Apple Says No More Free Bumper Cases For iPhone 4 Users After Sept 30

Written By Sam on 12 September 2010

Apple will terminate its free iPhone 4 bumper case programme on 30 September 2010. The programme was launched to address iPhone 4 attenuation issues that were mainly a result of the placement of the antenna on the device’s outer rim, which led to diminishing signal strength every time the antenna got covered.

The company had earlier announced that iPhone 4 customers must apply within 30 days of their iPhone 4 purchase to avail of the free bumper case aimed at protecting all sensitive areas of the phone. The company has now issued a statement saying the company now knows 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“.

There are two possible interpretations of this announcement. First, if you are planning to buy an iPhone 4, you would do better to grab one by the end of this month to ensure the free bumper case comes with it. Second, if you can convince Apple you belong to that “small percentage” of iPhone users who is still grappling with signal issues, you have the option of calling AppleCare and requesting for a free case.

While the company is set to limit its free allocation of bumper cases, there has been no word on whether or not it has readjusted or rectified the iPhone 4’s antenna design. But there are also rumors that Apple might be coming with an new iPhone 4 with the fixed signal issues.

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