What's the status of your free bumper case/refund?

We're getting flooded with email and tweets about Apple automagic bumper case refunds. Looks like Apple is shifting into high gear and notifications are going out fast and furiously. Apple also launched an app today for those of you who don't yet have bumpers so you can go claim one.

Let us know what your current bumper case status is in the poll above, and give us the details in the comments. Overall, how's it going for you? Is Apple handling this right?

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Justin says:

I should have an iPhone 4 sometime around August 23rd. The bumpers will probably be gone by then and I'll be stuck with the lamest case...

Ananth says:

Got a reply from Apple that the free bumper will be shipped on Aug 27th and will recieve on Sep1 by standard shipping.
IPHONE 4 BUMPERS BLACK-ZML$0.001$0.00
Ships: Aug 27
Delivers Sep 1 by Standard Shipping
Part Number: MC597ZM/A
Subtotal$0.00
Estimated Tax$0.00
Order Total$0.00

firesign3000 says:

My iPhone 4 is fine actually, but hey, if Apple wants to give me a free case I'm good with that. I chose the Belkin Micra. Plus you guys are sending me that free bumper, and the 4 fits in the Griffin holster I had for my 3G. I'm all set. :)

JNGold says:

Not sure what's going on but I received a refund email confirmation and I tried using the free C
Case app, jJust got confirmation of my free case. Huh?

BrianTufo says:

Other: Apple sucks and doesnt let you order online and I'm deployed with military and may or may not get to order on time. Thanks Apple!

blacktone says:

OK, I went on the app and got the bumper, I actually already had a bumper but I thought I would get the extra case and not get a refund. But after I got the order, I also got the email saying that I'm getting a refund, I also got the email about my free case order. I'm I getting both? I don't know, it sure looks like it though.

Tone says:

Got email from apple too, ships Aug 27 should B here Sept 1 not bad since my ip4 wks great and now I get a free case..

JD says:

Ordered 2 on my iTunes account - one for me, one for the wife. Notified of a refund today, not sure I got one or two refunds though. I assume 2.
No big deal though, no dropped calls for me even in low signal areas. Even on one bar the phone is still just fine. What a crock, but I'll take the free stuff all the same.

Hector Sanchez says:

I used the app, which said free. Now I have a 28.99 charge to my bank account. Be cautious!

Ty says:

Got a refund and another freebie from the app store. Wasn't going to ask for a refund on the one I initially bought, got an email saying it had been refunded to my card automatically

Hookem99 says:

Waiting to see if the colored bumpers become available!

Johnson says:

Does anyone know if any more colours will become available? Not so into the black bumper on black iphone look.

joi says:

aug 27. I'm sure I'll forget about it by then.

RagedUSMC says:

Yeah same here, waiting for the colored bumpers to be available.

Wes Lowe says:

I just go an email from apple saying my case will arrive by Sept 1.
"Ships: Aug 27
Delivers Sep 1 by Standard Shipping"

snakes2003g says:

Got an email saying my black bumper will ship august 27th receive by September 1st

big9erfan says:

If by "have it in a few weeks" you mean "September 1st", then yes lol.

Bob Marley14 says:

Don't waste your free case on a bumper. You can get them on EBay for about $2.00.
The other available case options through the Apple app ate a better value.
BTW. Got email from Apple confirming August shipment.

justinleon says:

I won't get my case until Sept 8th. I might as well get an otterbox.

jstrickland says:

@ JNGold
My guess it is so they can access the serial number and IMEI number to ensure only one case is getting sent per iPhone. Is the problem that you don't have your iPhone with you, or it can't access the internet where you are? Either way, sorry it isn't working out for you.
Thanks for your service to our country.

rbjkman says:

Wow no problem got it ordered but.....My ship date is sept. 3rd what a joke!!!

Hondarider4893 says:

Got an otterbox defender as well because the free case won't be here until September 1st

Muero says:

Poll doesn't work on an iPhone.
FAIL

Tony says:

I like a lot of people awoke to the news of the case app; downloaded it and ordered my case. I HAD purchased a bumper in store on launch day but hadn't heard anything about a refund for my card.... a couple hours later I got the email from apple saying my refund was complete. Soooo I don't know if im getting my "free" case anymore. The order status is still pending so we'll see come late august??

Dimwit says:

Poll works fine on iPhone 4... UnFAIL

Rene Ritchie says:

@Muero. Works fine for me on iPhone. What problem are you having?

Chris Vitek says:

If somebody doesn't want their case, I will be happy to pay for them to ship it to me!

Chip Chipperson says:

I cant find the app...where is it

Mrjr says:

Sept 1 delivery here, too. So "ships in 3-5 weeks" is "ships in exactly 5 weeks". I'd been watching Twitter closely all week so I could order as soon as the offer opened up.
Btw, here's what a lot of people aren't seeing. You have to redeem your free case within 30 days of iPhone 4 purchase. For those many launch day folks, your cutoff is tomorrow. Best order right away.

Mom of Naax2 says:

Got my order aknowledment with an Aug 27 ship date. It will be my second bumper since I bought one from the apple store. I plan to put it on my second iPhone when I upgrade in January.

macharborguy says:

7:46PM Eastern and I am still getting the "Unable to process request" error message.

Tony says:

Can i just walk in into a apple/att and buy a case or bumper then do a refund?? Better than waitkng 3-5 weeks delevery no?? Or how long does it take for refund to take effect..? THANKS!!!

Angel says:

I got my orange bumper a week ago. I got my iPhone today. Apple sent me an e-mail that they had reimbursed me for the bumper.

Brian says:

I bought 2 bumpers 3 weeks ago - got refunded for both through 2 separate emails.

Angel says:

By the way, I never contacted Apple about the bumper. So I was surprised when I got the email.

Agpe17 says:

I agree -- my iPhone has been fine since launch. No antenna problems...but they're giving cases away! I'm in.

Muero says:

Oh, you have to rotate to landscape to vote on an iPhone. I still call that a fail.

Ethan says:

Sept 1st. Why so late? Lol.

McNooberson says:

I got the Speck PixelSkin HD.
Ships sept. 3rd, delivered the 8th?? "C'mon man!"

LCW says:

Bumper delivery by Sept 2

Macboy74 says:

Ordered mine. Ships Aug 27 Deliver Sep 1. Even though I have no problems at all with reception or death grip or touching the left corner. But I will be take it anyway. I think this whole antenna thing is all bs. I know 5 others with the iPhone 4 and they too have no issues with gripping it. Btw who in holds there phone in "death grip" anyway? It's a phone not a baseball.

LAwler says:

I had a case for the iPhone, but it didn't help the antenna issue. I just returned it today. Best Buy guy told me they were not getting white iPhone's until 2nd week in October. I'm willing to bet that apple will re-design the iPhone4.

Pra says:

I've yet to see this mysterious bumper app show up in the app store on my phone. Anybody got any ideas why it's not appearing. And since I didn't order one before, I also haven't gotten any emails.

InfinityX says:

Went to apple's site, gave them my credit card number, and they said my refund was processed, tax and all. Boom.
Apple gains more points with this guy. I had already paid for a bumper, and I was happy with it. I love my iPhone 4.

J1CA says:

wow until Sep 1 that's 2 long?

VDR says:

@Dimwit - Poll only works fine on iPhone 4 or any other iOS/iPhone when only in landscape mode. So UnFAIL your head to compute the Fail.

Sheeyah says:

Finding the app is simple enough - just type "iPhone 4 case" into the app search.

Veg says:

Ships Sept 20th. Seriously? Beyond failure.

You one stop says:

I really like this poll, and im getting mine in spet. ...lol

Gene says:

My wife and my ip4 is fine, bit since it's free I'll take it. Thank you Apple.

Andrew says:

No antennagate here in japan

murat says:

No antennagate here in japan.

Tyrone says:

Just got my e-mail from Apple stating I should have it September 1st.

matt from uk says:

i ordered my free bumper on 23rd & just had email to say it's been shipped & should take 3 business days wow thats fast.

Jc says:

I got the email from Apple. It says my cover will be shipped OCTOBER 3. And were still in July. :-(

Darkstar says:

I just received an email notification that my bumper case has shipped. Much better than the end of august!

David says:

Original ship date was 9/1/10. Just received email from Apple, it shipped today and I will have it Monday. That was quick!!!!

Panerai Straps says:

Does the bumper REALLY make that big of a difference??? Seems that the problem was blown out of proportion by media and this is a ploy by apple to sell more bumper cases since its their first case...
-Daniel