This is obviously an issue with MANY of the HTC Bolt's... Close to 300 with the same issue in this thread alone. Do a Google search, even videos on YouTube are made about it. I called Sprint their suggestion was to take it to a Corporate Store that does repairs. I purchased this phone 2 miles from my house. Nearest repair store is 40+ miles from where I live. I called the store instead. I mentioned defective and split screen, immediately they knew what I was talking about. With that being said, this is not a random issue. Their suggestion is to contact HTC directly, otherwise the insurance company will charge me to fix it. Explain why I purchased a phone for $600 and have to spend my gas, time and money to get this resolved. HTC wants me to return the phone for repairs. I purchased this phone, because I need a phone. If I send it away for repair, I then do not have a phone. Many other forums indicate it is taking more than 2 months to get their phones back... Just send me a loaner phone and I'll send the defective phone to get fixed. SPRINT and HTC, stand by your customers, many have changed carriers over this hiccup. Stuck with a piece of ***bleep***, with no solution in sight. How can this thread be marked SOLVED and they continue to sell these phones?
Oh yeah, there is no physical damage to it and I haven't checked to see if it's water resistant. Okay, my rant is over. I hope someone of importance sees this.
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! I called up to get a receipt for the HTC Bolt that I purchased over the phone with a credit card that was mailed to my house. I needed the receipt for the HTC claim to open an RMA for my broken phone that is two months old with the screen issue where half of it works. HTC told me that the receipt that sprint emailed me is unacceptable and they would not accept it for an RMA to return the phone and get it repaired under warranty. This whole process is a sham between hTC and sprint where neither of them want to take the blame for selling us this device and the whole process is designed to piss people off and not fullfill the warranty terms.
I bought 5 HTC Bolts for the family. So far, 3 have broken with either half black screen or full black screen. One of the replacement phones has now experienced it too.
Firstly, unless you have insurance, Sprint will not help
Secondly, when you go to HTC, they will demand proof of where you bought it (e.g. Sprint). If you don't have (scannable) paper documents, then the email receipts from Sprint, will not be accepted. They claim you might have created them yourself. The only way round this is to ask Sprint "Order Support Services" to email HTC directly (using the HTC case # in the subject line) the proof, including IMEI. date, model #, etc. HTC will not accept you forwarding an email from Sprint with the same info. Ridiculous but true.
These HTC Bolts are the worst device you could ever own - 23 pages on this forum with complaints on the same issue - and Sprint customer care still tries to fix on an issue by issue basis, instead of using their brains to see, "Wait a minute - there is a bit of a pattern here...", and demanding HTC issue a recall, and stop selling their crappy products on Sprint's store. Sprint will lose all the HTC customers, and surely that should be an issue for them... but they won't do anything, so Sprint are as bad as HTC. Sigh.
Good morning Bigstuarty. You are understandably upset, I don't blame you. That's why I'm here, I want to help. First I need some information. We just sent you a Private Message, please reply back as soon as you can.
So here's an update on my HTC bolt saga. I sent my phone back for the second time to have the half screen issue fixed in November (2017). HTC still has my phone and can not give me an eta. Last I was told they are waiting for parts to come from Taiwan. I ended up buying a Motorola yesterday because I couldn't deal with not having a phone anymore. It's been 4 months!!! Totally unacceptable and HTC's customer service is the worst. I'm never buying another from them and I told them that. Done.
Over the last two months I've called HTC basically everyday and each time they have told me there is no update. Each time they tell me only the case manager can help, but that person is impossible to reach. In 4 months I've only gotten to speak with this person twice. So this international company has thousands of employees and only 1 person can help me?! C'mon. Last conversation with case manager I asked if I could get a replacement or refurbished phone because I've waited a ridiculously long time. I was advise that only corporate could make that decision. So I called the US headquarters and left multiple messages for the customer care managers. It's been over a week and no call back. So I got a new phone and my next step is to press for some kind of refund but it wont be easy getting someone on the phone. I've already filled a complaint with the better business bureau. I may end up taking HTC to small claims court. I'm going to let them get away this. Unacceptable to sell a defective product and not offer support or a resolution. I'm sticking with Sprint for now but I think something should be done by them to aid customers with this issue. Especially since I was told by HTC only the sprint version of the Bolt is experiencing problems.
I took advantage of Sprint cutting the price on this phone to $140. I knew going in there were reported problems. This may only pertain to the phone I got but here is what I discovered. On my phone I noticed the black display only happened after I had the phone in my pocket. So I then tried just holding the phone in my hand while pressing continuously on the screen for about ten seconds. Sure enough this caused the black screen. My solution was to get a folder case because having it in my pocket with the screen facing out is just too prone to cracking the screen.
I think you're on the right track... But the screen is gorilla glass. I fear that the internal components are becoming damaged just as you suggested. But not by breaking the screen. The screen is very durable, however the metal outer portion (back) is very thin and flexible. If your phone is in your back pocket with the screen facing out and you bend over, you put a lot of pressure on the back of the phone. Damaging the internal components by compressing them. Your thoughts? Since Ive acquired a replacement I always keep it in my front pocket without issue. It's a bit uncomfortable to bend down but my phone is still working.
Yes, it is definitely the pressure on the screen. If I wore cargo pants it would he fine. But tight jeans are not good so I use a foldover case or I just don't put it in my pocket.
I am still using Bolt phone. It works great as long as you pretend to do a screen replacement. Just get the tools to replace screen and open the phone. Pull the screen off without removing any connectors and then glue it back on with the supplied adhesive in the kit. After doing this your phone is no longer waterproof at all and you need to use a case but the phone will work perfectly. You can get a brand new Bolt for less than $100 on ebay now.