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Reader Redux: On Bricked iPhone 3Gs

Last week we asked you if you thought it was possible that Apple could have turned iPhone 3Gs into bricks after the iOS4 update in order to promote the iPhone 4, possibly increasing sales. Here's what you had to say:

  • "My mom and a friend of mine both use a 3G and they have both noticed the phones acting sluggish and very unresponsive after they updated to the new 4.0 and even 4,1 software." — (L)
  • "I ran iOS4 on my 3G for a few months and never had a problem. Of course I did end up getting the iPhone 4, but that had nothing to do with my phone being slow or anything." — bethinabox

Read more of your comments when you read more.

  • "So my 3G has become worse than the caveman phone I had for some time (between phone contracts). My earpiece has stopped working, and the only time I can actually hear someone is if I have the phone on speaker or have my headsets plugged in. When I am typing in an E-mail, it thinks for actually two minutes (I counted) before letting me start typing. Now my alarm actually starts going off one hour before it is scheduled for so a 5:00 a.m. wake up call turns into a 4:00 a.m. wake up call! I had taken it to the Apple store to get it fixed, the "Genius" there kept saying I don't know to all my questions, and then recommended I buy the 4G! Crapple indeed!" — shoegirl365
  • "I upgraded my 3G, which I keep at the bedside, since I also got a iPhone 4 for my pocket. The 3G works perfectly. It doesn't even seem slow except next to the 4. " — astandy
  • "It makes a LOT of sense now. My 3G has gone downhill so fast since iOS4 came out." — eliburford
  • "I don't know about malicious intent (but it might be true), but they screwed us by not allowing reinstall of iOS3." — by_tor
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elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 6 years
dont do it. they didn't really fix it. after both upgrades (including the supposed fix it one) my phone no longer works as well as it used to . it's BEYOND slow, and I lose all reception very easily, when my boyfriends 3G retains two bars. I cannot accept or make calls from inside my apartment. i have to go out side to get any service! also, it frequently takes over a minute to "think" when switching between applications. and if I get a text message while listening to music? I wont be able to load the text messages "App" for a minute, and then wont be able to go back to music for at least an additional minute. I want to upgrade to the iphone 4, but it's just too expensive.
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