The recent claim from the Apple CEO Steve Jobs that all smartphones are plagued by the reception problems experienced by the iPhone 4 handset has led to a backlash from rival firms.
It was only last Friday when the boss of the leading brand explained that the antennae issues reported by customers of the iPhone 4 were not unique, but something faced by the majority of smartphone devices.
“Phones aren’t perfect.
“It’s a challenge for the whole industry. Every phone has weak spots.”
Despite the fact that Jobs revealed test results on a selection of Samsung, BlackBerry and HTC handsets, the manufacturers have disagreed with the findings that all the three devices also had connectivity problems if held in a particular way.
In a joint statement, the Co-CEOs of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry replied to Apple’s claims:
“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.”
RIM explained that they use innovative designs that reduce the risk of these kinds of issues and do not need to match Apple’s offer of a free case for those who purchase an iPhone 4 handset.
In fact, Samsung, Nokia and HTC have also since argued their own cases against the claims made by Apple. The mobile phone provider has now well and truly opened up a hornet’s nest over this issue. Who knows if they’ll live to regret these claims?