iPhone 4 owners could get $15 or free bumper case from settlement

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If you own an Apple iPhone 4, you could get a $15 check or an Apple “bumper” cellphone case as a part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit that’s related to the smartphone’s alleged antenna problems.

Owners of the iPhone 4 may begin to make claims April 30, 2012, PC World reported. Claims are valid for any consumer who purchased an iPhone 4 through Friday, Feb. 17. The lawsuit combines 18 different legal cases and could have as many as 25 million claimants, according to PC World.

The lawsuit stems from consumer complaints that started in June 2010 about the iPhone 4’s antenna. Studies showed that holding the iPhone 4 the wrong way could contribute to poor phone reception. Apple indicated that wrapping the phone in a bumper case solves the problem.

A judge gave preliminary approval to the lawsuit Feb. 17, and final approval is slated for July 13, 2012.

The settlement doesn’t apply to the iPhone 4S, which was introduced in September 2011.