Apple responds to ‘antennagate’ settlement

By , Feb 18, 2012

Yesterday, it was reported that a settlement was reached in the ‘antennagate’ lawsuit against Apple. The settlement includes Apple issuing a free iPhone bumper case or $15 to each US customer who purchased the iPhone 4. Apple has until April 30, 2012 to send an email out to every customer.

Responding to the settlement, Apple has issued a statement to The Loop

“This settlement relates to a small number of customers who indicated that they experienced antenna or reception issues with their iPhone 4 and didn’t want to take advantage of a free case from Apple while it was being offered in 2010.”

The statement reveals the settlement only relates to a “small number” of iPhone 4 customers. These are the customers who didn’t take advantage of the free bumper case program Apple offered in 2010.

During the free bumper case program in 2010, they offered a free $30 bumper case to iPhone 4 customers or allowed customers to return their iPhone 4 no questions asked.

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.

[AppleInsider]

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  • http://twitter.com/priyanknauni Priyank Nauni

    Ah !!! only US iphone’s had this issue ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708023726 Aaron Michael de Silva

      I got my iPhone 4 exchanged because of home button problem on the Singapore Model an got the US Model from Apple. The antenna issue became worst. Idk if it’s just my phone or really have to do with the different models.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think they “didn’t want to take advantage” of the free cases, they just missed the offer… at least, that’s what most of them are like. The people actually suing probably didn’t want to end the court case (recieving a case would mean the problem is gone and the court costs go down the drain), so they just kept it going.

    That’s something I haven’t seen anyone mention; did Apple pay for the court costs? A lot of times, the lawsuit has something about “trauma” and that the person being sued better pay for the court costs… I’m expecting it happened here. It would be funny (though tragic) if they payed thousands in court costs, only to get $15 out of it.

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Only US …have apple forgot they sell world wide.

    • Anonymous

      Non US customers obviously don’t matter, I guess the antenna issue didn’t effect UK iPhone owners …. ye like fuck it didn’t lol

    • Emre SÜMENGEN

      It’s not about Apple… It’s a US court, and can only Judge for the US… So…

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        If its not about apple ..who made the phone then..? ,.and who’s agreed to give a free bumper or $15 to the people who brought the phone…

  • http://twitter.com/blckaapl B L C K A A P L

    Tbh I think “antennagate” only happens in the US. Mine’s always full since first day purchased here in Singapore. ;)

    • Emre SÜMENGEN

      Nope, it can happen everywhere with a real weak signal… Otherwise, the drop doesn’t really matter :)

  • sn0wbaLL

    those bumpers are flawed. they scratch the metal band

    • http://twitter.com/MuhFuggnJet woscoe

      i thought i was the only one. my metal band is now marked like black streaks.

      • sn0wbaLL

        your not the only one. In fact, if you visit the Apple site and check out their bumpers, in the reviews you’ll see many people with that problem

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000122495675 Ali Aledany

      wtf the metal band on my iphone is still unscratched

      • sn0wbaLL

        you’re one of the lucky ones. u must take it off once in a while to clean it. others dont take them off for a month or so. either way, a bumper thats supposed to protect doesnt need to be constantly monitored. like i said b4, read the official reviews and ppls reviews on the apple site. scratches the power and volume buttons too. i know a few ppl who went and apple replaced their iphones for free because of this

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000122495675 Ali Aledany

        dont know ive never rely taken it off except 1 week ago when i drop the phone and the case broke luckily it protected the phone nothing happened to it :)

  • http://twitter.com/AzulBlur Nick

    So does this apply to everyone who bought a iPhone 4 or just the people involving the settlement?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002587541044 范翔稷

    I don’t expect it since I live in taiwan…:(

  • http://twitter.com/kylebshr Kyle Bashour

    How do we “redeem” this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000122495675 Ali Aledany

      u need to download an app called iphone case or something dont remeber and u choose wich case u want and u get it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eduardo-Kissilevitch/675496888 Eduardo Kissilevitch

    here in Brazil have the same problem but no free bumper case at all.