Monday, January 10, 2011

T-Mobile's Phone Return and Replacement Policy

Thousands of consumers each year go though the process of returning or asking for a areplacement for a handset vis their wireless carriers. This process can be triggered by a number of reasons including defective phones or damaged handsets.

But what are the carriers' policy towards returning phones and replacement handsets? Well, let's look at T-Mobile's phone return and replacement policy.

If you want to a newly purchased T-Mobile cell phone then you have 14 calendar days (30 in CA) from the date of purchase to return the handset. However, the mobile phone must be good working condition with original contents and packaging. Otherwise, you won't be eligible for a refund of the purchase price. One must also present a proof of purchase and a restocking fee may be charged.

Yu can return a defective phone and ask for a replacement if its is still under warranty. Remember that you need to return the defective phone to T-Mobile to complete the exchange. IF YOU DO NOT RETURN THE DEFECTIVE PHONE WITHIN SEVEN (7) DAYS, YOU WILL BE CHARGED T-MOBILE’S REPLACEMENT FEE FOR THE NEW PHONE.

If the handset is found to be outside the warranty period and/or is physically damaged then you will need to pay a replacement charge for the value of the phone. A new T-Mobile phone, it is under warranty for 12 months from the activation date on the T-Mobile network or the date of receipt, whichever is earlier. If you purchased a refurbished T-Mobile phone, then it is under warranty from either 90 days of receipt or the remainder of your 12-month service agreement, whichever is longer.

A T-Mobile cell phone is considered defective if it has stopped properly functioning due to no fault of the user.

But what about if an upgraded T-Mobile phone does not meet your expectations? Well. you can return the phone plus all associated original contents, undamaged and in good working condition, within 14 days from the day you received it.

If your mobile phone has been lost or stolen then you should read this:
Call Customer Care immediately to suspend your service. If your phone was stolen, please provide the Customer Care representative with the police report number (if available). Ask Customer Care about phone or SIM card replacement options that may be immediately available to you.
You will be charged for any call charges made prior to when you reported your phone as stolen and you will receive a credit for any charges made after you reported the phone as stolen. Your monthly bill will be prorated based on the time that your account is suspended.
Once you have called Customer Care to report the phone as lost or stolen, your service will be suspended for up to a maximum of 30 days. If your phone has not been recovered within this time period, your current account will be cancelled to prevent any possible misuse. To avoid account cancellation, call Customer Care regarding your options for replacing the lost or stolen phone.

That's if for this post on T-Mobile's phone return and replacement policy. Stay tuned as we tackle other important wireless contract policies and related topics.

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