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Apple iPhone 4 owners can claim $15 in 'antennagate' settlement

Apple iPhone 4 owners can claim $15 in 'antennagate' settlement
The late Steve Jobs, then Apple's chief executive, addresses iPhone 4 reception problems at a July 2010 news conference. (David Paul Morris / Getty Images)

Apple's "antennagate" is finally coming to an end, with $15 going to each qualifying iPhone 4 owner who claims a share in a class-action lawsuit over the fourth-generation iPhone's infamous antenna problems.

The settlement terms, announced Thursday with the launch of a website, will issue $15 in cash to owners of the iPhone 4 "who have experienced antenna or reception issues," "been unable to return their iPhone 4 without incurring any costs" and "been unwilling to use a case or free bumper for their iPhone 4."

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Apple has been giving away free "bumper" cases to iPhone 4 owners since July 2010, after consumers complained that the phone could lose its cellular signal if held certain ways. The class-action suit was filed a few days before Apple announced the bumper giveaway.

In addition, "anyone who has completed the troubleshooting steps on http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/assistant/calls/ or be unable to complete the troubleshooting steps because they no longer own their iPhone 4" is eligible as well.

To claim a share of the settlement, which was agreed to in February, iPhone 4 owners must fill out an online form by Aug. 28. If you own an iPhone 4, you should be receiving an email from Apple informing you of the settlement before April 30.

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