123Celtic
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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

Thanks! (Nice hands...)

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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

Hi Amy

I understand you probably do not respond to messages, but i have an issue with your above statement (in my case specifically).

I have cracked the Gorilla Glass on my phone (lcd is intact), this happened when it slid out of my pocket while seated in my car and slid under the seat.
I called Dell support Canada 31 days after my phone was purchased, i was given a ticket and was told that my glass WAS covered under warranty, this elated me simply because my carrier (rogers) was completely useless and told me tough luck. (they don't even sell cases for your streak).

That was in early December, i was told 3-5 business days to ship the replacement. I have called twice a week since that original 5 days was up and all the support will tell me is that my case is waiting for stock to ship to me. Meanwhile my phone getting worse. 

Who do i speak with to get this case finished with? I have a feeling that support is simply screwing me and they could just essentially drag this on till the warranty expires.

Thank you 

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ManOSteel
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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

 

Hey All,

Intro

I got a surprise when I emptied my pockets at the end of the day a few days ago and my LCD was cracked up, but the glass was in tact.  I am trying to get the "Out of Warranty" dept. to call me back now, so I can get some sort of response.  I read many folks who had no problem getting no-cost replacements on some Streak related forums and some postings on forums where people were left in the cold by Dell if their screens had the same damage as though who got no-cost replacements.

I am a huge fan of the device marketed as the Dell Streak (I'll explain this later), but this abandonment that Amy describes over refusal to repair or send out parts feels like a betrayal to tell the truth.  I hope that this is not my experience when or if someone finally calls when they said they would.  I've been stood up twice by the Out of Warranty" dept. now, but I've been told that if I wait 2 more days someone should get back to me by then.  I guess if it was my job to call customers back and tell them that they will be left in the cold by the support staff as Amy has described here I wouldn't be in any hurry to call customers back either. 

My Experience:

My first Streak had several shipping delays and the only thing more frustrating than the actual delays at the time were the number of aloof customer service staff giving me conflicting delivery dates.  That is until I got the device.  AT&T couldn't find a record of the cellular plan I purchase and had no idea what a Dell Streak was, literally.  Dell Order Support, had no idea why AT&T couldn't find my service plan information that I purchased on the Dell 800#.  After speaking to several different Dell Support staff each one providing me with a different reference number for the same incident I got the phone and the desktop sync software didn't work.  Updates to apps stopped working.  In-call volume controls worked in reverse.  Among several other issues.  They sent me out a replacement and that one continues to have periodic issues with the touch screen calibration has to be reset from time to time.  The "software updates stop downloading", issue requiring a reset to system defaults to fix continues to occur forcing me to have to reinstall everything.  By the time my second replacement started showing problems the Dell techs. told me that they no longer support the desktop sync support that comes on the phone.  They also warned me not to attempt the update that they posted on their support site.  But even when this device is working as designed, Dell never sold the same phone that they continue to market.  It may be a bit picky, but when you have a 5 inch display you expect things to be generally larger. The dialer application for example in the Streak commercial shows a large photo caller id, while the actual photo in the dailer app is quite litterally smaller than a postage stamp on a 5 inch screen. Simulated screen disclaimer peering out at the bottom of your TV like an inside joke that only we Streak owners get.  Also I was pleased to read that the streak pre-released would have HDMI output.  In my opinion this puts it in the company of other large and less expensive phones, but when I got it home I was disappointed to discover that I would have to shell out an additional $80 for HDMI functionality!  I took the leap in large part because of the promises of android 2.2 updates.  Promises that have been broken time after time especially for an AT&T locked phone.  A front facing camera would lead a reasonable person to believe that they would be able to do a skype sort of video chat, but tech support confirms that this device is not capable of this functionality. 

Going Forward:

I believe that Dell will embrace the quality in the roots of this company and make this right in my case.  I have been a fan of this Company and singing its praises to my own clients since the early 90's.  The Dell name really meant something then and I believe that they can be that company again.  It is not acceptable for customers to have no repair or parts option for this device.  And to add insult to injury we are forced to pay an additional $50 on checkout for a warranty.  A warranty? For what? As one poster said a phone marketed as a pocket phone that their liaison recommends that you don't use as marketed would imply that Dell lacks commitment to customers of this device.  After all, this forum is not for streak owners.  They don't have one specific to this unique device.  We've been thrown in with all other mobile devices.  And have to mine the entries for Streak related postings acting as our own filters.  I choose to believe that my experience with Dell will improve and that I will once again be able to recommend to my associates and clients the Dell that I once knew before I ever bought this device. I really hope that I can once again say that Dell really stands behind their products. I do appreciate the honesty in all of these postings though especially yours Amy. It couldn't be fun delivering such disappointing news to folks.

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AmPhull
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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

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I‘ve just suffered the same problem many hundreds of other Streak owners seem to have and now have a cracked lcd panel with no damage to the surface glass.  I am a quite annoyed at the ‘Having the Right Expectations’ section on the first post.  I don’t expect any mobile phone to be bullet-proof, however I also don’t expect any mobile phone to break when it slips out of your pocket whilst seated and hits the floor less than 2 ft below.  As an IT Project Manager at a very large firm, I have been through countless mobile phones from many companies and have dropped a few, and seen them roll down stairs, onto roads etc., none suffering anything more than a few surface scratches, and none have ever broken.  I fail to see how a design flaw so major that a phone breaks after 1 drop from such a low height isn’t covered and the customer is expected to pay for the repair themselves.  These aren’t isolated incidents from what I can find on the web.  I contacted Dell Customer Service yesterday to be told that I would be called back by the Out of Warranty team to quote for a repair.  Things like this make me seriously question whether I would buy Dell servers/laptops again in the future if I can't trust the company to do the right thing and I am currently about to make that choice for a new project.  If forced to, I will pay for the repair but I will them be selling my Streak on ebay and going back to HTC.  The last one of those I had started showing dust under the screen (‘a design flaw’), one call and 5 days later I had fully repaired phone at no cost, and a voucher for a free accessory.

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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

I just got my new cherry red unlocked Streak with 2.2.   It did not even get out of the box before I had it wrapped inside of an Otterbox Defender case.  Frankly if you use anything less than this, you are asking for trouble and a big repair or replacement bill.  

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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

The fact that you need protect your Streak with an Otterbox from the outset speaks volumes about the poor quality of the build`and its design.

Sadly the Otterbox is not going to guarantee it's safely

 My colleague used the defender case on his Streak  and.because of all the problems I had experienced with the ones trialed  a shock clock was fitted to his defender case which would indicate if the unit was dropped or subjected to stress. After a few weeks the shock indicator was still intact but the LCD had ruptured under the Gorilla Glass. Dell still insisted it was his fault and refused to issue a repair under warranty.

Until Dell address these design issues and totally redesign the Streak we are going to continue to read of these problems.

Do Dell care about these problems?  I think Not!

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br4nd0nh347
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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

I'm not too sure this is a Dell only problem.  It's just the state of technology.   Iphones, HTC, and practically all slate (candy bar) phones have screens that are easy to break.  They are so slim, and have glass screens; what else do you expect?  Just my $0.02.

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Kodac0
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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

I only had my phone for 2 weeks when the LCD cracked over the weekend. I didn't drop it, sit  on it or stand on it or do anything that might otherwise explain why it cracked.. it was in my bag while at dinner, and the crack appeared the next morning. My phone provider here in Singapore was happy to replace it for a few hundred bucks because the damage is not covered by Dell's warranty. However, I felt that this was unfair given that I honestly did nothing to the phone to cause this damage.. if the phone can't handle jostling around in a woman's handbag, then Dell is in big trouble. My provider ended up waiving the replacement fee but now I'm worried that the same thing will happy to the new handset and I'll be stuck with a broken faulty phone. I've been reading numerous reports elsewhere on the Internet about the LCD screen cracking after either a minor fall or nothing at all. To me, this suggests that there is a design fault with the screens. If this is the case, then Dell should offer a limited warranty on the screens cracking but that they don't even provide for repair and parts is simply atrocious.

I actually love this phone and thought I could avoid becoming an iSheep. However, now I very disappointed. Where at first, I was telling my friends with great excitement about what a great phone it is to telling them to avoid it because of this design fault and the fact that Dell won't do anything about. For me, it has damaged my overall impression of the Dell brand and I may look at upgrading everything to Mac after all, as Apple doesn't seem to have this problem. In fact, I may sell the unit now and buy something else before it does break.

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angryraisin
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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

Hello Amy

Could you please provide me with an email or postal address so that I might make a complaint directly to someone who will reply.  I have sent 23 emails, to various addresses on their site with not one reply!  The call centre keeps putting me through to the USA and after saying I can't have a refund they cut the call.  This has subsequently happened 4 more times - rudeness as well as no service!

Essentially, the design of the Streak is flawed and the LCD breaks of its own accord.  I did not 'accidentally' damage it, as was suggested by the scripted answer I received.  This particular fault has been written out of the warranty.  I want a full refund and an apology.  I have taken legal advice and I am now willing to pursue this through the courts if necessary.  I have also informed the program Watchdog and I have been in touch with my local trading standards office - they have received other such complaints.

Dell knowingly brought to market a flawed product unfit for purpose, this is contrary to UK consumer law.  Dell should stop selling this product until it is tested 'fit for purpose'.  Dell should also recall the product to have it fixed.

I'd be grateful if you could provide the correspondence details so that I might begin a dialogue.

Many thanks,
Graham

 

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Re: How to Avoid Breaking the Streak LCD or Gorilla Glass and What to Do If You Have a Broken Streak

Graham,

 

Try hitting the unresolved issues button at the bottom of this thread.

 

 

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