Apple Answers iPhone 4 Antennagate Settlement With $15 Refund
iPhone 4 owners who are victims of reception or antenna issues of the iOS device can finally take a little compensation from Apple, with $15 refund “antennagate” settlement.
If you have an iPhone 4 and hate the Cupertino Company for some flaws of the device like antenna and receptions issues, you can finally take dollars from the company. Apple has finally lifted a single finger to somewhat iron creases from the antenna or reception issues of the iPhone 4, by giving $15 to the qualified owners of the mentioned device. The company’s settlement move was officially announced last Thursday.
iPhone 4 antennagate issue has been stirring the internet since the device was released in June. “Antennagate” is the term used for the antenna and reception problem of then, new Apple iPhone. The controversy and the problem also caused the departure of iPhone and iPod engineering senior vice president, Mark Papermaster.
Apple has launched a website Thursday for those who own fourth-generation iPhone and wanted to take advantage of the settlement. The website welcomes visitors with, “will issue $15 in cash to owners of the iPhone 4 “who have experienced antenna or reception issues,” “been unable to return their iPhone 4 without incurring any costs” and “been unwilling to use a case or free bumper for their iPhone 4.”
It can be remembered that the Cupertino Company started giving away “bumper” iPhone 4 cases for free since July 2010 to answer the users’ complaints that the iOS mobile phone can lose signal when hold in some angles. The case was given as a remedy to the signal issue users have experiencedwhen the phone is held in various ways or positions.
iPhone 4 antennagate lawsuit was filed and made official days after the company has officially launch the free bumper. The lawsuit demands Apple to provide iPhone casing for free. The lawsuit also demands monetary refund from the company since the defective antenna “diminished value of the phone.”
“Apple is not delivering the phone it promised to customers,” Mason said in a statement. “Customers who paid hundreds of dollars for the phone now have to spend an extra $30 on a cellphone case just to ensure their phone works as expected,” said Don Reisinger who is the attorney of the complainants.
Users can perform some troubleshootings at: http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/assistant/calls/, an official website from Apple, but those who no longer have their iPhone 4 are still eligible to get the $15 giveaway. This is good thinking other companies will no longer issue a refund without the device in your hands.
Fourth-generation iPhone owners can claim the $15 settlement by filling out a form not later than August 28, 2012. Owners will also be reminded through e-mails from Apple about the details of the settlement, which was made official in February.
The lawsuit has finally paid off and will probably make some iPhone 4 owners a bit vindicated. Do you own an iPhone 4? What can you say about the antennagate issue?