Submitted by Bob Bhatnagar on
A couple of designers took Steve Job's press conference suggestion to make an iPhone 4 antenna band-aid to heart. The product is for sale in an assorted color six-pack for five bucks plus shipping. The two are now struggling to keep up with orders on the web site Etsy.
Reports have suggested that electrical, duct, or even scotch tape applied to the lower left hand side of the iPhone 4 alleviates antenna problems when the area is touched. The idea behind the Antenna-aid is to separate your hand from the exposed external antenna to preserve the best signal possible. It should also garner some laughs, too.
It's a funny concept that may or may not actually help. After all, Antenna-aid claims the accessory is for entertainment purposes only, and lists Technical Specifications as "Umm... it's a sticker." What's sure is that the Antenna-aid will fit precisely on the outer rim of the iPhone 4. Apple is offering free cases to all iPhone 4 owners until September 30 due to the reception issues some users are having with the device, and Consumer Reports recently determined that an iPhone 4 Bumper case will prevent the antenna issue.
The tag line for the product is, "Apple made a boo-boo. Make it all better." The Antenna-aid web site posted on Etsy lists features of the product with a satirical shout out to Apple's marketing:Magical, Works like magical.
Sticky, World-class adhesion.
Colorful, Colors you can see with the human retina.
Antenna-aid is also available in a bulk pack of 30 packaged six-packs for $90, which brings the price down to $3 per six-pack. The vinyl stickers are printed with a band-aid pattern and come in six different colors: blue, green, light-grey, grey, peach, and purple. It could be worth five bucks until your free iPhone 4 case from Apple arrives.