iPhone 4 ‘antennagate’ lawsuit settlement reached

20 Feb 2012

The iPhone 4

A class-action lawsuit made against Apple over issues with the antenna of the iPhone 4 has been resolved, which will see Apple give US purchasers of the iPhone 4 US$15 in cash or a bumper case.

CNET reports that the settlement comes from 18 separate lawsuits combined into one, which claimed Apple was “misrepresenting and concealing material information” when it marketed and sold the iPhone 4, “particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.”

Ira Rothken, co-lead counsel representing the class, said the issue affected 21m people.

In the coming weeks, a website will be set up under www.iphone4settlement.com (which is currently inactive), which will give US customers information on how they can make a claim for the case within 120 days. Emails will also be sent to customers before 30 April 2012.

The issue caused controversy shortly after the release of the iPhone 4, when users experienced signal degradation on their devices.

Apple said the issue was being caused by users gripping the phone in the lower left-hand corner. The company later held a press conference and offered a free bumper case which would fix the issue or a full refund up until 30 September 2010.