Steve Wozniak on iPhone 4: Carry a Verizon Palm Pre

Well it appears that even Steve Wozniak, the other co-founder of Apple, has made a statement of all statements. In reference to Apple’s iPhone 4 reception issues, Steve bluntly spoke out about the issues with the antenna.

If you can afford it, carry a second Verizon phone for backup. Another option is to carry a Verizon mifi and rely on Skype on your iPhone. I have used this mifi technique to rescue my own, and others’, iPhones on occasion. If you buy a Verizon Palm Pre, you get free mifi on it so that is possible the best ‘compromise’ solution, to carry a Verizon Palm Pre along with your AT&T iPhone 4.

You will most certainly want to hit the read link to check out this story and Woz’s response.

Apparently Woz has had the same problem that’s been affecting several thousand other people with iPhone 4’s antenna. The statement was made during a interview by Henk Van Ess, who got to sit down and chat with Woz at the European MiFi unit.

The first time I tried I was able to duplicate the problem. My wife was driving me to the airport and as soon as I got a short distance from my home, and no longer on wifi, I tried it by accessing a web page (using Safari on my iPhone 4) and observing the progress bar.

As the bar started to proceed I lightly (‘lightly’) touched a couple of fingers to the trouble area and the progress bar froze. When I lifted my fingers the progress bar continued it’s rapid progress. Putting my finger[s] back down halted the progress bar again. Lifting my fingers another time allowed the web page to finish loading.

I tried it again with one more web page I was in a moving car in the hills near my home. Currently I maintain cell phone calls fine there with my iPhones and with other cell phones, although this exact area used to drop AT&T calls reliably, a few years ago.

I was in a moving car in the hills near my home. Currently I maintain cell phone calls fine there with my iPhones and with other cell phones, although this exact area used to drop AT&T calls reliably, a few years ago.

I tried to repeat this experiment somewhere else a second time, I think in a San Jose restaurant, and I only had partial success. That time I could only slow the progress bar a little and only if I squeezed my iPhone 4 tightly. I concluded that the effect only occurs in some places. It’s like the AT&T dead zone has been extended with this new phone.

If you can afford it, carry a second Verizon phone for backup. Another option is to carry a Verizon mifi and rely on Skype on your iPhone. I have used this mifi technique to rescue my own, and others’, iPhones on occasion. If you buy a Verizon Palm Pre, you get free mifi on it so that is possible the best ‘compromise’ solution, to carry a Verizon Palm Pre along with your AT&T iPhone 4.

Sometimes when I’m back home I’d like to try this experimentation with an iPhone on the T-Mobile network. I don’t know if the iPhone 4 has been unlocked yet by the dev comunity.

Needless to say, the AT&T microcell in your home is another good solution if you live in one of the marginal AT&T areas.

There you have it, straight from the Apple co-founder himself.

[via Web.me thru Mobile Crunch]

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About Tony P
Connoisseur of all that is Mobile Tech.

One Response to Steve Wozniak on iPhone 4: Carry a Verizon Palm Pre

  1. KOjeje says:

    Wow.. Nice expression shown by him 🙂

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