iPhone 4 owners start receiving $15 "Antennagate" check

You may remember when Steve Jobs famously suggested to a user "Just avoid holding it that way" who complained about dropped calls when holding the iPhone 4 in a certain way; this prompted "Antennagate" which forced Apple to give out free bumper cases to all iPhone owners, and later a $15 settlement if they missed out on that offer.

The problem occured when you gripped the phone in your left hand, bridging both sides of the black strip in the metal band around the phone. Apple's PR outfit tried to play down the issue by claiming "gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance." Apple's official response was to "use one of many available cases" to halt the issue. 

The $53 million dollar settlement for the issue that was reached in February 2012 offered users a way to claim their bumper case or $15 at a special website that was setup at www.iPhone4Settlement.com

Now, according to Ubergizmo those checks were first issued on the 17th of April, and they will only be valid until the 16th of July after which they can't be cashed.

If you're only hearing about this for the first time, unfortunately claims can no longer be submitted.

Source: Ubergizmo

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I think many people argue how great the phone looks design wise vs other phones.
But you have to put an ugly bumper case on the phone to make it work properly.

kayzee said,
That's not true really is it. How many users were actually affected by this? Mine never was.
I really hate people like you and I will tell you why. Just because something didn't affect you, doesn't mean it wasn't a problem. Example, there are 350M US citizen's. Out of them less than a certain percentage will die of a serious ailment. Does that mean we shouldnt do anything about our health.

Let me be frank with you as I was with a lot of other people like you. For a phone at retails for nealy $800 at the time, it shouldn;t have had such aproblem. Allof a sudden the way I have always held my phone was now a problem. AT the time of the iPhone 4 I swtiched ot ATT becaus eit was taking VZW to long. I never experienced dropped calls with VZW with ANY phone i had. Yet my iPhone would drop a call while I was on it every time.
There were videos that showed this issue was easy to duplicate by simply covering the gaps with a penny. When I first saw the iPhone 4 and they mentioned the antenna was on the outside, I said then; this would be equal to rabbit ears on top of the old tv's. For some people if they touch it, it will cause interference and for some it wont.
Apple later admitted they saw a problem when testing. But rushing to get the phone out wa smore important. Apple who had always left cases to 3rd parties, all of a sudden had a case that didnt cover the back and the sides like ALL CASES DO, but they made this badn to go around just the sides and tried to sell it as an accessory for $30.

Yet YOU don't find that misleading? Oh and the videos APple showed of other phone shaving the problem? In those cases the hand was shown to be christmas wrapping the phone withg a death grip, which was way different than cover the 2 gaps on the iPhone. Apple was caught in headlights and they triedot bringothers in with them. Other phone makers were ****ed and stated their phones are rarely return for this type of issue.

If I owned one of those companies I would have sued Apple for slander.
Hey guess what...I've been driving since I was 17 which was in 1986 and I am now 44 and I have never been in a car accident. Even if insurance wasn;t mandatory I woulkd stillhave it...why? Because just because it hasnt happen to me doesn't mean it won;t happen.

I really hate people like you who dismiss an issue simply becaus eit didn;t happen to you. IF this is was so small, Apple wouldnt have been sued for it. WoULD THAY? It was a $100M mistake. $50M for this settlememnt and another $50+ to give away the bumpers that were the fix for this issue.

Oh and here is a fact for you...back in the 90's, Apple decided to make Mac's without heatsinks thanks to Jobs. The MAcs would burn up the boards and burn the capacitors. APple actually charged people even when the Mac was still under warranty, as APple tried to claim the PC show signs of being used beyond what is considered normal.
A man sued APple because he states he did nothing beyond normal and the fault was the system had no headsinks for the CPU.Apple was found liable and was order to fix all at no cost and those who did pay, they were to receive full compensation. Apple is a lying gutless compnay who tried ot get away with theoir own fault and they got busted.

Its funny when Verizon finally got the iPhone phone after 3 months of delays, the phone antenna structure was totally changed to where even if you covered the gaps it caused no issue. And this design had no problem sense which shows they knew and were guilty.

Turning a blind eye to a problem doesn;t make it go away.

TechieXP said,
I really hate people like you and I will tell you why. Just because something....

I really hate people like you who don't have a clue what this problem is really about yet go on top of hills screaming about it like a crazy person. Another great-wall-of-text btw.

+1, another iPhone 4 user who wasn't effected by this "major hardware defect issue".

Shadrack said,

I really hate people like you who don't have a clue what this problem is really about yet go on top of hills screaming about it like a crazy person. Another great-wall-of-text btw.

+1, another iPhone 4 user who wasn't effected by this "major hardware defect issue".

Here is an article about Surface Pro not shipping with Office built in:
http://www.neowin.net/news/rem...t-come-with-the-surface-pro

Here is an article where you complain about Windows Phone support length:
http://www.neowin.net/news/sur...-support-end-dates-revealed

Here you are complaining about Surface Pro battery, size, form factor, and stylus:
http://www.neowin.net/news/review-microsoft039s-surface-pro

So I suppose those complaints of yours is because you own those products, and therefore earned the right to comment about them?

Shadrack said,

I really hate people like you who don't have a clue what this problem is really about yet go on top of hills screaming about it like a crazy person. Another great-wall-of-text btw.

+1, another iPhone 4 user who wasn't effected by this "major hardware defect issue".

Here is where you fail Sherlock. What you don;t understand is the vast majority of people who buy products that have defects, are never effected by them. Even when recalls are made, many people don't even go back. Just because you don't have the problem or are affected by it, doesn;t mean there is no problem.

Sure taking time rolling out the "checks" I didn't think Apple were short on cash. Must have it all tied up in building the space donut HQ.

trip21 said,
Sure taking time rolling out the "checks" I didn't think Apple were short on cash. Must have it all tied up in building the space donut HQ.

Now comes a class action lawsuit to get the interest the fund all those checks are issued from received. There's no reason it should have taken over a year to issue them.

$15 to cover the bumper costs.

Funny how some companies will make a minor hardware change (Nexus 4) to address issues rather than blame the consumer. Maybe the antenna issue is harder to fix that stopping a phone from sliding off the counter (Nexus 4), but I think more people were upset at Apple's response than the antenna issue anyway.

Ahh, that makes sense now.

A "free" bumper/case was a good option - it should be default considering the price of the phone.

Just a side note: The $15 was for people who opted out wanting a bumper. Apple refunded my original bumper that I purchased as well as sent me a case from their store of my choosing. Beyond that, the issue with the reception if you death grip the iPhone 4 was something discovered very early on. Early adopters of the iPhone 4 were within the time period to receive a full refund on the device, yet we didn't hear about mass returns of the iPhone 4. Guess they figured it was still a great phone (because it was) and the antenna issue wasn't an issue for them (because it wasn't for me and for lots of other folks I knew with the iPhone 4).

People upset at Apple's response were mostly the same gang of Apple-haters who are upset at anything and everything Apple does were probably not even iPhone 4 owners. iPhone 4 owners who may have been upset could have returned the phone and purchased something else.