A friend of mine has had an iPod nano for a little while now, but it developed the notorious barcoding on the bottom half of the screen a little while ago and he's gotten around to sending it off for repair. Fast forward a week later, and Apple UK return it unfixed, with a note stating that it was his fault and that the repair was not covered under warranty. I'm reading a Washington Post article on the problem right now, with this quote:
As of tomorrow, he has three days left on his warranty. What should he do? Call Apple again and plead his case? He definitely didn't break it, because I know him and he treats tech stuff very delicately and knows what happens when you're careless with things. Is there a special number or contact to escalate things, given that it's so close to being out of warranty?Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said Tuesday afternoon that cracked or otherwise destroyed screens were "a real but minor issue involving a vendor quality problem in . . . less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the total iPod Nano units we've shipped." Neumayr said it was "not a design issue," and that anybody who experienced the problem should contact Apple for a free replacement.