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Made from lightweight Aerospace Aluminum, Al13 offers protection without altering the look of your iPhone 4 or 5. Read more

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Made from lightweight Aerospace Aluminum, Al13 offers protection without altering the look of your iPhone 4 or 5.

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    1. Creator C on March 24, 2014

      I'm going to cancel my Kickstarter account because of this.

    2. Creator DailyTatTwo on March 10, 2014

      This is the generic email they will be sending you....

      .....

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks so much for your message. I understand your concerns about purchasing AL13 v2. We did say that AL13 would cause some signal loss but some people did experience more signal loss than others.

      Our AL13 v2 promises no signal loss and it's even tougher than the original. If you'd like to get your hands on one you should head over to the Kickstarter page and secure yours as soon as possible if you haven't already.

      Thanks again for reaching out and if there's anything else I can do for you please let me know.

    3. Creator shane on March 9, 2014

      Allen I would email them at les@thinkbym.com

    4. Creator Allen Felsenthal on March 6, 2014

      I want you guys to know that I paid $70.00 for a bumper I never received anything. Now on the market their are much better bumpers thinner and better. I live in the Philippines and I can buy a great very thin bumper for $12. So why don't you return the $70.00 to my account Allen Felsenthal I have a Chase account. let me know.

    5. Creator designed by m on December 10, 2013

      Hey Everyone

      It’s really tough to manage customer comments across various social networks. We do our best but sometimes queries slip through the cracks and for that I deeply apologize. We love hearing from our backers, especially those who believed in our product in these early stages through Kickstarter. That’s why we created a single place to address any questions or concerns. It’s our support email: wecare@thinkbym.com.

      Drop us a line there or you can reach me directly at les@thinkbym.com so I can personally address your concerns.

      Ive also posted an update http://bit.ly/1iTssQ1, check it out.

      Les

    6. Creator Holger S. on December 7, 2013

      @Steve On their Facebook page they answered upon a restocking the AL13 in Silver question: "Hey [...] AL13 Silver will be made available in the near future, but we can't release an exact date, we're really sorry for any inconveniences. Great news tho! The AL13 Version 2 is being worked on in a variety of colors [...] For up-to-date information on us and our products, feel free to join our mailing list [...]"

      So it seems they're working on an updated version 2 which hopefully will be rid of the bugs a lot of pledgers complained here about. But as they haven't send me the refund they promised me more than 4 weeks ago I assume they prefer to ignore our comments and complains.

    7. Creator Steve Richards on December 3, 2013

      Several months have passed and through all of this I see nothing in regards to the complaints that have been logged about signal strength. If you guys really stand behind your product then I think you should at least comment on the complaints instead of ignoring all the people that got you where you are at this time with our hard earned money. I myself purchased a second one right after I got the first one and before I had ample time to test it out so now it sits in its box unopened and unused. So all we ask is that you step up as BUSINESS men and respond to the complaints.

    8. Creator Jack holdford on October 14, 2013

      Great looking product but no longer use it. Degrades signal by 1-2 bars. Drops calls.

    9. Creator Will on September 28, 2013

      OK, It's September, so I've had it for a while. Here's my thoughts.

      I agree with what Aleksey said.
      It looks great, it has a great form-factor, and it's very light. I got the green color, and I love how it looks with the black iPhone5.

      BUT!
      - It's a tight fit, so dust collects. I took it to the beach, and ever since, I've had sand in there that grinds inside the case and it can't be removed.
      - It looses lots of signal. I can loose my data and LTE entirely sometimes. And most the time it's just a generally bad signal across my house, even to wifi.
      - Aluminum is flexible. To the point that I dropped it once and I can no longer slide the backing back into place. So, now I can't use the case at all.

      It was nice while it lasted, but now I'm using my phone without the case. I'm enjoying the original slim form-factor, but I have a kid now, and would like a little extra protection, but without the lose of signal. Alas, there is no true solution.

    10. Creator Aleksey Chuvarov on August 21, 2013

      After using case for a while, here's my review

      As I saw the box it makes me feel like I recieved a premium product, but later it only leaves the feeling that you should have spent more time developing the case( not the box which is in fact absolutely useless) as the phone is a bit small inside of it. After sometime I have found a lifehack - if you make backside frame(sliding part) a bit like this " ) " it will fix the phone inside for sometime... Moreover, once in 2 weeks I take off the case and clean my phone as it gets extremely dirty with dust because it does not fit the phone properly
      Signal lose for me is 15 percent 3g and up to 40 with the wifi, sometimes I have to take off the case as the phone is unable to find the wifi spot
      And the last is price
      It should be no more than 20-30 bucks, and thinkbym do not fool yourself, this case is far from premium, and aluminium does not make it premium until it is perfectly done, but it is not

      In conclusion
      +
      1. Alluminium
      2. How it looks (I have blue on white iphone)
      -
      1. Does not fit properly
      2. Collects dust inside
      3. Falls apart when you drop the phone lightly(after a heavy drop I think the backframe will broke)
      4. It is as premium, as ferrari without engine and wheels
      5. White parts on the sides ( al13, m) gets dirty after single day use and spoil the look of the case
      6. Acts like a protective phone case but does not protect iphone in fact
      My first case for 10 bucks protects the phone 10 times better

    11. Creator Leonardo Pirana on August 8, 2013

      please do you have the tracking number of my al13 ?

    12. Creator Maxim Smirnov on August 8, 2013

      Salut! Just got it in Russia. I like the design, it looks great, but there are alot " - ".
      1) My signal loss is more in the 20% percent range and not in the 5-10% that was reported by you. The battery drains very fast because my iPhone 5 is always looking for 3G signal continuously all day.
      2) The data transfer via Edge or 3G is slowed down to around 30%.It's became always switching between Edge or 3G. Using my previous bupmer - I have no such problems.
      3) The WIFI signal drops also by 1 bars!
      4) The sharp internal edges!!!!

      The box itself looks better (((

    13. Creator Fábio Pedrosa Barbosa on August 6, 2013

      I finally received my al13 today, congratulations guys! It's a great product!

    14. Creator Fábio Pedrosa Barbosa on July 30, 2013

      Hello,
      I did not receive my package (LJ874540177US) here in Brazil.
      It was sent by you in May 2, and it has not arrived yet.
      I´ve tried 2 times to contact you, and i got no reply.
      What is happening?
      I await feedback from you.
      Thanks.
      Fábio Pedrosa

    15. Creator Simon Koch on July 22, 2013

      Got my AL13 today. Fits the iPhone 5 perfectly. Really awesome product and packaging. Thank you.

    16. Creator Steven Thin on July 18, 2013

      I sent an email back on July 3rd and still don't have a response. I didn't expect a reply right away but 2 weeks waiting is absolutely horrible customer service.

    17. Creator designed by m on July 16, 2013

      @Александр @Andreas Email sent

    18. Creator Александр Волков on July 11, 2013

      Hello!
      i have still NO bumper arrived in Russia, oryol
      Orsm@yandex.ru

    19. Creator Andreas Michalski on July 10, 2013

      Hello,
      i have still NO (0) bumper arrived here in germany.
      it was sended by you MORE THEN 2 MONTH ago, and it has NOT arrived.
      i have called the customs and they have no info !

      now i tryed 5 tomes to contackt you and i get NO reply.

      any chance that you take care ?????

      andy

    20. Creator designed by m on July 8, 2013

      @Luis Email resent

    21. Creator Luis de Freitas on June 29, 2013

      Design by M,

      No e-mail received. Sent you a message throught kickstarter's.

    22. Creator ordalic on June 27, 2013

      Today in germany arrived... Great awesome work with such boombastic details! Thanks guys:)

    23. Creator Mor10 on June 26, 2013

      just got it. it was in customs since apr 29. i like it, but its not black, it's a kind of blue-grey...

    24. Creator designed by m on June 25, 2013

      @Mor10, @Luis @joharueb @Pierre-Luc Dubé @Nigameash Harihar You guys should have received emails from our shipping team.

    25. Creator Mor10 on June 24, 2013

      still waiting!

    26. Creator Luis de Freitas on June 23, 2013

      (Correction of previous message)
      Decided to check in the portuguese postal services/customs about my order and surprisingly, no order from US, having me as destinataire, as arrived in Portugal till today June,23.
      I was suggested to reach the seller in order to contact USPS and put a claim. I will ask AI13 to ship again my order but to a MYUS adress service which I have contracted recently.

    27. Creator Luis de Freitas on June 23, 2013

      Decided to check in the portuguese postal services/customs about my order and surprisingly, no order from US, having me as destinataire, as arrived in Portugal till today May,23.
      I was suggested to reach the seller in order to contact USPS and put a claim. I will ask AI13 to ship again my order but to a MYUS adress service which I have contracted recently.

    28. Creator joharueb on June 19, 2013

      still waiting….no answers to my emails….nothing

    29. Creator Pierre-Luc Dubé on June 19, 2013

      still waiting...

    30. Creator Nigameash Harihar on June 19, 2013

      still waiting

    31. Creator Luis de Freitas on June 13, 2013

      Mor10,
      Also my order to Portugal is still missing. I believe it has to do with customs as I have a term of comparison: another kickstarter's product, shipped from US on April 29 is still missing. It's too much coincidence. The tracking number supplied just goes till the package leaves US (the type used by the seller). After that, no tracking from our local postal company is possible. You only know it's here when they knock on your door possible claiming an amount as duty charges.
      I never had a single order from US that hadn't received it. Usually they have arrived in 30 days (even once from UK). This time, these two orders are taking longer...

    32. Creator Mor10 on June 13, 2013

      still waiting...

    33. Creator Steve Richards on June 12, 2013

      I too had left a glowing comment about the beauty of this case and even purchsed a second one right after receiving my initial purchase but now I too am having reservations about this case. My signal loss is more in the 30-40 percent range and not in the 5-10% that was reported by design by m. The sharp internal edges are semi annoying as well and felt only when the rear film has not been applied. This is really disappointing after dropping over $100 on these cases that I know I will only use when I am in the strongest of cell markets. I repsect that the designers are willing to respond to comments but what I don't see or respect is the lack of response to negative comments about the signal loss that so many people are having. It is not an admission of failure to acknowledge those of us that are having problems, it is in fact respectful to respond in some form at the least and in a public forum where others may read the comments as well. I have read all the comments looking for something from the creator before posting my comment but the lack of responses has left me to add my own comments. I am sorry if you see them as negative but in truth I am very positive about the asthetics of the case it is just the performance that has me seeing it as a negative.

    34. Creator Crawford Taylor on June 10, 2013

      Dropped mine once and know it has several nicks and scratches, that I could live with but the poor reception is just not workable. Shame, it is the prettiest case I have ever seen. Friends have commented on how it looked, but I can't recommend it to them.

    35. Creator Matt on June 8, 2013

      I dropped my phone and case off a six foot ladder yesterday onto a concrete floor. I didn't notice a single scratch. The back slider did pop out a little but was easily re-inserted. I love this new case.

    36. Creator Stefano Munarini on June 8, 2013

      Cover doesnt fit my iPhone as well! It does let my iPhone moves into it!!
      And then...keeping wifi connected is very hard! It loose signal every minute!
      Not thAt good

    37. Creator designed by m on June 6, 2013

      @Tom
      We responded to your email on Monday, June 3, 2013. Please check your inbox, you might have overlooked it. We will forward our response to you now again, just in case. We are a small company, I don’t have an army of customer service reps. I handle responses to my email (lester@thinkbym.com) personally, so it may take a few days for me to respond – but I WILL respond. I continue to encourage everyone to email me should they have any issues . We love the positive responses we get from customers, but we don’t ignore the negative ones. We’ve gotten some really constructive feedback from this project and we acknowledge the good and the bad. It can only serve to make us grow and improve as designers, and that is what Kickstarter is all about.

    38. Creator Tom Pain on June 5, 2013

      "We spend all day every day focusing on our customers and trying to ensure you all have the best experience possible with designed by m."

      Apparently this doesn't stretch to answering emails or tweets.

      It is all very well aspiring to produce the same quality of design and product experience as Apple but if you can't deliver a product that works or the customer service to back it up it counts for nothing.

      This is a fundamentally flawed product that DOES NOT function as advertised and despite their comment below they are NOT responding to customers.

      The fact that its not a faceless company being so blatantly disrespectful to its customers but a pair of people who have directly asked for investment from backers who put faith in them to deliver makes this whole situation even harder to not get annoyed about.

      Acknowledging the fact there are issues (for a fair few people) would be a great place to start.

      Please respond to my email/tweet Lester, I am a customer of yours and I am not having a good experience with designed by M.

      Tom

    39. Creator Mathias on June 5, 2013

      Mine got here (Germany) last week (May 27th).
      I also have a loss in the phone signal around one bar, but my main problem is that all data connections are severly affected. The data transfer via UMTS, Edge or 3G is slowed down to around 30% normal. The WIFI signal drops also by two bars!

    40. Creator Mor10 on June 4, 2013

      still waiting... tracking stopped on May 2, 2013 in Miami. i think its in customs here in germany. did you wrote "gift" and whats inside on it?

    41. Creator Luis de Freitas on June 4, 2013

      Portugal: not yet received. Another Kickstarter's project shipped also on April, 29 pending delivery too. Now on the fifth week. Customs? Probably. Let´s wait a few more days.

    42. Creator Pierce Leveillee on May 31, 2013

      This case is truly bad. When I first got it I thought it was amazing but that stopped when I first dropped. The whole case broke and it is not fitting very well. If you are looking for a durable case, dot get this one.

    43. Creator Joost Nagtegaal on May 30, 2013

      Oh, and the packaging is unreal!

    44. Creator Joost Nagtegaal on May 30, 2013

      Finally got to pick up my AL13 at the post office this morning. Customs and additional costs racked up to €23,50 (~$30) :(.
      But it looks great, fits well, no sharp edged. It has already gotten some positive reactions from coworkers! I have not been able to check the signal strenght yet, we'll see how that works out.

    45. Creator Holger S. on May 25, 2013

      Had to pay €8 (= $12) to get it released from customs. I put it immesiately on and found that the signal drops just one bar - as you promised - but I have a huge drop in 3G Internet speed with the case on compared to no case at all. Renders it nearly to useless as I'm travelling a lot. Also my battery drains very fast because my iPhone 4S is looking for 3G signal continuously all day. So please start to communicate with your customers how you want to get rid of the bugs in your design and don't ignore their emails!

    46. Creator designed by m on May 24, 2013

      @Steven
      Thank you for your constructive feedback. While we can appreciate your concern we haven’t disappeared from Kickstarter. We spend all day every day focusing on our customers and trying to ensure you all have the best experience possible with designed by m. We take all comments in stride and use them to find better ways to create better products. We check our KS page often but you can also address your concerns at http://www.thinkbym.com/pages/contact where we have more team members dedicated to solving problems and answering questions. Hope you understand and thanks for the feedback once again. You can also reach out to Lester at his personal email lester@thinkbym.com

    47. Creator Steven Harper on May 23, 2013

      THE ABANDONMENT DISPLAYED BY THESE PEOPLE IS DISGRACEFUL ... Their last update talks about how happy everyone is ... Then they vanished completely.

    48. Creator Jonathan R Hoffman on May 23, 2013

      I think what is happening in these comments is the typical complainers are louder phenomenon. And it makes sense, because those who are satisfied and happy with the product are less likely going to post about it than those who are having issues. And those problems should be addressed for sure, and designed by m team should do whatever they can to provide better customer service, and fix the problems with the actual case if they update it later.

      With that being said, I LOVE my case and I am having literally no signal problems. I am on the Orange network in Israel and perhaps they provide stronger signals than other networks that people are on who are reporting those problems. Since there are so many cellular networks out there, that may explain the variance of issues with this matter. Nonetheless, my shipping took much longer than everyone else, and while waiting for the case to arrive I read through all of these comments dreading that I'd have signal problems. And to say the least I was pleasantly surprised that this was not an issue at all and I'd venture to say it is just not an issue across board like some of these comments may imply.

      I also have the black version, and while yes there is the smallest hint of a purple shade, it largely depends on the lighting (I find that soft yellow light brings it out the most) and it is really not that bad anyways. Overall, the black mostly fits the black hue of the iPhone, and it looks crazy good. My case fits the iPhone very well too, adds no noticeable weight, and the iPhone does not jiggle around. I also have no grip issues, or sharp edge issues. It is everything I wanted in a case for my iPhone and I can't help but pull out my iPhone to glance at the case every so often because of how great it looks.

      What I am guessing is that not all cases were built the same, and some people did indeed get some flukes. This is likely thanks to the manufacturing process, and this should be rectified. Like some said, designed by m should consider allocating the resources they put into the packaging into perfecting the actual case. The packaging is indeed awesome, but it is not nearly as necessary as ensuring the actual case is perfect for everyone.

      However, for those who don't have this case yet either because they have not purchased it yet, or waiting for it to ship, and are concerned reading all of these comments, I'd say have no fear! The chances are that you will love it like I do, and that it will find a permanent place on your iPhone for years to come.

    49. Creator Richard on May 21, 2013

      Received mine today. It fits perfectly, the gunmetal is bang on, no razor sharp edges, the screen protector is easily the best I've ever used and it all came in super nice packaging as a Bertie Bonus. Top job!

    50. Creator Kevin on May 21, 2013

      Been using mine or several weeks now, just got back from a trip to Florida, drove there and back starting in Texas. No real signal problems to speak of. Sorry to hear others are having issues, but I am quite pleased.

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