How to fix your signal issues (kind of..) and look good, too.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Billy Mays, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Billy Mays macrumors member

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    What you'll need:

    -Electrical tape
    -Razor blade
    -iPhone 4

    Wrap the electrical tape around the steel antenna and cut out the spaces used by buttons, ports, ect (yes, I forgot to cut the headphone jack before I took the picture.. sue me). I double wrapped the bottom left and my iPhone 4 doesn't lose signal when I hold it in a regular manner with my left hand. There is a noticeable improvement from before.

    I think it looks good, what do you think?

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  2. celticpride678

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    This has already been mentioned, but it does seem to fix it.

    I'm not too sure too many people would like the idea of putting tape on their phone.
     
  3. iphoneZ macrumors regular

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    only the real billy mays has the power to fix the iphone ...
     
  4. Redcow macrumors newbie

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    This will sound retarded but...

    How do you cut holes around the stuff properly. It's not like a scissor can cut straight into electrical tape without going on the edges.

    I don't just have razorblades lying around.
     
  5. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

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    Isn't it almost impossible to get all the gooey tape stuff off?
     
  6. celticpride678

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    That's why you shouldn't put tape on your phone unless it's going to stay there forever.
     
  7. Billy Mays thread starter macrumors member

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    No, it wipes right off...
     
  8. ViPa macrumors 6502a

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    or you can use a xacto knife..you can cut with better precision, which i imagine you need when cutting tape on your brand new iphone
     
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You really only need to tape a small portion (the bottom left area), and some have just used scotch tape for this purpose.
     
  10. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    You should charge $29 plus shipping for this idea and scream, "BRILLIANT!"
     
  11. arunim macrumors member

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    in other words.. this is an inexpensive bumper!
     
  12. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    Smartest post on MacRumors I have read in the past week.
     
  13. Figbash Acrobat macrumors 6502a

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    Gelaskins

    In case you missed the gizmodo post on the subject:
    Gelaskins is already selling skins (with pre-cut holes, mind you) that also supposedly alleviate the signal issue by covering the outer edge/antenna. If you know gelaskins, you know they already have some pretty nice designs from various artists printed, also allowing you to submit your own custom design. Once I get my iP4, I'll strongly consider this as I hate the added bulk of cases, bumpers... :)
    Link:
    http://www.gelaskins.com/store/skins/phones/iPhone_4
     
  14. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    It surprises me that putting electrical tape over an antenna would make it work better.
     
  15. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    The issue is supposably the bridging of the two antennas with your hand which acts as a conductor and shortens out the antenna. Electrical tape prevents this
     
  16. Steve Ballmer macrumors 6502

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    Use Goo-Gone. Works fine for me on other products that have sticker residue.
     
  17. keyofnight macrumors regular

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    Wouldn't that be hard on the iPhone?
     
  18. ReflexReact macrumors 6502

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    haha I think it's a stupid idea - will skank up your new £600 phone.

    all of these blind sheep, would rather keep a defective product than return to Apple.

    i'm glad I returned mine, POS phone.
     

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