Remember that whole antennagate fiasco from several months back? There were concerns that holding the iPhone 4 a certain way caused problems with reception. To this day, we continue to hear people from both sides. Some say they have never experienced such issues, and others say the death grip makes their iPhone 4 unusable.
Now that the Verizon iPhone 4 has been released, there were again some concerns of the death grip causing problems for users. Turns out that Verizon subscribers with the iPhone 4 are also having issues with the infamous grip that became a PR nightmare for Apple. Strangely, it remained one of Apple's most successful products.
Consumer Reports is doing what they do best, and…well, reporting, issues consumers may have with products:
The problem is similar to the one we confirmed in July with the AT&T version of Apple's newest smart phone. It can occur when you hold either version of the phone in a specific but quite natural way in which a gap in the phone's external casing is covered. The phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem.
At this point, we don't even think this is news. So maybe the iPhone 4 has reception problems when it's used. Some users seem to have issues with it, some don't. The fact is that there are millions of these things out there, and there will be problems. Still, it's very late in the game, and the antenna problem has almost become as known as the iPhone 4 itself. We don't know if it's still news.