I didn't want to start anything with my threat or try to cheat Verizon. Basically I was pissed off at Verizon, I guess. I went to the Verizon store since I have a huge amount of dust under my screen, so much that it really is affecting the screen especially with a white background. They looked at it and told me that the phone got wet.
Both the wetness indicator on the battery AND the phone are red. However, I did NOT immerse the phone into water. It did not fall into a toilet or pool. I dropped it once on the ground while it was raining, that's it. Otherwise the phone is in my pocket even on rainy days. So in my estimation that wetness indicator is showing a false positive, or it is very sensitive. The phone works fine.
So I am stuck, I guess. I do have a free upgrade but then I'll lose unlimited. I don't want to pay full retail for my phone or the other phones on my plan as that makes no sense whatsoever economically just to keep unlimited data (Family is typically at 4-6 GB a month). It just sucks that I need to use an upgrade to replace a phone that in my estimation did not get wet, or pay full retail, or try to get a phone of eBay. But the Rezound (which I love) is still $350+ there, too.
Has anyone heard of Verizon actually charging for a replacement phone? Could I just send this refurb back, wait a couple of months and then just use an upgrade that I will have by then?
I've never had an issue with the water indicator. My Droid 2 fell and the back cover and battery came off. All three pieces slid down concrete into the river and the phone and indicator were both fine. I later sent it back a couple months later because the digitizer died for unrelated reasons. Was never charged.
If we all agree on it, it must be true.
I understand the point behind the sensors, but I think manufacturers are using them to justify and/or avoid fixing unrelated failures by making them extremely sensitive.