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Antennagate indicates that I should avoid touching that spot of the iPhone where the two metal pieces nearly touch each other - touching here would electrically bridge the two pieces and decrease antenna performance... but it's nearly impossible to hold the phone and not touch it there! So here's my question:

Question: Should I not touch the two metal parts simultaneously at all, or just not put a finger precisely over the gap? It is okay to touch one centimeter from both sides of the gap? Two centimeters? Half a centimeter?

If I were to just put a little bit of tape over this side, how long should that piece of tape be?

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Most cases are cheap and will resolve this issue for you completely (and if you have enough money for an iPhone, then you have enough money for a case). I got one and the problem was solved.

UPDATE: Based on the comment, if a piece a tape really is necessary, then by the looks of this product (currently sold out) , you are looking at roughly 1 in/2.5 cm in length starting at the mic/speaker hole on the bottom-left. Good luck!

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Yes a case will fix it, and I have a case. But with the case, it won't fit in the cradle I also have and it's no fun to pull the phone out of a case to put it in a cradle, so I am really looking for an ultraslimline hack = tape. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 5 '10 at 19:58

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