Regarding the settlement announced in February over antenna issues on the iPhone 4, certain owners are now receiving notices instructing them how to claim their US$15 settlement payment from Apple.

As part of a preliminary approval made last month, U.S. residents who bought the iPhone 4 are entitled to US$15 in cash or a bumper case provided by Apple. “Antennagate” was the popular media term used for reported glitches with iPhone 4 call reception.

The settlement came from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one. All share the claim that Apple was “misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4 — particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.”

“Apple will provide a $15 cash payment to Class Members who send in a valid claim form,” Apple says. “The claim form will require you to declare that you: (a) experienced antenna or reception issues with your iPhone 4; (b) were unable to return your iPhone 4 without incurring any costs; (c) were 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 4.”

Apple is still offering free bumpers to those who want them. The cash settlement is an alternative method of compensation for those who don’t want the bumpers. Go to for details.