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    Hi,

    Since receiving the 4.3 update and moving to an area where the signal isn't as good I appear to be having antenna issues.

    Basically the new house I'm in isn't the best for signal, there are a few places I can get reception but it's not the best. I have noticed that the way I hold my phone can drastically affect the signal, if I grasp the phone round the bottom with my hand cupped round the back I see the signal drop almost immediately, then if I change and hold it with my middle finger at the top and thumb at the bottom so I'm not really covering the back the signal returns.

    This only seems to have been happening since the 4.3 update, I initially thought it was down to the poor signal in my house but I have noticed it at work where the reception is good.

    just wondering if anyone else had noticed the same problem?
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    Default Re: Nexus 4 antenna issue

    I've had no reception issues since the update. I've heard of some people having a weaker wifi, but not weaker cell reception.
    If my post helped you out...please be kind and hit the "THANKS BUTTON."
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    I have had the same problem. Since the upgrade to 4.3 my signal automatically goes off. This issue has come up only since upgrade to 4.3. Please tell me if you found a solution.
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    I have a solution, but you need to be rooted/have a custom recovery. Just flash down the modem to the one for 4.2.2. There, issue resolved (95% positive). For you guys that aren't rooted, you're stuck waiting for an update.

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    If holding your phone a certain way impacts cellular reception does that mean that phone cases can negatively impact your phone's reception as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdbii View Post
    If holding your phone a certain way impacts cellular reception does that mean that phone cases can negatively impact your phone's reception as well?
    Yes, a case can have a negative impact at the moment.

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    Default Re: Nexus 4 antenna issue

    Install an app like Network Signal Info ( ), fire it up, and monitor your cell and WiFi signal strength as you shift your hand around and add/remove your case.

    No matter how hard I try, I cannot see more than a 1 to 2 db difference.

    I have a first-generation N4 (hardware level Rev. 10) running stock 4.3 OS.
    Last edited by N4Newbie; 08-24-2013 at 07:35 AM.
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    Default Re: Nexus 4 antenna issue

    I'll give the Network Signal App a go and wee what the results are.

    Thanks for the replies thus far.
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    OK,

    So I installed the app and the results are:

    Holding the phone with the thumb at the bottom and ring finger at the top (get the best signal this way)
    -113dBm
    -109dBm
    -107dBm

    Clasping the phone with my hand cupped round the bottom/back
    -95 dBm
    -93 dBm

    I don't really know how much difference this makes really but the way you hold the phone definitely affects the signal.
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    Actually, -93dB is s significantly STRONGER signal then -113dB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4Newbie View Post
    Actually, -93dB is s significantly STRONGER signal then -113dB.
    You're right, I get my results the wrong way round!! Thanks for pointing that out.

    Andy.
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    Default Re: Nexus 4 antenna issue

    I've been around those numbers indoors since launch. Fwiw the radio is located at the bottom left which is why it drops when you palm it. I don't get drops or any of those issues some people were reporting after 4.3 prior to the recent patch to fix it though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rule9 View Post
    prior to the recent patch to fix it though
    So has there been a further update to 4.3 to fix the radio issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Bell View Post
    So has there been a further update to 4.3 to fix the radio issue?
    My mistake, the patch is being worked on now but not out yet

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    I did actually receive an update for 4.3 last night............not fixed the issue though.
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    Have tried a signal booster app?
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    Quote Originally Posted by itic View Post
    Have tried a signal booster app?
    Do they really work? If they do can you recommend one?
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    Network Booster. its free and seems to help.
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    I just received the 4.4. update and still experiencing the signal loss issue.
    This issue has been there since i got the 4.3 update as is the case with everybody else.

    I would really appreciate a fix for this as the work around i have employed is really annoying and makes the use of my Nexus 4 device counter intuitive.

    I really was looking forward to this 4.4. update just to be faced with the same bug.

    Someone please help.
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    I have the latest Nexus 4 and I've had the same issue with the radio signal since day one. Even with 4.4.2 it's still the same. I just figured it was the area I live.. the T mobile coverage map shows my address being in a pretty good area but once I'm a couple miles from home the signal drops drastically. One inside forget it.. I'm constantly holding the phone on its side or upside down to get 1 bar. In town & where I work it's fine. I guess my complaint would be the antenna being on the bottom. Doesn't make sense to me at all. This is the only Nexus 4 downfall for me. A good WiFi calling app is a must.



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