Hey all... just joined up here. Wanted to share my unfortunate experience...
So, I have been looking forward to the S3 for a long time. Have been using a Droid X for 2 years and wanted to make the jump to 4G. Waffled back and forth b/w S3 and Razr Maxx HD but the S3 won out.
My brother is a verizon employee so my line is on his account... this makes things a little different for me than most.
So, I pre-ordered the S3 in June... shipped to my bro while I was at a conference. I got it this past monday, 7/23. I had already pre-ordered an Otterbox Defender 3 days prior... just not here yet. I stopped at a verizon outlet and slapped a low end cover on the phone to give it SOMETHING. I baby my phones and go to great lengths to make sure nothing happens to them.
First of all, so you all don't think i'm flaming on the S3, the phone is incredible. I couldn't not be happier with the fit/finish/feel of the phone, contrary to other people's objections about it feeling cheap. No complaints here. The phone itself is pure bliss... the interface is great, everything runs really well. It's more responsive than my laptop, i'd say.
On 7/24 (2nd day of owning phone), I was uploading some pics to Dropbox and pulling them up on my computer to make a craigslist ad. I was sitting on the couch, going back and forth from device to device with the phone lying next to me on a soft cushion. The only thing i was doing was pushing the "on" button on the side to wake the phone up. Well... I picked up the phone after the 5th-6th time and noticed a faint three pronged spider web on the right side of the class originating AT the "on" button, extending about 1 cm. Very difficult to see but definitely there. I was crushed. All i'd done was to casually press the button and apparently that was enough to do it. And no, i'm not that strong.
Talked to my bro... he got nowhere with verizon or samsung. Apparently Verizon employee accounts is a bit more "brisk" than the typical customer service folks... I guess they don't have to worry about losing the "customer" unless somebody is willing to give up their livelihood. My bro is going to try to reach out to his Samsung rep directly but he told me not to get my hopes up. He said unless there's a "documented problem" with the phone, there's nothing VZW can do.
The thing is... i have insurance on the phone. I've had it since day 1... but really hoping that my $200 phone isn't going to turn into a $300 (or i'd have gotten a freaking Razr Maxx). Besides... what would prevent this from happenign again? The damage is minor and 1/2 of the damage is over the bezel so the impact is minimal.
Just very disappointed in samsung for not making this right. Can't recommend this phone to ANYBODY at this point.
Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.
P.S. will try to get pics of the damage uploaded soon