Did you have to deal with issues brought about the Antennagate scandal plaguing the first batch of iPhone 4 devices? If you were, or indeed still are an owner of an original iPhone 4, you can request a $15 settlement from Apple.

Dubbed the biggest technology ‘fail‘ of 2010, the Retina displaying device packed in a whole bunch of new and exciting features, but due to design and manufacturing oversights, couldn’t properly handle the bread and butter feature of handling a phone call.

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A lawsuit was subsequently filed, and we learned last month that those affected would be given either $15, or a free Bumper case. Today, that system comes into effect, and in order to be eligible, you need to be a US resident, as well as have:

(a) experienced antenna or reception issues;

(b) been unable to return your iPhone 4 without incurring any costs;

(c) been unwilling to use a case or free bumper for your iPhone 4; and

(d) completed certain troubleshooting steps or are unable to complete the troubleshooting steps because you no longer own your iPhone.

Those who would like to claim the Bumper can do so by clicking on this link. Those looking for a cash settlement must fill out the claim form on or before August 28, 2012. If left any later than this, the entitlement to the money disappears.

If you don’t wish to file a claim, nor want to be legally bound by the settlement, then simply postmark a request to be excluded by June 15, 2012. Failure to do so by this time will result in you being unable to sue, or continue suing Apple regarding the issue. Also, bear in mind that once you exclude yourself, you surrender any eligibility to receive any money from the settlement.

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The Antennagate scandal marred the release of an otherwise exceptional device. Still on the market today as an 8GB version, it has withstood the test of time, and its 5-megapixel camera and Retina display have rendered it a firm favorite amongst amateur photographers on image sharing sites such as Flickr and Instagram.

To make your claim and get your pound of flesh from the super-rich Cupertino company, follow this link and fill in your details.

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