Woz's iPhone 4 Antenna Solution: Double Fisting

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At this point, we've seen all sorts of crazy ideas for fixing the iPhone 4's antenna problems, from strapping it with a rubberband to covering it with nail polish. Steve Wozniak's solution: just carry another phone.

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In an interview with a Dutch reporter, Woz described his own iPhone 4 antenna woes at length:

Henk van Ess: How did you find out about the antenna problems?

Steve Wozniak: The first time I tried I was able to duplicate the problem. My wife was driving me to the airport and as soon as I got a short distance from my home, and no longer on wifi, I tried it by accessing a web page (using Safari on my iPhone 4) and observing the progress bar.

As the bar started to proceed I lightly (‘lightly') touched a couple of fingers to the trouble area and the progress bar froze. When I lifted my fingers the progress bar continued it's (sic) rapid progress. Putting my finger[s] back down halted the progress bar again. Lifting my fingers another time allowed the web page to finish loading.

I tried it again with one more web page I was in a moving car in the hills near my home. Currently I maintain cell phone calls fine there with my iPhones and with other cell phones, although this exact area used to drop AT&T calls reliably, a few years ago.

I was in a moving car in the hills near my home. Currently I maintain cell phone calls fine there with my iPhones and with other cell phones, although this exact area used to drop AT&T calls reliably, a few years ago.

I tried to repeat this experiment somewhere else a second time, I think in a San Jose restaurant, and I only had partial success. That time I could only slow the progress bar a little and only if I squeezed my iPhone 4 tightly. I concluded that the effect only occurs in some places. It's like the AT&T dead zone has been extended with this new phone.

If you can afford it, carry a second Verizon phone for backup. Another option is to carry a Verizon mifi and rely on Skype on your iPhone.

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I'm not sure he quite gets it—it's not just about the money, Woz, it's about the pockets. [TechCrunch]

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I know everyone has an iPhone 4 but I cannot for the life of me find one in a store anywhere!

I walked into the Apple store a few times the last two weeks and they are always out. They almost laugh when I ask if I can buy one. It is like a product that everyone owns, but you cannot buy. I feel like the only reason they have them for display in the Apple store is to show you what you cannot have. None in the stores, three week wait online, no white version available yet, all kinds of technical issues with it...

It is just all so weird to me.