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July 19, 2010 / Alistair

Apple to give free Bumper case to every iPhone 4 owner

‘Antennagate’ conference says other phones have fault, that Apple loves us.

Apple CEO: Steve Jobs

On Friday evening Apple boss Steve Jobs announced that due to the iPhone 4’s issue with signal loss when held, every owner of the phone will be given a free official Bumper case, previously retailing for £25.

There were talks of total recall and photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger were splashed all over the Internet, but in reality that was never going to happen. While not dropping to his knees and begging for forgiveness, Jobs did point out that the “death grip” is possible with other handsets, which has caused anger from RIM and HTC, after he suggested their phones have the same problem.

HTC have claimed that a mere 0.16% of their Droid Eris customers have complained about the handset dropping bars when held in a certain way, and RIM – maker of Blackberries – have released a similar statement, claiming that: “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation.”

So is this the end of antennagate? Probably, but the media will continue to beat this dead horse until it’s chopped up into bite-size chunks. If we can take anything out of this farce, then it’s this; any problem like this is always publicised by a noisy minority, just this time the mainstream press heard and the story went global.

Return rates of the iPhone 4 have been in line with any other handset, according to all of the UK networks, and here at the Gadget and Geek we have been unable to recreate the “death grip” on an iPhone 4.

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