I have been having an increasing amount of problems with my first generation iPhone recently. The phone has always worked flawlessly with no lockups, no dropped calls, or other problems. Over the last few months, things have changed drastically with the usability of my phone.
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Calls that come into the device often lock it up when I try to slide the answer bar. The phone will simply hang and continue to ring and vibrate without answering the call. The only way to get out of that is to hit the send to voicemail button on the phone. I also have begun to have significant issues with the phone not delivering voice mail.
I would be going about my day and I would get a voice mail beep notification and when I went to the voice mail wondering why the phone hadn’t rang, the voice mail would often be for a day or more prior. All other functions of the phone worked without any issue, leaving me wondering if my beloved iPhone was going bad or if it was a network issue.
Yesterday I finally got around to installing the most recent iPhone software on my device. After the update was applied, I also had a notification that new carrier settings were available for my area. A carrier settings update is something that I had never been offered after a software update.
I downloaded the carrier update not thinking much about it; honestly, I am not sure what it updated. However, after applying the updates I noticed that the lockups that used to happen with high frequency (roughly every few calls received) did not happen once all day long. I don’t have a home phone line and use my iPhone for all my personal and work calls meaning I get lots of calls. It appears that the problem I was having with my phone was related to the network or the firmware version and the updates may have fixed the issues.
It's certainly too early to tell if the updates are a permanent fix, but I am certainly hopeful. I have also noticed that after the updates were applied my iPhone shows five full bars of connectivity in all areas of my home. Prior to the update two or three bars was all I could hope for inside or out. Has anyone else out there noticed the sort of problems on their iPhone that I mentioned and seen them go away with a carrier settings update or software update?