Antennagate is subject of class action suit settled by Apple
After consolidating 18 lawsuits into one class action, Apple has finally reached a settlement that those Apple iPhone 4 owners unhappy with the antenna's performance, can take part in. And as usual with these sort of things, the plaintiffs will not be walking away wealthy. The terms of the settlement call for Apple to give those filing a claim the choice between a free bumper case or $15 in cash. Those taking part in the settlement will have 120 days from April 30th to inform Apple and the latter will be emailing customers to inform them as well as placing ads in USA Today and MacWorld.
The number of Apple iPhone 4 owners that may take part in the settlement is unknown. Many already received free rubber bumpers from Apple when the Antennagate "scandal" originally broke. The Apple iPhone 4S uses a different dual-antenna system that switches the antenna in use if the phone is losing signal strength for various reasons, including the attenuation that might occur from holding it in a certain manner. Ira Rothken, the attorney that represented the class, said that the settlement, "is fair, adequate, and reasonable." Apple iPhone 4 owners, do you agree?
1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
seems pretty reasonable. although i wonder if u can get another free bumper if u already got one when apple was giving them before
21. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 257; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Bumper or cash for the consumer... but what do the lawyers get?
3. SleepingOz (Posts: 2468; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Steve Jobs says Reception problem? What Reception problem? wahahahahahah..
4. quakan (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
that joke was funnier the 1st 1,000 times...its not funny being number 15,000,000
5. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
What's not funny is that the iPhone 4s still has antenna problems even to this day,calls may not be fully dropped but they hang in silence before users hang up!! Two antennas or not we still get complaints of this of customers or complaints that their Nokia phone or husband or wifes android phone has much better reception where they live in comparison to their iPhone.
10. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Hey andro it must eat you up inside that Sprints two best selling phones are the iPhone 4s and 4.
19. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
See as i dont live or work in the US i couldn't care less about sprint!! :-) If the iphones actually are their best seller then those poor retail staff have to put up with alot of complaints,fragile iphones breaking from falls,going faulty almost immediately after one year warranty has expired,call/antenna issues and so on! I dont envy them!
7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1716; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
That seems fair. It may be a small amount, but think of the millions of iPhone 4's that were sold now entitling the owner to $15 or a bumper. That could add up. probably won't be as many takers as all that... but damn, just think of all those millions sold x15.
It's really more the principle of the thing. Apple prides themselves on quality, and markets themselves on the, "it just works," mantra. Well, something as simple and cheap as a little insulation to prevent signal issues was left out making it not work for a number of people. Apple's earned this class action suit for themselves by placing aesthetics over engineering.
You know, many vehicles on the road today look like little boxes. Aesthetically square wheels would probably fit the design better than round offering a more uniform look and feel. I'm sure it would even be more stable in some cases, but you know what? I'll function over form.
8. roscuthiii (Posts: 1716; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I'm just wondering how much money the lawyers made off of this case?
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Or, an iPhone 4 owner who is unsatisfied with the $15 kiss-off could opt out and sue Apple in small claims court. There is precedent in So. Cal, a Honda owner sued Honda in small claims court and won something like $9,000.
I wonder if any iPhone 4 owners are going to pursue the small claims option?
14. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You have to show damages -- the burden is on the plantiff. In the Honda case, it was easy to show the damages. In the iPhone case, the user had a 30 day window to return the phone for any reason and that is the problem with small claims court or any legal court in the US, i.e the need to show damages.
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
How about diminished value? A used VZW iPhone 4 was listed on Craig's List recently for $30 (might have been more, I can't find the listing at the moment) more than a similar AT&T iPhone 4. Diminished value is a well-accepted measure of damages. Small claims is generally plaintiff-friendly. I wonder what recent eBay action on AT&T v. VZW iPhone 4 devices looks like?
11. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I am happy as an iPhone 4 user with apple's response
12. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)
Siri - Why does the iPhone 4 have Antennagate?
How dare they try to sue Apple when Mr. Jobs genorously showed them how to hold it the right (no pun intended)! He didn't have to you know.
13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1156; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
One of the pictures above just pisses me off, the one that has "Antannagate, Not unique to the iPhone 4"
Oh, so when Apple makes a phone, its perfect and flawless and so special no one else can ever produce it. But when an issue pops up, the iPhone is just any regular phone with regular phone problems? Damn bunch of hypocrites...
15. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Apple never claimed their phones are perfect -- they claimed these devices are magical. Please learn to discern the difference.
17. frydaexiii (Posts: 1156; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Magical, as in it works, and nothing should or will go wrong with it, because that's what apple is promoting, that everything they do is right and perfect while everyone else's products are flawed, imperfect and ordinary.
18. jroc74 (Posts: 3959; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea ...they got that wrong. Antenna Gate is unique to the iPhone 4....
Its the only phone in the known universe that can drop signal with an 1/2 an inch of finger...
I have to Death Grip phones I've had to make them lose signal....the iPhone 4 suffers from a Death Touch...
22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5634; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
That's it 15$ or a free case? Apple is ripping U OFF