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News Posted: Wed, Jul 28 2010 11:09 PM
Best Buy is offering the aptly named invisibleSHIELD 4fix, free, to certain iPhone 4 customers. Based on the image above, this invisibleSHIELD, unlike others, only covers the sides of the device, which would make it perfect as a cover-up to "Antennagate."

invisibleSHIELD has marketed its products for various devices in the past, and they are supposedly scratch-proof and cover the front and / or back of the device. The offer applies to those who purchased their iPhone 4 from Best Buy or for Best Buy Reward Zone members.


Indeed, Best Buy Reward Zone is free, so it would seem to be free to anyone who takes the time to fill out an online application for the program. Those who don't will be charged $9.99, and that includes installation. The actual product name is the Zagg SideShield, though the 4fix name seems more appropriate.

Here's the full press release:
Best Buy® Mobile Launches Side Shield for Apple® iPhone™4

Solution, Which is Free to Best Buy Customers, Begins July 28 Exclusively in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile Stores


MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but now customers who shop at Best Buy are eligible for a free Side Shield for the iPhone 4. The offer launches exclusively on July 28, and comes in the form of a clear, unobtrusive shield applied to the outer edges of the iPhone 4. The Side Shield from invisibleSHIELD was designed to address issues with antenna attenuation and has been tested and manufactured by ZAGG™.

"At the same time, we know that customers are always looking for ways to personalize and protect their smart phones. That's why we are so focused on having multiple options-people want to choose what's right for them."

This program will be available free of charge, including installation, to anyone who purchased or will purchase an iPhone 4 from Best Buy and will be extended to all existing Reward Zone customers. The solution will also be available to the general public for the retail price $9.99, including installation.

In addition, all consumers can take advantage of 20% off of any iPhone 4 case through August 7. Best Buy Mobile offers an unparalleled assortment of cases for the iPhone 4, along with a full range of key accessories that serve to protect and personalize the popular smart phone.

"Consumers are looking for immediate solutions and the Side Shield is a great option," said Scott Moore, vice president of marketing for Best Buy Mobile. "At the same time, we know that customers are always looking for ways to personalize and protect their smart phones. That's why we are so focused on having multiple options-people want to choose what's right for them."

Best Buy Mobile has become a leading destination for smart phones and accessories, in part because of the promises the store offers its customers: better choice of phones and networks; impartial, informed advice; straightforward pricing; and someone to be there for the life of the phone.
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Xylem replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 12:39 AM

Finally Best Buy is doing what Apple should be doing.. Apple shd be greatful to BB for cleaning up their *** to some extent!!

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I dunno, call me a skeptic (and I am!), but I find it hard to believe that Best Buy would really attempt to *HELP* you out without getting something in return. After all, this is the same place that installs their Special Best Buy Crapware when you buy a new computer from them, right?


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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 1:31 AM

How does this look while installed?

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 1:35 AM

Super Dave:

I dunno, call me a skeptic (and I am!), but I find it hard to believe that Best Buy would really attempt to *HELP* you out without getting something in return. After all, this is the same place that installs their Special Best Buy Crapware when you buy a new computer from them, right?

"This program will be available free of charge, including installation, to anyone who purchased or will purchase an iPhone 4 from Best Buy and will be extended to all existing Reward Zone customers. The solution will also be available to the general public for the retail price $9.99, including installation."

You have to buy the phone from them to get it for free, or be a reward zone customers.

Otherwise you have to pay for the kit.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 1:56 AM

I'm guessing that the metal parts will still be visible.

 

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Inspector replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 11:14 AM

Well it's a clear cover... So of course the metal will be visible... Also side reward zone is free... Just go sign up and everyone gets it for free. I personally don't like the material it is made of because it is so sticky on the touch but I currently have it on as the first layer and a anti glare on the top :P(for the 3GS) but it's an good fix i guess.

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Chainzsaw replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 2:41 PM

LOL Super Dave

That's awesome dude.

Haha I read an article about that.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 5:46 PM

Last I heard, reward zone costs $10 to join.... Did they finally make it free?

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Inspector replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 7:16 PM

when was the last time you checked acarzt? when i got my reward zone membership it was free and that was like a year or so ago.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 29 2010 11:05 PM

lol... uhhhh like 4 years ago, when I worked there lol

I don't care too much about Best Buy lol I try to avoid that place as much as possible.

I only go so I can see some stuff in person before I buy it on-line lol

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