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Why even have a store?

15DigitNumber
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Today I really shattered my iPhone 5.  At the gym - it fell out of my locker.  It was a mess.  Good thing there's a Verizon Wireless store right by my office.

I hurried over to the Verizon Wireless store on 42nd Street in Manhattan - the Bryant Park location - and showed them the remains of my phone.  They looked me up and learned I'm not due for an upgrade for a few months, so they gave me a card with an 800# to call and wished me well.  They weren't rude or anything, but they just aren't there to help existing customers.  I asked if I could borrow a phone, and they said I could use any of the live phones on display to call the 800#, which felt very weird.  The store wasn't busy, and I didn't understand why nobody offered a loaner or would to help me get a suitable replacement.    @bryant_park

Disappointed, I returned to my office to begin the paperwork and multiple phone calls involved in ordering an insurance replacement from Asurion.  It's not an easy process;  it requires using a printer and scanning documents.  Asurion must have a lot of fraud because they're very weird about threatening prosecution if you lie to them.  Classy. 

I am expecting to receive what I think will be a refurbished phone tomorrow between 8 and 5.  Guess I'll stay home.  I have my doubts as UPS has no tracking information, but I am hoping for the best.

I have since learned that this store I visited isn't actually a "Verizon Wireless direct" store - it's just a licensed dealer.  So in a nutshell they only care about selling new phones, not about helping existing Verizon customers.  If you're an existing customer looking for a replacement, you might as well be at a DMV with expensive lighting.  The only difference is that the DMV can actually help you.   I called Verizon Wireless, but I'm not their problem either - this is between me and Asurion.  The nice lady wished me luck, and I am going to need it. 

The insurance isn't really that great a deal.  I bought this phone 14 months ago and paid $9.99 per month - $140.  And I paid a $199 deductible.  So for a refurbished phone I just paid $340.  I'll bet nobody lost money here other than me. 

Bottom line here is that I and I alone broke my phone, and it's really not anybody's problem.  But I wish the real Verizon Wireless - the one I pay each month, not its supplier or vendor or whatever -- would step forward be more helpful in this situation.  Verizon Wireless has by FAR the best network in New York, but you've got to be willing to tolerate some run around if you are as rough on your phones as I am.  I'll be more careful now, I promise. 

Oh, and I promise to throw style to the wind and buy one of those tacky otter boxes.  But I'll be sure to buy one at an Apple store. 

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Ann154
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A shattered phone can't be replaced by the warranty process which a Verizon Wireless corporate store can handle. Shattered phones go through either Asurion or Apple Care depending on which insurance coverage you selected. Yes there is a monthly premium and a deductible with using Asurion. They gave you the right information. The insurance claim has to be filed by yourself through Asurion.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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http://www.phoneclaim.com

Is for your insurance.

The problem is all you had to do is Google Verizon Corporate Store or use this web site to find one.

Verizon does not give loaner phones any more, nor do they fix the devices.

Hey I like that part about buying the outer box at Apple. But still be careful, they can and do break even with protection.

Good Luck

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15DigitNumber
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I disagree, Ann.  A shattered phone could be replaced by any Verizon Wireless store.  Know why?  Because it's a big store full of phones and people who sell them.  I understand the procedure that Verizon Wireless has created to maximize its profits, I just wish things were handled differently. 

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15DigitNumber
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The problem is my failure to google?  I'll leave that alone.

Appreciate your wishing me luck, same to you at Verizon Wireless. 

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Ann154
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Yes, they can replace it, but only if you are willing to pay the full price of the device.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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Catbird9
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I don't understand your complaint. It sounds like they treated you pretty decently at the Bryant Park store, but they could only do so much. They have the stores to sell devices and service plans. They are in business to maximize profits, so they outsource the insurance and repair businesses, having determined that they can't maximize profits in those businesses.

The insurance is not a good deal for the customer in most cases, otherwise the insurance company would go out of business. It's designed to maximize profits for the insurance company. My approach is to save the money I would spend on insurance premiums and deductibles for when I need to replace the phone. I might pay a bit more, but I'll get a brand new phone as fast as I can find one, and a lot less hassle than dealing with the insurance claim procedure and settling for a refurbished phone. (Because, you know, cooties.)

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RushFan2112
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So for a $650 phone you paid $340 and you're complaining about it?  You have insurance it will get replaced.  I have no idea what you are talking about for the Asurion claim.  I've had to make 3 of them and it was so easy.  I went online, filled out their form, and within 5 minutes had an email that a replacement was on the way.

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