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Electronics retailer Best Buy is rumored to offer free antenna covers for any iPhone 4 owner, with a simple strip that would cover the exterior metal band of the handset.

Citing a number of anonymous sources who confirmed the deal is legitimate, Engadget reported Wednesday that the retailer will give out free invisibleSHIELD 4fix antenna covers, worth about $9.99, to all iPhone 4 owners. That means even those who bought their handset elsewhere, such as direct through Apple or through carrier AT&T, will also be eligible for the promotion.

"Based on a number of tips that we've received, we're getting the impression that the yellow-tagged retailer could be handing out (and installing) completely free side coverings for any iPhone 4 owner that waltzes into a store, presumably as a proactive measure to fend off returns or to upsell consumers on an entire invisibleSHIELD/separate case," author Darren Murph wrote.

The invisibleSHIELD 4fix from Zagg is cut specifically for the sides of the iPhone 4, making it a less bulky option than a complete case for those who want to improve reception on their handset. Promotional materials say that the cover is "independently tested by antenna experts, and proven to enhance reception on the iPhone 4." It also says the material is "military grade" and prevents scratches.

The 4fix is applied in 7 separate pieces that leave space for the volume, vibrate and lock buttons, the SIM card tray, and the port on the bottom of the phone. The accompanying flier says that the promotion for all iPhone 4 owners is limited to one per customer.



Earlier this month, Apple announced that it will give away free cases to every iPhone 4 sold through Sept. 30. Users who download the iPhone 4 Case Program software from the App Store have the choice of a black "bumper" case made by Apple, or a number of third-party alternatives.

The cases are meant to appease customers who are experiencing reception issues with their iPhone 4. The signal on Apple's latest handset can be attenuated by touching the bottom left corner of the device, where the cellular antenna meets the Wi-Fi/GPS/Bluetooth antenna. Bridging the gap between the two metal pieces can result in loss of signal and, in areas of poor reception, dropped calls.

In its defense, Apple has noted that many other phones, including Motorola's latest Droid X, experience signal attenuation when held improperly. It, along with Nokia's N97 and a number of other smartphones, is featured on Apple's official antenna performance page.
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If true, this would show why Best Buy is the only major surviving CE retailer!
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I like this, smart move. Betting people have to goto the back of the store, so lots of opportunities to sell accessories etc. Plus, as friendly as people are there, they will gain a ton of loyal customers.
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... Plus, as friendly as people are there, they will gain a ton of loyal customers.

Are you sure you're thinking of Best Buy? "Friendly" is not how I would describe their sales staff.
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Are you sure you're thinking of Best Buy? "Friendly" is not how I would describe their sales staff.

"Nearly nonexistent" would be the phrase I would apply to the Portland, OR area stores.

BTW: Hard to believe they added 3 additional stores within a ten mile radius during this recession. However, it does make for easier shopping as fewer customers per store. Unfortunately, that also means they have less selection and are not very deep for the SKU items they carry in-store.
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Are you sure you're thinking of Best Buy? "Friendly" is not how I would describe their sales staff.

I've gone to Best Buy for years. Yes, I would describe them as friendly, in fact very friendly.
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This whole AntennaGate thing is turning out to be pretty sweet for customers.

Buy your iPhone 4 from Apple, and get a free Case.

Walk into Best Buy, and get the free invisible skins.

Nice.
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I've gone to Best Buy for years. Yes, I would describe them as friendly, in fact very friendly.

Depends on the individual store. The one I used to visit had ordinary assistants, but the folks at the new one I go to are really helpful.
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Are you sure you're thinking of Best Buy? "Friendly" is not how I would describe their sales staff.

I would describe their demeanor as friendly; they're totally full of shit, but still friendly.
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I would describe their demeanor as friendly; they're totally full of shit, but still friendly.

The one's I've been in they are full of shit and seem to wonder why I am asking them anything; whatever department they are in is never theirs.
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Originally Posted by JerryMcAlder View Post

Forget Best Buy - invisibleSHIELD is offering Free Shipping on their website. The link below is for appleinsider only and offers the free shipping:

You're a first time poster here.

Best buy gives away the product for free. Zagg, through the link posted in the quoted post, charges for the product but may offer free shipping.

Your referral link is spam and makes you money.
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This appears to be a much more elegant option, if not a complete solution to the antenna issue, though I doubt that it'll do much to thwart the onslaught of resulting backlash from competitors (particularly ones that Apple's been dubiously targeting).

e.g. http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content...droid-x-ad.jpg
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post #13 of 42
Just called my local Best Buy. They will only honor this promotion for people who purchased their Iphone through them. That means for the most of us we're out of luck.
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Am I living in some sort of bizzaro world where this reflects negatively on Apple and the iPhone? Where it not only seems pathetic that Best Buy would need to consider such measures, but also that this InvisibleShield 4fix exists in the first place?

I mean the implication behind the name of the product is that you've purchased something that needs fixing before you've taken it out of the box...
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Looks like all this company offers is high grade scotch tape.
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Just called my local Best Buy. They will only honor this promotion for people who purchased their Iphone through them. That means for the most of us we're out of luck.

One would consider this to be 'understood'... No?

It wouldn't make any (business) sense to support devices/products that weren't purchased through their own stores.
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Check out this video from Invisible Shield showing their fix.


http://www.zagg.com/iphone-4-antenna-fix.php[/URL]
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"BTW: Hard to believe they added 3 additional stores within a ten mile radius during this recession. However, it does make for easier shopping as fewer customers per store. Unfortunately, that also means they have less selection and are not very deep for the SKU items they carry in-store.

Well, the one in Jantzen Beach is really for Washington residents who are coming across the border to dodge sales tax (done it many times!)
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Smart....Retailers spend millions of dollars getting people to just come in their stores just on the 'if-come' that they buy something while there. Evidence the Target Sunday circular!

Best.
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Looks like all this company offers is high grade scotch tape.

I have it on all my phones and it is awesome.
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One would consider this to be 'understood'... No?

It wouldn't make any (business) sense to support devices/products that weren't purchased through their own stores.

Yes, but the AppleInsider article says that even customers who haven't bought the phone at Best Buy, but elsewhere, can get it installed by Best Buy free of charge.

Sounds kind of strange to me that Best Buy would offer it free to people who aren't customers.
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It definitely depends on which store you go to. Best Buy hires a lot of teenagers. Unfortunately for me I never have had a good experience with Best Buy in the Atlanta area, Northern California area, or southern Washington State areas.

Case in point: Purchased an external hard drive online from Best Buy for pick up at store. That went fine. Picked it up that day. Walked into the store, stood in the customer service line for five minutes. I was the only one standing there, one guy was at the counter with the cashier. When the cashier finished and the customer walked away I continued to wait while she talked to a lady sitting at a computer. She asked if she could take over. The lady at the computer looked at her and said, "no, I am busy." So the cashier walks back to the register and calls me over, obviously unhappy. I hand her the printed receipt just as she is about the ring up my order (which was sitting right behind her on the rollers) a "friend" of hers walks up (this friend was not an employee). Right in front of me they start BSing about high school crap and I am standing right there. That pissed me off so much I made it a point to speak with her superior. The training at Best Buy must be horrible.

As long as these are free I will go get one. The front and back Zagg shield I will not even consider, when they surely will try and up sell it to me. They are sticky and I can't stand the orange peel effect.
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I've gone to Best Buy for years. Yes, I would describe them as friendly, in fact very friendly.

They're friendly if/when available. But, often they are not. More important, even when they are available and/or friendly, they are barely knowledgeable.
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This whole AntennaGate thing is turning out to be pretty sweet for customers.

Buy your iPhone 4 from Apple, and get a free Case.

Walk into Best Buy, and get the free invisible skins.

Nice.

Yup, apple has made having issues with your device a sign of coolness and made retailers rush to give out free stuff and even provide an opportunity for people to come up and sell their own fixes (the iPhone band-aid anyone?)

The only other thing that comes to mind is Xbox actually. It was part of the XBox experience to get to experience the red ring of death, stuff your box in with towels and repeat every few weeks until MS gave you a brand new box that sapped less power and was slightly quieter. Good deal.
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

This appears to be a much more elegant option, if not a complete solution to the antenna issue, though I doubt that it'll do much to thwart the onslaught of resulting backlash from competitors (particularly ones that Apple's been dubiously targeting).

e.g. [the link you provided to a Droid phone website]

TryHarder.
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

TryHarder.

That's exactly what they appear to be doing... 'tying harder' to offer a more streamlined/less obtrusive to solution to the one officially offered by Apple.

Good for them, and the customers who purchased their iPhone4s through them.
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Well, the one in Jantzen Beach is really for Washington residents who are coming across the border to dodge sales tax (done it many times!)

Yeah, I get that. And my friends and family actually wonder why I don't do my Christmas shopping the the Bay Area? What I save in sales tax pays for at least one nice dinner out for me while I'm there!

But, actually, I was referring to:

1. Washington Square, Beaverton OR
2. Tualatin, OR
3. Hillsboro, OR

All of them are within 10 miles of the old store on Cedar Hills Blvd in Beaverton. I laugh that they call the new Beaverton store "Washington Square", when it is clearly NOT part of Washington Square Mall, unless truth in advertising no longer matters. Which, of course, it doesn't.
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Originally Posted by addicted44 View Post

This whole AntennaGate thing is turning out to be pretty sweet for customers.

Buy your iPhone 4 from Apple, and get a free Case.

Walk into Best Buy, and get the free invisible skins.

Nice.

The free skins (which they are not) do what? Cover up the issue. That's hardly something you think is sweet for customers. Free cases is cool though, I guess. I think the main issue here is the folks who prefer not to use cases, but not they'll have to if they don't live in John Gruber or Steve Jobs' house.
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Check out this video from Invisible Shield showing their fix.

http://www.zagg.com/iphone-4-antenna-fix.php

Not a design issue, guys? Haha.
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This whole AntennaGate thing is turning out to be pretty sweet for customers.

Buy your iPhone 4 from Apple, and get a free Case.

Walk into Best Buy, and get the free invisible skins.

Nice.

Walk into my office, bitch about the iPhone 4 antenna.
Get a free nose job after I punch your lights out.
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I would describe their demeanor as friendly; they're totally full of shit, but still friendly.

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This appears to be a much more elegant option, if not a complete solution to the antenna issue, though I doubt that it'll do much to thwart the onslaught of resulting backlash from competitors (particularly ones that Apple's been dubiously targeting).

e.g. http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content...droid-x-ad.jpg

Motorola should issue a press release stating that their phones are not subject to the laws of physics.

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They're friendly if/when available. But, often they are not. More important, even when they are available and/or friendly, they are barely knowledgeable.

Best Buy is definitely a mixed bag when it comes to customer service. I have talked with some excellent employees who were very friendly and very geek friendly and they had no problem answering questions about screen resolution and wifi, things I think most ordinary customers don't get into. However I had one pretty bad experience buying an x-box some years ago. He kept suggesting games for the system and telling me why he likes to play them but then when I decided on something he hadn't played he kept on telling my how great the games he plays are and why...It was very obnoxious let me tell you.
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Motorola should issue a press release stating that their phones are not subject to the laws of physics.

No need, given that they (Motorola) properly incased the antenna(s), as opposed to deliberately incorporating a system that made the device far more susceptible to said 'law of physics'.

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UPDATE:

Well, just got back from another Best Buy that installed this new "fix". They said I was the first one to come in and install it. They told me that they just received the kits in this morning. After about 30 min of trying too line up the strips too get it just right we finally got it. Ok are you ready to hear if this works?? A big fat NO!!!!!!!!!! Even inside of Best Buy where the 3G signal was strong I held it in my left and slowly but surely the bars went from 5 to 1 just like before. I was so excited. Finally the answer we all had been waiting for. I was ready too put this infamous IPhone4 death grip to bed. DAMN YOU INVISIBLE SHIELD DAMN YOU!!!!!
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If Best Buy sells this type of plastic covering for $9.99, they are robbing customers blind. All told, that product can't even cost a dollar.

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If Best Buy sells this type of plastic covering for $9.99, they are robbing customers blind. All told, that product can't even cost a dollar.

By that logic, so does apple, with their bumper that costs $30 (after sept. 30)

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One would consider this to be 'understood'... No?

It wouldn't make any (business) sense to support devices/products that weren't purchased through their own stores.

I didn't say otherwise. Oh and buy the way, a different store DID give me a free Invisible Shield protector. And the manager at this told me that there doing this for ALL IPhone customers, regardless of where they purchased it. So i guess it does make (business) sense, for them at least.
post #39 of 42
This still does not make me want to buy from Best Buy.
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It's a bit noticeable, but it works!

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