iPhone out-of-warranty replacement story

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  1. mrbrown macrumors 6502

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    So, I got a call at work today from my wife, crying. The dog came in from outdoors all muddy and got some blankets muddy. Wife put the blankets in the washer... 60 minutes later, she takes em out and finds her white iPhone 4 amongst the clean laundry.

    Tried all the normal stuff to save it but it's pretty much a total loss, so I tried to do an out of warranty replacement at apple.com. The website wanted over $400, despite Apple's own documentation indicating $199.

    Called em up. CSR saw the same thing and couldn't override it and sent me to a senior rep. Senior rep figured out the problem - for some reason, they show an abused iPhone 2G on my account and are charging for replacements for the 2G and 4. Can't override it and Apple's own tech people are gone for the evening. Senior rep tried everything - even trying to give me a free replacement, but it won't let him override the 2G phone on the account!

    Supposedly I am getting a callback tomorrow afternoon. I've never had this much trouble trying to give Apple my money!
     
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  3. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Didn't know you can get OOW replacements through Apple.com. Are you sure you weren't buying a new iPhone with early upgrade pricing ($399?)
     
  4. mrbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Positive - OOW replacement "cost" was $398.00 (199x2), not the early upgrade pricing of $399. Couple that with Apple's acknowledgment of the problem and the fact I'm not a moron... Well, you get the picture.

    You can get an out of warranty replacement through their Online Service Assistant by answering "My iPhone is not eligible for warranty service."
     
  5. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Out of warranty replacements have always been $200.
     
  6. mrbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't believe anybody is disputing that...
     
  7. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Not to sound like a jerk, but are you just sharing the story or do you want our input? You're giving snarky responses to everyone that comments in here so if you're just venting let us know so we don't waste our time responding.
     
  8. lionqueen macrumors 6502

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    I don't understand how it's out of warranty- didnt the white iphone just come out a couple months ago?
     
  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    It came out 2 weeks ago and it is out of warranty because its damaged. Warranty doesn't cover accidents (drops/Water).
     
  10. lionqueen macrumors 6502

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    Ahh, didn't think of that. That does suck. I've got my iphone 4 insured- might want to think about that for next time, OP. It's worth it imo.
     
  11. mrbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ummm...

    Both? I obviously thought it was interesting that my original iPhone which was purchased way back in 2007 is now affecting getting service on a totally different iPhone in 2011. I was wondering if anybody else had ever experienced a similar problem in regards to an out of warranty repair.

    I'd also be concerned if maybe the person I sold the original iPhone to through eBay tried to get an OOW repair and wasn't able to because (s)he destroyed it "beyond economic viability" and it's now affecting my replacement.

    Snarky? Me? Never. :cool:
     
  12. jason72780 macrumors regular

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    On my original iPhone my power button was stuck down so I tried to pull it out with a pushpin. The genius said that the holes in the power button are what caused it to stick down and I told him that it's from me trying to pull it up. He offered me an out of warranty replacement for $269. So they haven't always been $200. I ended up taking the phone apart and shaving off some of the aluminum. Good as new.
     
  13. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Ok, not always. I wasn't going back that many years. :)


    And to the OP: Sometimes a comment is not necessarily directed to you. It's often information for all posters. If you are aware of the info and actually want help or even someone to listen to you it's best to leave the wise a$$ comments out. Next time you might be talking to yourself.
     
  14. mrbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Bull-hookey. I had the same exact problem with mine and I never tried to pull mine out in a way that caused holes... it was a design flaw with the original phone, IMHO.

    (for the record, I used pliers - button would just get restuck... and they replaced it in warranty).
     
  15. jason72780 macrumors regular

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    Yea. The holes weren't what caused it, but that's what they blamed it on. I would've gone straight to the apple store, but was working 7 days a week at that time and had no time, plus I needed my phone for work. They wouldn't fix it, but it worked great after I shaved it down.
     
  16. mrbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Update: Very happy ending!

    After over 2 hours on the phone with AppleCare and having the folks there talk to people "at the highest levels" (Steve?? lol), they can't override the iPhone 2G on my account. NOBODY can - still wants to charge me for two OOW replacements @ $398.00 + tax & S&H.

    So, they're giving the wife a complimentary replacement. She's a heck of a lucky lady. :D
     
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    So does that mean you'll have to go through all of this again if you have another problem?
     
  18. patp Guest

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    Can someone shoot me please? Put me put of my misery. HEY OP, cool story bro!!!!!!!
     
  19. mrbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I'm assuming since the people at the top weren't able to fix it that I'm screwed if I ever need to get another repair/replacement done...

    Then again, "screwed" is entirely subjective. Two hours on the phone for a free OOW replacement versus 5 minutes and $199... lol
     

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