Apple to iPhone 4 Antennagate 'victims': Here's $15, now hush up

Two years ago when Apple released the iPhone 4, the smartphone was found to have a fatal reception flaw: Antennagate. For a limited time following the iPhone 4 launch, Apple offered buyers a free iPhone bumper or case. If you didn't claim yours, you're entitled to some free cash.

At long last, the saga of Antennagate comes to an end. From the iPhone 4 Settlement site:

To be eligible for the cash payment, you must have: (a) experienced antenna or reception issues; (b) been unable to return your iPhone 4 without incurring any costs; (c) been 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.

The settlement will provide a $15 cash payment if you are a United States resident who are or were the original owner of an iPhone 4, and who experienced antenna or reception issues, and satisfy other requirements explained on this website.

Fifteen bucks is only half the value of the iPhone 4 bumper is ($29), but it's better than nothing. Besides, those bumpers are near useless anyway; they only shield the iPhone 4's sides and won't protect its glass back.

We say if you haven't claimed your case, go file your claim and use that money to buy a decent case like an Incase or a Speck case. "Sufferers" have until August 28 to claim their $15.

Or put that $15 towards a CDMA (Verizon or Sprint) iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. Apple added two more antenna slits on those iPhone's stainless steel band antennas to solve the "death grip."

iPhone 4 Settlement site, via Apple Insider

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