Get $15 or a free iPhone case if had an iPhone 4 with cell reception issues!

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A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit targeting the antenna performance of Apple’s iPhone 4.

As part of a preliminary approval made this afternoon, U.S. residents who bought Apple’s iPhone 4 will be entitled to $15 in cash or a bumper case provided by Apple.

The settlement comes from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one. All share the claim 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.”

The settlement has its own Web site,, which will be up in the coming weeks (the site doesn’t go anywhere right now). There, customers will be able to get information about the settlement and how to make a claim. As part of the arrangement, e-mails will also be sent alerting original buyers to the settlement before April 30, 2012. The claims period is then open for 120 days.

“We believe that the Apple iPhone 4 settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable,” Ira Rothken, co-lead counsel representing the class, told CNET. “We believe that it allows members of the class to choose, and they can get $15 of cash or a bumper, so we believe that type of choice is proportional to the circumstances.”

An Apple representative told CNET: “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 when it was being offered in 2010.”

Shortly after the release of the iPhone 4, owners began posting videos of themselves holding the phone tightly, showing that the device would eventually lose some reception, something that was criticized as being a hardware flaw.

Apple did not weigh in on the matter for three weeks, deciding instead to hold a press conference to address what had been dubbed “antennagate” with a sea of data to show that other phones had similar issues. The company then offered to let people return the phone for a full refund, or claim a complementary case from Apple or third-party case makers–an offer it kept going for two months. It also issued a software update that changed how the phone determined how many reception bars were displayed.

Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, was released in October of last year. According to testing done by Consumer Reports about a month after its release, the device was free of the issue.

Rothken says the class is comprised of 25 million members. Besides the e-mails to those members, the settlement requires a summary notice of the settlement to be posted in print versions of USA Today and Macworld.

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3 thoughts on “Get $15 or a free iPhone case if had an iPhone 4 with cell reception issues!

  1. julio says:

    Not quite a year ago, I switched from HTC’s wdoinw based phones. My last 3 phones have been imported into the US and I loved them. I did the usual hacking of the ROM’s and made it the way I wanted it. I bad-mouthed iphones all day long.Then, I bought one on a whim. Now almost a year later, I have bought 5 different iphones for members of my family. Though I agree somewhat with the closed-minded business practices of Apple, it’s tough to beat the ease and usefulness of the iphone. The apps and software design IMO is superior to any wdoinw’s based phone for daily use.And now with the new 4.0 OS coming out, it will be the cat’s meow I can’t wait. And if that were not enough, the possibility that the new 4G may have a removable battery seals the deal. I’ve always complained about the iphone’s battery usage, I thought it was ridiculous. By noon, my battery was dead and I was charging again. After having to replace my iphone 3Gs because I broke it, I received a new one with the 3.1.3 OS. Funny thing now, since I can’t jailbreak it like my old one, my battery life goes from 6:30am to 7-8pm before I have to charge it. At first I thought it was the fact that the new phone comes with a new battery but I had recently replaced my battery in my old iphone.Apparently, jailbreaking uses more battery than I thought.An interesting sidenote, when my iphone broke and I had to wait till Monday to replace it, I fired up my trusty HTC and what a disappointment, it was so awkward and non-refined, I ended up using my iphone though I only had a speaker phone to work.Guess I do love my iphone.

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