10 Ways To Fix Your iPhone 4 Antenna Problem

iPhone 4 headband

Apple’s iPhone 4 “Antennagate” could be the best thing that’s ever happened to the mobile phone accessory market.

While Apple will be keeping the cost of entry-level iPhone 4 cases low — by providing them for free, at least through September — the iPhone 4’s widely reported antenna issues could open a flood of new case buyers.

That could translate to big bucks for especially clever or elegant solutions.

(In case you spent last week underwater, Apple’s new iPhone 4 uses an external antenna design that flakes out for some people if you hold your phone in a certain way. Using a case or other material on the antenna seems to solve the problem.)

For example, the latest purported fix to hit our inbox is the “Antenn-aid,” a vinyl sticker designed to look like a band-aid. “Apple made a boo-boo,” the site advertises. “Make it all better.” Six bandages sell for $5, plus shipping.

The Antenn-aid “may improve signal performance” when placed over the lower-left corner of the iPhone 4 antenna, the site boasts, with the disclaimer that it is “for entertainment purposes only” and that “results may vary.”

But that’s just one option.

Apple iPhone 4 Bumper or third-party case

Apple is going to give everyone a free bumper or case until Sept. 30, and possibly for the duration of the iPhone 4's life.

That's a quick, simple fix.

High-end case, like a Mophie

If you're looking for more from your case, there will be plenty of options.

Some companies may offer high-end or high-design cases, made with interesting designs or from interesting textures (like wood).

Other companies, like Mophie, will likely sell iPhone 4 cases that include external battery packs for more battery life, or that turn your iPhone into a mobile TV via Qualcomm's Flo TV service.

Handsfree device or iPhone earbuds with microphone

If you're not holding your phone, there should be no problem.

This is the only way you should be using your phone in the car, too.

Antenn-aid: 6-pack of stickers for $4.99

More at Antenn-aid.com

Invisible Shield

These guys are best known for their see-through iPhone screen coverings, but ZAGG is now selling 'sides only' kits for $9.99. You can buy a 'full body' kit for $24.99.

More about this in Instapaper developer Marco Arment's blog post.

(You could also use duct tape like Consumer Reports suggested, but that gets gummy.)

Get creative with a rubber band or sport headband

Gloves (Bonus: Style points)

Learn how to hold it the right way

If your skin doesn't come in contact with the lower-left antenna gap, you probably don't have this problem. So don't touch it there, and avoid the 'death grip' technique of holding your phone, and you should be fine.

Steve Jobs allegedly emailed one customer last month, saying, 'Just avoid holding it in that way.'

Get a different phone

As Apple demonstrated last week, and as many YouTube users have confirmed since then, pretty much every phone has antenna issues when held a certain way.

But maybe some phones will work better for you depending on the way you hold them.

This could be an iPhone 3GS, if you love Apple's products. Or maybe you'd want to try an HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon Wireless's network.

It's not like you make phone calls on your iPhone anyway. Just keep texting and emailing.

There will be a new iPhone in a year, and you can get that one then.

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