Former Writer · Jun 9, 2012 at 08:00 pm

Hardware Fault Found in the HTC One X Causes Bad Signal

Following the release of HTC’s flagship One series, owners have begun to notice some early inconveniences—things not working quite like they should, and the phone having issues with things that shouldn’t be an issue. With the quality control of HTC already in question, XDA Senior Member bigoliver has decided to showcase one of the biggest hardware faults of the HTC One X. It’s a pretty bad one too.

Some One X users have been struggling with signal strength, particularly WiFi signal strength, where a few have even experienced complete signal drops. Sadly this results froman issue with the antenna of the HTC One X. As bigoliver explains:

However this thread is specificity for the confirmed (by the community & unfortunately me) hardware fault of a lose connection on the WIFI antenna.

If you are suffering from a really bad WIFI connection and think you may have this hardware fault, there is a simple test you can do.

The squeeze test

Gently squeeze the side back of your phone, between the camera lens and the volume buttons, if your WIFI signal strength improves only to drop back down when you stop squeezing then you have this seemingly common fault.

What follows is quite astounding. After the explanation of the problem, the rest of the thread is dedicated to helping fellow members identify whether or not they have the problem, and their options regarding what they can do about it. Thus far, there are an astounding 9 video tutorials on how to tear down the One X and fix it yourself—which should be done with the utmost caution as you can permanently break your phone this way—along with some rumored methods that could fix it. Most impressively, there’s an HTC representative monitoring the activity in the thread and doing what he can to help people out.

Additionally, bigoliver is using the thread to help track users’ communications to HTC to keep track of what they intend to do in order to fix the problem. What started out as a friendly thread to let users know that there’s a problem has ballooned into a full blown movement of people helping people to get things fixed. We couldn’t be more proud.

For much more information, head on over to the original thread and get the help your One X needs.


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