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Apple paying out $15 to settle Antennagate

It’s that or a bumper
Mon Feb 20 2012, 09:39

FLOGGER OF SHINY TOYS Apple is giving people that were dissatisfied with the performance of their Iphone 4 the choice between a rubber band or $15.

That is the result of the class action lawsuit that was filed against the company when users complained that their magic phone would drop calls or lose signal whenever it was held in a certain way.

Apple fought off those suggestions at the time, choosing to either deny them or say that they affected all handsets. But the class action lawsuit went ahead. Now it has been settled, according to Ira Rothken, lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

"We got preliminary approval of class action settlement in the iphone 4 antenna case today over 21 million class members 15 dollars or bumper," he said in a message on Twitter.

The lawsuit claimed that the Iphone 4 was sold as powerful, feature laden smartphone, but was actually "defective".

"The iPhone4s were sold as powerful, full-featured mobile phones with a high quality redesigned case and antennae, high quality voice communications over the AT&T mobile network, wireless email, text messaging,web browsing and hundreds of applications available for download," said the complaint.

"The mobile phone case and antenna design is defective. The case and antenna design has led to a substantial degradation in signal quality and dropped calls when the phone is used in a normal and foreseeable fashion by users."

The official line from Apple is that it makes "magical devices". We have asked it to comment. µ


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