Last month, we reported about Apple’s announcement of a settlement with iPhone 4 users over the Antennagate debacle. Now it is time for compensation.
According to the latest announcement from Apple, from 29 March 2012, those who were involved in this lawsuit, started receiving notices how they could cash in on the $15 that Apple owed them.
The settlement in question pertains only to iPhone 4 owners who were unable to obtain a free bumper case or refused to opt-in to Apple’s free bumper program.
Apple will provide a $15 cash payment to Class Members who send in a valid claim form. The claim form will require you to declare that you: (a) experienced antenna or reception issues with your iPhone 4; (b) were unable to return your iPhone 4 without incurring any costs; (c) were unwilling to use a case or free bumper for your iPhone 4; and (d) completed certain troubleshooting steps or are unable to complete the troubleshooting steps because you no longer own your iPhone 4.
There have been many reports about Apple offering free bumper cases to those who specifically requested them despite the program being over. However, this settlement offers an alternative method of compensation for many iPhone 4 users.
Those eligible for the $15 settlement have until 28 August 2012 to file the proper claim forms. If iPhone 4 users have any objections, they must file their objections by 15 June 2012. A court hearing on 13 July 2012 will consider the settlement for final approval. Those who see $15 as unfit compensation for the headaches of dropped calls and poor reception have until the 15 June 2012 registration date to register for their removal from the class action group. They may pursue their own separate cases after being removed from group.