iPhone OS 3.0 Users Reporting Difficulties with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Connections

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2009, 04:46
Category: iPhone, Software

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As nifty as iPhone OS 3.0 may be, there may be some issues to sort out. Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS handsets are reported to have wireless connectivity issues that, in over fourteen Apple Discussion threads and over six hundred messages, have placed the blame for this issue on iPhone OS 3.0.

The problem, verified by many, states that when updating to the new software, Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPhone 3G either decreased or vanished entirely. Those who were used to getting full bars of Wi-Fi connectivity now experience markedly less bars. Worse, even if some signal strength bars are displayed, often there is no Internet connectivity.

Many solutions have been proposed including resetting the router, changing settings (seemingly at random), and even putting the 3G in the freezer:

“Also i might note, I turned off wifi, turned off the phone, put it in the freezer (in a bag) for 10 mins, turned the phone back on, put the phone right next to my wifi antenna and then turned on wifi and it joined, it JUST joined and I couldnt believe it,” says one forum poster. Several others report similar results, but this fix did not last long. In fact, blog posts have been written about possible solutions, but none of them seemed to pan out after using Wi-Fi for a short period of time.

Replacement iPhones have been circulated through Apple Stores, though this didn’t seem to fix the problem either.

A lesser yet still present problem reported in the Discussions is a lack of Bluetooth connectivity in conjunction with the lack of Wi-Fi. It seems that losing Bluetooth for those affected is a package deal with Wi-Fi.

Apple is reported to be well aware of this problem and as time goes on and the number affected increases, Apple Stores are acknowledging the problem and replacing phones, albeit without a solid set of solutions at the moment.

If you’ve seen these issues on your end, please let us know in the comments.

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3 Responses to “iPhone OS 3.0 Users Reporting Difficulties with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Connections”

  1. I have a problem with bluetooth. It does not work. My MacBook Air sees the iphone but no connectivity through Bluetooth. Can you help ?

  2. have new iphone 3gs and a itouch gen2. WiFi appears to work well and i haven't experienced any of the dropouts or connectivity issues. I have upgraded my gen 2 .

    The main problem for me is that both devices do not worth with bluetooth as a complete package. The iphone will not sync with my cars bluetooth handsfree. It does not see the device. It will sync with my bluetooth stereo headset and can be used for calls effectively. Try and select it for the ipod function and its does not come up as an option. This is contrary to th user guide. A total baffle and inconsistent implementaion not worthy of this current ages tech level.
    The gen 2 touch behaves in the same manner.
    I am totally disappointed. So many great attributes and yet the most handy and functional just don't work. Note I have all the entries in the Settings/general/about for both wifi and Bluetooth.

  3. have new iphone 3gs and a itouch gen2. WiFi appears to work well and i haven't experienced any of the dropouts or connectivity issues. I have upgraded my gen 2 .

    The main problem for me is that both devices do not worth with bluetooth as a complete package. The iphone will not sync with my cars bluetooth handsfree. It does not see the device. It will sync with my bluetooth stereo headset and can be used for calls effectively. Try and select it for the ipod function and its does not come up as an option. This is contrary to th user guide. A total baffle and inconsistent implementaion not worthy of this current ages tech level.
    The gen 2 touch behaves in the same manner.
    I am totally disappointed. So many great attributes and yet the most handy and functional just don't work. Note I have all the entries in the Settings/general/about for both wifi and Bluetooth.