We purchased two Vodafone Smart N8 mobile phones from The Warehouse just before Christmas as gifts. The phones went into wallet style cases almost immediately when unboxed and have been well looked after.
One of them stopped charging recently, and my Mrs took it into The Warehouse to have it repaired or replaced under warranty. Because it was under $150, I anticipated replacement as surely 3rd party repair would be uneconomic at this price point ($130). I'm advised the bloke at the electronics counter took the phone out the back 'for ages' and then came back and showed the LSI (Liquid Contact Indicator) sticker was red, and advised on this basis a warranty claim would be denied.
After quizzing Kid #3 who is a bs-free-zone, we are highly confident the phone has not been wet.
We checked Kid #1's N8, which continues to work perfectly and has been kept in the same wallet style case. It's LCI is also red, but Kid #1 insists her phone has also never been wet.
Can other N8 owners please check their LCI stickers and advise the colour, and the age of the phone? If red, please advise whether you think this is accurate or possibly a false positive? Photo attached showing the LCI 'hole' just above the USB port under the back cover. On our two, the red is very strong and obvious in the hole.
I'm seriously considering paying a $60 inspection fee to have the phone examined, as I am highly confident no other evidence of water damage will be found. My only hesitation is that despite no other evidence of water damage being found, the claim may still be denied so it's half the price of a replacement down the toilet.