iPhone 4 Users in The U.S. Can Now Claim $15 Antennagate Settlement

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When Apple launched iPhone 4, users reported reception issues when they held the iPhone in a particular way.

The issue which was dubbed Antennagate received so much negative publicity that Apple had to call a special press conference to talk about it and forced them to give away iPhone 4 bumpers or third-party iPhone cases to all iPhone 4 customers.

Apple didn’t do a good job of handling the Angtennagate controversy, they first said it didn’t exist and that users should avoid gripping it in lower corner or use a case, then said that it was due to a software issue, which was quite bizarre, then they admitted it existed but was a industry wide issue and ended up giving a free iPhone 4 bumper case to all users and then stopped the program after a few months saying it didn’t exist anymore.

This led a to number of class action lawsuit from iPhone 4 users. Last month, we reported that Apple had reached a settlement in the class-action lawsuit and had agreed to give all original iPhone 4 users in the U.S. an iPhone 4 Bumper, which are available for $29 or $15 in cash.

At that time, the site www.iPhone4Settlement.com where original iPhone 4 users could claim the settlement was not live, but Engadget has just reported that the site is live now and if you don’t want the iPhone 4 Bumper case then you can claim the $15 settlement.

The site reads:

The purpose of this 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 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 at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4389.

Though one can debate if the amount that Apple is paying is enough or not, the settlement seems to be fair as all original iPhone 4 owners now have the right to claim it. Unfortunately, the settlement is only limited to original iPhone 4 users in the US.

Do you plan to get the bumper or claim the $15 cash payment?

[iPhone4settlement.com via Engadget]

  • blu

    So is this for just GSM phones or all iPhone 4′s including CDMA?

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

      Most owners will go for the claim as they dont need the bumper no more.

  • Has

    Why do u use the smallest font possible on your mobile site?

    • Olaf

      If you are on iOS 5 or higher, click on the reader icon in the address bar in Safari.
      Imagine, you complain the font is to small. So iphonehacks makes it bigger for you. Then someone asks why the font is so big. You can’t satisfy everyone. That’s life.

  • Iso

    Are we eligible if we got a free bumper but don’t like to use it.

  • stevec

    So I went to the site to get the free bumper for my iphone 4, and you need to pay for the AppleCare single incident if you don’t already have a AppleCare contract on your phone.

    So the free bumper is no longer free.

    • http://Iphonehacks.com dev

      Called apple yesterday at 10am pacific time. Spoke with cs. They asked what the problem was. I told them about dropped calls and bad reception. Also they will ask if u trouble shoot. Tell them u reset network and turned on airplane mode then turn it off. Still bad reception. cs then set up the order for the bumper but only in black. 2 day at 930am FedEx dropped off the new bumper. Less than 24hrs.

  • Cooper

    Those of us who got an iPhone 4 in the first month already got a free bumper. Are we eligible as well?

    • Kev

      A little greedy are we?!?!?!?!

  • gary

    how do we request for free bumper?? when we gotta pay for Applecare, why they got to make it hard to just claim a bumper.

  • Kaielement

    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. I mean really if I can’t get a free bumper they need to stop telling me I can it’s not fair and it’s not like they really fixed the isssue because the fix is something I can’t even get (referring to the bumper)

    Edit: you don’t have to pay for apple care but if you read my post you will see how strange this all is…….

  • DoctorTim

    I didn’t have any antenna problems, I won’t be filing a claim.

  • Bob

    This doesn’t work how do you get the bumper case they told me that ended along time ago? WTF????

    • http://Iphonehacks.com dev

      Called apple yesterday got my bumper today. Read my comment below.

  • Tom

    This is kinda rediculous…its losing 15$ x millions of times for Apple…which is quite a loss for any company… All the samrtphones of that time had similar issues so why the controvercy on iphone 4… And why did Apple handle it so stupidly

  • http://Iphonehacks.com dev

    Called apple yesterday at 10am pacific time. Spoke with cs. They asked what the problem was. I told them about dropped calls and bad reception. Also they will ask if u trouble shoot. Tell them u reset network and turned on airplane mode then turn it off. Still bad reception. cs then set up the order for the bumper but only in black. 2 day at 930am FedEx dropped off the new bumper. Less than 24hrs. But if you want the $15 then hit up this site http://www.iPhone4Settlement.com/