iPhone 4 owners start receiving $15 ‘antennagate’ refund checks from Apple

iPhone 4 owners start receiving $15 ‘antennagate’ refund checks from Apple
The iPhone 4 was one of the most successful launches for Apple ushering its new design language which in some form has stayed to this day, but it did not go without a flaw. Having a glass body with aluminum on the side made it hard for Apple to properly design the antenna leading to the now infamous antenna-gate scandal where holding the device tightly would obstruct the signal and lead to dropped calls.

Apple promised free bumper cases to address the issue, but it could not escape a class action lawsuit either. Last February, a settlement was reached for those who did not receive a free bumper case and it resulted into $15 refunds promised to customers. Now, those $15 checks have started arriving. The first checks were issued on April 17, 2013, and will become void on July 16th.

Here is what the settlement reads:

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.”

Sadly, if you have not already applied for a refund, it’s already too late to do that now.

source: 9to5Mac

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iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

3 years for $15 refund. this service by Apple is quick . iJustice served

12. osmaankhaan unregistered

Paying the refund by cutting down the pays of Fox'con'n employees? apple: what's there to loose.. A few more human lifes by suicidal attempts? Anyway they r not money they r humans y should v care...

2. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lol thats it...how many will actually file and get it

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What a joke. Oh well, though. 15 bucks is 15 bucks. Let the record show that Apple only issued these 15 bucks per person after being forced to, and only to those who applied for a refund long ago. In other words, I sure as hell better not see any post saying Apple is generous here.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple is being generous. Quit acting like Apple is the only OEM who has had a product that had a defect. The supposed attengate only happened when you squeezed the phone so much.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Wrong on every count. Apple is only paying what they're being forced to by the settlement. Their reaction initially was to deny the issue, and the 4's design was never fixed. And antenna gate could be triggered simply by laying your pinky over the antenna break. I tested this multiple times on various AT&T 4s.

4. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Haha what a joke. They are so desperately trying to save face it's pathetic. It's also too late.

5. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

look at that picture iphone look so tiny

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

that's exactly what I thought on looking the picture. Iphone 4 looks tiny all of a sudden.... lol

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, the iPhone 4 looks tiny, and the iPhone 1 looks even tiny like an ant. xD

11. Aeires unregistered

My thoughts too, so tiny it looks like a feature phone. But hey, Steve said that was the perfect size so who are we to say different?

6. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

At least they returned the refund unlike some company doesn't know how to fix death issue till date LOL.

10. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Only 15$ for the antenna gate issue? The main reason to buy a phone is to call and if it drops your call by holding it in a way its normal you should get a new one. One that works not a sticker or 15$?

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