Apple Settles “Antennagate” Lawsuit

iPhone 4 Bumpers

When iPhone 4 was first launched years ago, just days after its launch, many users began to notice 3G reception issues when placing their palm over the antenna part of their iPhone 4. This issue had been dubbed as the “antennagate” by bloggers.

There were numerous complaints and some lawsuits that Apple had to face over Antennagate issue. Apple has made free iPhone bumper cases available to everyone, which which according to Apple are a remedy to this issue. The issue was fixed in iPhone 4S manufactured later.

According to reports from CNET, one of those US class-action lawsuits is finally seeing a settlement:

The settlement comes from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one. All share the claim that 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.”

The lawsuit that is seeing a settlement is a total of 18 combined. All of those 18 lawsuits have the common message that Apple misrepresented the quality of its mobile antenna. As part of the settlement to this suit, every US customer who purchased an iPhone 4 is now entitled to $15 or free bumper from Apple.

A website for the settlement, www.iPhone4Settlement.com, will be launching in the coming weeks. Here, customers will be able to find out more information and where they can make their claim. At the moment, it is not clear if it applies to those who originally got a free bumper from Apple.

As a part of the settlement, Apple will be forced to send an email out to every single iPhone 4 customer by 30 April 2012. After receiving the email, customers will then have 120 days to make their claim.

While early iPhone 4S suffered from “antennagate”, now iPhone 4S seems to be free of this issue, as reported after a study done by Consumer Reports.

What is your opinion about this settlement? Post your comments.

Source: iDownload Blog

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