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Users are furious over Iphone 4S static bug

Apple silent on growing 'staticgate' fiasco
Tue Nov 08 2011, 14:10

FLOGGER OF SHINY TOYS Apple's Iphone 4S has yet another problem, this time with an irritating static sound being heard by users while making calls.

Hundreds of customers who bought the latest Iphone are trying to deal with a crackling noise and sometimes an echo whenever they call someone, receive a call or record a video.

The problem appears to affect the Iphone 4S regardless of mobile carrier, internal storage size or whether it is black or white coloured.

Most users said that the noise is relatively faint, but can become increasingly annoying on long phone calls. Regardless of the severity of the problem, it appears to be quite widespread and has caused significant upset amongst customers, to the point that some have switched to rival devices.

Some carriers have suggested a phone and network reset, as well as swapping SIM cards, but these tactics have failed to fix the problem. Users have speculated that it is likely a hardware issue, such as a problem with radio interference or possibly some defective Qualcomm chips. If this is the case it will make solving the problems significantly harder, as it likely cannot be fixed with a simple software update.

Apple has so far failed to respond to the complaints, but if it does we imagine it will blame everyone but itself for the problem and possibly tell users to hold their phones in a different way, the original solution suggested for an Iphone 4 issue that caused frequent dropped calls. That incident went down in history as 'antennagate', suggesting how damaging it was to the company's reputation.

This is not the first problem to affect the Iphone 4S. Users have been complaining about extremely poor battery life on the device, which Apple claims it will fix with a software update. Despite its best efforts Apple has also failed to fix a daylight savings time change bug that has plagued its Iphones for some time. Unlike these software bugs, this latest problem could escalate until it becomes known as 'staticgate', a possibility that Apple will be keen to avoid. µ


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