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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Verizon iPhone antenna redesign may solve death grip

By Hayley Tsukayama

An antenna engineer at ComputerWorld asked about photos of the Verizon iPhone said that a slight design change could translate to better reception.

Spencer Webb, an antenna engineer and president of the company AntennaSys, noted that the Verizon iPhone has four antenna slots instead of the three that have been on all older models. Reception problems with the first iPhone 4 were largely attributed to the way people's fingers fell across these antenna slots while talking on the phone. According to Webb, if a part of a person's hand covered an antenna slot, it could shorten the length of the antenna and result in a dropped call.

The slots on the new phone, however, indicate that the phone may have two cellular antennas. The redundant antenna, Webb said, makes interference much more unlikely.

The redesigned phone probably has room for the second antenna because the Verizon iPhones have no SIM card slot.

The Verizon iPhone will go on sale on Feb. 10.

This post was published with a section missing and has been corrected.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 14, 2011; 3:10 PM ET
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You'll likely find that the new iPhone with a piece of gum wrapper for an antenna will get better reception because it's on Verizon instead of that bloated overloaded ATT system.

Posted by: jerrywww | January 17, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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