Consumer Reports has decided to continue their refusal to recommend the iPhone 4. The electronics review site helped to kick-start this whole controversy by posting a confirmation that the new iPhone's reception issues were hardware related.
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In yesterday's press conference, Apple promised to provide all iPhone 4 customers with a free case or bumper. Steve Jobs even slapped a Consumer Reports quote up on his big screen to help justify this move. Today, the site has responded.
"Consumer Reports believes Apple's offer of free cases is a good first step. However, Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution, it has guaranteed the offer only through September 30th, and has not extended it unequivocally to customers who bought cases from third-party vendors. We look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models."
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It's always satisfying to see someone stick to their guns, but I can't imagine CR's refusal to endorse the iPhone 4 will do it much harm. Over three million of the phones have sold so far. This is just a bump in the road for "perhaps the best product Apple has ever made." (Steve Jobs)