How to get a free iPhone 4 case

Apple issues $29 refunds and launches an app that gives customers a choice of 8 free cases



Apple (aapl) on Friday made good on the promise Steve Jobs made -- with some ill humor -- a week earlier. It issued refunds to customers who had purchased its $29 Bumper and it launched a free app that gives iPhone 4 owners who have a problem with its external antenna a choice eight different cases.

If you bought a Bumper, you should have received an e-mail overnight alerting you that your account was being credited.

If you bought an iPhone but not an Apple-brand Bumper, you can download the iPhone 4 Case Program app here.

If you bought a third-party case, you are out of luck.

It has been suggested that the peevishness with which Jobs delivered the message last week  -- "Why don't you give everybody a case? Okay, we'll give you a free case" -- might have something to do with the revenue he was forgoing. Estimates put the profit Apple might have made from the sale of cases in the current quarter at $100 million (5 million Bumpers times $20 profit each).

In any event, iPhone 4 owners who have been experiencing antenna attenuation issues will have to live with them a bit longer. None of the free cases Apple offers ships in less than 3 to 5 weeks.

See also:

[Follow Philip Elmer-DeWitt on Twitter @philiped]


All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.

Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions