iPhone 4's 'Death Grip' Might Trigger Class-Action Lawsuit
Steve Jobs at the iPhone 4 release event in June, holding the smartphone in a manner that has since been linked to dropped reception signal strength.
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A law firm is mulling a class action lawsuit against Apple for its new iPhone 4's reception problems brought on by holding the smartphone at its bottom-left corner in the now-infamous, so-called "death grip."
The reception glitch was widely reported mere hours last Thursday after the iPhone reached customers' hands. Apple has not formally responded to "Receptiongate," though CEO Steve Jobs tersely advised iPhone 4 owners in emails to "avoid holding it that way ."
Seeking a little cash-infused justice by mining a deep vein of consumer malcontent, the firm of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff (KCR) has asked iPhone 4 owners to voice their woes.
"If you recently purchased the new iPhone and have experienced poor reception quality, dropped calls and weak signals, we would like to hear from you," the Sacramento, Calif.-based law firm's Web site says, and provides a toll-free number and an email address for ticked-off Apple adopters.
KCR made a name for itself in the tech world last year when it sued Facebook and Zynga, the maker of mega-hits such as "FarmVille" and "Mafia Wars," for scamming online players with unauthorized bank, credit card and phone charges.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the possible suit by the time of this article's publication. Meanwhile, rumors have surfaced of Apple coming up with a software patch to fix the reception snafu .