James Mayes

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Blog: Epic fail from @VodafoneUK store reps…

In Mobile, Personal on January 17, 2013 at 10:44 am

So I picked up a new HTC One X phone late last year. I think it’s one of the best Android phones out there and I’ve been very impressed. Until recently. The screen started phasing out on me. Some wierdness with the colours, then the sizing, then finally just refusing to show anything. The phone itself is fine (proved this via feedback noises on a few different tests) just the screen. Clearly, a repair or replace is needed.

The handset came from Vodafone, about 3 months back – so pretty fresh, protected by a case the whole time and not a mark on the phone or the case. Picked it up on a contract, one of those where you pay for the airtime and data, the handset being provided “free” – meaning you have to commit to twelve or eighteen months of charges, so paying for it that way instead. Always thought that was fair enough, never had an issue.

Took the handset to my local Vodafone shop, where an interesting conversation ensued. According to two different sales assistants, my contract covers the airtime only. The phone is provided absolutely free and as such, the retailer has no responsibilities towards it and the sale of goods act does not apply. This means despite the fact its become non-functional very quickly, Vodafone don’t have to do *anything*.

They offered to take if off me and send it off to a repair centre to be fixed under HTC’s warranty, but this leaves me with two problems. Firstly, I’m now paying for airtime and data which I can’t use until they fix/replace and return the phone. Second, the HTC warranty is valid for twelve months and I have an eighteen month contract. What happens if the handset breaks in those last six months?

Vodafone suggested their insurance was the perfect solution… but this adds nigh on 50% to the monthly cost, for something which *should* be free from failure for the life of the contract offered. Of course, if I lose or smash it, I expect that to be my problem.

Here’s the final piece of amazement for me though… I challenged the sales guy on whether he thought this situation was reasonable. He stated that he didn’t think it was, but that the law let them get away with it.

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Way to go, Vodafone! Rest assured, you’ll not be getting another contract out of me.

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