Consumer Reports, a kind of US version of Which?, has reiterated its concerns over the iPhone 4’s reception problems and has once again refused to endorse the handset.
The publication initially refused to recommend the handset to its readers shortly after launch when the issue of the so-called death grip first surfaced.
Since then Apple started a limited-period giveaway of bumpers that it claims addresses the problem of dropped calls.
However, despite Apple’s efforts, Consumer Reports, which is regarded as one of the most influential consumer bodies Stateside, has once again declined to give the iPhone 4 its seal of approval and has dubbed the bumper scheme an unacceptable solution.
The group claims that the cases have done little to solve the problem for many iPhone 4 owners.
A Consumer Reports blog post stated: “Putting the onus on any owners of a product to obtain a remedy to a design flaw is not acceptable to us.
“We therefore continue not to recommend the iPhone 4, and to call on Apple to provide a permanent fix for the phone’s reception issues.”
Apple’s bumper giveaway was introduced a matter of days after Consumer Reports first aired its concerns about the smartphone earlier this summer.