Upgraded to the Maxx from the Droid X in April. Bought the Otter Box Commuter. Went to Verizon store in June due to poor reception (low bars) and frequent data (both WiFi and LTE) connection drops. Store rep told me it was a problem with the simm and swapped the card- no questions no charge. No improvement. Because I wasn’t actually dropping calls, I chalked it up to the phone model and didn’t go back to the store or CS regarding a replacement. BIG MISTAKE> Two days ago I made a call and put the Maxx (in the otterbox) in the front pocket of my loosely fitting shorts as I was standing in line at a store. I felt the phone vibrate as I got my food, put the tray on the table and retrieved the phone from my pocket before I sat down and the phone display would not light up. The phone was also unusually hot to the touch. I looked closer and found the inside screen cracked. There was no crushing, dropping, or impact of any kind. The phone was in the otterbox, screen side against my thigh, in my pocket. The screen has multiple cracks under the gorilla glass. I went to the Verizon store yesterday and the rep said he’d heard it about ‘digitizers’ cracking without impact before. He told me to read the forums because it’s a known issue, and then call CS about the defect because I have no insurance (didn’t think I needed it because I’m careful, I bought the case, and the Droid X was built like a sherman tank). I found many posts here and elsewhere about my issue. I called Verizon CS and to her credit the woman I spoke with was phenomenal. She explained that she would send a replacement phone. She then said she was worried about me being charged up to $300 if the phone showed signs of damage upon inspection. She told me that warranty replacements are not ALWAYS inspected thoroughly, but that an impending charge was a possibility. I was adamant the phone was defective as there was no evidence of impact on the outside glass itself. I referenced the forms here and that many people are complaining of the same issue. She told me that, if I was charged, to call back and refute it. She then proceeded to review my data usages and adjust my contract accordingly to save me about $20 per month. I agreed to the warranty replacement and new phone was shipped yesterday to arrive on 9/27 via USPS. I was informed that a box/label would be sent and I would have to mail my defective phone within 5 business days of receiving the box. I am still able to use the phone to make calls with my car’s Bluetooth. Now I am waiting for the box and new phone to arrive. I’ll send the defective one in and follow the CS rep’s advice to “keep my fingers crossed” with regard to whether or not the phone will be flagged as damaged. If so and I am charged, it will appear on my November bill. I’m hoping for the best, but dubiously expecting to make a frustrating phone call around Election Day. I figure, if I am charged the $300, I can subtract $200 due to the savings off my bill from the account adjustment. And, not having to deal with Motorola refusing to fix it will be worth the other $100. Having the phone repaired by Motorola isn’t an option because I don’t want to be without it for 2 weeks on top of the costs I would incur. I sat down and compared the Maxx to my old X and the difference is remarkable. The X case is metal and minus the Kevlar back, the Razr is plastic. If I do receive a replacement, I expect the new Maxx to break before my contract is up NEXT December. The Razr is lighter and thinner than my old X. But I can’t in good conscience upgrade to another Moto phone- warranty or not, I want a quality product for my money. My question is, has anyone with this or a similar issue had luck with a warranty replacement? What are my chances?
I have read all the different threads on screen cracking/breaking. Many admit to dropping their device or bumping into something. But there are as many or more who, like you, just find their screen cracked, usually accompanied by a very hot screen. I have dropped mine putting it into my pants pocket, about 3 feet, onto concrete and although there were two gouges in the top left rear corner...no breakage. I was also out on the water during the summer and my screen got so hot I got a message that it was going to dim so it could cool off. Again, no physical damage. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason to any of these screens breaking (except possibly in the case of those dropped/bumped). I wish you good luck. Don't know whether it would be a good idea to jot down the history of your conversations with CS and putting it in the box with the return. IDK.
I find it interesting that several other discussions regarding this defect have been commented on by VZ CS reps asking for more information from people who have experinced this problem. I don't expect that here as my OP clearly states my problem is being addressed. It just seems like the issue is now getting some attention, which in all that I have read so far hasn't been the case.
What you experienced is the reason i have T.E.C. on both of my Maxx's it's a little more Money that comes out of the Pocket at bill Paying time but having it kind of pays off in the Long Run..
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I had nearly the same experience with my Droid Razr Maxx - cracked screen for no apparent reason. I also carry the Asurion Total Equipment Coverage which I would gladly use if indeed I had damaged the phone. Somehow it doesn't seem right to spend more money to replace a defective product and be sent the same model phone which will likely have the same problem again. I use my car insurance when I smack up my car - not when it is defective. Motorolas' own website says "Seriously thin, DROID RAZR MAXX is the exact opposite of frail." This is absolutely not the case. These phones need to be recalled and all of us stuck with defective products should get free replacements. I know Verizon / Motorola are probably hesitant to do this because how can they verify which phones actually were abused and which were defective. Not sure how they will deal with that, but this phone certainly does not perform as advertised. Maybe a good compromise would be to offer anyone complaining of this issue a early upgrade elegibiliy option on their contracts. This would give Verizon an opportunity to still make some money, keep customers happy and give us the option to get out from under a defective phone without having to pay $500-$600 outright for a new model phone.