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  • Apple Readies Universal iPhone Bumpers Before Verizon Launch


    Apple's solution to the perceived problem of iPhone bumpers designed for AT&T's iPhone 4 being used on the forthcoming Verizon iPhone has now become apparent. Meet the new universal iPhone bumper, which you may or may not have already seen in your local Apple store. While appearing largely identical to the original bumpers, there's now a larger cutout around the mute button. This change, of course, is necessary to accommodate its lower placement on Verizon's CDMA version of the handset.

    If you're not a fan of Apple-made bumpers, have no fear. There will be no shortage of third-party companies cranking out GSM and CDMA compatible cases as well Verizon-specific iPhone 4 bumpers in the weeks and months ahead. Given the mind-blowing industry estimates of how many millions of iPhones will be sold this year as a result of Verizon's acquisition, the bumper business will likely be booming for quite some time.

    Beginning February 10th, Apple - which still hasn't formally announced the new universal bumpers or even tweaked online descriptions of its cases - will make the iPhone available to Verizon customers for $199.99 (16GB) and $299.99 (32GB). Previous reports of Apple store employee vacation blackouts in early February have since been confirmed and now appear to directly correlate to the expected rush of traffic Apple stores will see when the Verizon iPhone debuts in less than three weeks.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Readies Universal iPhone Bumpers Before Verizon Launch started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      So will they be doing the whole free bumper thing with the verizon iPhone as well :-/
      Buy and veriphone get a free bumper??

      Am with AT&T but just thought I ask for those who will be leaving us for verizon in Case they were wondering the same??
      Even though I seriously doubt it but still doesn't hurt to ask...
    1. orozcoj4's Avatar
      orozcoj4 -
      i thought the whole point of the bumper was to solve the "Death Grip" issue. I'm would think that the Verizon iP4 wouldn't need a bumper. That's just my thought. I'm sure one of you in the know will correct me : )
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      i did think they would have to make a different set of bumpers....well i guess they will but at least they will fit both phones so they only have to spend half as much money making the universal fit ones
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by orozcoj4 View Post
      i thought the whole point of the bumper was to solve the "Death Grip" issue. I'm would think that the Verizon iP4 wouldn't need a bumper. That's just my thought. I'm sure one of you in the know will correct me : )
      No, the bumpers were there just for a stylish case initially, then they realized it somehow fixed the deathgrip and then started giving them out for free. So yes, they supposedly fixed the deathgrip in the veriphone but they are making these ones not for the deathgrip but just for the sake of having a nice accessory, which was what they where initially for anyway.
    1. apexad's Avatar
      apexad -
      Interestingly enough, my INCASE bumper that I got as part of the free iPhone 4 case program already has an opening that goes quite a bit lower than the vibrate slider.

      It would seem that some cases won't even have to be re-made at all.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I love my iPhone without a case on it, it feels so much better in my hands.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
      So will they be doing the whole free bumper thing with the verizon iPhone as well :-/
      Buy and veriphone get a free bumper??

      Am with AT&T but just thought I ask for those who will be leaving us for verizon in Case they were wondering the same??
      Even though I seriously doubt it but still doesn't hurt to ask...
      i doubt it because apparently the new phone doesnt have the antenna problem which was the only reason apple gave away free cases

      Quote Originally Posted by apexad View Post
      Interestingly enough, my INCASE bumper that I got as part of the free iPhone 4 case program already has an opening that goes quite a bit lower than the vibrate slider.

      It would seem that some cases won't even have to be re-made at all.
      are you talking about the case that clips on the back, the one i have, the mute opening goes low but i think that they would still remake it so that it fits perfectly instead of have just fit