Apple Australia has confirmed that it will issue a free case to iPhone 4 buyers in keeping with the US decision to alleviate the phone’s widely-reported problems with signal loss.
â€œA free case will be provided for all iPhone 4 purchased through to 30 Septemberâ€ an Apple spokeswoman told APC.
Optus will also be doing its bit to bump away the iPhone 4′s signal woes. â€œTo ensure Optus customers have the best possible experience with their
new iPhone 4 Optus will be providing free bumpers to all customers from
launch day on July 30â€ an Optus spokesperson told APC this afternoon.
What if you’re not buying from Optus and not willing to wait for Apple to get their free case to you â€“ what if you want a phone
that works (irrespective of how you hold it) from day one?
You can buy a case when you collect up your shiny new iPhone from Telstra just don’t expect a subsequent
rebate from Apple.
â€œCustomers can purchase an approved case from
selected Telstra Shops or Telstra Dealers if they would like an
accessory immediatelyâ€ a Telstra spokesman advised APC.
confirmed that Telstra won’t be handing out free ‘authorised’ bumpers
with each iPhone 4 and that â€œthere is no provision for any rebateâ€
should a customer buy a case or bumper direct from Telstra.
This is at odds with
the US policy which allows for customers who have bought an iPhone 4
bumper at an AT&T store to have the amount refunded by Apple (the
company has set up a site to check the status of refunds at iPhonebumper.apple.com
and also offers a downloadable
PDF rebate form).
Apple Australia’s case give-away will run until September 30. A company spokeswoman told APC that â€œfurther details with regards to the process and fulfilment are yet to be announcedâ€ but the program is almost certain to follow in the footsteps of Apple US.
iPhone 4 owners in the US can claim their free bumper by download an ‘iPhone 4 Case Program’ from the App Store as shown above. The app isn’t visible through the local iTunes store but if you’ve got a US-based iTunes account you can check out the app here.
After downloading the app customers sign in with their iTunes Store ID
or Apple ID select a free Apple bumper or third-party case (up to a
certain value limit) and place an order for it.