Upon the release of Apple’s new iPhone 4 came a new redesign, first ever HD display, and also a problem that the public dubbed “antennagate”.
Signal issues plagued the new design as reports came in from all over the globe. The antennagate scandal (as it’s called) resulted in an Apple first. Apple publicly admitted to their mistake and offered free cases to everyone to solve the problem.
I personally didn’t witness any reception issues on my original iPhone 4 nor did my wife, but bet your bottom dollar we got free cases.
What happened next was an official filing of a class action lawsuit between the remaining affected users and the tech giant itself.
Apple reached the settlement more than a year ago, in February of 2012. Members of the lawsuit had the option of receiving either a $15 check, or a free Apple Bumper case.
The class-action complaint drew together 18 separate lawsuits that accused Apple of “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.”
Owners who cashed in on Cupertino’s earlier offer of a free bumper or case were not eligible for the settlement, so if you haven’t seen a check, that could be why. Personally, this was the case.
According to 9to5Mac readers who are receiving the payments, the settlement checks for a whopping $15 were issued on April 17 and must be cashed by July 16, 2013 or they are null and void.
If anyone gets one of these checks could you be so awesome as to take a photo and send it to me via email? I will censor the personal and financial information before posting.
Send me your own antennagate story or a photo of you and your check to
Josh@FixMyiPhone.com to be featured in an upcoming post!
Of course we still offer iPhone 4 screen repairs!