February 20, 2012
iPhone 4 ‘Antennagate’ Lawsuit Reaches Settlement
A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit regarding the "Antennagate" issues that arose from the original iPhone 4.
Under the settlement, original iPhone 4 buyers can either get $15 or a new bumper case from Apple.The settlement comes from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one, all claiming Apple was "misrepresenting and concealing material information" in its marketing.
Emails will be sent alerting original buyers to the settlement before April 30, 2012, after which customers will be able to claim their $15 or the new bumper case.
Apple originally tried to squash the situation in 2010 by offering customers a free bumper case for their iPhone 4.
Shortly after the device was released, owners began reporting of a "death grip." They found when held a certain way, iPhone 4 would lose service.
Reports of the "Antennagate" exploded, causing Apple to hold a press conference to discuss the issue and try to put out the fire.
During the event, the late Steve Jobs said that if you're still not happy after using the bumper, "you can bring your iPhone back within 30 days for a full refund."
He said during the press conference that the percentage of users who have called about antenna or reception issues with the iPhone 4 was 1.7 percent, which was down from the previous iPhone 3GS model at 6 percent.
Apple fixed the issue with the iPhone 4 in its latest device, the iPhone 4S. Since its release, it has gone on to become the best selling iPhone in Apple's history.
An Apple representative told CNET reports that the recent settlement represents users who did not take advantage of the free case from Apple when it was being offered in 2010.
Ira Rothken, co-lead counsel representing the class, told CNET the members of the suit are happy with the results.
"We believe that the Apple iPhone 4 settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable," he told the news agency. "We believe that it allows members of the class to choose, and they can get $15 of cash or a bumper, so we believe that type of choice is proportional to the circumstances."
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