During the whole ‘antennagate’ debacle back in 2010, Apple attempted to appease iPhone 4 adopters by offering them one of its bumpers, or another case from a third-party manufacturer for free. Those who didn’t think a free $30 bumper was good enough can now claim $15 compensation.
The $15 settlement was announced back in February, and it was predicted that around 25 million U.S. customers were affected by the iPhone 4’s antenna issue. Users can now begin making their claims, but there are some caveats. Most importantly, you must have been affected by the antennagate issue (obviously) but unable to return your handset, and you must have chosen not to receive a free bumper already:
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.
If you’ve now decided that you would prefer a free bumper instead, you can request one from Apple as a substitute for the $15 compensation.
If you’d prefer the cash, you have until August 28 to file your claim forms, or until June 15 to file any objections against the settlement. You can find out further information via the official settlement website.