Droid Razr Battery Concern

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  1. Monkeyman806
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    OK, so after pre-ordering the Droid Razr and then reading forums that list concerns I was sucked in by the
    "What happens when your battery dies and can't replace it" comments. I contacted Verizon via their Chat
    function on the website... I know, I know... I hate asking them questions because half the time they have
    no clue what you are even talking about and we all know that Verizon Employees have no clue in general (8 out of 10).

    But I asked anyways - lol and this is what she told me (hopefully she is wrong but it sounds standard).

    Motorola will cover the phone for 1 year and 1 year only. This includes the battery.

    If you want to be covered from months 12 - 24 on a 2 year contract you need to buy
    the 1.99 per month - extended warranty plan. The other plans that cost more will cover
    you as well but the cheapest way would be 1.99 per month coverage from Verizon.

    She told me the other two plans as well which I think were around 5 and 7 dollars per month but cover more
    than just the normal warranty. She was very slow so I don't remember the specific prices.

    The warranty would need to be added within the 14 day return policy or 30 days (don't remember which as
    she was the typical CS perosn with no clue and every other response was, "Well you have 14 days to return it".)

    Sigh...

    Will it isn't what I had hoped to hear but at least there is an option so you aren't stuck with a brick (possible) since
    we can't access the battery.

    Again, this is just what 1 CS person told me in a 32 minute chat session based on 1 question... thank god Verizon does't
    make their own phones :blink:
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    This is pretty much the standard warranty policy that they have. This covers manufacturer defects and non-user created problems (drops, violent fits of rage...etc would not be covered) for the first year.

    I'm not too concerned as "I Believe" that any battery issues should be covered by this. However, what concerns me is how VZW will respond to any battery related issues. If anyone has problems within the first month or so of the device being released, they may just exchange the device for a new one (depending on supply). They may point you towards the local retail store with a service department who may have the ability to replace the battery if faulty. They may also tell you that they will be sending a refurb which may or may not ship within 1-2 days.

    Or... they may pull an apple and require you to send the device back in to have the battery replaced. In some ways I'd prefer this as it would be worked on by people at the factory who are well versed in the tear down procedure. Yes, I'd be out of my new device for a few days (weeks???) and will have to switch back to an older device (OG Droid). The reason I wouldn't mind this, is I would be getting my device with my settings and not a problem child that may or may not have been repaired in the refurb process. Also, I don't want my device to look like someone went at it with a butter knife to tear it apart.

    Time will tell as to how they will handle any battery related issues.

    Sorry if i'm not making any sense... I'm running on very little sleep with 4 cups of coffee keeping me alive at the moment! ;)
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    I hear ya and u made perfrect sense... I am in the same boat... but with only 3 cups thus far.

    I just don't want to be told too bad and buy a new phone at full retail... as long as it is fixed within a week to two I would live with it
    (not happy but live with it). I agree, I am one of those ppl too who want to make sure it is done right and without any additional damage
    to the device.

    Hope all works out but I just keep telling myself the Droid Razr isn't the first phone to have this concern and it wont be the last
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    All the iPhone folks tell me the non-removable battery is not a problem. Making it non-removable allows the manufaturer to form fit the battery to the case and make it larger. It also allows a better heat sink and solid wire connecters which makes it a much better design.
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    Verizon has a policy with only adding the asurion insurance within the 14 day return period but legally they cannot deny you the insurance. I've had to get to corparate for them to add it but you can't file a claim until after the first 30 days.

    Just an option if you are outside the warranty period and need your phone replace and can wait 30 days...

    Sent from my Droid
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    I'm going to assume (I probably shouldn't...), But I can't see Motorola and Verizon jumping in head first with this device without some sort of plan to handle any battery issues it may have. No matter what their plan is, it probably won't be perfect nor will it satisfy everyone. Though I'm almost 100% sure that they have a plan of attack ready to go if issues arise.

    Besides, in all honesty there will probably be a very low percentage of future Razr owners who will use it on a regular basis once they are eligible for yet another upgrade. By the time the battery gets to a point where the battery stops holding a charge, we will already have moved on to another device and the worlds first 7.1mm thin (at it's thinnest point) smart phone will join its predecessors and we'll be oohing and ahhing over the next greatest device to land in our hands!
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    I would HATE to send my phone in incase of any battery problems! i am most defininatly going to be rooting and customizing any of these phones i get and if for some reason it might need to be sent to verizon cuz of battery issues..well there goes the warranty! ive bootlooped my OG droid a few times...and a battery pull is NECESSARY in my opinion when rooting. that was the deal breaker for me.
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    Here is the chat I just had with Moto about this concern:

    [​IMG] Donna: Hi, my name is Donna. How may I help you?
    [​IMG] Andrew Lieser: I am interested in purchasing the new droid razr on vzw when it launches but I have one concern. my original droid sometimes required a battery pull to unfreeze it and with the razr not having a removable battery I was wondering if it will have a hard wired shutdown or key command to reset similar to the xoom?
    [​IMG] Donna: I do understand your concern, Andrew.
    [​IMG] Donna: Let me check this in our system. One moment, please.
    [​IMG] Andrew Lieser: thanks
    [​IMG] Donna: Thank you for holding, my apologies for the delay.
    [​IMG] Donna: There is a forced reboot option for the Droid RAZR.
    [​IMG] Andrew Lieser: okay thanks and this will simulate a battery pull?
    [​IMG] Donna: Yes. It's equivalent to forced reboot of Motorola Xoom.
    [​IMG] Andrew Lieser: Thanks for your help!!!
    [​IMG] Donna: You're welcome.
    [​IMG] Donna: I hope you found our chat to be Excellent. I would request that after you click 'Hang Up', please remember to click on the 'Close' button within the chat window and take a moment to fill out a short survey to tell us how we did. It should only take about 1 minute to complete. Your responses will help us get better at serving your needs.
    [​IMG] Donna: If you need any more information get in touch. Thanks from Motorola, bye!

    That should help alleviate the bootloop concerns!
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    No, it does NOT alleviate my concerns. This forced reboot is still dependent upon the software functioning correctly. If you remember, many items without a removable battery used to have a small, recessed reset button. In most cases, this was an actual mechanical switch located in the negative circuit of the device. Pushing it in mechanically disconnected the negative circuit from a battery to the power supply of the circuit board. This was a simulated battery pull since it was mechanical and essentially removed the battery from the device.

    A series of buttons to press signals the software to remove one of the battery circuits (usually negative) from the circuit board probably via a transistor. However, if the software is fubared it may not recognize the command and do a darn thing. Even if I assume that 90 percent of the time this reset option will work, there is that 10 percent out there that causes me heartburn. (My figures, not official and are probably incorrect.)

    This is similar to the iPhone and I know two people who have had to take their iPhones to the Apple stores for an actual battery removal by a tech to reset the software. So it can happen to iPhones, but I will agree, it is not a common occurrence.

    I have had to pull my battery a few times on my X. When I did my first phone’s GB upgrade it froze up and the only way to revive it was to pull the battery a few times and then it started to work. Since GB I have had to do it a few times. Prior to GB, I never pulled the battery.

    That is a problem with the Razr. What happens with the ICS upgrade comes out and Moto screws it up like they did with the GB upgrade on the X?

    The nearest Verizon store is 115 miles from my house. That Is not just a jump in the vehicle and a short drive to find a tech to pull the battery for me. Sending it back to Verizon repair for a battery pull…doesn’t sound like fun either. That means I have to keep my existing X and then activate it for a few weeks. That really sounds about as much fun as going to dinner with my ex-wife.

    As for the battery's warranty. I would guess it is 1 year from activation like any other battery on any other electronic device. However, many extended warranties do not include the battery. Case in point, my HP laptop, 13 months old, with an extended warranty that is not covering the battery which failed last week. Everything else is covered, but not the battery which has me fuming and I probably can say I will never purchase a HP computer again. So with an extended Verizon warranty, people better read it and make sure the battery is covered. Because if it isn't, I will bet they will charge quite a bit to have a tech replace a custom designed Lithium Polymer battery, either at a Verizon store or when sent back to a Verizon service center.

    From looking at the Razr and reading and viewing its features (like motocast, the wireless remote when connected to a TV, etc.) this phone is fantastic. If it had a battery that could be removed, I would have pre-ordered. However, due to the non-battery removal, I will wait a few months and see how it goes out there in the real world.

    And during that time, I will keep an eye out on the Rezound and any other new phone that might hit in the next few months.
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    Really? Apple just admitted that there was something wrong with their software and it was draining batteries in a few hours.
    A update was coming and they suggested you keep it plugged in. I personally know hard core iPhone users they all have to charge at lunch.
    A spare battery solves all this cheaply and simply.
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    Wouldn't a moto phone would be easier to replace the battery than an iPhone? I highly doubt moto would use proprietary screws (ie. pentalobe) to keep people from tampering with "their" products. Give it time, I bet a third party company will have an aftermarket battery for the Razr out before the OEM batt goes bad.
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    It's so thin what about a battery/case?

    I mean you don't want to split a Razr case do you, what about the water proofing?
    I always put my phones in a case so why not one with extra battery?
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    Thats not been our experience.
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    Not a problem how? It powers the phone, but is costly and time consuming to replace.
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    People that have iPhones still jailbreak & that doesn't offer a battery pull option. I have read where a Razr has already been rooted. There has to be some way to get the phone up & running if you are modding the software. I suppose I'm not as worried because I mostly use my phone as a mobile hotspot for my other wireless toys. And, anything from HTC already is crossed off my list. I'm on my 3rd Thunderbolt & the ability to stay connected to VZW's data network (even when not using hotspot) is total crap.

    This software issue is being felt mostly by users of the 4S. It's partly due to all of the new integrated features of iOS 5. iPhone 4 & 3GS users may be experiencing it, but they have less features than the 4S. As much as I love Apple mobile devices, they are getting less awesome with every passing day. My iPad is performing worse since I upgraded, so now my Toshiba Thrive is on par as far as performance & convenience (more convenient in most cases) are concerned.
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    I wish I would have taken a screen shot of my week long chat conversations with various helpers regarding the battery warranty. However, in a nutshell:
    1. the battery is under normal warranty
    2. purchase the extended ins for 6 bucks a month
    3. warranty/insurance covers normal wear and tear of the battery.
    4. "normal use" yet to be defined
    5. It depends on how much you use the battery. Hours, apps, still yet to be defined.

    Does anyone know what the "normal use" of a battery is?
    This uncovers more questions:
    1. Normal for the 4G LTE SmartPhones or Normal for my old LG pebble (that btw will go for months on a charge if not used for playing cards or viewing pics now that it's not hooked up to service).

    I despise having to corner DETAILED and CONCRETE statements from these companies.

    The Razr Maxx supposedly has the best reception which would be great in my area. It supposedly also has the best battery (21 hours mim) which means I wouldn't drain my phone while repeatedly resending a simple txt mssg out over the hour it takes to get one sent at times. Between those two bonuses, this is the phone for me. BUT, not and I repeat, NOT if they find excuses to not honor the warranty and replace the battery when it dies. Which leads to more questions:

    1. What is the cost of sending it in and replacing the battery when not under their "guidelines towards honoring a warranty"?
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    Screws are standard TORX, T5 & T3 throughout if memory serves me correctly.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using DroidForums
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    The hard reset (equivalent to a battery pull) that one can execute using the power and Volume - buttons is not software dependent. It is the same thing as a battery pull, whether you want to believe it or not. It will get you out of a bootloop or any other such thing. Not being able to pull the battery for problem ROMs/roots is a non-issue.

    The battery is covered under warranty. Nothing is covered out of warranty unless you purchase extended coverage; in that case, check the extended coverage to see what's covered. In any case, problems over two years with battery life won't be too severe (look to OG Droids and such for precedent) and the RAZR battery is fairly easy to replace by yourself.

    I don't really see what the contention is, here.
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