A couple weeks ago I received and email from Jeff at iPhonePatch.com, a website that sells little stickers to supposedly prevent iPhone 4 antenna issues. Jeff was very friendly and easy going so when he proposed to send me some patches to try out, I agreed. I received the patches last week and I’ve been trying them ever since and I’d like to tell you a bit more about my experience.

The patches come in 15 different designs to choose from. They’re tiny little vinyl patches that take a few seconds to put on. Personally, I put the skulls and recycle logo patches on my iPhone because I thought they were the one that fit me best. It looked a little funny to have these on my phone at first but I quickly got used to them.

I have terrible signal in my house and when I grab my iPhone, I usually get just one bar. After putting the patches on my i4 though, I was able to get 2 or 3 bars constantly when holding the phone. For the purpose of this review, I tried to replicate the antenna death grip and I wasn’t able to. The least I would have was 2 bars.

If like me you don’t like having a case on your iPhone, using these vinyl patches might be a good alternative to using a Bumper to increase signal strength.

Starting at $5.99 for a six pack of vinyl patches, I think they are a good deal. The only thing I have against the patches is the poor variety of designs. There is indeed not much to choose from but Jeff tells me he’s going to be adding more styles in the near future.

You can buy vinyl iPhone patch from iPhonePatch.com.

  • Han, do these really??? What type of technology these stickers use?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sascha

    Wouldn’t a piece of scotch tape do the same job much cheaper? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • kobezig

    I like them! I guess I could wrap a big piece of electrical tape around the phone but that would be ugly… these look pretty cool and the price is low….

  • Not entirely related, but I have noticed on my 3GS that I get less reception since upgrading to iOS4. Anyone else had this?

    • @Eldaria iOS 4.0.1 came with a new calculation of how the bars are displayed on your iPhone. So technically you still have the same signal but it doesn’t display as many bars. Changing the calculation was kind of a way for Apple to say “hey it’s not out fault if you have bad signal, it’s AT&T’s fault”.

    • Z

      I definitely noticed same behavior just like the sound volume and quality on 3.1.3 was better than ios4

  • @LappyGirl

    Eldaria- absolutely. I used to get full bars at my job w/ my iPhone, 3G & 3GS. From day 1 with the iP4, I’m lucky to get 1. I have no “Death Grip” issues, but I rarely have a signal to lose.

  • Eldaria

    Well, I don’t have the iPhone 4, I just noticed that my 3GS reports worse reception since upgrading from 3.1.2 to iOS4.

  • Z

    I understand you had to write a review about those stickers Seb, but I hope Jeff reads this. Don’t invent what’s already been invented! It’s already here/there http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2010/07/18/iphone-4-accessory-idea-youre-welcome-apple/
    I also saw similar design with a brick road sign which I thought was pretty cool.

    However, if we are talking about preventing the phone – a full body armor with the strong scratch resistant invisible shield from zagg.com is better. Not only it won’t hide the beauty of iphone4 and protect it from scratches, but also prevent any death grip/hug/squeesh/whateveryounameit. You’ll get reception in places where the sun doesn’t shine =)

  • Jeff

    @Sasha, are you Jewish? Too cheap to afford $1.50?

  • Sascha

    No, I’m not. But I know stupid things when I see them and buying an inch of scotch tape for a dollar is clearly a rip-off ๐Ÿ˜€ But congrats to the guy who had the idea ๐Ÿ˜‰