After the iPhone 4 was first launched, many users began to notice 3G reception issues when placing their palm over the antenna part of their iPhone 4. The issue was quickly dubbed the “antennagate” by bloggers.

While also receiving many complaints from customers and a few lawsuits, Apple quickly made free iPhone bumper cases available to everyone, which they said remedied the issue. The issue was fixed in iPhone 4s manufactured later.

One of those US class-action lawsuits is finally seeing a settlement, reports Cnet

The settlement comes from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one. All share the claim 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 and reception and related software.”

The lawsuit that is seeing a settlement is a total of 18 combined, which all have the common message that Apple misrepresented the quality of its mobile antenna. As part of the settlement, every US customer who purchased an iPhone 4 is now entitled to $15 or free bumper from Apple.

A website for the settlement, www.iPhone4Settlement.com, will be launching in the coming weeks where customers can find out more information and where they can make their claim. It’s not clear if it applies to those who originally got a free bumper from Apple.

As part of the settlement, Apple will be forced to send an email out to every single iPhone 4 customer by April 30, 2012. Customers will then have 120 days to make their claim.

While early iPhone 4s suffered from “antennagate”, the iPhone 4S was shown to be free of the issue according to a study done by Consumer Reports.

What do you think of the settlement?

[Cnet]

  • hope they can send me the bumper here in the philippines..

    • I am quite certain people outside US borders do not get to make a claim on this case. sorry to burst your bubble.

      • hahahaha yes they do i live in australia and i got one from apple

  • I bought my unlocked iPhone 4 from a carrier. Will they send me an email and send me a bumper here to Greece?

    • Anonymous

      probably not. This is only for the us. Besides, the networks over in Europe have much better service than the ones in the us. At least that is what i noticed while vacationing in Greece. I never once had a dropped call.

  • I don’t see any mention of the UK. We also get the problem but this is US only??????

    • I would pressume the UK would, they were entitled to a free bumper when the issue first arose over a year ago

  • To Correct , this is only entitled for the US …. 🙁

  • being an Apple fan it saddens me to say that i am 100% on-board with the fact that they knew about the antenna. I’ve said this before and I’m sticking to it. There is just NO WAY a company as particular as Apple missed out on that problem. Sorry.

    • Anonymous

      Since I had 3 iPhone 4, now one and two 4s, I never saw the problem so can you help me out?

    • Kok Hean

      A reason to buy the 4S?

  • Anonymous

    How much did the lawyers get that pushed this BS?

  • Anonymous

    Oh yay, $15! Nowhere near the price I paid for this faulty piece of cr*p.

  • good news but only for customers in US 😛 not outside.

  • Note: this settlement is for US customers only.

  • Alex Baer

    So $15 to the customers that are actually affected and who knows how many millions to the lawyers from the suit

  • sn0wbaLL

    some win this is. How about a free iPhone 4S to all who bought an iPhone 4. Now that would be a win:)

    • Anonymous

      that would never happen, but would be very awesome.

      • sn0wbaLL

        i hear that

  • i bought my iPhone 4 off some guy on craigslist..so will this still apply to me or no? i live in california btw

  • Anonymous

    ii want my bumper now…. while i use my siri on iphone4