Apple Announces End To Free iPhone 4 Case Offer

Apple has announced that it will be ending the free iPhone 4 case program by the end of September.

The Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker has decided to stop offering the cases to iPhone 4 owners on 30 September, news agency Bloomberg has reported.

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs had decided to give away cases after iPhone 4 users claimed they received poor or no network reception when they held the phone in a particular manner.

The problem, which came to be known as 'antennagate', proved to be a blot on the otherwise good reputation that iPhone series has enjoyed since the first iteration was launched in 2007.

"We are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after 30 September. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after 30 September,” Apple wrote on its website.

The company also said that it will continue to help customers if they still find issues with the phone's antenna.

An analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. had stated that the bumper cases program may cost Apple $40 million if it ran through 30 September.