Released on September 19, 2014, this 4.7" screen iPhone is the smaller version of the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Cell connection dropping out

Every once in a while, my phone will say searching and the only way to fix it is to slam it on a table. I thought it was the wifi antenna, but I heard that it's the IC. Can anyone give me a definitive answer? If it's the antenna, then I'll replace it and the screen. If it's the IC, then I'll be forced to get an 8 :(

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Well first of all, slamming electronics devices against a table is never a good idea...regardless of how therapeutic it feels :>).

The iPhone 6 is well known for suffering from "searching" issues and ironically, it is believed to be caused by flexing of the logic board, causing microscopic cracks in some frail copper traces. The flexiness of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus (Touch Disease) make this more problematic in those devices. So smacking it on the table is only making this problem worse.

IMHO, this is an IC issue. The good news is that the repair community is confident at this point that a "permanent" fix is possible by doing the long jumper repair(U1/V1) (see No Service issue on iPhone 6 ). You'll need to seek out a reputable micro-solderer for this and most of them work on a no fix/no fee basis. Or you could upgrade your phone...but your phone still has value and someone should benefit from this device so try to avoid the landfill.

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Happen to know of a good micro-solderer in the DFW area?

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I regret to say I don't. Most micro-solderers take "mail-in" repairs so that is another option. You can check out my profile for details or search via Google to find someone close-by.

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