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Warranty question.

Discussion in 'HTC Droid Incredible' started by pandaroo, Jun 27, 2011.

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    I went to the Verizon store and they did the whole warranty check thing and I'm supposed to be getting a new phone in the mail (3-5 business days). They did not notice that I have a crack on the camera cover and I didn't go out of my way to point it out to them. The receipt they gave me has a $0 balance. Is it likely that I will still be charged even though the Verizon employee did a check of it? And if so, would it be helpful to point out that I did go to a store to have it checked out and therefore "nothing could have been wrong with the phone"?

    In all honesty, my phone has been acting up. It won't consistently charge and can't be mounted as a disk drive - which means I can't put any data on my phone except for a micro SD card - and the keypad lags a lot.

    What do you guys think? Do I have a shot?
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    I think once you gave it to the Verizon store and walked away that the crack could occur anytime after that. If they didn't see it when you gave it to them how can they hold you responsible by the time they get it?
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    Well, unfortunately I will have to send the phone back after I receive the replacement in the mail - I'm more concerned that whoever/wherever I'm sending it to will notice the crack (cause they really should) and void the warranty. I suppose I could just say the crack occurred while in transit due to the shipping, but I don't know if that would work.

    I'm also thinking of going BACK to the store when the new phone comes in to have them activate it (so I know I don't get charged for that either) and then have them send it back with whatever shipment they probably have (I have had refurbished phones provided to me on the stop previously, but I suppose they didn't have the Incredible in stock today. Damn.).
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    The warehouse will take a photo of the device, charge you for the equipment that was sent out, and you won't be credited for the charge back. They're going to say "prove that crack didn't occur between initial inspection and.shipping."

    Just sayin.

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    Wouldn't it being sent via Verizon prove that it must have occurred between initial inspection and shipping aka while it was in Verizon's hands which would not be my responsibility?

    In any case, if I want to cancel the receipt of the warranty phone, is that possible as well?

    Perhaps I am too paranoid.
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    Oh, I thought you left the store without it!

    Well, cross your fingers. That's all I can say.
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    Haha, yes, that was what I was planning to do once I received the replacement phone (leave it with Verizon and have them be responsible for it). I don't know if it is worth the risk since I read about this: "Also, if a phone is abused, misused, neglected, or has excessive wear and tear Verizon will now charge the customer $299.00 for smartphones if it is received in one of those conditions back to the warehouse when the customer has received a warranty replacement."

    Not sure if that's more of a scare tactic or if it is something that is strictly enforced.
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    I promise you. As a customer service rep its not a scare tactic. It's a fact- you will be charged and there will be photos. If I were you, I would reject the replacement and buy a phone out right.

    The time, frustration, escalations, supervisor call backs, past due balance, etc. is not worth it.

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    Yeah, I'd go looking on eBay for another phone. That's probably your best bet then.
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    I would doubt that a single crack would constitute "missuse or abuse"
    any of us could drop our phones(heaven forbid) and it would be an accident...still if they were replacing it for any other reason that would take prioity over accidental damage I would think.
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    I don't know. I'd believe what the Verizon rep said. One of the rare times I would. :D
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    LOL..yea they do remind me of gov officials...once in a while they do get something done.
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    Any crack or sign of abuse or trauma, whether accidental or purposeful, will 100% void the warranty.

    It doesn't matter if the trauma is unrelated to the reason for the replacement.


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    Post back and let us know. Did they send a box and replacement to your house? If that's the case, you're more than likely gonna get billed for it mayne.
    From the way you described the situation though, it sounds like the store took the phone back and handed you a new one. If that's the case, id say you're clear as long as the rep didn't make a note on your account about it.

    Either way, let us know.
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    Yep, you use the same box that the replacement comes in and it's custom made to hold the phone. Fits right in there nicely. I've done two replacements on my D2.
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    I wouldn't try to beat the system that way. They WILL notice and they WILL send you a bill. I promise. IF you left the phone with them at the store then that might be a different story. But you won't be able to prove that it "broke" in transit, and even if you could provide some type of evidence that would slightly substantiate that claim, they're going to be all over that too. And my fear for you is, once they bill you there is no turning back. Don't give yourself more trouble than its worth. I am sure you aren't the first person to try this :)
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    I have insurance on my thunderbolt shut the trunk on the screen cracked it it still works fine called the insurance and reported it lost all I had to pay was the detectable which was 100 and they sent me a brand new thunderbolt not refurbished. The thing is since this is a sim card phone they can't put a lock on it my wife is using it all she had to do is go to the store and get them to put her number on a sim card cause she had a x.

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    +1. That is awesome. lol
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    Yeah now we can face chat.

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    Buy New Parts & Install Them Yourself

    Hi, I'm new to the forum, and I registered just to add my two cents to this thread.

    Okay, so I have a Droid X (mine), and two original Droids on my account. Two of the droids (both time my wife), have gone for a swim in the toilet. One, has had a cracked screen (again, my wife).

    Luckily, my wife had the good sense to dig into the toilet and get it out within a second or two, tear off her silicon case (they are hard to get off on the droid), and get the battery and SD card out. First time it happened lets just say you would ONLY put your hand in the toilet if you had to save a $600 device :-D.

    Okay, so first time stickers were actually only partly activated. However, both times phones went swimming I stripped them down to where I had 20 pieces lying all over the counter (wearing rubber gloves due to toilet), and then cleaned every piece with an alcohol solution. I was even able to make stickers look decent. Then, after a couple of days of drying the phones with that silicon desiccant stuff each time I carefully put them back together and fired them up. Phones perform flawlessly to this day.

    Oh, I forgot. In the tear down, the first time I broke a piece of plastic (stupid droid is held together with glue). So, I ordered replacement pieces off of Ebay or something. The next time, I used a blow dryer to warm these pieces so they came off easier.

    Then, when my camera cover broke I just replaced that with a replacement part off of Ebay.

    My whole point for anyone else reading this thread . . . from this way too long of post . . . instead of having to buy a whole new phone for a cracked camera screen or something similar . . . just take a little time, buy replacement parts and then you don't have worries.

    Anyway, the point of this post isn't to screw Verizon or other carrier . . . though some will still say this is . . . (I kept water damaged phones even though I do know how to get replacement stickers - I just wanted them to work). With a little thing like a camera screen just replace it. :)
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