iPhone 4 Problems Dampen Release

After people went out in droves today to wait in line for their shiny new iPhone 4’s an alarming recoil is welling up online.

The problem appears to be that when users grip the iPhone 4, the metal antenna, which wraps around the entire phone, becomes blocked off and the reception drops off, resulting in dropped calls.

Reports and user complaints abound on MacRumors’s forums. Dozens of You Tube videos display the service drop-off after the phone is gripped and the antenna is covered.

The problem is so prevalent that “iPhone reception problems” has already reached the ten spot on Google trends. As of the time of this writing, neither AT&T or Apple have commented on the issue.

Here’s a video that shows what happens.