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Angry [HARDWARE FAULT] WiFi antenna fault. HTC One X [22.04.2013]

Welcome,

There is a number of threads here about general WiFi problems on the HTC One X (HOX)
However, this thread is specifically for the confirmed (by the community & unfortunately me) (and finally HTC since 18.06.2012) hardware fault of a loose connection on the WiFi antenna.

If you are suffering from a really bad WiFi or Bluetooth connection and think you may have this hardware fault, there is a simple test you can do. Please only do this test if you are sure you could have the problem, PillipL explains why here

Update 30.08.2012 After a member reported he damaged his phone by repeatedly doing the squeeze test, I want to state again that you should ONLY squeeze if you are sure you could have the fault, please do this as a last resort and only squeeze the phone gently. I think a mobile phone should with stand a gentle squeeze and if it does damage the antenna I am sure it was only going to be a matter of time before you would have developed the fault anyway. Do this test your own risk! To read the report of the squeeze test damaging a phone click here

The squeeze test

Read this whole post carefully before beginning, then gently squeeze the side back of your phone, between the camera lens and the volume rocker. If your WiFi signal strength improves only to drop back down when you stop squeezing, then you have this seemingly common fault.

If your WiFi doesnt improve or gets worse whilst squeezing, this is normal and you don't have this fault. Please don't keep repeating this test as it is commonly accepted that this will accelerate the issue.

Important Update (17.07.2012) We now have the full official HTC test and fix procedures with pictures, see here and also in pdf (thanks to lawrence750), click here to download. Important Update 30.08.2012 - We now have the full parts list needed to carry out the official repair, see HERE

Video demonstrations of the issue

Thanks to our members everywhere, we have 13 excellent videos demonstrating the issue.



Video 2 - Video 3 - Video 4 - Video 5 - Video 6 - Video 7 - Video 8 - Video 9 - Video 10 - Video 11 - Video 12 - Video 13 (o2 repair FAIL!)

What to do now?

Ok, so if you don't have the fault, that is good news and I hope you can fix your different problem with a software update or router reset. Search this forum for some of the other wifi threads as this one is not for you.

If you do have the fault, I recommend you declare your phone DOA (Dead On Arrival) and exchange your phone for another. In the UK, you can do this within 28 days of the date of the purchase (so I believe).

If you fall outside of the DOA exchange period, then send your phone back for repair and hope they fix the issue or replace the phone without too much delay.

If you have unlocked your phone and are worried that you may not be covered by the warranty, you have a few options.

Update 22.06.2012 Read Urban Strata's (Official HTC Rep) advice here

1. Re-lock your phone and make sure you are running your stock rom.

If unsure how to do this, follow this guide HERE or watch the video HERE

Then return your phone and hope that they don't notice/blame the issue on you unlocking your boot loader.

The Law (in NL)

Read Quistnix advice here

The Law (in UK)

This is obviously a manufacturer's fault and if you are based in the UK, the law is definitely on your side (see the quote from Citizens Advice Bureaux below)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Citizens Advice Bureaux
If you bought goods six months ago or less and there's something wrong with them, the trader should accept that there was something wrong at the time of sale. Unless itís really obvious you caused the problem yourself, the trader should offer to put things right. In practice, this usually means repairing or replacing the goods. If the trader doesn't accept that there was something wrong with the goods when you bought them, they will have to prove this. (Source)
I put the key points in BOLD

For further advice on your rights in the UK and sample letters, read this post here.

Returning your phone my guides

Want a repair, replacement or refund? Try my guide here.

Should you return to the seller or HTC? Guide here

How to package and post your HOX, guide here

2. Fix it yourself

If you are brave/crazy enough, you could try to fix it yourself and people have successfully managed this. I DO NOT recommend this, but if you want to do it anyhow, here is my guide based on the feedback in this thread.

Many people reading this thread have asked for a guide on fixing the WiFi issue themselves. If you do decide to go down this route, please take step by step photos and explain how you did it on this thread and I'm sure you'll get loads of thanks for it.

Guides and tips how to self repair this problem...

I have not taken my HOX apart, however, based on user guides, I would probably do it like this...
(WARNING: This could seriously damage your phone, I do not recommend it and I'm not prepared to do it myself)

Before you start, read all the guides and PillipL post here

1. Remove the Sim and Sim-Tray
2. Tape up the power and volume buttons, to save time fiddling with putting them back in afterwards.
3. Out of the recommended methods to open your phone below, I would prefer to use my finger nail and or a guitar plectrum as I imagine this to be the best way to avoid scratches and damaging the case/screen. BE CAREFUL not to push the tool used too far inside the phone as this will cause damage.
4 I would probably use a soldering iron to make a secure connection between the pins. I fear that just bending the pins up slightly might develop the same issue again later on.

HTC's official repair guide* - Guide 1* - Guide 2 - Guide 3 - Guide 4 - Guide 5 - Guide 6* - Guide 7* - Guide 8 - Guide 9 - Guide 10 - Guide 11* - Guide 12 - Guide 13 - Guide 14* Guide 15* - Guide 16 - Guide 17 - Guide 18 - Guide 19 - Guide 20 - Guide 21

(*Guides with pictures) (Latest guide (10.07.2012) 15* has many detailed pics, well worth a read)

If you do try to fix the antenna yourself, please leave us feedback.

Update 06.07,2012 Leaked details of the official fix here & picture here

Video guide - How to fix the antenna yourself

Big thanks to JikaxDev for this excellent video guide



Video Guide 2 - Video Guide 3 - Video Guide 4 - Funny, but, the guy who made the video is serious I think )

Member's recommended tools for opening your HOX

If you are brave enough to open your HOX, I have heard that the fix only takes around 15 mins (but, please don't rush) Here are some of the ways our members opened their HOX's...

*Using a guitar plectrum (not sure which size is best, I would try a few)
*Using only your finger nail (assuming they are long/strong enough)
*With an automobile spark plugs gauge sheet using the 9mm
*Using a car dent puller!? (sticking it to the screen and just popping it out)
*Using a Coke can top ( the aluminium bit that get thrown away, see Video Guide 3 )

I have not tried any of the above, but I will continue to update with the latest techniques as I hear about them.

Did you open your HOX a different way? We would love to hear from you

Temporary fix

A temporary fix first posted by Gibeon, is to
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Originally Posted by Gibeon
take a piece of paper, fold it 4 times and stick it on the back of your phone. Pop it in your case and there's your easy, dirty fix until HTC admits the problem.
They are other versions of this fix floating around, using coins or tape and various other items stuck in a case to constantly compress the phone.
I do not recommend this temporary fix, here's why, the fault is caused by the antenna pins getting squashed down, if you squash the phone further your phone may improve but over time will get even worse and the fix will require even more compression, ultimately the fix will stop working.

BE VOCAL, make sure HTC can hear you

You can contact HTC, on their (website here) (twitter page here) and (facebook page here)
Linking back to this thread might help explain the problem. Also, it's probably worth sending this link with the description when returning the phone too.

Let us know here, what feedback you get from HTC.

Issues created by this problem

1. Poor to useless WIFI (obviously)
2. Poor to useless Bluetooth (as this uses the same antenna as WIFI)
3. Battery drain (as your phone will need to work harder to maintain a connection)
4. You will probably rely on 3g data more often, so your phone bills may increase

Model/Serial Numbers

According to HTC's statement (18.06.2012) here.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HTC's statement (18.06.2012)
we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future.
Meaning all serial numbers before this solution was implemented could develop the infamous WiFi antenna fault.

To check your model number go to...
Settings, About phone, Phone Identity. Alternatively, check the back of your phone's box.

Mine is a grey model, Serial Number HT23W*******.

For more infomation on what these serial numbers mean please read this helpful post here.

Possible causes

So far, (07.06.12) we are still unsure what the cause of this problem is, or how it can be avoided, however that has not stopped us speculating...

1. Poor QC allowing faulty devices to be shipped.
2. Phone getting warm and misshaping the internal parts and/or more likely the uni-body preventing the pins connecting with the antenna. (Using a silicon case is one theory for causing overheating)
3. Phone getting squashed in your pocket/bag/hand and the contacts getting bent downwards preventing a connection.
4. PillipL has came up with IMO the most likely explanation for the issue below..
Quote:
Originally Posted by PhillipL
Two problems with the lugs I can see, the first is the polycarbonate case is giving slightly, and the lugs don't spring up to maintain the same contact pressure.

Second, anything depressing the back of the case (phone in pocket for example) is causing the lugs to bend down slightly, and as they are not springs they will not necessarily return back when the pressure is gone, hence testing for the problem could cause it. If the phone is kept in a pocket and the case is flexing even only slightly then the lug and contact pad might be moving against each other, even a tiny microscopic movement repeated for each step the owner takes would soon wear away the gold plating on the connections causing a less than stellar connection. (Source)
More details about PhillipL's design flaw theory along with detailed pictures here.

In the MEDIA



This issue and thread appears in news articles all over the web, it was also the main feature on xdaTV (above)

Media links since this thread started (03.06.2012 - 17.06.2012)

XDA-Developers - Nexus Lab - Android Authority 11.06.12 - Android Police - Recombu - Android Guys - Nu.nl - Android Spin - Pocket Gamer - Reg Hardware - Android Authority 13.06.12 - Phones Review - 3g - Mobile Indian - Mobile Syrup - Device Magazine - IDG.se - WebmasterPoint - Social Barrel - Think Digit - Telegraaf - Tech2 - Money Control - IBN Live - Pocket Now - Yahoo News

Media links since HTC's statement acknowledging fault (18.06.2012 and onwards)

The Verve - TechCrunch - Android Police - Android Community - Nu.nl - Gadget Helpline - HTCPedia - Android Central - TechRadar - Phone Arena - Talk Android - Phones Review - cnet - Recombu - Device Magazine - The Inquisitr - NDTV - The Christian Post - TechDigest - Stuff - Stuff (Printed magazine)

Many users suffering from this issue are contacting the media and Watchdog. Watchdog is excellent at getting this kind of issue resolved. The more people that contact them the more likely they will investigate the issue, make sure you link back to this thread when reporting the issue to them.

BBC Watchdog link here

Note to media: This is a different issue to the grip of death, it is the other way round. You need to grip your phone in a certain place to get a signal. This fault is being referred to as, the "Reverse Death Grip" and "Grip of Life".

Media enquires, please email me ostones@gmail.com


Statements from HTC
Quote:
Originally Posted by Recombu (12.06.2012)
HTC is committed to delivering a high quality product and great experience for all of our customers. We investigate all reported issues and if a hardware or software change is found to improve a customer experience, it will be deployed to all applicable devices according to our standard, required processes. We apologise for any inconvenience customers have experienced and appreciate your patience as we work quickly to investigate this issue. (Source)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Android Police (18.06.2012)
After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation. (Source)
Repair horror stories

Below is a list of members who have had experiences with HTC and/or the companies they bought the phones off, this section is intended to name and shame in the hope that these companies will improve customer services in the future, it is also intended to draw attention to the individual cases.

I would like to make clear that we have had many success stories reported too and so far no one who has had the official fix implemented has complained the fault reoccurred. Personally I recommend that members suffering this WiFi fault return the phone to the seller and ask for a Repair, Replacement or Refund under the Sale of Goods Act (UK) (If within 6 months since purchase).

bigoliver(now resolved) - Zulake(now resolved) - Henkjoost(ongoing & being charged 315.00 Euro's!! ) - wman2(now resolved) - gloscherrybomb (ongoing, repair centre broke his screen and now want to charge him £178) - PurpleRob (HTC's delivery company lost his 3 week old phone when returning it with this wifi issue, now they say they will only replace it with a referb made up in a repair centre) - dave@dkvinyls (Phone came back worse than before it was "repaired" currently (26th July 12) without a working phone for over 26 days, now they want him to send it back for repair again, HTC refusing to replace) - dalecook (is being given the run around between HTC and Dial-A-Phone Shame on them 24.08.2012)

If you wish to be added to this list please write your own horror story in a post and kindly PM me the link, lets see if you can beat my story? (Please add evidence if possible ie screen shots, scanned letters, copies of emails etc)

Finally

Please let us know if you suffer from this loose antenna issue, and if you manage to get it solved.

Together we are stronger, cheers,

Oliver

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I have the same problem ( HK phone ) and its very clear when using a BT headset, just placing my hand over that area and the music stops...
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It is beyond me why HTC continues to insist upon having these shoddy antenna designs. The GS2 had all of it's antennas solidly designed and connected. The crap design needs to stop and they need to have anyone who pushes this design removed.

No one cares if having the antenna in the case means you get a better antenna, especially not when your connection to the case is a piece of **** that can break itself over the course of two years.

For reference, the Galaxy S2 and S3 all have their antennas mounted just over the PCB, beneath the plastic case. No one is crying about defective antennas.
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Manage to replicate the issue here. Need to relock and send in to repair.

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| Galaxy Note | Galaxy Note II LTE | Galaxy Note III LTE |
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Manage to replicate the issue here. Need to relock and send in to repair.

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Sorry to hear that EDD!E,

At least you're diagnosed, let's hope you get sorted and soon.

Cheers for letting us know, please keep us informed with how the repair goes

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I have the same problem ( HK phone ) and its very clear when using a BT headset, just placing my hand over that area and the music stops...
Not tried it on a BT headset yet and my device in currently in repair This problem gets worst
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Thank you very match for this

Yes my problem is the connection loose I try to push the cover and the signal become
excellent two bars increase

I think I will open mine but I am really scared
that the cover will not fit in
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Thank you very match for this

Yes my problem is the connection loose I try to push the cover and the signal become
excellent two bars increase

I think I will open mine but I am really scared
that the cover will not fit in
Your a braver man than me. Please let us know what you decide to do and how you get on.

Btw what model number is your phone h23, h24 or h25?

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Same for me guys, h23, significant increase when pressing the top right corner. So glad this has been picked up on, I kept thinking it was my router or bad radio or my imagination! Booked in for repair on Wednesday (screen ripple issue as well) fingers crossed it comes back fixed.

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Same for me guys, h23, significant increase when pressing the top right corner. So glad this has been picked up on, I kept thinking it was my router or bad radio or my imagination! Booked in for repair on Wednesday (screen ripple issue as well) fingers crossed it comes back fixed.

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Thanks for the feedback, keep us informed with your progress.

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