iPhone 4 Has Reception Problems on AT&T’s Microcell

You purchased an iPhone 4 simply because it is the sexiest smartphone out right now. You are in love with it. Even ‘Antennagate’ doesn’t faze you. Instead, you bought an AT&T Microcell—home cell tower solution—that plugs into your broadband so you don’t have to deal with dropped calls. Oh wait, now your calls are coming through garbled and chopping in and out. This might seem like a bad, made-for-TV movie plot, but it is affecting iPhone 4 users across the country.

Don’t believe me? Videos abound on YouTube that quite clearly showcase the problem. It might even be a problem with the iPhone 4 itself instead of AT&T. Why? Because some users find that turning off their cellular data fixes the problem. Also, the iPhone 4 is the only phone that seems to be having the problem at the moment (but others with it might just not be being heard among the crowd).

So let me get this straight. The very fix that should keep dropped calls from appearing just screws up your voice calls? Apple and AT&T are perhaps two of the worst business partners that I have ever had the displeasure of having to deal with. C’mon guys. Has anything phone related that you two have made this year even work? Data speeds below 100KB/second for some iPhone 4 users despite the 3.5G network, this Microcell nonsense, proximity sensor issues still around, and the list just goes on and on. I really hope Apple will cheat on AT&T with Verizon because I don’t know how much more of this people will be willing to take. Don’t get me wrong though, both partners in this Apple/AT&T relationship have been sucking pretty hardcore lately. At least AT&T has taken the first step towards legal separation with the BlackBerry Torch.

Have you been having this problem? Know of someone who does? Have any advice on how to fix it?

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