Originally Posted by speedingcheetah
theirs no power or anything..no boot....gets hot when i try to charge it....pretty sure its toast....and it had a fully stock rom on it...but was rooted/unlocked and had a dark theme overlay..which isnt noticeable until phone boots and u start to use it..it has never displayed a message at boot about software....and i purchased it back when rooting and unlocking was legal.
anyway...spoke to VZW on phone...yea...they claim ship only...no in-store replacements....and refurb....what crooks...I pay for a new phone...and should i need warranty replacement...get a refurb...makes my blood boil!
I hear ya! But, in defense of the possibly indefensible, I've heard a number of geek commentators say that refurbs have a bad name needlessly - that when you buy a new phone, you're getting a phone that came off the line & was boxed up, no checks, no quality control, no nothing other than a brief visual inspection for gross damage. When you get a refurb on the other hand, you get a phone (or computer, TV set, etc...) that has been inspected top to bottom and function is verified throughout the system. In addition, refurb are, according to them, more often than not, just models that have been shipped & returned out of the box. I don't know whether to believe that or not. But it makes sense @ least.
In re rooting / ROMing - it is not now, nor has it ever been illegal. Nor likely will it ever be. But it always has and likely always will void your warranty. No one would be foolish enough to warranty a product that can have home brewed software on it that could possibly totally mess it up & then say "Well, you screwed it up, but here's another $700 handset for you to play with...."
Unlocking, i.e. taking your phone to another carrier was something you could do on your own if you knew how. But the Librarian of Congress recently reversed his earlier decision and said that it is now only @ the carrier option (while still under subsidized contract). For Verizon users it is a total red herring - we use CDMA and the freqs are different from Sprint's. Sprint is a MVNO provider for many of the smaller Co's in the USA, so it matters a little for them but not for Big Red. You can unlock the phone 10 ways from Sunday and there's no one to take it to for service other than Verizon. With Sprint, you can, with SOME models, take it to another MVNO (like Ting) but that's not an option with our phones...
"You Live & You Learn - Or you don't live long..." --LL