had better reception than the Moto.

My guess is that AT&T has some sort of problems with their network in the USA. I also would not fall over dead to learn that AT&T has some sort of goofy software on their network that bans IMEIs of older phones to push new headset sales. Or perhaps it could be some buggy software in the switch at the cellular tower site. I also think there's some buggyness in iPhone 3G's software.

All of these are simply guesses until Apple or AT&T fesses up to the customer base.
post #163 of 188
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Originally Posted by Hogan View Post

Everyone on this forum really should take some time to read the threads on Howard Forums and Apple Support regarding the significant complaints on the 3G IPhone's poor signal quality when compared to other manufacturer's 3G phones on the same network and in exactly the same location. It makes for a sober reading. There are some very unhappy people out there in strong 3G coverage areas (Japan, Norway, Manhattan), who feel that the 3G iPhone has some highly significant issues.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread....02608&tstart=0

Problems are widespread, but how many units are affected remains to be determined. It has nothing to do with AT&T coverage (poor as it may be)

Here is the Howard Forum on it.

http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1397833
I think Pogue had 3G issues while driving through NYC. There needs to be testing done with other 3G handsets on AT&T's network to get a full picture. I have had no issues with 3G signal strength so this may just be some bad devices.

PS: What an ugly forum. I'm glad AI doesn't allow avatars.
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post #164 of 188
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I've had almost all the issues mentioned on my iPod touch as well (w/2.0 installed) so I would point my finger in the direction of the software for sure.

Sometimes the UI lag, (which occurs for me primarily with contacts, mail, and calendar), seems like it's a result of the poor performance of the syncing software though. MobileMe not only does not work for me (still!), it actually loses data and (apparently) freezes the apps sometimes.

In my experience, opening MobileMe from the browser takes 10 or 20 seconds to load and is buggy, slow as molasses and occasionally even freezes. It's not a stretch to think that the failures and general slowness of MobileMe sync might have something to do with freezing the apps on the iPhone/iPod at times also. It would make sense programmatically for instance, that the Contacts app would check with the MobileMe server when you open it, and this is exactly where it freezes.

Alternatively, since the MobileMe sync is still not working properly for me (and for many people), my iPod often has a different set of mail, contacts, and calendar info than any of my Macs or the server (yes, hard to believe but MobileMe *is* that busted for some of us). That alone could easily cause problems with slowness. This assumes of course that the set of people experiencing the problems with their iPhone are the same set or a subset of people still having troubles with MobileMe.

I'm wondering if some of the mobile me push technology is built around the same sync engine Apple is building into Snow Leopard Server. Seems a little like they pushed out a beta service. Speaking of which, I'm wondering why they didn't first give people the option of switching to mobile me in beta similar to how Microsoft pushed out Live. I think Apple was extremely naive to think they were gonna be able to make the switch over with very few issues.

Just goes to show that as they've expanded themselves outside of just a hardware company they still haven't changed their mentality from providing packaged products to providing services. The 2 just don't work the same. You can be secretive about what line of Macs you are gonna offer in a month. If you push out a dud people can return it for something else. Services just don't work that way, people depend on them a lot more & can't just exchange them on a whim.
post #165 of 188
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I'm not at this point convinced the problem is with iPhone 3G.

Well, the problems reported in Europe, Japan and Australia are clearly not AT&T's issue. That's beyond any doubt.
post #166 of 188
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Sorry- but your response seems much more emotional than his post- ease up!
What are you - the Apple disciplinarian?

No, he's not the Apple disciplinarian but he and others are easy to troll. Apparently blind loyalty and sarcasm don't compute.
post #167 of 188
I have one of the first generation phones as well and indeed 2.0 is buggy. I also find Mobile Me is a nightmare thus far. Apple has a lot of its plate to solve as a result of the 3G Release. I was going to pass my 1st generation phone down to my kid and get the 3G but I am not hearing enough positives yet on functionality. Please keep the feedback of your experiences going.
post #168 of 188
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I have one of the first generation phones as well and indeed 2.0 is buggy. I also find Mobile Me is a nightmare thus far. Apple has a lot of its plate to solve as a result of the 3G Release. I was going to pass my 1st generation phone down to my kid and get the 3G but I am not hearing enough positives yet on functionality. Please keep the feedback of your experiences going.

v2.0 has considerable issues for me but MM is working fine now. WHat country are you in and what MM issues are you having?
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post #169 of 188
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OS 9 was very outdated. There is no way Apple could have continued to 2008 with that aged foundation, but I agree that the shift to Intel has probably doen more for converting people to Macs than the OS has, but mainly because people are informed enough about how the underbelly on an OS works.

OS9 may have been outdated for the new chips and for multi-core support, etc., but it was and still is snappier than OSX. Give 'em another 5 years to really get the kinks ironed out.

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post #170 of 188
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Well, the problems reported in Europe, Japan and Australia are clearly not AT&T's issue. That's beyond any doubt.

Have you considered the possibility the switches at the cellphone towers in Europe, Japan, and Australia might be manufactured by the same firm as the the one AT&T uses?

That's why I'm not convinced the issues are iPhone 3G's. I think there's probably some bugs in (insert name of switch manufacturer's) software or hardware. Who manufactures the GSM hardware for cellphone towers anyway? Ericsson? Alcatel/Lucent? Motorola?

If this issue appears in different countries with different GSM tower hardware suppliers, I'll certainly join into the "iPhone 3G sux" chorus. \
post #171 of 188
Apparently I got lucky, because I have almost no issues with my iPhone 3G. The only thing I have noticed is some periodic lag when navigating the menus/apps...especially with my contacts. But other than that I couldn't be more happy. My GPS works great, with or without 3G. I'm surprised there are so many complaints about battery life. My battery gets almost six hours of usage time before needing to be recharged. That's with 3G, Wifi, fetch set at "hourly", no bluetooth, and screen brightness at 50%. I use the iPod every day at work for about 2 - 3 hours, plus email, internet, games, etc. In the 10 days that I've owned it, I've only been warned of a low battery one time. Maybe my expectations are too low, but my girlfriend's Blackjack II runs out of battery faster, and she has about half of the usage options. To me that seems pretty dang good. I mean what do you expect? Look at how small it is, you're not going to get 10 hours of usage out of this thing. I don't understand what people are doing that burns through their battery in five hours or less?
post #172 of 188
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Apparently I got lucky, because I have almost no issues with my iPhone 3G. The only thing I have noticed is some periodic lag when navigating the menus/apps...especially with my contacts. But other than that I couldn't be more happy. My GPS works great, with or without 3G. I'm surprised there are so many complaints about battery life. My battery gets almost six hours of usage time before needing to be recharged. That's with 3G, Wifi, fetch set at "hourly", no bluetooth, and screen brightness at 50%. I use the iPod every day at work for about 2 - 3 hours, plus email, internet, games, etc. In the 10 days that I've owned it, I've only been warned of a low battery one time. Maybe my expectations are too low, but my girlfriend's Blackjack II runs out of battery faster, and she has about half of the usage options. To me that seems pretty dang good. I mean what do you expect? Look at how small it is, you're not going to get 10 hours of usage out of this thing. I don't understand what people are doing that burns through their battery in five hours or less?

Same here. I guess we ARE the lucky ones.
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post #173 of 188
Is anyone having back up issues where it takes a long time for your iPhone to back up to iTunes. Mine has taken over 30 mins to date, and it seems to take longer and longer.

****UPDATE****

Just spoke to one of the Apple "Geniuses" about the hour long syncing problem. I was told that the reason it takes so long is because all of the info on my iPhone has to be pushed back to the iPhone and the only way to make it sync is to remove some of the data. Is this priceless? I finally asked should I just remove everything so that I could sync faster and she said yes. Then she realized that this was not a good idea as the iPhone would be empty. I felt bad for her. As it stands, there is something wrong with the way my iPhone syncs so the new firmware might fix this.
post #174 of 188
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Have you considered the possibility the switches at the cellphone towers in Europe, Japan, and Australia might be manufactured by the same firm as the the one AT&T uses?

That's why I'm not convinced the issues are iPhone 3G's. I think there's probably some bugs in (insert name of switch manufacturer's) software or hardware. Who manufactures the GSM hardware for cellphone towers anyway? Ericsson? Alcatel/Lucent? Motorola?

If this issue appears in different countries with different GSM tower hardware suppliers, I'll certainly join into the "iPhone 3G sux" chorus. \

Resectfully, it would be a waste of time to consider it because on the Apple Support Discussion group for the 3G iPhone where signal strenght issues are being discussed widely, there has been worldwide report after report of people using their existing/previous brand of 3G phone without any problem whatsoever. Other 3g phones are working fine, getting strong signal strength and data througput while the iPhone has poor signal strenght and data throughput in exactly the same location at the same time, and even using the same iPhone SIM card.

Apple is responsible for their iPhones, their choice of chipset, power management etc. Its not the carrier's fault, the switches, the user or Microsoft's problem. Hopefully, Apple is close to finding a solution.
post #175 of 188
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Either way, we can debate which had more effect than the other and there is no way the debate will ever be definitively answered as there are just too many variables involved.

Diplomatically we can say that many factors have contributed to Apple's increased Mac growth.

It's just disturbing to me that all the largest and most impressive factors happened within half a decade.
post #176 of 188
SO i got my second phone after the first one that i had had "major hardware issues" (apple support) and my second phone decided to start having problems too: it wont connect to EDGE or 3G at all... no icon in the corner or internet connection. Now i know that there is 3G where i live and for sure there is EDGE, my friend gets EDGE on his first gen at my house. WIFI isnt the issue but whats the use of having a iPhone 3G without any 3G?

I dont want to restore as that was when my last phone had major issues, right after i restored. Soft reset and powering down didnt do anything. Does it sound like something that is software related or am i gonna have to make yet another trip to replace my phone?....
post #177 of 188
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Originally Posted by Hogan View Post

Resectfully, it would be a waste of time to consider it because on the Apple Support Discussion group for the 3G iPhone where signal strenght issues are being discussed widely, there has been worldwide report after report of people using their existing/previous brand of 3G phone without any problem whatsoever. Other 3g phones are working fine, getting strong signal strength and data througput while the iPhone has poor signal strenght and data throughput in exactly the same location at the same time, and even using the same iPhone SIM card.

I don't have time to go to Apple Support's Discussion group or HoFo and wade through the topics until I find the one where the real discussion takes place. Furthermore, the area in which I live hasn't got its 3G service lit up, and probably won't for the next few months. So in some ways this isn't the issue to me that it is for others.

Having said that, I have to say this. I did travel through an area with 3G service, and tried to make a call to a work colleague who has an Alltel smartphone. My iPhone 3G merrily dropped the call attempts, especially while the iPhone 3G was trying to switch back and forth from 3G to EDGE. So the problem appears to be with iPhone, and not with other people's stuff, and I can say I experienced it personally. Being skeptical has its disadvantages, sometimes.
post #178 of 188
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Having said that, I have to say this. I did travel through an area with 3G service, and tried to make a call to a work colleague who has an Alltel smartphone. My iPhone 3G merrily dropped the call attempts, especially while the iPhone 3G was trying to switch back and forth from 3G to EDGE. So the problem appears to be with iPhone, and not with other people's stuff, and I can say I experienced it personally. Being skeptical has its disadvantages, sometimes.

If you're traveling on the edge of 3G you are going to have problems. If you know that is the case then turn off 3G so you can have uninterrupted GSM connectivity.
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post #179 of 188
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If you're traveling on the edge of 3G you are going to have problems. If you know that is the case then turn off 3G so you can have uninterrupted GSM connectivity.

I don't think that makes much sense, if the signal is too weak, it shouldn't be trying to use it. It seems like it should fall back before signal strength gets to be problematic. I'm personally not seeing much incentive to even have 3G mode turned on at all, it's less fiddling.
post #180 of 188
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I don't think that makes much sense, if the signal is too weak, it shouldn't be trying to use it. It seems like it should fall back before signal strength gets to be problematic. I'm personally not seeing much incentive to even have 3G mode turned on at all, it's less fiddling.

If he was stationary, sure; but he specifically stated he was traveling. The handset only know when the signal is good enough when you initiate the call. From what I've read, it appears that EV-DO can use "2G" for calls while simultaneously using "3G" for data, but UMTS can't use "2G' for calls if "3G is enabled and active. I've also read that this is why CDMA/CDMA2000 based devices can get longer talk time on smaller batteries when "3G" is enabled.
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post #181 of 188
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If you're traveling on the edge of 3G you are going to have problems. If you know that is the case then turn off 3G so you can have uninterrupted GSM connectivity.

Right now, that seems like the most reasonable solution. Turn off the 3G features while driving through areas which may or may not have 3G, until Apple sorts the software out. If stopped, one can flip the 3G back on, and use it. A PITA, for sure. Not quite what one expects from Apple. I feel like I'm back in 1985, using a Mac 512K all over again. Such is life with new technology. \

It seems to be a consensus view that iPhone 3G's issues with 3G are Apple ones, and not AT&T's. IMO, the software could stand a bit more baking. If only Apple would get more real-world testing done in flyover country...
post #182 of 188
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Right now, that seems like the most reasonable solution. Turn off the 3G features while driving through areas which may or may not have 3G, until Apple sorts the software out.

There is a possibility that some issues with 3G signal strength could be an issue with the iPhone firmware but your issue is more likely to be HW related with the antenna in the handset and/or the AT&T towers. Of those, the one that seems to be most lacking is AT&T's 3G coverage area as reports I've read find the antenna strength on the new iPhone as adequate.
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post #183 of 188
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So yeah some rough spots but think about this how many other smart phones out there get the sort of support iPhone does? I'd say about zero. Let's face it even a common user can update the iPhone 10 times a year if need be.

It's funny you should say that because from my experience, Nokia at least offer numerous software updates for their products. And I know Sony Ericsson do too. So yes, other smartphones are supported very well indeed.

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Maybe they shouldn't have opened up the phone to 3rd party folks. Why you ask, because MANY of us, and the writers of magazines, and wall street, WILL blame Apple for shit they aren't really responsible for. Hell the folks who LOVE to pick on Apple are going to have a field day with this

Exactly the same way that I've seen plenty of peeps around here doing with Microsoft and the like. Somehow that dodgey 3rd party driver that makes your PC crash is all Microsoft's fault, so I think it's fair for Apple to take the beating regarding the stability of the apps from the app store.
post #184 of 188
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Apple seriously needs to slow down its development schedule, and focus on the minutia of making sure everything works very reliably.

Of course, there's no 100% guaranty that a product will be bug-free, but lately, Apple has gotten noticeably sloppy. The iPhone/Mobile Me launch is one example, but Leopard is another poster-child for Apple's tendency to rush a product out before it's truly solid.

Case in point: It's more than 9 months since Leopard's launch, and my RSS feeds in Mail regularly disappear (only to re-appear after a relaunch), and also mysteriously stop updating for days at a time. Plenty of other people have this problem, so I know it's not just me (plus, it happens on the three Macs I have in my house). To go 9 months without a fix for this is just unacceptable.

Also, iDisk synching has partially broken in Leopard. Everytime you change a document on one computer, Leopard gives you a Conflict Resolver dialog box asking you to choose which version--your new version or the iDisk server's older version--to keep. This never happened before; the system used to be smart enough to simply pick the new version.

Anyway, I truly hope this isn't going to become a trend....otherwise, sooner or later, it's going to be very hard to tell the difference between a Mac and a Windows PC....

NetNewsWire works very well on an iMac and a new, improved, version is out for the iPhone

http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals...e/Default.aspx

I have not tried this yet, but it may work better than pushing your feeds to Mail. For a start the Mac version, at least, organizes your feeds in a nice sidebar, making them easy to find.
post #185 of 188
Granted, I am still using an original iPhone but I have been very satisfied with 2.0

Sure I have some apps crash but Safari crashes less and the apps on the whole still work very well and are very interesting to play with

MobileMe has been a disaster for me though. Complete disaster
post #186 of 188
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A large number of owners observe that the iPhone 2.0 software is suffering from interface lag where the response to a command follows well after the actual input.

I've seen something similar on a 16G 3G. Autolock is enabled (corporate policy). After using VNC and accidentally connecting to a server who's display geometry was set higher than supported, the VNC app hung forcing a phone reset. For the next several hours, it took about 6-10 seconds for each digit of the four-digit unlock PIN to be accepted. After the phone was unlocked, things were fine. Lock the phone again and the same behavior manifested itself.

The phone magically self-medicated, and I've not seen this issue since.
post #187 of 188
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I'm planning to buy an iPhone. But before i do that i need to find out if the iphone can view every website just like the one on the computer. Does Safari support all websites including JAVA and flash players. Can i view Youtube and pics and other videos on the Iphone using the interent website? One last thing how long does it take for a page to load?

No Java, no Flash. How long a page takes to load depends on the size of the page and how fast it downloads, two things that vary a lot. If your data signal is weak, you might not see it finish loading.
post #188 of 188
The iPhone 3G has some serious issues that need to be acknowledged and addressed by Apple.

German tech mag Area DVD have published a test of the iPhone 3G. They said their device (serial production, not part of a seeding) had major problems maintaining a stable signal even with a 300 meters unobstructed view of the 3G celltowers. But moving inside a bulinding located just 500 meters from the celltower, they could hardly get any 3G signal.

At the same time, their Nokia E61i worked fine, with full bars reception.

This is entirely consistent with all the reports of problems by user after user globally. The iPhone needs an optimal signal in order to perfrom adequately ... as a phone!

This is the report (German, unfortunately):

http://www.areadvd.de/hardware/2008/iPhone_3G_01.shtml

Thanks to poster TalTal over on the Apple Support Discussion site.. http://discussions.apple.com/thread....744234#7744234
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