Update** After many phone calls and opening a total of five repair tickets, the repair department finally accepted the documents I had sent them as a proof of purchase and are repairing my phone, ONLY after one of the moderators from this forum got involved and was communicating with repair on my behalf. I think it has been about a month and a half since my phone stopped working correctly and I initiated the repair process. All I can say is good luck to anyone else who has a defective product purchased directly from Samsung...
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A week or two after I got my S8, from Samsung Direct Sales (online), the mic stopped working. Tried multiple fixes, sat on the phone for an hour with a rep, went to Best Buy for a Samsung Experience rep to mess with it; nothing worked. Sent phone back in to Samsung under Samsung Premium Care. Phone was returned, unrepaired, because I didn't send in a Proof of Purchase. I HAD sent in my online receipt, but they gave me the wrong email address. Opened a second repair ticket, they gave me a different email address. Ticket closed again because they gave me the wrong address again for Proof of Purchase submission. Opened a third ticket and verified with online chat the address for Proff of Purchase submission. Sent PoP in and waited a day to check the status. I was told that my online receipt, FROM SAMSUNG, was not a valid Proof of Purchase. Argued with Repair for a while and they had me call Sales. Called Sales and argued with them for 10 minutes because they insisted that the online receipt I had was the only sales document/proof of purchase they produced. Repair department will not accept my phone without a proof of purchase that includes the IMEI and customer name. The receipt Samsung sends does not have an IMEI number on it, and apparently such a document does not exist in their systems. Repair told me to try sending an activation receipt from my provider. That would be great if i was getting first time service with my new phone or had bought it from them and was on a payment plan. As it is, ATT does not associate your IMEI with your service on your bill unless you purchase through them or are paying the phone off with them on an installment plan (I spent another 30 minutes on the phone with my provider to see if they had any documents that might meet the requirements; they did not). I would highly recommend against purchasing from Samsung Direct Sales, and if this is the hassle one can expect from Premium Care, I would recommend that you do not waste your money on that service either. They require ridiculous amount of documentation to process a repair, and depending on how you purchased your phone, said documentation may not exist that meets their criteria. It has been about two months since I purhased my phone, and as far as I can tell, the third repair ticket was closed as well because I haven't received any shipping labels, again. I find it absolutely ridiculous that Samsung will not repair a phone, that I bought from Samsung, because I don't have paperwork their own sales department does not provide, or that the receipt they did provide me is not sufficient to prove that I legally obtained the phone.
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