If you were hoping that Apple would recall the iPhone 4 – well you’re nuts. Instead they’re gonna offer you a free case. We don’t know which ones, but since they can’t produce their retardedly expensive bumpers fast enough they’re gonna give you a choice of case and then send it to you. If you so happen to have bought a bumper from Apple to quell your problem they’ll refund you. Still not satisfied? You can return the iPhone 4 for a complete refund, provided of course you bought it in the last 30 days.
We’re not all that surprised that this is the route Apple took. A recall would be unwarranted since the phone isn’t unsafe, it just doesn’t always work and that is pretty much par for the course for most products. Initially, getting the free case is probably gonna be a debacle and hopefully they’ll actually provide some decent choices. We’re still not sure how it will all work, but perhaps they’ll setup some sort of online interface that allows you to punch in your AT&T info and then select a case.
The question remains whether or not Apple is updating the hardware to fix the problem. Would they have to go through FCC testing again for a slight tweak or could they modify the phone ever so slightly and get away with it? If I had bought an iPhone 4 I’d probably return the phone (we’re assuming the standard Apple restocking fee doesn’t apply) and wait until a real fix has been made. According to Steve Jobs only 0.55% of the 3 million people (16,500) that bought the iPhone 4 have called into Applecare to complain about the antenna. That number could be heavily skewed, though, considering the very issue at hand could prevent them from making that call.
So what are you gonna do? Will you return your iPhone or go for the free case?