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Apple iPhone 4 free case antenna fix predicted by TechRepublic members

TechRepublic members correctly predict that Apple will give out free cases to fix iPhone 4 antenna problems.

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On Friday, Apple CEO Steven Jobs addressed the growing "antennagate" controversy surrounding the iPhone 4.

In a nutshell, the company will give away a free case with every iPhone 4 purchased through September 30. Current iPhone 4 owners will be able to get a free case by registering through Apple's website. And, those who already purchased a case will get a full refund for the price of the case.

Apple has also released iOS 4.0.1, which reportedly fixes an issue where more signal strength bars were shown than should have been and an Exchange bug. Jobs recommend every iPhone 4 owner upgrade to the new version.

Earlier this week, I asked TechRepublic members what they thought Apple would do to fix the iPhone 4's antenna problems. The majority of those who took the quiz were right on the money. Of the 790 people who answered the poll question, 35 percent said that Apple would give out free cases.

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7 comments
BBaldwin803
BBaldwin803

that the iPad would be a flop. One out of two ain't bad. Seriously though, I am an iPhone user and I have a question for all of the iPhone-a-phobs. How many of you use your phone (whatever the brand it is) without a case? I use a case for my [work] iPhone, but not for my [personal] droid (iPhone for work, Droid Incredible for personal use? and I LOVE my Incredible..!!!). Well, not totally true, I sometimes use one for my Droid, and almost always use one with my iPhone. The point is, in my informal and unscientific observations I see MOST people use a bumper, so I wonder how big of a "real-world" problem it is? I know, I know? it shouldn't be a problem at all, an I agree. Apple blew it in my opinion. As they say, early adopters ALWAYS suffer from being the first in line as it were (though I'm still waiting to see what horrible problems my first generation iPad has). Also as they say, it ain't over till.. and this is solution round #1. If things continue to be a big problem (i.e. they end up in court and things don't go Apple's way) then round #2 very well may be a recall. I doubt it will go that far. But I could be wrong..!!! Yes, I'm a fanboy, or iFanatic, or I sleep in Apple PJs (not really, but I've been accused of it).. just as much as I'm sure you're an iHater, or iDon't-liker, or whatever..

Shaunny Boy
Shaunny Boy

...and doubtful that they'll stand the test of time when Windows 7 Mobile, Android 2.2 and Adobe up their game on the new lines of HTC. It's been a long treacherous road for HTC with their innumerable versions of phones, but they are coming very close to the real king of smart-phones. Plus, they don't charge an extortionate price for a 2 year contract. I paid ?15 (approx $22.50) for my HTC desire upgrade, and my contract is only ?25 (approx $37.50) a month with 800 mins, 800 text, 500MB of data and free wifi. The iPhone 3GS (which is by standards old) still costs at the very least ?35 (approx $52) pounds a month and you still need to pay ?100 (approx $150) for the phone, plus the contract won't be any near as good. I'm a HTC fanboy, and have enough change to celebrate that fact with a pint for all my mates!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

TechRepublic members correctly predicted that Apple will give out free cases to fix iPhone 4 antenna problems. But just because a case handout was the most predicted fix, doesn't mean it will sit well with all iPhone 4 owners. Are you satisfied by Apple's "free case" fix for the iPhone 4 antenna problem? Take the poll and let me know: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1909

ProducedByJoel
ProducedByJoel

Bill, I voted yes, conditionally though. While I believe the case will solve the immediate problem, it is clearly just a band-aid. Knowing Apple's commitment to product excellence I believe they are working on a "real" solution. I've heard chatter that perhaps a clear "coating" for the antenna would solve the problem and if that is so Apple will work that into the manufacturing process. I'm gonna take advantage of the case offer even though I'm not thrilled because even the minimalist bumper deters from the gorgeous design. I might take a shot at using a fine artist's brush to apply a polyurethane coating to the antenna strip.If that doesn't help I can always CAREFULLY remove it with a Q-tip and a small amount of thinner.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Polyurethane will stand up to a lot, but I don't know how long it's going to hold up under this use. If you put it on thick enough (or multiple thin coats) to really last, it may detract more from the appearance than a case would. Too thin and your fingers will wear it down before you're ready to replace the unit. Will the front 'glass' stand up to thinner? Is it glass or a plastic? Be careful!

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