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Apple’s free case program is in full effect now. But if you’re the type that wants to enjoy your iPhone 4’s beauty in the raw — and still avoid the death grip — there are solutions available other than bulky cases.

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Apple’s free case program is in full effect now. Some have already received their cases, while others are shipping every day. But if you’re the type that wants to enjoy your iPhone 4’s beauty in the raw — and still avoid the death grip — there are solutions available other than bulky cases.

Zagg, the makers of the venerable Invisible Shield, have several film options that cover every single surface of your phone and allow you to choose the level of coverage you want. For $9.99, you can get the 4FIX Band/Antenna coverage, which is clear laminate for the metal edges (antennas) of your iPhone.

On Etsy, where creative individuals sell their ideas, you can get iPhone antenna-aids. They’re currently sold out, but they sell in a six-pack of different colored band aids. Clever.

Then there’s the most economical idea: the iPhone Patch. At only $1.50, you can get them in several different designs to suit your personality. Maybe they aren’t the snazziest of designs, but I can see teens buying off on this product for sure. All in all, not too bad for the equivalent of pocket change.

Of course, these options aren’t guaranteed to solve any antenna issues you may be having, but they should help remind you to avoid the dreaded “death grip.” And if you don’t care about looks at all, just use some duct tape; that stuff fixes everything!

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  1. I just got my iPhone 4 last week, after contemplating for over a month if I should get it or not, because i have terrible reception and home and at work.

    At both locations i consistently get 0 or 1 bars. While iPhone 4 does not offer better reception than my 3GS did, I spent about an hour walking around my house trying to reproduce the “death grip” to no avail. And I am lefty too!

    So i file this away as a non-issue. At least for me :)

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  2. The easiest solution is the best and stickers work. Another stickers could be found here: http://www.iphone4sticker.com
    enjoy

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  3. …but I can see teens buying off on this product for sure…

    How many teens have an iPhone4?! They should be using cheap Nokia models!

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    1. They all have Blackberrys….

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      1. actually all the teens I know either have an iphone or a cheap nokia phone…. none I know has a blackberry =|

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    2. YOU should be using a cheap nokia model for the very fact that you think teens should be using Cheap nokia models. I’m 11 and I have an iPhone 4, an iPad and an iPod touch. Neither of my friends have a phone that’s a cheap nokia model. They have blackberrys, iPhones or a phone that s at least $500. So stfu and gtfo douche bag.

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  4. Or you could just put a small patch of invisible scotch tape on the cap at costs of about zilch.

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  5. No, they don’t only “remind” you. They actually *DO* fix the issue, because they aren’t conductive, unlike your fingers.

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  6. InvisibleSHIELD makes an incredible product and it really does protect electronic devices. Do yourself a favor and get it.

    I found the invisibleSHIELD link on http://www.patrickwiscombe.com/coupons.

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  7. Thats an great idea.
    I love the design, just hope they are availible in Austria. the ofen

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