Are you considering purchasing a Samsung product?
Please read this first.
Up until recently, I had been a loyal and devout Samsung consumer. With thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of purchases to my credit.
My last and most recent purchase was a Samsung Z Fold 3 at $2000.00
At the time of purchase my Best Buy sales person along with a Samsung rep. told me, that for any reason at all (within the first year) I am entitled to a free screen protector replacement, as the one that comes with the phone can not be replaced by the consumer "at this time" .
She then proceeded to explain, that the only one that is approved for this replacement is either a company called, "You Break I Fix" or an authorized Samsung repair center.
So I proceeded with the purchase.
...4 months later.
I notice at the top and bottom of the folding portion of the screen, the screen protector appeared to be separating from the screen.
At first, just a fraction of an inch, but over time, steadily advancing to the point that it delaminated the entire length of the folding hing portion of the screen...
That's when I decided to stop into our local U-break I fix repair store. They proceeded to explain that they do not repair the screen protectors for Best Buy or Samsung anymore, as the process for doing so has proved to be beyond their capabilities. I then proceeded to Best Buy. (30 miles out of town) I explain my case and after an hour or so of heated conversation and getting nowhere, one sales member offered to make me an appointment at another Best Buy repair store that was located in (Can you believe?) a neighboring "state", about an hour away from there.
The following day, and after another hostile conversation. A Best Buy manager informed me that they could not do the replacement and I would have to send it into Samsung.
The next day I attempted to contact Samsung support. (No easy task) They told me they would fix it under warranty for free and will send me a prepaid shipping label . So I sent it out.
After a week, I receved an email that stated "Not covered under warranty" $500+ to repair. No reply phone number, no e-mail, just payment options.
To shorten this up a bit. I found the next few days excruciatingly exhausting while navigating the endless amounts of handoffs, trade-offs from different support personal only to be routinely hung up on, disconnected and mis- directed (lied to).
Now the icing on the cake: In the mix of trying to get this situation resolved, A suction cup that was attached to my windshield landed on the dashboard, and then on top of my open phone screen as I was making a call.
At first glance there appeared to be absolutely no damage. The next day I noticed that there was a couple of pixels missing beneath the screen, (about the size of a pinhead) allowing only bright white light to be seen. (This by the way wasn't even remotely in the vicinity of the area in question for warranty) Although it was like adding salt to the wound, (because any other standard type of screen protector would have protected against this.) I understand that this was an accident, and wouldn't be covered under warranty and didn't request it to be.
With that said, this is how it played out,
Samsungs management told me that it was their policy, that when a screen protector warranty replacement comes in, that if there were any other signs of wear or damage (even unrelated) the screen protector would not be covered under warranty and it would be a $500+ charge.
After several additional visits to Best Buy in attempt to rectify the situation. I was approached by one very understanding brave sole who jeopardized his own position to inform me as to what I was up against.
They told me this was not the first time they had an issue with this phones screen protector...
and that U break I fix have stopped doing it because its to difficult to replace. They went on to say , they were told that it can only be properly done during manufacturing,, and to just tell customers that we DON'T have any in stock and not sure when they will be in, and to advise customers to contact Samsung.
This person also went on a limb to say" Samsung repair has found that its easier to replace the entire screen with the protector already installed from the plant, than to try to install it themselves.
This inevitably resulting in the implementation of a policy that states "if there appears to be any other imperfections on the phone other than a faulty screen protector, it will be their policy to void the warranty of the screen protector, and to tell the customer, that due to the unrelated wear and tear, it is their policy to replace everything not just the faulty screen protector at a cost of $500+.
This person also went on to say he was not sure if this would even fix the issues with the faulty screen protectors and that I may be up against the same problem every 4-5 months at the same $500+ cost. (Thank you lord, for there are still some good people out there.)
I can not begin to explain the emotions and stress endured during the struggle of this mind melding process of mega giant corporate deception and deviant behavior, only that I never ever want to hear again in my life, the almost robot-like instilled phrase, "No worries sir, we are here to help."
At this time I have no other choice but to pay.
I have no other form of communication or way of doing business with the outside world. My life has been put on hold by a simple faulty screen protector on a $2000.00 phone.
I thought I was buying the best product from the Best place.
I WAS REGRETFULLY WRONG,
There apears to only be one thing left that stands between us, and the greedy, devent behavior of corporate conglomerates ,,and that is, FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
... and their working on that now.
Solved! Go to Solution.
Time for a class action lawsuit. 🤔
My biggest concern now is, is this going to cost me $500 every 4 or 5 months for as long as I own this phone?
As much as I liked Samsungs products in the past, there is no way in hell I can purchase another with good conscience in the future.
Technology used to be all about fun and games but now we're all just victims of it.
Had flip whole screen goes black they say because of small mark on case its damaged well that like saying a scratch on the wing of your car is why your clutch has gone.. about time these companies own up to design faults and make good .. won't be Samsung anymore apple.here we come .. thTs fold.a d flip bought but useless don't buy ..as my fold had screen replaced after lot of hassle ..
Same issue I have had, 3 times broken screen now. Samsung not interested in warranting the repairs this time. Avoid buying these phones.
Yep I have the same issue. I have cracks on the on the factory installed screen protector right in the fold started at the bottom now its at the top and middle too. Also the factory front screen protector is also pealing up. Got the run around with going to bestbuy and the song and dance about they never got the parts to fix it. Sent it into Samsung and there isn't a scratch anywhere on my phone, but they sent me an email the other day saying it's 518 to fix it. I called them and the rep said they found a scratch on the bezel so that voids the warranty and to fix it I have to pay 518.00. I told them it's not going to happen. Spoke to the supervisor in repair and she said they don't have the phone from inspection yet but she will look at it when it comes to them and see if they can fix it. There weren't any scratches on it when I sent it to them. I took pictures at ups of the phone before I sent it to them. So we will see. I doubt anything is going to change. This is an illegal policy they are trying to push on customers. I really hope someone sues them for this. I have been using their phones since galaxy S3. I doubt I will be buying any more.
I have the same issue, this is clearly a defective product however they are saying it is physical damage.
I went to bed and charged my phone and woke up the next morning with internal crack at the fold!
Same story here. Now I am without one. Both inside and out, the screen protector have failed big time. I also have been with samsung starting from Note (1) till note 10+ and I consider myself a careful and tidy person and from all the Samsung phones(Also other brands) Fold 3 are the weakest out of. On the first day receiving it I went shopping and when I came back home I realized 2 deep scratches in the aluminium/metal holding frame..oh wow! and then came the problem with the external screen protector ...later I found a crease inside and thought..the phone is ruined! but it was the screen protector, so I opened that one up. Yesterday the phone felt down from my bed to laminating wood floor with a cover...and, the back side of the phone got a break(inside the sealant). How is that even possible?!. If I didn't use Samsung watch, I will definitely move on to other mobiles. Now, here in Germany if I gonna repair the plastic back cover with Samsung care+ I was told I will pay 130 euro, but when I ask a Samsung repair center to fix it without warranty it cost me only 100. Confused? the same story with the screen protector, without warranty their fees are 30(outside) and 50(inside). Not too bad, I guess. However, like you I feel cheated. And here comes the last point, which is more damaging: the phone that was costing 1750 last year only valued 690 as an exchange to purchase Samsung Flip 4 (and that already incl.150 extra gift, means the phone value has devalued to be only 540 from 1750! in less than a year) other shops now refuse to pay more than that due to the value Samsung partner Teqcicle put in their website. Not v.happy!