Free cases for first Aussie iPhone 4 owners

Early adopters of the iPhone 4 in Australia from launch on 30 July will receive a free case, just like US customers, according to Apple Australia.

Early adopters of the iPhone 4 in Australia from launch on 30 July will receive a free case, just like US customers, according to Apple Australia.

iPhone 4 with bumper
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At a press conference in the US on Friday to address the controversy over problems with the iPhone 4's antenna, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that customers who bought the iPhone 4 before 30 September would be eligible to receive a free rubber bumper or similar third-party case to reduce loss of signal. Customers still unhappy with Apple's solution would be entitled to a full refund within 30 days of purchase, provided the phone was undamaged.

Apple Australia spokesperson Fiona Martin said Australians who purchase the iPhone 4 between the launch date of 30 July and the cut-off date of 30 September will also be entitled to both of these options.

"As advised by Steve Jobs during the recent press conference, there are a number of actions that Apple is taking," Martin told ZDNet Australia. The actions include a "free case for every iPhone 4 purchased through 30 September" and "a full refund for any undamaged iPhone 4 within 30 days of purchase" for any customer unsatisfied with the product.

The company has also recommended that iPhone 4 users update to iOS 4.1, which fixes a software error that was providing inaccurate signal strength information to iPhone users.