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Apple iPhone 4 – hands-on launch day video review

Signal problems reported as iPhone 4 goes on sale

Apple’s iPhone 4 went on sale across the UK today at Apple stores, as customers queued overnight to buy the latest iPhone.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone was revealed by the electronics giant at its developer conference in the US earlier this month. The Apple iPhone 4 features video calling and a high-definition 960×640-pixel resolution screen.

The new iPhone 4 also includes an upgraded 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, a front-facing camera, the ability to record and edit video in high definition, a faster Apple-designed A4 processor, and a thinner, lighter design. Apple says that iPhone 4 will feature a longer-lasting battery with up to 40% longer talk time, and the addition of a three-axis gyroscope for 3D control.

Watch our hands-on First Look iPhone 4 video review, to see Apple’s latest handset in action. 


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iPhone 4 availability

The iPhone 4 is available to buy from all five major UK networks – Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Three, plus Tesco, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse stores. The handset also launched simultaneously in the US, France, Germany and Japan, with each country receiving limited stocks. 

O2 has launched an online iPhone 4 stock availability checker so consumers can search O2 stores to find one with stock of the handset. Consumers hoping to buy a white version of the iPhone 4 will be able to at the end of July, according to Apple.

iPhone 4 signal problems

Reports have started to appear online of iPhone 4 users finding that they lose mobile network signal when they hold their new Apple handsets in a specific way. The iPhone 4 has a revolutionary design where the antennas for mobile and wi-fi reception are integrated into the stainless steel band around the edge of the phone. 

Consumers are reporting that when they touch the left hand edge of the phone and the bottom edge, the strength of the data signal decreases significantly.

iPhone 4 micro-Sims available on Three

Mobile network Three chose today to announce its pay monthly micro-Sim plans which are compatible with the iPhone 4. The 3 pay monthly micro-Sim costs £15 per month and offers 300 any-network minutes, 2,000 Three-to-Three minutes, 3,000 texts, a 1GB data allowance and free voicemail. The contract operates on a 1-month rolling basis, with a 30-day notice period to cancel. 

Three’s micro-Sim will be available to order online from 25 June. The company says it will also allow existing Three customers to swap their current Pay Monthly Sims for micro-Sims so they can continue their current contracts but take advantage of mobile phone handsets that only accept micro-Sims.

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