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    Angry Verizon wants $300 to exchange my borked X!

    Got the messed up screen on my X. Screen flickers and then I get lines all over it. This started today and hasn't gone away.

    Went to the verizon store and spent an hour and a half with tech support and customer service on the phone.

    After going through their dog and pony show of useless troubleshooting (including a FACTORY RESET!) they decided my phone had problems.

    They said they'll send me a replacement phone when one is available. BUT they want me to prepay for it!

    Are you kidding me! I just paid $200 for this phone 6 days ago and now to fix it another $300! $500 in 6 days really verizon? They did give me a free month for all my troubles, but thats not what I want, I want a ******* phone that works!

    Stay tuned, I'm not gonna settle for that and I will raise hell.

    Also might consider returning it, and you better believe I won't be getting charged a ****ing restocking fee!

    Sorry so long, just pissed.
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    They refund you that money once they recieve the old one back. It's policy so people don't try and scam the system and get a free phone.
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    Don't you just hate when this forum's scripts take all the good words out and replace them with *******.

    There is no way that corporate would let that fly, I think you just had a ****ty Rep
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcman73 View Post
    They refund you that money once they recieve the old one back. It's policy so people don't try and scam the system and get a free phone.
    I replaced my BB a bunch of times and never once got charged.why is this any different except for lack of stock?

    I'll even wait and exchange one at the store so I won't steal the new one:rolleyes:
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    That's not right... I went through 4 Storm 1s and was never asked to pay anything.

    Solution:
    1) Call CS and ask for Sup
    2) Explain situation to Sup
    3) Get more than one month credit and free replacement

    Godspeed
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    Quote Originally Posted by hertz View Post
    Got the messed up screen on my X. Screen flickers and then I get lines all over it. This started today and hasn't gone away.

    Went to the verizon store and spent an hour and a half with tech support and customer service on the phone.

    After going through their dog and pony show of useless troubleshooting (including a FACTORY RESET!) they decided my phone had problems.

    They said they'll send me a replacement phone when one is available. BUT they want me to prepay for it!

    Are you kidding me! I just paid $200 for this phone 6 days ago and now to fix it another $300! $500 in 6 days really verizon? They did give me a free month for all my troubles, but thats not what I want, I want a ******* phone that works!

    Stay tuned, I'm not gonna settle for that and I will raise hell.

    Also might consider returning it, and you better believe I won't be getting charged a ****ing restocking fee!

    Sorry so long, just pissed.
    Might have misunderstood them, they may have said if you don't return your old one then you will get charged.
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    Something is wrong here, you do not have to pay for the phone. Like someone else posted if you don't return the old broken one you will be charged.

    They were gunna send me a new X because of the battery life indicator problem until update fixed mine. That was free of charge so yours would be also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjdangerous View Post
    Something is wrong here, you do not have to pay for the phone. Like someone else posted if you don't return the old broken one you will be charged.

    They were gunna send me a new X because of the battery life indicator problem until update fixed mine. That was free of charge so yours would be also.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^I would say he misunderstood them,because that is what they always say. If not returned they will charge you.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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    No body is going to do an advance replacement (where you have the two products at the same time) without a way to recoup the additional products value if the supposed broken one isn't returned. Chances are they take the card number apply a $50 hold and then give you a period to return the phone before your card is charged for the full amount.
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    VZW has never pre-charged for a replacement. I've had multiple BlackBerry's replaced and have never paid any upfront "holding" fee. call CS again...
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    Its not a fee, Many places to make sure the card valid and not out of funds will place a 1-3 day hold on money. When you look at your current activity it won't show up but for example on my credit union online account it has one for Balance and one for usable balance. Usable balance would be $50 less.
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    It is a known problem they will fix it for free:

    "Verizon Wireless and Motorola are aware of a very small number of DROID X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display. Motorola has resolved the issue and is continuing to ship the phones. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact a Motorola customer support center or Verizon Wireless."

    Verizon confirms Droid X screen issues, but says they're not widespread -- Engadget

    "On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless issued a statement on the matter and assured customers that the problem would be corrected. They encouraged customers to contact Motorola or themselves should they be experiencing any problems."

    Verizon Confirms Droid X Screen Problems Right Pundits
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    I love how uninformed most vzw reps are in stores, its like when the first droid came out and the privacy screen protector had problems, I took it back and told them the problems and how big red issued a statement, they had no idea and thought I was lying. I told them to call the other stores in the area. Sure enough they hang up and apologize...
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvoRocker View Post
    That's not right... I went through 4 Storm 1s and was never asked to pay anything.

    Solution:
    1) Call CS and ask for Sup
    2) Explain situation to Sup
    3) Get more than one month credit and free replacement

    Godspeed
    I totally agree.

    First of all, I don't believe in trying to cheat and get free anything but if the product is defective, it is the company's job to fix it or replace it with a new one. Not only did you and all of us pay $200+ for our devices, we are also paying for the monthly service. And like you, we are all in our thirty-day return umbrella. Call retention and demand satisfaction.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmderuosi View Post
    I love how uninformed most vzw reps are in stores, its like when the first droid came out and the privacy screen protector had problems, I took it back and told them the problems and how big red issued a statement, they had no idea and thought I was lying. I told them to call the other stores in the area. Sure enough they hang up and apologize...

    An average rep gets 20+ emails at the start of the day telling them all sorts of things, some useful, some not. And then throughout the day they get 40+ more from verizon, most of those just repeats, so they might pass over the 1-2 more.

    Add to that keeping all the plans straight, keeping up to tabs on their own sales and metrics, dealing with a potential hundreds of people with different situations a week.

    It's VERY hard to keep up to date on EVERYTHING verizon does.

    And as others have mentioned, something doesn't match up here between the OP's story and verizon's normal policy. The only time they charge you is if the warranty is void or if you don't return the old equipment, and they wouldn't only charge you 300.
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    No no, what Verizon did is right. I, too, am having a replacement X sent to me and what they have to do right now, because they have no refurbs or new in stock, is they "buy" a new one and charge it to your account. You're not expected to pay that unless you do not return the defective device.

    I had Blackberrys for 2 years and most of the time they didn't do this because they always had stock of new ones or like-new replacements. However, with my Storm1, i had an issue within the first week or two of buying it. When i called in they said they had to charge my account for the new one and it would then be taken off once they received the old device.

    This is common practice and is really nothing to freak out about. Send back your old X and you wont get charged. You wont have to pay a penny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by menno View Post
    An average rep gets 20+ emails at the start of the day telling them all sorts of things, some useful, some not. And then throughout the day they get 40+ more from verizon, most of those just repeats, so they might pass over the 1-2 more.

    Add to that keeping all the plans straight, keeping up to tabs on their own sales and metrics, dealing with a potential hundreds of people with different situations a week.

    It's VERY hard to keep up to date on EVERYTHING verizon does.

    And as others have mentioned, something doesn't match up here between the OP's story and verizon's normal policy. The only time they charge you is if the warranty is void or if you don't return the old equipment, and they wouldn't only charge you 300.
    I feel that on flagship devices like the droid and now the droid x simple info like "if someone comes in with a completely destroyed screen for now good reason" should be told to them by a boss. It is there job to know more information than customers... But this is all for some other kinda thread, I hope everyone gets their new X : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmderuosi View Post
    I feel that on flagship devices like the droid and now the droid x simple info like "if someone comes in with a completely destroyed screen for now good reason" should be told to them by a boss. It is there job to know more information than customers... But this is all for some other kinda thread, I hope everyone gets their new X : )
    Besides that the OP's story is missing a lot of information. we don't know what the reps knew and what they didn't. Even if they say HE did it, they would try charging him over 500 for a retail replacement, NOT 300. So they knew it was a defect. And the only time they charge for defects if if he doesn't return the original (and again, it's typically retail cost). Like I said, his story doesn't add up.

    I was replying to someone who said Verizon reps knew nothing because they didn't keep up to date with known accessory failings.
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    I know there not.gonna keep my 300 dollars. I know when i return the old o.e they'll refund the 300. That's not the issue. The issue is that verizon is the one who who'd be responsible, not me. I did my part by paying. And i can't type anymore because my screen is crapping out on me.
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    But if they send you a brand new one, and you don't return the old one, then they are out over $600 dollars.


    They could do it the way they used to and not give you anything until they recieved the old unit first.

    I still say there's extra issues here. I've never heard of them charging just 300 for a warranty phone.
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    Bunch of non business minded children in this world....open your mind and shut your mouths before posting rants.

    Smart Business Below:

    They don't have any in stock; the fastest way to get A BRAND NEW ONE is to order it; so they have to place an order for a brand new one, which you pay for upfront; then once received you send your old one back. Money is refunded, end of ordeal.

    As much as you people say the reps don't know...yada yada...its surprises me how many ill informed consumers are in this world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DbleAron View Post
    Bunch of non business minded children in this world....open your mind and shut your mouths before posting rants.

    Smart Business Below:

    They don't have any in stock; the fastest way to get A BRAND NEW ONE is to order it; so they have to place an order for a brand new one, which you pay for upfront; then once received you send your old one back. Money is refunded, end of ordeal.

    As much as you people say the reps don't know...yada yada...its surprises me how many ill informed consumers are in this world.
    Exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvoRocker View Post
    That's not right... I went through 4 Storm 1s and was never asked to pay anything.

    Solution:
    1) Call CS and ask for Sup
    2) Explain situation to Sup
    3) Get more than one month credit and free replacement

    Godspeed
    You never noticed it because most of the time the charge gets held onto your account then gets removed once the old phone arrives.
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    I am actually in the process of doing this. My screen has a discolored/stuck pixel problem.

    So I was presented with 2 options.

    1) Reactivate my storm 1 and send back my otherwise operational Droid X (ugh)
    2) They bill my account for the $135 I paid for my Droid X and then I send back my current X when I receive the new one, then be credited for the $135.

    I am getting all this thrown on my bill, so my bill will have $135 for phone 1 go on, then $135 for phone 2 goes on, then $135 for phone 1 come off when they receive it (OR $475 go on when they don't!).

    If I get mine back to them by 6th, I only see what I was originally billed for on the bottom line and I don't have to go back to the storm 1! I don't see what the hub ub is about.
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    They did the same thing to me. Either I send my broken one back and wait to receive a new one or pre-pay for the new one and get refunded when i returned my old one. Since none of the stores in our city had any left we had to do this or wait 10-15 days with no phone. I didn't even get the free month.
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