One week ago today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs begrudgingly took the stage and announced that Apple would be giving all iPhone 4 owners free cases to help alleviate an antenna "problem" Jobs couldn't help but stress was "overblown." In addition, Jobs explained that users who already purchased an iPhone 4 Bumper would be re-imbursed by Apple for the full purchase price.
That said, if you happen to be one of the lucky few who already happen to have an iPhone 4 Bumper (they were in short supply for awhile), you might be glad to know that Apple has already begun processing those refunds. Specifically, users who purchased an iPhone 4 Bumper via the online Apple Store should see a credit for their purchase show up on their bank statement by the end of next week.
Now as for users who picked up an iPhone 4 Bumper in-store, it's widely expected that Apple will set up guidelines for those refunds sometime in the next few days. Out with "antennagate", and in with free Bumpers for all!
And speaking of "antennagate", which precipitated the free Bumper initiative in the first place, Apple recently updated its antenna webpage with a video showing the Nokia N97 displaying signs of signal attenuation when held in a "death grip." As you can tell in the video below, the signal display drops from 7 bars all the way down to 2. While Apple initially left Nokia devices alone during the iPhone 4 press conference last week, Nokia recently took a jab at Apple by stressing how they value antenna performance over phone design. Apple promptly responded back with proof to the contrary. This isn't to single out Nokia, really, but there's simply no denying that similar problems do, in fact, plague an assortment of other smartphones.