Just got off the line with Apple level 2 support. Spoke to the agent Friday, when she had told me to expect an official announcement by the end of the day. Well, that never came. I emailed her today, and she just called me back 5 minutes ago. She said Apples official stance on the issue, is that the phone is functioning within normal parameters, and that if you have to hold it in a way that affects signal, you should use a case. She proceeded to tell me she is going to send me out a case next day delivery. She stated the cases were not an official response, and she was sending me one due to our previous conversation. Otherwise, the official stance is no free bumpers. I actually bought a case earlier this evening from best buy, and it has rectified the problem. So guess I am goint to live with it, cause everything else about this phone is awesome, and I use cases.