because Apple is dropping the free bumper plan at the end of September.  Clearly, they didn’t get the memo that a $.01 piece of tape solves the non-issue just as well as a case?

Our tests found the Bumper successfully mitigates the iPhone 4’s reception issue, which was a weak point in the phone’s otherwise-stellar performance in our tests. And we agree with Apple that not all iPhone 4 owners will experience reception difficulties with the device.

But putting the onus on any owners of a product to obtain a remedy to a design flaw is not acceptable to us. We therefore continue not to recommend the iPhone 4, and to call on Apple to provide a permanent fix for the phone’s reception issues.

What if Apple has changed the manufacturing process so that touching the spot no longer causes signal degradation?

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