Apple on $100 iPhone credit offer

Apple will send its promised $100 store credit to early adopters of the iPhone by text message, the company said Friday. Those eligible for the rebate must have purchased the phone before August 22, and have service activated. Those purchased between August 22 and September 4 are eligible for a full $200 cash refund under […]

Apple will send its promised $100 store credit to early adopters of the iPhone by text message, the company said Friday.

Those eligible for the rebate must have purchased the phone before August 22, and have service activated. Those purchased between August 22 and September 4 are eligible for a full $200 cash refund under Apple's price protection policies.

Apple is also striking back against those who may have successfully unlocked the phone for use with other carriers: "Only iPhones activated through AT&T are eligible to receive a credit," the offer's terms and conditions read.

Anyone who purchased the phone after September 5, when the new pricing took effect, is not eligible for any refund, either by store credit or cash.

For the price protection claims, owners only have until Wednesday to file, as after that they are only eligible for the store credit. Store credit claims need to be filed by November 30, Apple said.

Customers who may have bought and activated more than one iPhone are eligible for a credit for each device purchased. Claims will be processed in the store from which the purchase was made, or through Apple Store Customer Service if purchased online.

The store credits would all for the purchase of any product in the Apple Store, except store gift cards or iTunes electronic gift certificates. The credits would be given in the form of a code via SMS text message that can either be entered during a purchase on the online store, or shown to an Apple Store cashier.

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