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iPhone4′s Aerial Flaw Fixed with Rubber Band

It’s been interesting seeing peoples’ reaction to the iPhone 4′s faulty aerial. Understandably, many are apoplectic with rage that the aerial on their 5/600 power super phone doesn’t work when they clasp it. Others have simply shrugged their shoulders and taken it in their stride. Steve Jobs just advises people not hold it another way. The cheek!

Others still have been altogether more resourceful and tried fixing the problem. iPhone blogger Oliver Nelson is one of these clever chaps and he’s crafted a clever DIY iPhone 4 bumper, which hopes to significantly improve the handset’s reception whilst being held.

All you’ll need for Nelson’s fix is a coloured rubber wristband (you know, the ones popular with charities and campaigns), and a Stanley knife to cut holes for the headphone jack and other switches.

Aesthetically, it might not look like much, but in terms of simplicity, it’s hard to beat, so hats off to Nelson. However, we’d much rather have a phone that worked perfectly straight out of the box!

Via Techeye

O2 First To Scrap Misleading “Unlimited” Data Moniker

O2 have announced that they are doing away with the unhelpful “unlimited” data tags on their mobile internet packages, replacing them instead with a more transparent model that is tied to usage.

CEO Ronan Dunne said that the move was in response to customers demand for clarity in pricing as well as helping the network manage demand on the service and was confident that the new pricing would allow O2 to provide an overall better level of service.

All new internet packages from 24th June onwards would be subject to the below pricing structure.¬†According to the network, based on current usage patterns, 97% of customers wouldn’t need to buy additional internet packages, as the lowest bundle (500MB) covers 2.5 times the average O2 customers use.

Existing Customers

Customers who already enjoy “unlimited” internet will continue to do so as a promotion until 1st October after which additional bolt-ons will have to be purchased costing ¬£5 for 500MB and ¬£10 for 1GB. O2 have promised that customers will “easily” be able to monitor their usage via regular text messages, although a more accurate measure would be to go to Settings>General>Usage. As a guide to usage, O2 have supplied this chart, which gives approximate figures for data consumption:

The new price structure is undoubtedly a win for consumer transparency and for the majority of users, the limits won’t be a problem, but if you’re a heavy user you’re going to have to take it easy on streaming videos and music or else be prepared to pay for the privilege.

More details on O2′s new data plans can be found here.