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  • Apple Ending Free iPhone 4 Case Program September 30

    Apple has announced that it will be ending the free iPhone 4 Case Program on September 30. You can, however, still get a free case if you buy an iPhone 4 before then. Apparently, Apple would like to put the ‘Antennagate’ fiasco behind them as quickly as possible. If you bought an Apple bumper case, full refunds are still available as long as you request a refund before the September deadline. After that, Apple will go back to “business as usual” and charge a 10% restocking fee and only accept returns within 14 days of purchase.

    The iPhone 4 Case Program page on Apples website was updated with this message:

    “We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.”

    Apple has yet to disclose what, if any, changes need to be made to fix this defect once and for all. They have provided a link to their Antenna Design and Test Labs that include impressive pictures of their state-of-the-art facility. This page is an attempt on Apples part to let the public know that they are doing everything in their power to study the problem. Maybe field-testing new models without cases that mask the problem in the first place would also be a good idea.

    Mexican iPhone carrier Telcel claimed last month, that Apple would be coming out with a new, revised version of the iPhone 4 by the end of September. Not surprisingly, Apple has remained silent regarding this statement by Telcel.

    In order to get your free case Apple created the iPhone 4 Case Program app designed to make the ordering process quick and easy. I ordered my case as soon as this app was made available and am still waiting to receive it. The ship date was October so I guess I’ll just have to keep waiting to get my free case.

    Source: The Loop
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Ending Free iPhone 4 Case Program September 30 started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This is why ive been trying to get the iPhone 4 so badly!

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    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Good thing I got mine on the day they released the app for it, all thanks to MMi of course!!
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      I just hope that they learn from this. It seems that each new version has some issue, if not the screen...

      We spend hard earned money on these and make apple very wealthy. Respect your users.

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    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      If Apple stop offering free iPhone4 case program, I also stop thinking to buy iPhone 4....
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      No Apple the problem is NOT smaller than you thought. It's BIGGER than you could ever imagine.

      The number of people actually reporting the problem is what's smaller than you thought.

      I went into two local Apple stores and two different AT&T stores in town. Each of the Apple stores had 16 iPhone 4s on display and I got EVERY SINGLE ONE to replicate the signal attenuation problem in BOTH stores....as well as the 3 phones on display in the AT&T stores.

      That's not a small problem. That's a big freakin problem! Wake up Apple and quit treating us like you think we don't know when you're just feeding us bullsh!t.

      And by the way....those of you out there that THINK you don't have a problem need to bridge that gap a little longer. It won't drop signal right away....but keep holding it and it will.

      I think that Apple is discontinuing this case program not because they think the problem is small....but because a crap load of people are pumping out free case orders and now Apple is losing MORE money than they expected. If they tell you the problem is isolated and small don't believe it......it's their way of brainwashing you people.

      Common sense tells you if the problem is HARDWARE related....and the same hardware design is used in ALL of the iPhone 4s....well then guess what.......the problem will affect ALL of the iPhone 4s. And now there are rumors going around that Apple has a revision of the iPhone 4 slated to be released on October 1. Coincidence?? There's a difference between truth and what Apple perceives to be the truth to manipulate it to their advantage. Don't buy into it.
    1. suparsumo's Avatar
      suparsumo -
      I just have a question to you Rico...
      How do you hold your phone?
      Seems to Look stupid...?
    1. EagleyeSmith's Avatar
      EagleyeSmith -
      Man that bumper deal was retarded to me. I got two free ones. (bought one before the phone came out, and got one w/the purchase of my iPhone 4) But at the end of the day, no need for them. I ended up going case-less because I just love the form factor of this phone!
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by suparsumo View Post
      I just have a question to you Rico...
      How do you hold your phone?
      Seems to Look stupid...?
      The same way I held my 3G. Only one drops signal and the other never did.

      You were saying..........
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Got one.
    1. reprazent1's Avatar
      reprazent1 -
      I ordered mine on august 15th, and it was shipped on september 8th - so it should be arriving somewhere next week. Sucks for new iphone4 buyers though..
    1. SnR's Avatar
      SnR -
      It still makes no sense to me that Apple has made a problem and refuse to fix it.
    1. iDro Manifest's Avatar
      iDro Manifest -
      Good thing I got mine yesterday it took 2weeks tho
    1. sharrack's Avatar
      sharrack -
      This is the exact reason why i waited on the iphone 4
      ....,, a revised iphone4!!
      Now, when you want to sell you're 4........ you'll be asked
      to see your receipt to see whether you have the revised
      phone or not.
      Always wait a month after for reviews and possible issues

      being the first geek on line and camping out for the latest and greatest is quickly losing its
      luster. Be smarter than that!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      The best part of having my iPhone 4 is people making fun of the antenna issue because it makes me take the phone off its cover, hand it to them, and beg them to show me this issue or else they'll have to buy me a drink.

      I've gotten may drinks

      The attenuation "issue" is completely non-existent if you're in an area with good reception. If anything, it's AT&T's spotty-at-best coverage that has caused this to be overblown out of proportion.
    1. alcapown's Avatar
      alcapown -
      Quote Originally Posted by B-Cat View Post
      I had a real result, I got automatically refunded £25 for my bumber then I tried the case program and got sent that too lol

      Thanks Apple
      Me too! I got refunded for my bumper that I purchased in the store and got a free Incase through the mail with the app. Nice!
    1. jbou91's Avatar
      jbou91 -
      I was denied a free bumper, I purchased my iPhone 4 through my friend who upgraded his contract. Any idea why? Its currently jailbroken/unlocked for t-mobile.

      Also, about the antenna issue, I barely have that problem. If I hold it for a few minutes it'll only go down a bar or two at most.

      Right now I have an Otterbox Defender case on it and I have yet to experience any issues.
    1. greek.guy's Avatar
      greek.guy -
      so im gussing the rumors of a revised version are out the door?
    1. donsamuelgeorge's Avatar
      donsamuelgeorge -
      I guess there should be something that apple will do after this "case program ends this month". A couple of times I had called apple care concerning my device and asked them if apple is doing something for the antenna-gate problem and they replied Yes! Apple IS working on this issue! So I guess it's better to wait for those of you who are yet to buy one!
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      This basically means Sept 30 there should be enough case owners to make those who don't have one a minority, Apple can live with those people byotch and moan about bad receptions.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      I got the iPhone 4 bumpers

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