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Hi @userKQSN9LBP4v I understand how this is frustrating but I'd like to help. I would recommend reaching out either to myself or to one of other mods in Private Message to see about setting up an evaluation and repair for your device. You can also reach out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/samsungsupport/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/samsungsupport), by calling 1 (800) 726-7864 or using the Video Chat feature in your Samsung Plus+ app.
Really appreciate you taking the time to update on what you were told. I'll make sure to convey this to our CM so that we can see what more information we can get about that. I know for the most part they're still going to check for direct physical damage, but this specific problem is very precise, so if specifying that on terms of repair might help out with streamlining the process. Just something that would be nice, but I'll make sure to push that idea.
In the meantime, you may want to reach out to your carrier and let them know you will have to send in your device, but you don't want to be without one for that long period of a time. Sometimes they're able to work with you and provide a loaner device, at least from what I've heard from other folks. Just a long shot, but I'll also see what I can find out what can be done about that downtime folks won't have a hone available.
I also have the pink line down the right side. It started back in June and I was out of warranty for about 2 months. I contact Samsung and of course they said there would be a charge of $175 to replace the screen. Not only did they want to charge me they never contacted me after thry diagnosed the problem. The repair center said they called and sent an email which I never received. When I contacted them because I had not heard anything for a while they had already sent the phone back not repaired. This is very frustrating for such a wide spread problem and $800 phone.
Folks, the answer is that this is a manufacturing defect. Period. Since the pink line can appear at any time, for no reason -- including after your warranty has expired -- Samsung should just automatically fix this whenever it occurs. They created a faulty, extremely expensive device. It is their responsibility. Apple has had this issue with a couple of products, and were honorable: they simply replaced the defective part, for free, even years after the warranty had expired. It has nothing to do with mistreatment of the device; it's a design issue. So, for them to deny service based on a few scratches, or even water damage, is simply a ruse: they're hoping to save a few bucks by holding the customer reponsible for a defect that was latent in the phone from day one.
I am a journalist, and am considering writing an article about this. It's disgraceful. Note that there is a Facebook group, and talk there about a class-action lawsuit.
So usually with the evaluation, they have various tests they run that verify certain stress points on the device themselves. For the most part, I know a lot of folks with this specific problem have never dropped their devices, and have never taken any sort of physical damage. It's just something they check for, but I will make sure to bring up with our CM like I said.
As far as water resistance goes, yes, it has the ability to take a dip or splash with no problem based on the IP rating of the phone. That does not mean it's completely impervious to water damage. When the water reaches those internal components, there's that little indicator with the red x's inside that let you know whether that water as reached that point. Does this mean it's 100% broken at this point? No. But it does indicate that the device has taken water that far, and very well could have underlying problems because of it.