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Poll results: Have you ever purchased a smartphone or tablet without a warranty?

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Poll results: Have you ever purchased a smartphone or tablet without a warranty?
On Monday, we asked you whether you’ve ever purchased a mobile device that without getting warranty for it, and it’s time to see what you answered.

First, though, let’s explain what was our reason for asking. More and more tech enthusiasts are looking at devices from Asia where novelty like Quad HD displays is always available in smartphones, and you can become an early adopter. Getting such a device could be a challenge not just because of the buying process, but because there may be no local warranty for such a device in a country like the United States.

So we wondered: is that really something that people do, and would do again? The answers are in, and the answer seems to be ‘yes’. Nearly half of all respondents answered that they have bought a device without warranty and actually would do it again. 12% have done this before, but would rather not risk anymore. Then, we have 11% who have not done this, but would do it, and finally, nearly 27.5% who have not done and would not do it.

Overall, though, just looking at those willing to buy a device without warranty, regardless of whether or not they’ve bought one before, it’s clear that not that many people care for the warranty. A combined 61% are willing to buy a device without warranty, while 39% are against it.

So there you have it, the people’s opinion seems to be in favor of experimenting with no warranty, if a device is worth it.

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Have you ever purchased a smartphone or tablet without a warranty?
49.09%
752 votes
(752 votes) Yes, I have, and I would do it again
12.01%
184 votes
(184 votes) Yes, I have, but I wouldn't do it again
11.42%
175 votes
(175 votes) No, I haven't, but I would
27.48%
421 votes
(421 votes) No, I haven't, and I never would

1532 votes

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posted on 01 May 2014, 09:19 1

1. Astoni (Posts: 428; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I change Phone early, and i never use a warranty :p

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:10 2

8. wargreymon (Posts: 140; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


How does that prevent the device from being broken from factory or something shows up after a week or month? Do you even know what warranty is?

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:22

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2173; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


BTW, was this poll for extended warranty or standard factory warranty that the manufacturers give?

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:25 2

3. surethom (Posts: 227; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


I have a work contract so I purchase my own phones on eBay once or twice a year so have never had a warranty, but even when I paid for my own contract I never had one either.

In 14 years of having a mobile phone I have never lost or broken a phone or had one die on me so personally I don't need one else.

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:30 1

5. 14545 (Posts: 1055; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I have had one glitch out on me. I think it was a bad GPU on the rezound, but other than that one I have never had a problem with a phone just flatout dying. The rezound was somewhat still usable, it would just go all whacky and split the screen in half and finally reboot.

posted on 01 May 2014, 15:38

12. Neo_Huang (Posts: 271; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


I have similar problems with my LG G2.

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:28 2

4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No warranty, no buy. Even if your phone don't have any problems, the warranty is like an insurance for your phone.

posted on 01 May 2014, 09:54

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2583; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I rooted and flashed ROM on my sII in first 15 months. Now both my moto G and my nexus 7 are running cm11 and they are barely a month old.
TL;DR all my phones and tablets have their warranty voided. So for me warranty WTF is that.

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:08

7. wargreymon (Posts: 140; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Nexus devices can be relocked so you can still send in on warranty as far as I know.

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:24 1

9. Xplorer (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


lol my contry dosnt have warranty...not to be said my phone dosnt have one either-but its the first one althoe the warranty here is useless-no cover for watre/screen/battary/any DMG that was caused by me or just anything they dont want to repair and it costs full price for reparing or a "subsedised" price for problems i didnt even do...well israel is full of s*itty little greedy assholes

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:35

10. papss (unregistered)


I have insurance but never had a warranty.

posted on 01 May 2014, 11:37

11. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


Whenever I buy something at any store, gamestop, best buy, ect and they ask if I want the warranty I say no. Waste of dough if u ask me.

The amount I would have spent on unnecessary warranties is much greater than what I will pay to replace a device if need be down the road. If that wasn't true they wouldn't offer it. Warranties are money making plans whether they make u feel comfortable or not.

posted on 01 May 2014, 17:05

13. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Most of the time (if not all the time) I buy my phones second-hand because my family can't really afford another contract or a shiny new phone

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