Friday, July 23, 2010

Free iPhone cases now available

Apple released today a free app in their iphone store to order your iphone case, to ensure you only order one for your phone. If you have no phone you have no account and no chance to get a free case. Unfortunately it is pretty lame only their black bumper and some other 3rd party covers are offered but all almost only black.

The app is pretty bad, not stable and asks all the time for your password. If you click on photo gallery you are not able to get back to the order process and you need to restart the application.

All cases will take 3 to 5 weeks till you get it delivered.

How long does the offer run?

Apple is offering free and refunded Bumpers, as well as free third-party cases, to customers who purchase an iPhone 4 by September 30. Customers who bought an iPhone 4 before Friday, July 23 have until August 22 to claim a case. New iPhone 4 buyers have 30 days from their date of purchase to claim a free case, so the program basically runs through the end of October.

Can just anyone apply for a free case, or do I have to own an iPhone 4?

You must own an iPhone 4 to be eligible. Apple did argue at its press conference that signal attenuation is by no means a problem exclusive to the iPhone 4 and even demonstrated the issue on the iPhone 3GS alongside other smartphones from competitors. But as the iPhone 4’s antenna is the subject of all the hubbub, it's model that Apple is offering free cases for.

What cases are available?

As of Friday morning, Apple is offering its own Black bumper (no other colors are available, at least not yet), as well as the following third-party cases: the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 in Smoke, the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 in Clear, the Belkin Shield Micra for iPhone 4 in Clear, the Griffin Motif iPhone 4 Diamonds/Smoke, the Griffin Reveal Etch iPhone 4 - Black/Black Graphite, the Speck Fitted Case iPhone 4 - Black Tartan, and the Speck PixelSkin HD iPhone 4 - Black.

What if I don’t like any of those cases?

You might have an option—emphasis on “might.” Apple states that its lineup of free third-party cases is subject to change at any time, so it might swap out different brands and cases during the course of the program. There probably won’t be any warning, though, and shipping times are likely to only get longer than the current 3 to 5 week wait. You can try gambling on factors like manufacturers not being able to meet demand, but there is no guarantee that a brand or case you want will make the cut—or that Apple will switch things up at all.

How can I get my free Bumper or third-party case?

The first time you run iPhone 4 Case Program, it will ask you to enter your iTunes Store account password, then check your device’s internal International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) and serial numbers to verify that it is indeed an iPhone 4. Then you’ll be able to proceed with the program and pick a case.

Once you select a case, the app will verify that the name and home address on your iTunes Store account is correct, and you’re done.

How soon will I get my free case?

“Free” is most people’s favorite flavor, and the rush is already on to claim legitimately free cases that usually costs upwards of $20 to $30, or more. As of this writing, every case that Apple offers has a ship date of 3-5 weeks.

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