Obviously these people are simply not holding their iPhones correctly… On a serious note, I suspect Apple’s decision to offer a $29 iPhone 4 “bumper” (rubber edge case, available in six colors…) is a tacit acknowledgement that the antenna design is flawed
The reader reports included suggestions for how to fix the problem — Update 19: use nail polish to insulate the antenna; Update 21: enclose the phone in a rubber case — and appeared to show some wisdom in this crowd. Late Thursday, an Apple spokesman, Steve Dowling, acknowledged that the issues experienced by users were real but he played down their importance.
“Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, depending on the placement of the antennas,” he said. “This is a fact of life for every wireless phone.”