- You'll get the case or the money, but only if you didn’t get a free case earlier
.Correction: Despite other reports, "class members who obtained a bumper under the free program are eligible under the settlement agreement to submit a claim form for the 15 dollars," according to Mr. Rothken. In July 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, saying the company was “stunned and embarrassed” by the reception controversy, offered a free case to all owners of the iPhone 4, to alleviate the signal issue. In September 2010, the company ended that program, but it invited iPhone 4 owners who were experiencing problems to contact Apple to request a frame-like Bumper case. Bottom line: If you did receive a case earlier, you can still request the cash, but if you bought the phone from someone who received a case already, you won't be eligible for a claim in the current settlement.
- Apple will contact owners directly. Original iPhone 4 owners will hear from the company via e-mail as well as through advertising. Apple has till April 30th to notify claimants, who will have 120 days to respond.
- A settlement website is expected up to be up soon. Apple has set up a Web site (www.iPhone4Settlement.com) that it promised will give prospective claimants more details about the program; at this writing the site is not yet active.
- Terms of the settlement also require Apple to print a notice of the settlement in USA Today and Macworld. We haven't seen these notices appear as yet.