Apple has issued a statement on their website explaining that the free iPhone 4 case program, put in place to address iPhone 4 attenuation issues, will come to an end September 30th, as previously announced. Customers that purchase an iPhone 4 before Sept. 30th will still be eligible for the free case program.
In a confusing twist, Apple also states, “Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.”
So the program is officially ending, but it seems you will still be able to get your hands on a free bumper if you call AppleCare and complain about antenna issues.
Below is the full statement from Apple:
“We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.”