Remember, You Can Always Return Your New iPhone

If the antenna really is a dealbreaker for you, if your screen still has yellow spots...even if you're just afraid of dropping/shattering the iPhone 4, don't worry. You can still return it, no matter who you bought it from:

Although many—not all—of us on staff are keeping the iPhone 4 despite its problems, we realize a lot of you are unhappy with it because of hardware issues.

The following are no-questions-asked return policies for simply returning the phone without pleading your case with a manager or proving that your unit is faulty.

If You Purchased from Apple

• You have 30 days to return
• Full refund (no restocking fees)
• Your two-year contract is canceled
• You can still buy another new phone (your old upgrade eligibility date—the one you lost when you bought the new iPhone—is returned to your account)

If You Purchased from AT&T

• You have 30 days to return
• Full refund for purchases made online or on phone, $35 10% restocking fee on in-store purchases
• Your two-year contract is canceled
• You can still buy another new phone (your old upgrade eligibility date—the one you lost when you bought the new iPhone—is returned to your account)

If You Purchased from Best Buy

• You have 30 days to return
Partial refund (10% restocking fee)
• You can still buy another new phone (your old upgrade eligibility date—the one you lost when you bought the new iPhone—is returned to your account)

If You Purchased from RadioShack

• You have 30 days to return
Partial refund (15% restocking fee)
• You can still buy another new phone (your old upgrade eligibility date—the one you lost when you bought the new iPhone—is returned to your account)

It's hard to imagine Apple avoiding any re-engineering between now and the inevitable next iPhone release in a year (hard...though not impossible). Even if you really want to keep your new iPhone, returning it now to buy anew later doesn't sound like a crazy idea if you can avoid restocking fees. In fact, it might send just the right message.

Note: a few commenters are noting differing policies from Apple, AT&T and Best Buy. All of our information was gathered as of today, contacting stores of each respective company. Searching through corporate sites may yield different answers.

Research by Adam Feldman.