I called Apple and discovered the reason my phone was not eligible for the free case was because the cutoff deadline was August 22nd since I bought my phone in late July. Everywhere I looked I saw the deadline of September 30, I thought I was in the clear to wait. But like an idiot I arrived late to the party. The reception problem only occurs at home but I rarely notice because I have wi-fi. It's why I didn't jump right away, that and I wasnt sure what case to get. Is there any way to convince them to get a free bumper, because last I checked my defected antenna will not magically fix itself after September 30. Their website doesn't even mention August 22nd until the bottom of the page, September 30th is mentioned againa and again before you get there. Anyways, talking to them they say they have no way to give out bumpers which confuses me because I read a ton of people were getting them in the early days from Apple before the program was launched. Are they lying to me? Any advice?