iPhone 4 owners can now pick up $15 'Antennagate' settlement

Summary:iPhone 4 users have until August 28 to claim your $15, provided you have not already acquired a free bumper for the phone.

If you bought an iPhone 4 and you live in the U.S., you may be entitled to a $15 settlement payout.

iPhone 4 owners who purchased their handset on or before February 17, 2012 can now file a claim online. Those wishing to make a claim have until August 28 to do so. If you've already received a free bumper from Apple then you're not eligible for this payout.

You all remember "Antennagate", right? Soon after the iPhone 4 as released, some users began complaining that holding the handset in a certain way caused cell reception to drop dramatically, to the point of losing reception completely.

Apple issued an open letter to iPhone 4 owners and followed that up with a press conference where the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs made the claim that this was not an iPhone issue but in fact an industry-wide problem.

Jobs also claimed that the call drop rate of the iPhone 4 was almost the same as that for the iPhone 3GS, with fewer than 1 extra call being dropped per 100 calls. Apple also made a selection of free cases available to consumers. Jobs also famously responded to concerns raised by tech site Ars Technica by saying: "Just avoid holding it that way."

But none of that didn't prevent the lawsuits, all 18 of them, which were later combined into the one class action lawsuit, which in all covers some 25 million iPhone owners.

The lawsuits claimed 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."

Image credit: Apple.

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Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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