Apple bows down again: Hands out $15 to consumers for antenna troubles

Its raining lawsuits for Apple and from the looks of it, the company’s legal standing is not getting any better. Apple has lost yet another lawsuit, albeit this time in the U.S. The verdict, colloquially called ‘Antenngate’, was filed by Apple consumers to complain because the Apple iPhone 4 antenna used to drop signals. In a landmark judgment, each Apple iPhone 4 consumer in the U.S. is entitled to $15 or a bumper case from Apple.


According to Ira Rothken, Co-counsel representing the consumers, “We believe that the Apple iPhone 4 settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable, 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.”

But even this reward isn’t for everyone. This settlement is for 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 when it was being offered in 2010.

Lets recap to 2010. The iPhone 4 was released amidst much fanfare but soon after people began posting videos of the phone losing antenna single and being a pain in the ass. Apple had even offered a full refund of the iPhone, or a complementary case to retrieve its lost goodwill. Now the case is finally settled with around 25 million people receiving a present a $15 (Rs. 750) reward or a bumper case.

Apple, on its part, has come up with double antennas in the iPhone 4S, the iPhone that followed iPhone 4.