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Apple Settles iPhone 4 Antennagate Lawsuit

by Brandon Russell | February 18, 2012February 18, 2012 12:00 pm PDT

AntennagateOwners of Apple’s iPhone 4 have a small settlement coming their way. The Cupertino-based company agreed to resolve a class action lawsuit concerning the iPhone 4’s antenna performance, better known as Antennagate. According to CNET, owners in the U.S. will have one of two options: $15 or a free bumper case.

In a statement to The Loop, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said, “This settlement relates to a small number of customers who indicated that they experienced antenna or reception issues with their iPhone 4 and didn’t want to take advantage of a free case from Apple while it was being offered in 2010.”

Soon after the iPhone 4 was released, many users complained about the device’s tendency to drop calls and lose signal quality as a result of merely holding the phone. The conclusion comes from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one, all claiming “the case and antenna design has led to a substantial degradation in signal quality and dropped calls when the phone is used in a normal and foreseeable fashion by users.”

A website – – will be put up in the coming weeks where iPhone 4 owners can get information about the settlement and how to make a claim, CNET said. E-mails will also be sent out alerting buyers before April 30, 2012.

Apple previously held a press conference to address the Antennagate issue, conceding to users by offering a complementary case. If you own an iPhone 4 and didn’t take advantage then, now’s your chance.

[via The Verge, CNET, The Loop]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...