Apple is facing legal action from US iPhone users who claim that the handsets are beset by hairline cracks in the exterior as well as bad 3G coverage.
Avi Kostchitzki of Nassua County has launched the suit along three fellow iPhone owners in a New York district court.
He is reported to be seeking class-action certification over the case on the grounds that “common issues predominate” in the high-end handsets.
This could open up the potential for further iPhone owners to pursue action against the manufacturer.
The suit centres on cracks in the handset which it is claimed mean that dust and moisture can get in and impair the phone’s working as well as slower than advertised internet browsing speeds delivered to owners by AT&T.
Mr Kostchitzki’s complaint reads: "Based upon information and belief the 3G iPhones demand too much power from the 3G bandwidths and the AT&T infrastructure is insufficient to handle this overwhelming 3G signal based on the high volume of 3G iPhones it and Apple have sold".
As a result of the logjam users have been forced onto the EDGE network, which is significantly slower, according to the claimants.
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