It doesn’t seem like it but Apple’s free case program is coming to end soon. September 30th is the date Steve Jobs announced as reevaluation date and now Apple says that indeed the program will (sort of) fall by the wayside on that date.

The official statement reads as such:

We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case…

So they are sort of getting rid of? Perhaps it will be much more discretionary when calling Apple Care and not everyone who calls gets a case though I doubt it. Basically the statement just aligns with what Apple said all along which was “No big deal, here take a case”.

Of course we just reported that no one seems to care about the antenna issue however they might care if they stop getting free cases that are said to help the signal strength. Apple was basically forced to start such a program after media, specifically Consumer Reports, reported that putting a case on the iPhone 4 alleviated the Antennagate debacle.

So how will this affect users when they call up Apple Care for a free case? Do you think the iPhone has been secretly altered and perhaps a clear coating was applied to the antenna area? Give us your conspiracy theories in the comment box below.

  • Ramon P


  • Twitef21

    I think the phone has been altered as in the uk there hasn’t been any new stock of iPhone4 anywhere

    And the White one might as well be rocking horse turds

    I think they held it back because they wanted to change it

  • Tbui123

    The free case is ugly any way, the idea of the free case is to justify Apple’s mistake so millions of people don’t get pissed off and want to return all their iPhone 4. Apple probably had these ugly cases made in China for a buck a piece (or less), probably cheaper than dealing the loss if all of us want to return or exchange for another phone. Now that people are so crazy about iPhone 4, Aplle figures hay can get away from giving out any more cases. I am sure some will bitch and moan, but if the majority keeps buying the phone no matter what, Apple keeps racking in the money and the consumers just keep putting up with it… Supply and Demand baby! That’s the Economic 101.

  • Apple shouldn’t coated all external metalwork with PARALENE from the start, antennagate would never have been an issue!

  • Brad

    I wanted to buy iPhone 4 but decided go other way, reluctantly, as I am not happy the way Apple is handling this issue. They should fix the issues first and send the updated hardware. criticizing the customers who are not happy, does not help.