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Sony TV's No Customer Service
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I purchased a 32 inch flat screen Sony TV approximately 2 years ago for $900.00. The picture on the TV suddenly went red and slowed. The sound is fine. I took the TV to a repair shop (not Sony authorized) and was advised that the TV was not repairable. I had to pay this shop, of course, to look at the TV and offer their opinion.

When I telephoned Sony Customer Service I was placed on hold and then went through a chain of 3 people who all asked me for the same information even though they had transferred me and given me a reference number after they had added my information into their computer. The connection was poor and I had a difficult time understanding the representative on the other end of the telephone... no surprise there... it turns out that I was talking to someone in the Philippines... that's where Sony customer service is located.

The only advice offered to me was that I needed to go to a Sony Authorized Repair first and if they determined that the set was not repairable I would have to contact Customer Service again and they would then advise me (based on the problem with the set) if they would do anything in the way of aiding with repair costs and or replacing the set or they would do nothing since the set was out of warranty. They advised me that the warranty was only a year (during the year that the warranty is still in place if they have to replace your set it is at a discounted rate... not a free replacement). I telephoned an authorized Sony repair shop and the cost to look at the TV is $99.00.

Nice gimmick... for $900.00 I expected the set to last longer than 2 years. By the way, the set was in a bedroom and not used on a constant basis. I purchased a Sony thinking that they were a reliable company with a good product... never again... no brand here I come... maybe their customer service will be more local, speak English and offer some assistance other than for me to spend more of my money on their product with their authorized service dealers without any commitment from Sony. I wonder how much money Sony gets paid every time a consumer uses the services of their authorized repair shop?

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Sony NAV-U 94T suction cup
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RICHMOND HILL -- Aug 24th 2009 - Sony NAV-U94T. In October 2008 we purchased 3 Sony NAV-U94T navigation systems from the Sony store at the Markville Mall, in Markham,Canada I use mine the most since travel to the US often. On my 1st trip to the USA I installed the suction cup on to the windscreen and then attached the GPS. After a few hours drive the sun was strong and I saw the GPS system coming off the windscreen as the rubber on the suction cup could not handle the heat. I installed it on the dash board and it stayed put. After each trip I would remove it the unit completely and store it away.

After 5 trips now the suction cups does not stick on to the dash board, when installed it stay for about 15 seconds and the whole system falls apart. I went to the Sony store and complained, the guy tells me you have to take the suction cup to the head office at Victoria Park,Ont, Canada. Prior to going I called the office to confirm what info they want me to bring along. I spoke to a guy called ** on 8/24 around noon and to my surprise he tells me there is nothing that could me done about it, we don't manufacture navigation systems anymore your options are to buy another holder at a dealership or use a 3rd party suction cup which will server your purpose.

I could not believe what I heard I said to him you manufacture and sell product of inferior quality and discontinue it when your sales are down and the customer who purchased them are stuck with it. He says there is nothing that I can do sir. As customer we always end with the wrong end of the stick. I hope someone at Sony will read this and to those who purchased Sony navigation systems you have 3 more customers to add to your ship.

It will be nice to see Sony taking responsibility for the product they sell and replace the defective suction cups. I'm really lucky cos I found the receipt and it is under warranty. Now if Sony doesn't replace the part they know what's coming next, the guy in a white shirt and tie & black suit :)

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Amateurish, Possibly Criminal Customer Service
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Sony used to be such a great company, what happened? How do I even begin to tell this CS nightmare story? Parts of the Web site take 30 seconds to load. Not a very good first impression for a technology company. The estimated ship date for my laptop was shown as the 20th while ordering, but shown as the 13th on my sales confirmation. Two days after ordering, I received an e-mail stating my order had been cancelled because "Product not as expected." Huh?

The office hours for customer service on my cancellation notice were 5 am to 9 pm PST: I called at 7 pm but it said they were closed. Later on while I was out, a CS representative left me a voice message with his name, number, and extension. Nice right? But when I called the number he gave, the automated system didn't give me an option to enter an extension, so I got a random person who told me to call a different number.

Called the different number and waited for another representative (Total time spent on hold so far, 40 minutes.) I asked why my order was cancelled, and she said: "Your credit card was rejected, uh, no wait it was something else... (pause)... Oh, it says that 'product was not as expected.' "What does that mean?" I dared to ask. "I don't know" was the helpful response.

The sales representative reentered my order for me. OK, at least we're making progress. Then she offered me a "special:" If I ordered an extra accessory, I could get the 3-year extended service warranty for free. I needed an extra mouse anyway, so I accepted. BUT, when my confirmation e-mail arrived a few minutes later, it included a $180 charge for the warranty that was promised to me for free!

I called CS again (waited on hold 30 minutes) and asked a new representative what was going on. He said HE HAD NEVER HEARD OF ANY EXTENDED WARRANTY SPECIAL. So am I to conclude that the first sales representative deliberately tried to rip me off?? I just hope I actually get my laptop, the VAIO is supposed to be a good one...

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Phone Update Killed My W900i
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When Sony Ericsson first released the W900i walkman phone, I got one and was pleased with my purchase. User-friendly, solid-feel and intuitive, I was so pleased that I got two other SEs for my children. However, it had difficulties running with its PC communication software, specifically the one that allows one to use a PC to send SMS through the W900i. Using the phone's software update service, it consistently told me my phone software is up-to-date.

After over a year of use, I found the update service in Sony Ericsson's website. I installed and downloaded the software, did everything as instructed to update my phone, and the update went smoothly. Immediately after that, my W900i cannot be used to make calls unless the wired handsfree kit is used. I did the update several times more, using 4 different PCs, did resets of the phone multiple times, lost my phone contacts in the process, all to no avail.

I called the Sony Ericsson hotline for help and the first thing I was asked was whether I have read the disclaimer. I went to the Sony Ericsson service centre and they wanted to charge over $40 just to determine if it was a software issue. I called the Sony Ericsson hotline again and asked to speak to a manager. They promised to have the manager call me over the next few days. After waiting for over two weeks, I checked again and was told again that a manager will call me soon.

After over a month of waiting, during which time I resorted to using my old trusty Nokia, I decided that no one in Sony Ericsson is interested in my case. I upgraded to a Nokia 95 8G and my problem is solved! I hope this serves as a warning to folks who trusted Sony Ericsson and want to use their software update service.

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SONY VAIO LAPTOP....KILLING ME!
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- I just bought a brand new Sony Vaio laptop for my sister-in-law and started it up to get her account initially setup. It was pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium plus all the crap that Sony puts on it. For starters, I couldn't believe how long it took to get going. After a lengthy boot-up and system config, reboot, etc, I finally got to where I could try to set up the user account. That was no big deal, but once I finally got to log in with the new account I just created (after another reboot), the desktop was loaded up with an amazing number of shortcuts to a bunch of stupid trial software. But the real fun started when I got dialog after dialog prompting me to update this and that. Of course, every time I tried to do anything (even just set the time), I got a security confirmation dialog from Windows. The security center was warning me that the installed Norton trial edition wasn't up to snuff and needed to be updated, so I went ahead and did that. It took, I kid you not, at least 30 - 45 minutes, staring at a progress bar that barely moved. Finally, after I updated Norton, Windows, Java, Adobe, etc, I finally got to where I could actually try to do something. So I launched IE, and found it overloaded with about four different add-on toolbars. Anyway, I finally got it into some kind of half-way normal shape, but I can't believe that that's the way they configure these things by default. I'm an experienced PC user and it was quite a hassle for me (not to mention very time consuming). I can only imagine what a novice new user would have to go through. I personally bought myself a MacBook last Christmas (my primary machine now), and although I have a few minor quirks to complain about with the Mac, overall I'm super happy with it and I have to say that this experience really underscores the difference between the way that Apple approaches things (setup was elegant and easy on the Mac) vs. the way Microsoft and their hardware vendors do things. Oh, BTW, when I went to shut down the laptop, the power button on the start menu actually puts it in stand-by (or hibernate), not shut down, for which you must click a tiny arrow to get about six different shut-down choices. Now that I'm a Mac guy, I can only laugh...

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Damaged Sony 300 CD Changer
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Rating: 1/51

I purchased a brand new Sony cd changer in the box for my son which was in Iraq. When he arrived home we gave it to him. It would not play and I contacted Sony and they gave a hard-luck story telling me they could not do anything because the 1 year warranty had expired. I further told Sony our son just arrived home from Iraq and it was just taken from the box and will not operate at all. They could have cared less. Do not purchase Sony products, for they are junk and are not reliable. We thought we purchased the best for the money we spent for this new unit.

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Very Very Poor Customer Service
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Rating: 1/51

MINNESOTA -- I bought this phone online. It worked fine for 3 months and then it started having problems. I've emailed the Vendor many times on information regarding the International Warranty and was told to contact Sony Ericsson. I have talked to them many many times and they keep saying that they can not repair the phone since it was from Hong Kong. They couldn't even give me the contact information on where to send it to be repaired. I paid $170.00 an no one will give me the information I am looking for.

The last call I made to Sony they gave me an E-mail address in Hong Kong, but when I went to use that, it didn't work. Now I'm back to where I started from. I've never had to deal with such incompetence in my whole life. You would think Sony merchandise is Sony merchandise, no matter where you purchase it from. They should be able to repair it or at least give me the information I need to use the International warranty on THEIR product that I was offered.

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Poor Quality Televisions
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Rating: 1/51

Poor quality-extremely substandard product and terrible customer service. We have purchased two TV's in the last 2.5 years costing over $4.5K and they both are out or almost out. We first purchased a 60" Sony SXRD five years ago. Spent over $2300 for it. A class action lawsuit was filed and won. Unfortunately, our TV did not have problems until after the extended period. Sony customer service will not do anything. TV is totally out now.

Our newest TV started having issues when it reached 2 years old. We spent $2000 on this TV. The screen started being black on the left hand side. After about 15 minutes it would clear up. Now 3/4 of the picture is black when you turn it on and it takes almost 30 minutes to clear up. TV Salesman all know the problem exists and there are complaints all over the internet. Somehow Sony has no knowledge and will not do a thing.

Do not buy Sony's substandard products. Used to be a loyal Sony purchaser. There was a time when you didn't mind spending more for a Sony product because you knew it was a quality product and the company backed up their products. Now Sony stands for substandard and horrendous customer service.

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Deceptive Words
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POTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA -- I purchased a laptop at a Sony store. Soon after the printing function did not work. I took it back to the Sony store. They directed me to King of Prussia or New York. I waited until I was in New York and took it to their large office there. There I was told that they had no facilities and gave me a number to call.

The number worked and they sent me a box to return it. I did talk to a technician who called. It was difficult to communicate as he had a heavy accent and his speech was heavy. At any rate the computer was returned to me but soon the same problem and others appeared. I noted that they advertised no hassle return. That just is not the case. They refused to talk to me. They have an office of the president which handles these matters. They told me not even though the laptop did not work -- keys were popping off and computer was very slow. John at the president's office told me he did not care. There was no one else to talk to. You tell me.

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White/Blue/Pink Line Down Side of Screen
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2 years ago our then 3-year-old plasma screen started to get a line down the left side. It was about 1/4 inch wide and extended 8 inches. We called Sony and they sent a repairman; however there was major freeway closure and so he called and discussed our problem. He told us he would see how much it would cost to repair and called us back with an estimate for $8,000 to fix. We opted not to have it done, but it seems a $10,000 TV should last more than 3 years without needing such extensive repair.

Are we the only ones with this problem? Sony had a class-action suit for their projection sets. Does anyone have any suggestions to help us? The line is 1" thick now and getting worse. When troubleshooting on the Sony site there were others with similar problems but no one seemed to get resolution through Sony.

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