I just wanted to note that AT&T's wireless phone insurance does not cover the Dell Streak.
Check their site here and scroll down and see the full support list, or
I also called Asurion who are the actual insurers and they confirmed this.
I'm going to try Square Trade although the cost for full insurance will be around $120 (for accidents, dropping, etc., check their site)
I'm also buying an Otterbox case. I should add that there are some nice Tuff-luv cases for this phone.
I bought my Dell Streak last November, almost 2 months ago. Yesterday when I was using it to surf the internet, the LCD just fractured under the Gorilla glass. It hasn't been dropped or stressed in any way, it simply just happened as I was using it! £500 and it's already broken! What's more, I am currently working in the Middle East - I bought the device in the UK - but can not connect to the support telephone line. I need to get the LCD replaced as soon as possible as I rely on this device at work. I contacted Dell in the Middle East, but they had never heard of a Streak. So, I then used the support line that connects to the US. The person said I'd broken it! Cheek. He then said it was out of warranty?? Surely not?! I took out an extended warranty. I hope this is not the case in the UK, as I did not do anything untoward, I only used the device in the normal fashion.
Please advise how I can get a replacement even though I'm not in the country - I'm really desperate!
Well, I think you should get in touch with O2 Customer Support, explain what has happened and from what you read on dell's forum you are not the only person who this has happened to. get an anddress where you can courier the unit to and demand a fix or replacement. Dell does not have replacement parts so you either will get a new unit or a refurb. Read the terms and conditions of your extended waranty and base the claim on that. There should be a part on "accidental damage"which although does not apply to your case as the screen does break occasionally easily due to twist in hands or pocket but it could help you get a replacement.
Call the local shop where you bought it from.
Last resort - get a replacement LCD from ebay. They seem to have it and Dell doesnt.
Shame on you DELL.
Well known design flaw, Dell in their infinite wisdom, bonded the gorilla glass to the LCD. Thus every time you touch the glass you transfer pressure to the LCD.
You know have a ticking time bomb as to when your LCD may fail. Dell are well aware of this problem along with a host of other design flaws as I made the design manager aware of them some time ago.
Don't give up, quote Trading Standards, a product much be of merchantable quality. The flaws, many serious make it no more than a beta design product.
Had Dell designed a car they would have been forced to do a world wide recall.
Seek a refund and buy another product, preferably from a company that looks after its customers and has confidence in its products.
Thanks for your speedy response. However, I bought the Streak direct from the UK website as I didn't need a UK contract. I still can not call the support line from where I am. Do you know of another way I can talk with someone directly at Dell-UK?
I've sent a couple of emails to them, but they seem to have been lost in the ether. Any help would be gratefully received 🙂 I have no idea what course of action to take at this point.
PS I am glad to know that I'm not the only one this has happened to. However, this does seem to indicate a design fault which is worrying. Prior to this incident I was very happy with the device.
So I dropped my streak and have a cracked LCD.
"Further, we do not have a service or parts replacement solution for damaged LCDs or Gorilla Glass. The unit would have to be completely replaced at the customer's expense."
If this was indeed a policy from the beginning it should have been clearly stated on the advertisement page because its nasty. One reason for buying a dell phone is because Dell in general does a great job at service and this is completely against general dell service policies. I definitely would not have bought a $700 phone with a 5 inch LCD if the terms and conditions stated that replacement parts are not available and the solution is to purchase a new phone.
I've gotten some good news from Geek Squad today...
On Dec 26, I purchased the streak from Best Buy mobile. At the time, I purchased "Black tie" geek squad service protecting my streak from everything (except moisture damage and loss). $9.99 a month, but I figured that it would be good protection until the first 30 days were up. Shortly after purchasing, I broke the screen right above the data port (dropped it from about 2 feet. Landed screen first on a corner of my shredder). I took the phone back to Best Buy to have it repaired.
2 weeks later (yesterday), I get an e-mail stating that the phone will be repaired (no date when I will get it back). I went to Best Buy to ask, "How can this be? Dell doesn't sell replacement parts, nor does repairs per this forum." The "geek" said that the phone was sent back to AT&T and the "estimate for repair" was approved.
I do not know any more than this, but it appears that AT&T is now offering some sort of repair service for the streak.
I normally do not purchase "Protection Insurance" on products I buy. 99% of the time, it is a waste of money. Seeing how easy the streak breaks, I will most certainly continue the $9.99 a month "protection" at Geek Squad. This is the first time I ever was delighted about buying at Best Buy.
I really would like a definitive answer to this. Maybe your case was one of the few, maybe not. I wonder who to go to to know definitely.
I can't go to AT&T because they were fine putting the phone on insurance even though it wasn't covered at all.
IMO sounds like they have sourced the parts from another defunct Streak with a broken motherboard or so.