Consumer Reports disses iPhone 4 again

"Putting the onus on any owners of a product to obtain a remedy to a design flaw is not acceptable to us. We therefore continue not to recommend the iPhone 4, and to call on Apple to provide a permanent fix for the phone's reception issues," Consumer Reports said.

The nonprofit consumer advocate said making users call Apple to get the free bumper case is less consumer-friendly than simply giving one away with purchase, but agreed not all users will experience the reception issues with the device.

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