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How are you solving the iPhone's antenna problem?

July 16th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

The iPhone 4 broke Apple sales records upon its release on June 24, drawing positive reviews from tech bloggers and almost religious fervor from Apple fanatics who waited hours to get their hands on one.

How are you solving the iPhone's antenna problem?

How are you solving the iPhone's antenna problem?

But just hours after its release, reports of a problem with reception began surfacing.

One of the new phone's vaunted features is its sleek design, nearly 25 percent thinner than its most recent predecessor. That's achieved, in part, by snaking the antenna through a metal band around the edges of the phone.

Analysts determined that holding the band in a certain spot leads to interference, causing weakened reception and, sometimes, dropped calls.

For its part, Apple downplayed any problems.

Jobs, who in recent months has taken to communicating publicly through e-mails with customers, fanned the flame with what critics called a brusque dismissal of the complaints.

"Just avoid holding it in that way," he wrote in an e-mail that circulated on the Web during the last week of June.

iPhone owners have been taking a unique approach to solving the reception problems. Many are purchasing the Apple bumpers which the company says solves the problems and others are even wrapping rubber bands around the device.

We want to know some of the more unusual ways you are solving the phone's reception problem.

Are you purchasing the bumper? Have you changed the way you hold your phone? Have you gotten rid of your iPhone all together?

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