Samsung says no significant smartphone signal complaints

SEOUL, July 19 (BestGrowthStock) – Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS: )
said on Monday that it has received no significant complaints
related to smartphone signal reception after Apple (AAPL.O: ) said
the issue was shared by the entire smartphone industry.

At a rare conference on Friday, Apple Chief Executive Steve
Jobs rejected any suggestion the iPhone 4’s design was flawed and
said the industry shared the reception problem, specifically
naming rivals Samsung, Research in Motion (RIM.TO: ) and Taiwan’s
HTC Corp (2498.TW: ). [ID:nN16240091]

“We have not received significant customer feedback on any
signal reduction issue for the Omnia II,” Samsung said in a
statement, referring to its smartphone model which was featured
in Apple’s video on Friday.

Samsung, the world’s No.2 handset maker, competes with Apple
on smartphone and digital music players but also supplies memory
chips for the world’s biggest technology company by market value.

Jobs’ argument was also swiftly rejected by RIM, which said
late on Friday that Apple was trying deliberately to distort the
issues surrounding the iPhone 4’s antenna design by asserting
RIM’s BlackBerry had similar reception problems. [ID:nN18152005]

“Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle
is unacceptable,” RIM co-Chief Executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim
Balsillie said in a statement emailed late Friday.

Since the June 24 launch of the iPhone 4, some users have
reported drastically reduced signal strength when they held the
touch-screen phone a certain way, leading to dropped calls.

“This is life in the smartphone world. Phones aren’t perfect.
Most every smartphone we tested behaved like this,” Jobs said.

In response to Jobs’ comments, Samsung defended its design.

“Based on years of experience of designing high quality
phones, Samsung mobile phones employ an internal antenna design
technology that optimises reception quality for any type of
hand-grip use,” Hwan Kim, vice-president of mobile
communications, said in a statement.
(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Chris Lewis)

Samsung says no significant smartphone signal complaints