iPhone 4 ‘antennagate’ class action settlement provides $15 cash or free bumper case

The “iPhone 4 Settlement Website” is now available. It is a result of Case No. 5:10-md-02188-RMW Class Action.

The purpose of the website is to inform qualified individuals who are or were the original owner of an iPhone 4 of this class action settlement.

To be eligible for the $15 cash payment, you must have: (a) experienced antenna or reception issues; (b) been unable to return your iPhone 4 without incurring any costs; (c) been unwilling to use a case or free bumper for your iPhone 4; and (d) completed certain troubleshooting steps or are unable to complete the troubleshooting steps because you no longer own your iPhone.

The settlement will provide a $15 cash payment if you are a United States resident who are or were the original owner of an iPhone 4, and who experienced antenna or reception issues, and satisfy other requirements explained on this website.

Since July 2010, Apple has offered a free bumper to iPhone 4 owners who have experienced antenna or reception issues. Class Members can continue to request a free bumper as described here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4389.

This site provides the following information:
• Important Dates and Deadlines
• Claim Form Filing Instructions
• Claim Form
• Document Upload
• Class Notice
• Court Documents
• Frequently Asked Questions

The website is here.

Related articles:
iPhone 4 attenuation lawsuit settled: Original iPhone 4 buyers can get $15 or new bumper case – February 18, 2012
Apple discontinues free iPhone 4 case program – September 10, 2010
Apple’s gross margins expected to rebound as iPhone 4 ‘antennagate’ case giveaway ends – August 23, 2010
Our free iPhone 4 Bumpers just arrived from Apple – July 30, 2010
Apple launches free iPhone 4 Case Program app; How to get your free iPhone bumper or case – July 23, 2010
Apple to give users free iPhone 4 bumpers, full refund if requested – July 16, 2010

12 Comments

  1. MDN and its minions keep defending Apple while courts say the company and its executives lied to all of us. Offering ransom to rescue their reputation is a poor excuse for honesty. The antenna was poorly designed and the phone did not (still does not) work for lots and lots of Apple customers.

    1. “Antennagate” was a competitor effort to discredit the iPhone, using third party shills. Period. Raise the alarm about anything, and you will get a positive response from some segment of the whole, whether the alarm has merit or not.

      The effort was stopped when Apple showed the press that ALL handsets experience dropped calls when held in a certain way. Apple signed out two competitors handsets to illustrate the point. Not surprisingly, they were behind the FUD campaign.

      To clarify, the Courts did not say anything, much less that Apple lied to anybody. This is an out-of-court settlement, which insures that plaintiff’s attorneys get paid, and the defendants don’t ‘lose’. Given the rigorous requirements to receive $15.00 stipend, I’ll wager that the plaintiff’s attorney’s didn’t receive much from this.

      “The antenna was poorly designed and the phone did not (still does not) work for lots and lots of Apple customers.” pure troll bull crap. The evidence is in the numbers. iPhone gaining share (about to pass Android), and leading all manufacturers (combined) in profit.

    2. Poorly designed?
      In the real world, I’ve gotten MUCH better reception than I did with my 3gs, 3, or original iPhone.

      Reality kind of stings, doesn’t it?

    3. I’m not sure what constitutes “lots and lots”, but I have not ever had a reception problem due to holding my phone, nor has any of the dozens of iPhone owners I know. While the problem does exist, it has been thoroughly demonstrated to not be specific to iPhones (sources other than Apple have shown this). Because the antenna is exposed, the problem is somewhat easier to trigger with iPhones, so that is a design flaw. However, empirical tests also show that this same design also provides superior reception otherwise (sources other than Apple have shown this).

      Though you do not even offer anecdotal evidence that “lots and lots” of users experience this problem, you obviously do. It is unclear if you have tried any of the well known remedies – free bumper case, holding the phone in a manner that does not trigger the loss of reception, using a bluetooth headset, using the supplied earbuds, etc. I would agree that workarounds should not be necessary. However, if you have kept the phone, the only rational thing to do is to use one. If none of those are efficacious, this suggests that 1. your phone has other problems, or 2. you are actually experiencing poor service rather than poor phone performance.

  2. I already got a free number case, thank you Apple. I was a pre-order customer. I can attest to the antenna performance reduction, and even with the case on.

    So can I ask for another one, or because I received a free case back in 2010 I have already satisfied the terms of the class action?

  3. Went to the settlement page to see if I could get the free bumper because I had got my phone right when they discontinued it. So when I saw this I was like sweet lol….. But then I see on the page it told me to go to a link to apples website on how to get said free bumper. The page turns out to be from April 2011 and it only directs me to call apple. So I do and the rep transfers me to a supervisor who had no knowledge of the suit and then said she would check out the settlement page. When she came back on line she said she couldn’t do anything for me because it wasn’t and apple website and she wasn’t told anything about the suit I told her she should tell her boss about this because this site which went live March 29 2012 is directing people to an out dated page. I was kind of up set but seeing as I didn’t care about the $15 and only cared if I really could have gotten a free bumper. So I guess it’s what ever. I might go to an apple store over the weekend or try to call back and see what’s up. But like I said it’s funny because she wasn’t even aware about the $15. Little suspect don’t you think and she was a supervisor not even a low level call center operator.

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