How to improve the connectivity of your iPhone 4 for $1

How to improve the connectivity of your iPhone 4 for $1
By now, the solution to the iPhone 4's connectivity problem is clear-putting a rubber bumper around the unit will insulate the antennas that wrap around the phone. Apple itself offers such a bumper for $29 and had given some away to those who waited on line to pick up their phone on June 24th. But as other documents have shown, Apple reps have been told not to promise or give out free bumpers. And considering the price of the phone, why should you be on the hook for another $29 to correct a problem that is not your fault? A better solution has been offered up by one Oliver Nelson. Nelson received a green bracelet like the kind you see cyclists wear, for free when he ordered an iPad charger from crazyondigital.com. However, you should be able to pick up a similar bracelet for about $1 at a hobby store. You then stretch the band around the iPhone and you have a rubber bumper. And to allow space for the charger, Nelson took an unstretched bracelet and made a cut measuring 1.125″ long and about .125″ wide.  He also made other small cutouts for the silent mode toggle switch on the side, and a small hole for the audio jack on top. A little snip here and a little snip there and you have a rubber bumper that costs a small fraction of the $29 that Apple charges.

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33 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Anyone else think its sad that you have to buy accessories to make your "worlds greatest phone" work properly?

4. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

i do

6. alex_a

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

I wanted this phone really badly, but after this..... I am not sure I want it anymore. Even $200 is too much for the phone that is not working properly out of the box.

19. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

I love this....Apple goofed on something sooooo simple, this appears to be a design flaw not based upon computer programming or faulty components.... but simply improper design of the antenna as well as improper testing... Then again, how could Apple properly test their products when they can't even keep track of their prototypes. Those all end up in a puddle of spilled beer and redbull-vodkas. It would be an absolute disgrace if the employee who designed the antenna was fired for this and Jobs is still gets to water and fertilize his orchard of I-bitches. Somewhere on the product testing checklist there is a missing box for "does this phone drop more calls then would be expected?" Someone get me a whool shirt.

20. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

excuse me... "wool shirt"

2. kellybl131

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 19, 2009

Maybe it's just me... but you shouldn't need to "improve connectivity" on a phone that costs $300.

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Too bad his has to be necessary but kudos to this guy. This was a bigger stoke of genius than the antenna itself.

5. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Wow, you hear that Apple owners, You get to wear a rubber while Apple is Fu**ing you, and it only costs 29.99! WOW! You should expect to see these in the mens room of bowling alleys and gas stations, late 2010.

7. jamess661

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

Now that was funny

9. dsg_cobra

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

wow, thank you i needed that, actually made me laugh out loud.

8. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

A couple inches of electrical tape will do the same thing and cost just about nothing... though it'll be ugly as sin.

10. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

Where do you get this so called "free electrical tape"??? I want some.

15. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Fair point... I should have edited to just say 'tape'

29. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

Cheaper electrical tape may be found at Walmart.

30. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

please do not edit your words. You have the right words.

11. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

haha ha INCREDIBLE FTW!

12. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

hate to break it to you, but the droid incredible has known signal/grounding issues as well...

18. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Your holding it wrong zuno...

24. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

your a big ass hater, fag....why don't you ever say anything possible? just because you have acne all over your face don't hate us

25. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

All you do is on this site is hate on anyone who says anything positive about a non-iFail or anything negative about an iFail. You don't bring anything meaningful, insightful, intelligent, or amusing to any post on this site. Go take your Ritalin, wait for a pubic hair to grow, and then come back. Until then little boy, shut the fuck up. Nobody cares about you.

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

ILOVEIPHONE25- I'm a big ass hater? Reread some of your own posts and tell me who the fag is...Talking about acting like little kids an sh*t in the Netflix article like your big sh*t, please, STFU. YOU sir, are a sheep! (Blow) Jobs needs his balls waxed...get to steppin boy!

32. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

I'm pretty sure you meant anything POSITIVE (not possible) ...tough guy...

13. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

It is very apparent that Apple knew of the antenna problem all along. Instead of fixing the problem they came up with these stupid bumpers to Jimmy rig the phone. It's like selling a brand new car with the exhaust falling off and instead of fixing it, you sell the consumer a colorful hanger to correct the issue. I hate to say it, but very lame Apple!!!

14. deejh

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

As I've said before and I will continue to say, FAIL, FAIL,FAIL.......It's freakin ridicilous that you would even have to consider buying an unneeded accessory for what steve jobs calls " The phone that has changed everything, again." I tell you what it did change, it changed me from an iphone user with att to a htc evo owner and sprint:-) and i am loving the now network and android

17. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

What do I have to buy to fix my EVO? Its screen started to pop out of the case. My nexus one is having a signal problem as well, can I fix it with a plastic case?

21. deejh

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

No problems with my evo, update went well, better battery life and no light leakage issues so go buy your rubberbands for ur $300.00 piece of crap. Lol

23. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

Oh... So my EVO is a $300 piece of crap and yours is not?

16. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

recall recall recall recall

22. twashington4

Posts: 81; Member since: May 24, 2010

$29 for a piece of rubber to wrap around your phone? Whatever!! For what? Because it has an Apple logo on it? Man, Apple can sell you that thing for $4.99 and still make a profit. It's just inexpensive molded plastic/silicone from China (no offense to anyone from China, of course). You're idea is cool with the rubber band, but obviously we shouldn't have to resort to those measures. Apple will still sell their phones because of their fan base, but if this keeps escalating they are going to have to recall and retrofit the Iphone 4.

31. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

China is not to blame. they make what they are told to make.

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