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Apple today launched its iPhone 4 Case program which gives out free cases to customers who a buy the iPhone 4 through September 30th. The program also refunds those customers who had already bought a protective “bumper”. The free case is being provided as a fix to the antenna issues that iPhone 4 was plagued with.
There are some tight dead lines that a user must follow. For customers who made purchases for the iPhone 4 before July 23rd must apply no later than Auguest 22. Customers also have 30 days from the date of purchase to apply for a free case. This is a little hard to digest because the dead lines seem pointless and an attempt for Apple to increase the iPhone 4 sales.
The application also stated that “Only iPhone 4 owners are eligible for this program. The app will check the IMEI and serial number to verify that you have an iPhone 4. Once eligibility is confirmed, you will be able to choose an iPhone 4 bumper or other case. The bumper or case will be shipped to you at no charge.”
A few cases include black first-party bumper, smoke or clear Incase Snap Cases, clear Belkin Shield Micra, diamonds/smoke Griffin Motif, black/black graphite Griffin Reveal Etch, black tartan Speck Fitted Case, and black Speck PixelSkin HD.
The cases won’t begin shipping until 3 to 5 weeks so it will be some time until you see one. Apple has already started refunding the money to those customers who bought a case else where. The refunds began Thursday and can be tracked at iphonebumper.apple.com.
For those who bought with cash, check or gift card at an Apple Store must return to the store with their receipt by Sept. 30, 2010 to get their refund. Customers who used a gift card on the Apple Online Store will be automatically mailed a new gift card for the refund amount.
Well at the end of the day if you are not satisfied with your handset you can return it and the option is available in the case program site.
It is interesting, Apple included a newly made antenna performance site which explains its attenuation effect.
You can visit the case site at apple.com/iphone/case-program/.