Nokia has called on its experience in the mobile market to refute Apple's claims that every mobile manufacturer produces phones that are subject to reception issues comparable to those of the iPhone 4.
Late last week, Apple founder Steve Jobs used a press conference to suggest that both Nokia and BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) have in the past also produced mobile phones that fail to meet the expectations of users due to poor antenna design.
Nokia has now hit back in an official statement, claiming that in fact antenna design has been "a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of models".
The Finnish phone maker added: "Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.
"As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritise antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict."
HTC joined Nokia and RIM in attacking Apple for its inflammatory press conference last week, pointing out that 0.016 per cent of its US customers who bought the new Droid Eris smartphone have returned it due to a fault.
HTC's Eric Lin stated: "We have had very few complaints about signal or antenna problems on the Eris."