iPhone 4 antenna glitch sparks lawsuit

A pair of Maryland residents filed a lawsuit against Apple on June 30, claiming the iPhone 4’s wonky antenna has caused them “emotional distress,” InformationWeek reports. “Plaintiffs were sold defective iPhone 4 units, which drop calls and data services when held in a manner consistent with normal wireless phone use,” plaintiffs Kevin McCaffrey and Linda Wrinn said in court papers filed in U.S. District Court for Maryland. The pair “have experienced numerous dropped calls and, as a result, plaintiffs are left with a device that cannot be used for the normal purpose and in the normal manner in which such devices are intended to be used,” the court papers state. The lawsuit also names Apple partner AT&T as a defendant. Many iPhone 4 buyers have reported that Apple’s new smart phone drops its signal if the bottom left corner of the device is covered by the palm of the user’s hand—a situation that’s common when the phone is wielded by lefties. McCaffrey and Wrinn are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and are also asking the court to prohibit Apple from selling any more iPhone 4 units until the problem is fixed…

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