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Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
klflote
Member

A little over a year ago, I left Sprint for Verizon because everyone told me how much better it was. So far, the phone service has not been any better at all; certainly not worth the extra money I pay Verizon.

 

Today, Verizon attempted to deliver the OTA update to my phone. Because I was busy when it first came up, I declined. I used my phone for a few hours, threw it in my briefcase, and went to work. At work, I pulled it out of my briefcase, and it was totally bricked. I can guess what happened: they started the OTA update again; I got on the subway and lost reception in the middle of it; and now it won't boot -- it is just stuck on the recovery screen, where no buttons work (as has been described on other threads).

 

At the VZW store, they too were unable to fix it, and said they would have to sell me a new phone. Sell, not give. See, the phone is out of the one year warranty. And so even though the hardware is perfectly fine, and even though it was VZW's botched software update that bricked the phone, they don't think that they are responsible; they think I should have paid for insurance instead. Seriously? In addition to the extra money VZW charges over their competitors, now I have to carry insurance against the possibilty that they will do something to damage the phone?

 

The amusing part of the whole situation was when the VZW tech tried to tell me that it was my fault for not accepting the OTA update in the first place; apparently, he believes, although they screen offers you a chance to postpone the update, it is your fault if you do that and your phone bricks 4 hours later.

 

The silver lining in this is that I own two Fascinate phones, one of which (the one that still works....) I have rooted and installed a custom ROM on, and so I expect that I will be able to get the other phone running again rather than buying a replacement. But clearly that's not an option for the vast majority of VZW customers; I can't believe that they are all {word filter avoidance} if their phone is more than a year old.

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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
Wildman
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

Sorry to hear you having such a colorful situation with Verizon because in my opinion they are superiour over Sprint any day, but that is my thought...

 

Since it is clear that the device is out under warrenty any longer the method you spoke of would be the wiser way to go because it should get you back up and going again with no issues...  Also the insurance pays off under situations like this and I wont have a device without it but once again that is just me...

 

Hope you get everything worked out...

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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

The ONLY time a Samsung device is bricked...  If you can't get into download mode.  If you can get into that then it can be saved.  You should know though...  Your other one has been rooted.

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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
Elitist_Jerk
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Tough break, but why are you so upset with verizon? If you are outside of the year warranty you might be able to talk to samsung to see if they can put the software on your phone for you

 

When you say your phone is bricked what do you mean, more details needed

 

 

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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
klflote
Member

Why am I upset with Verizon? Because they are the ones who sent the update to the phone that led to its being bricked. If the update hadn't come at a time when the phone was about to leave a service area, I'd probably have been luckier; it's why software updates should always be pulled, not pushed. And if the phone is out of warranty and therefore they feel they have no responsibility for it any more, then they shouldn't be updating its software, particularly without my consent. In what world is this situation not their fault?

 

I don't want to get into a long discussion of what bricked means, is it actually bricked, or what -- you can read the other threads with bricked in the title to see a description. Yes, because I am technical enough to understand the software, I can fix it, so the literal meaning of bricked may not apply. But for an ordinary user, and for the "technical" support people at Verizon who were actually unable to fix it, it is bricked.

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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

klflote wrote:

Why am I upset with Verizon? Because they are the ones who sent the update to the phone that led to its being bricked. If the update hadn't come at a time when the phone was about to leave a service area, I'd probably have been luckier; it's why software updates should always be pulled, not pushed. And if the phone is out of warranty and therefore they feel they have no responsibility for it any more, then they shouldn't be updating its software, particularly without my consent. In what world is this situation not their fault?

 You mean like the iPhone?  Should see the complaints about the iPhone and wanted the updates pushed for the longest time.  It is finally possible for the iPhone to do so with their latest update.  They can't make everyone happy can they?

I don't want to get into a long discussion of what bricked means, is it actually bricked, or what -- you can read the other threads with bricked in the title to see a description. Yes, because I am technical enough to understand the software, I can fix it, so the literal meaning of bricked may not apply. But for an ordinary user, and for the "technical" support people at Verizon who were actually unable to fix it, it is bricked.

So you didn't brick your device, and you just want to rant?  Which is it as I am confused and trying to figure out what you want.  


 

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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
Tanstai
Member

I totally agree that its Verizon's fault.  

 

They've released an update that kills phones, they can't fix it, and they won't ackknowledge it! Of course its their fault.  Why should you buy insurance to protect yourself from them breaking your phone? That's a mob tactic, and illegal..."We would't be destroying your shop, if you'd just bought insurance..."

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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
klflote
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Tidbits wrote:

So you didn't brick your device, and you just want to rant?  Which is it as I am confused and trying to figure out what you want.  


What I want is for Verizon to behave like a responsible company and take responsibility for their software updates, and when their software updates render a phone unusable, to remedy the situation.

 

I understand that you disagree -- that you feel it is perfectly acceptable for them either to require that I carry insurance to protect against their actions, or that I possess a level of techinical expertise that is greater than their own technical support department, who couldn't get the phone working. The fact that I can get my phone working doesn't really help the majority of people who will experience this problem and what I would like is for Verizon to change their policies so that these people are taken care of.

 

So I'm sorry if my criticism came off merely as a rant; given the time I had to waste to get the phone working again (not to mention the time without a phone), I will admit to being angry and letting that color my posting. So let me rephrase: Dear Verizon representatives who read this board, Please change this completely unfair policy whereby I am responsible for paying for or fixing problems on the phone that you sold me after you, doubtless with all good intentions, sent a buggy software update that caused the phone to be inoperable, even when services by your own technical representatives.

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Tidbits
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To tell you what I have told people before. Take it up with manufacturers and people crying about their devices not working properly. Manufacturers have to submit an update prior to any testing to be done. People cry and complain to wits end why it's taking so long. Regardless of how Verizon does it they can't make everyone happy.
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Re: Stunned at lack of Support from Verizon
Tidbits
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It wouldn't matter what carrier FYI. It's up to the manufacturers to honor warranties and updates.
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