Antennagate is subject of class action suit settled by Apple

Antennagate is subject of class action suit settled by Apple
Remember Antennagate? Well, the 18 minute gap in the tape That was the name given to problems that Apple iPhone 4 buyers had thanks to the design of the phone. With the antenna wrapped around the outside of the handset, those that held the phone in the left hand would find the device quickly losing signal strength. That became known as the left-handed death grip. You might remember the late Steve Jobs scolding people for holding the Apple iPhone 4 the wrong way.

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?

source: CNET


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22 Comments

1. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

bumper or cash...that's fair

21. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Bumper or cash for the consumer... but what do the lawyers get?

3. SleepingOz unregistered

Steve Jobs says Reception problem? What Reception problem? wahahahahahah..

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

that joke was funnier the 1st 1,000 times...its not funny being number 15,000,000

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hey andro it must eat you up inside that Sprints two best selling phones are the iPhone 4s and 4.

19. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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!

20. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You try so hard. It's cute...

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I'm just wondering how much money the lawyers made off of this case?

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I am happy as an iPhone 4 user with apple's response

12. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 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: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Apple never claimed their phones are perfect -- they claimed these devices are magical. Please learn to discern the difference.

17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 unregistered

That's it 15$ or a free case? Apple is ripping U OFF

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