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Htc, Samsung Rebut Apple's Smartphone Claims

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Asian handset makers HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday rebutted claims made by Apple Inc. that the iPhone 4's reception problems are shared by other global smartphone makers.

Taiwan-based HTC said Monday that reception problems aren't common on smartphones and Apple should address the problem on its own rather than blame competitors.

"The reception problems are certainly not common among smartphones," HTC Chief Financial Officer Hui-Meng Cheng said. "[Apple] apparently didn't give operators enough time to test the phone."

Since the iPhone 4 was introduced in June in the U.S., some users have complained about reduced signal strength when they hold the touch-screen phone in a certain way, leading to dropped calls. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs conceded at a news conference on Friday that the iPhone 4 loses reception when touched in the lower left-hand corner and drops slightly more calls than its predecessor...

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