I bought a new iPhone 4 a décade ago (55382), mainly because I promised my wife my 3GS when the new phone came out. There were already reports in the media about the apparent reception problem, aka "the death grip". I dismissed this initially as being over-hyped. I have been thinking that, yes, it may be a real, albeit minor, issue, but Apples reactions have made it seem even worse.
Now I no longer think it is a minor issue. Holding the phone in the most natural way, my calls do not go through, or are dropped after I make them, and my 3G data connection immediately goes south. It's quickly resolved by changing my grip, but it has become annoying, and I should not have to constantly have the problem! I do not have a case because all they had were those stupid "bumpers", and I'll be damned if I'm paying $30 plus tax (@9.5%) for a rubber band that does not even protect one of the two glass sides. To add insult to injury, Apple released a software update today, which does nothing to actually fix the problem; it just makes the bars higher and more accurate. WTF?
Tomorrow (55393.75) Apple is supposed to announce their fix. It had better be good. Free bumpers would be a start.