The Associated Press reports this afternoon that the largest consumer advocacy group in the country, Consumer Reports Magazine, is snubbing the Verizon iPhone 4 from it’s list of recommended phones. Why? Because antennagate is not corrected.
Consumer Reports has stated on their blog today that by holding the Verizon iPhone 4 in a “specific but natural way” still causes the signal quality and bars assigned to the display representing signal quality, to drop. Consumer Reports learned this by putting the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 through the same rigorous testing that it did for the AT&T version of the iPhone 4. Testing found that by covering the tiny gaps that run around the skinny edge of the Verizon iPhone 4 caused “meaningful decline in performance”.
After the original Antennagate broke last year Steve Jobs was quoted as saying “You’re holding it wrong” but still went on to give away millions of dollars in bumpers to improve performance. When the iPhone 4 was first announced on Verizon’s network on January 11, 2011, Apple took great pride in stating that the antenna issues had been corrected and wouldn’t occur on Verizon’s network.
Apple spokeswoman, Natalie Kerries told Consumer Reports today
“The iPhone 4 has a great antenna that allows it to have an amazingly thin design, great battery life and reception,” Kerris said. “We designed the iPhone 4 external antenna to work great on Verizon’s CDMA/EVDO network.”
Verizon Wireless was expecting a huge amount of migration to the iPhone 4 once it came to their network, although not reported the results thus far don’t seem to be near what was expected. In addition to the antennagate problems many Verizon customers seemed disappointed that Apple was releasing the exact same iPhone 4 (including antennagate too I guess) that was released last spring to AT&T. Verizon announced the nations firs 4G/LTE wireless network late last year and the iPhone 4 is not on it.
Consumer Reports has announced that due to these antenna problems they will not recommend the Verizon iPhone 4.
Source: Associated Press