Hi all I'm not sure what to do.
I have a Samsung S20 5G Ultra the very first Samsung from my move from the whole Apple ecosystem.
I have been extremely happy with the move so far until a hardware fault has left me deciding if I should go back or not.
So recently the loud speaker got extremely tinny especially when on certain ringtones and watching videos so I decided to find out about warranty repairs and was surprised that I had a two year warranty.
While I was on the repair site online I decided to get the camera checked as it hasn't been taking the best photos with jumpy focusing but that could just be me expecting too much.
Anyway I sent my phone off expecting a 5day turn around after the first week I called the repair centre directly to get an update where I was told it still hadn’t been looked at because of Covid.
Today I decided to call again as it had now been 14 days and no email updates where I was told that my phone has “just this second” been looked at and yes the speaker has an issue and also there is an issue with the camera so that also needs replacing.
What came next was my issue, there is apparently a hairline crack on the glass of the camera lens that isn’t visible to the naked eye but because of this it is classed as misuse and the whole warranty is now void and It doesn’t matter that the camera lens is at the top and the speaker is at the bottom it’s now doesn’t have any warranty.
My repair bill is now £200 and I’m guessing +VAT
I totally disagree with the way this has gone it seems like any excuse to get out of the warranty will be used. I'm left wondering if this is the norm and also wondered if this is Samsung policy or are the repairers just trying to see if they can get away with charging for each repair? I know 100% Apple wouldn’t have acted like this.
I will also post this message on social media too but would like to see if I get any advice on here.
I have refused to pay and now await the return of an un-repaired s20 which will apparently now take up to 5 working days to be returned so guess I will see it back in 7days.
I will be grateful of any advice or similar past experiences.