Apple settles iPhone 4 class-action antenna suit, US customers to receive cash or a free bumper

If you cast your mind back to the launch of the iPhone 4, you may recall a bit of shenanigans over the performance of its antenna. You may remember the death grip and what quickly became known as “antennagate”. Apple even had an event to explain what the issues were with the antenna and then offered a free bumper case to anyone who bought an iPhone 4 for a limited time only.

A lot of people were still not satisfied and a total of 18 class-action suits were brought to the table; these were consolidated into one case. The case claimed that Apple was “misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising sale and servicing of its iPhone 4 particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna, reception and related software.”

The case has now been heard and as part of a preliminary approval, US residents who purchased an iPhone 4 will be entitled to $15 in cash or again a free bumper case from Apple. All original buyers of the iPhone 4 should receive an e-mail alerting them of their entitlement before April 30th. If you qualify, you have a further 120 days to claim your $15 in cash or free bumper case.

Source: cnet

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JayRoc#IM says:

Nice got 15$ coming my way hopefully

TheMase says:

Well, getting 15 bucks back for a life of signal issues really tells you what kind of value they assigned to that area of design to begin with.
A public apology would be worth way more for the affected customers.

nameRequired says:

well, a public apology cant buy you a bumper to fix the problem in the antenna, so i wouldn't say the same.

kevrowlandz says:

Am i Missing something here, Apple brought out an App issuing a free case to all its customers when this problem came up!So what has the court case gained that Apple had not already offered?

NevadaScott#IM says:

They are paying out more than $15/customer, but the lawyers get a huge chunk so that leaves us with the $15/each. It's how class action lawsuits always work. All impacted consumers get to split 25% or less of the settlement and the lawyers split 75% or more.

USAFRetired says:

Bet Apple gives people a $15 gift certificate to spend in their store.

Alli says:

That was the first thing that came to my mind, too!

R2 says:

Doesn't matter, I'd have been spending it at Apple anyway lol

cinco312 says:

Is this for Verizon too?

Ethan says:

Don't think so. Verizon had an antenna redesign that moved onto become the antenna for GSM/CDMA models with the 4S.

skylite22 says:

Thats dumb. I still have issues with my CDMA iPhone. The "redesign" they offered was worthless. I'm just looking forward to the 5 so I won't be forced to have a case/bumper at all!

xxDruMMer BoYxx says:

Hmmm and what if you bought 2 on same account but bit at the same time. Do you get 39 bucks or how does that work.

SkottM says:

Why would two refunds of $15 get you a refund of $39? Or did you possibly make a typo and hit the "9" key instead of the "0" key?

Michael says:

It's a bit unfair that this doesn't apply to the uk. I would be happy with a £10 iTunes voucher.
Come on apple other parts of the world have this problem too

Chris Lim Xin Yen says:

Yes! I agree! Not only Britain, but all the minor countries as well

xxDruMMer BoYxx says:

@Skott
Lol ya I hit the 9 key instead of 0... It was 5 am here in California with only one of my eyes open. ;)

iMacker says:

dont forget us Canadians

Naturehard says:

Oh yea, the Canadians, I almost forgot.

FlopTech says:

We seem to recall that the Wall Street Journal hit Apple pretty hard on the "Antennagate" issue. (Though not with as much hoopla as Consumer Reports.) Could be why the WSJ didn't get a keynote-for-one preview of Mountain Lion.

shizzil says:

hoe about the uk why do the us get everything and the rest of the world have to wait like siri only good in the us and d rest of d world is worthless come on apple i want some money

valdan says:

I've had my iPhone 4 since day 1 and no antenna issues. I won't argue against free things, but the issues were emphasized beyond their actual damage.

xxDruMMer BoYxx says:

Any one receive the email yet?

doublebullout says:

Getting anything out of a class-action settlement at the consumer level is quite amazing, actually. Although I never had any "death grip" issues either, the evidence against Apple must have been fairly substantial.

Edog says:

I have recieved a $25 credit from att for about 11 months , the dropped calls were a perfect excuse:)

tlo07 says:

I never had a problem with my iPhone 4 when I had it. I always suspected the white ones (which were delayed as you recall) had a bit of a tweak before they were released. I could be wrong though.

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