Bumperless iPhone 4 owners can now apply to get $15 from antennagate settlement

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Last month, Apple finally concluded the class-action lawsuit surrounding the iPhone 4's reception issues, and today those affected can now start the process of cashing in. A simple, dedicated website outlines qualification criteria, provides claim forms, and answers a variety of FAQs.

Basically, if you ever owned an iPhone 4 and you live in the U.S., and you weren't interested in the free bumper Apple was offering, you can get $15 instead -- even if you aren't still using an iPhone 4. When can you get the cash? Well, there's going to be a hearing on July 13 to approve this settlement, which may see appeals which could last over a year. At that rate, I would just take the free bumper, as detailed in Apple's support knowledgebase.

The antennagate debacle was caused by a flaw in the iPhone 4's external antenna design; basically, when you bridged two sections of it when holding the phone in a fairly natural way while in a low-coverage zone, your signal would drop like a rock. While the issue caused a lot of bad press, the actual instances and real inconveniences of the phenomenon were sparse, and didn't put a dent in iPhone 4 sales. Still, that didn't stop Consumer Reports from withholding their recommendation of the phone, despite it being the best thing on the smartphone market at the time.

Any iPhone 4 owners in the house that were affected by antennagate and didn't bother getting the free bumper? Here's the link you need to visit, below.

Source: iPhone 4 settlement via CNET

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There are 7 comments. Add yours.

WarrenRSV says:

And because I'm in the UK mine must work fine??? It's totally unfair that the rest of the world gets nothing!!

wormeyman says:

You are welcome to bring your own lawsuit.

rl says:

Can we still get the free bumpers?

absenm says:

It seems to be that vast majority of people who own/owned the i4 are not eligible to the $15 settlement. I wouldn't have tried getting it because I got the bumper and I consider myself significantly appeased. But even if I hadn't gotten a bumper I'm ruled out on b and c also. C is particularly all inclusive, as it makes anyone who uses a case void of the settlement. In fact, the four terms as stated only allow a handful of customers the opportunity to get the settlement money. Don't get me wrong, I think the whole issue was blown out of proportion, and frankly I don't think Apple had to settle. But I do find it interesting how restrictive the terms are.

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