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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Verizon iPhone might have antenna problems, too

By Hayley Tsukayama

The Verizon iPhone might suffer from antenna problems similar to those of the AT&T iPhone when the antennas come into contact with bare skin.

ILounge posted the results of its tests on how the new version of the iPhone stood up to the "death grip" hold that afflicted the AT&T model and a new grip, the "death hug," which was reported to affect speeds when the phone is held in landscape.

Both positions appear a bit unnatural, but the video from iLounge does show that they have a detrimental effect on the data and download speeds for the iPhone, in some cases stalling it out altogether.

As with the AT&T iPhone, iLounge said an iPhone case or cover should solve any issues.

Check out the iLounge video here:

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 9, 2011; 12:20 PM ET
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That "death grip" is so ridiculous because I never hold my phone that way. I have had my Verizon iPhone since Monday morning and reception and call quality could not be better. Even going to a spot I used to go with my last phone that had almost no signal, my Verizon iPhone handled the call without so much as losing a bar.

Posted by: kade6767 | February 9, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

the video is just plain stupid! i had my verizon phone for a couple of days now, and held it every which way NORMALLY possible. still, no change in signal strength...

Posted by: mimicre | February 9, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

This test would have been more useful if the testers had used exactly the same techniques with a few other popular smart phones. Apple claimed when this all came up that the problem was common to most phones. It seems a bit unfair to suggest this is a problem unique to the iPhone when no test was done of other phones.

Posted by: wickse | February 10, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This test it's totally biased; there is no way that anyone hold a any phone like they did.

Posted by: humb1962 | February 10, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

This test it's totally biased; there is no reason why anyone should hold a phone like they did; and I mean any phone.

Posted by: humb1962 | February 10, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

How is this news............ The "death grip" is a problem that geeks worry about. I mean, seriously, Who is holding the phone like this!!!! Us normal folk hold our phone like NORMAL human beings. This is ridiculous....
I've had my iphone since Tuesday and there is absolutely no problem----when you hold it like a normal person!!

Posted by: drobe9_19991 | February 11, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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