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I bought a refurbished phone and it has started to crash and burn after only 4 months. I tried contacting them and have gotten no response. I bought the one year warranty and so far, no response to any requests.
Ordered a phone. The one they sent was non-working. They will not pay for return shipping. They stated that it is in their terms and conditions that I agreed to. So I will have to pay return shipping and a restocking fee for a BROKEN PHONE.
Purchased a refurbished smartphone online. They sent a prepaid phone, when I requested a postpaid phone. I called customer service to arrange for exchange. Was hung up on 3 (Three) times. After finally getting through. They admitted it was their mistake. After my being frustrated over time on the phone. I asked for a refund, only to be charged a 10 percent restocking fee and shipped back at my expense. NEVER AGAIN!
1-31-17 ordered a "mint" LG G4 for $160, got it 2-7-17. 4-10-17 it refused to boot up. Discovered that LG phones have a "boot loop" issue that is well known and the subject of a class action suit in California. Cellular Country sells these phones anyway and refuses even a store credit even though the phone lasted just 8 weeks. I agreed to pay shipping both ways. They told me to read the return policy again. Asked for a manager. They apparently don't like to deal with customers.
Conclusion: Buying from these guys is a crap shoot that should carry a lower price if the customer is taking all the risk. If you can't afford a new phone, find a better place to buy a used phone. Their rating is 1 1/2 stars, but consider that the lowest rating we can give is one star--everyone gets at least one star. Being 1/2 star over the bottom rating tells you a lot. My experience appears to be their norm.
First, I rarely write reviews but I do a lot of research. I was hesitant to order from this company because of a few very harsh and negative reviews, but took a chance. My item was described as "fair" condition, so I wasn't expecting a great product, but functional. And, since this "fair" rating leaves a lot to the imagination, I bought some replacement parts to fix scrapes, scruffs, and overall cosmetic damage (as well as a replacement battery). The product I received was in fantastic condition given standard rating guides and an incredibly low price. I am very happy with my purchase and will order from this company again.
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I have ordered 3 phones personally from this site over the past 2 years. My brother has ordered 2, and a friend of ours has ordered one. Besides ONE phone needing a battery replaced within the first couple of months, we've had no issues. And let's be real, a battery isn't a big deal. You can get them on Amazon for $15.
They're older phones. Used phones, and quantified in tiers. Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair. So yeah, if you go for a cheaper phone that is in the "Good" or "Fair" column, you're not purchasing a quality device. You're getting something that someone else beat up, and CC has cleaned up the best they can to resale. For example, I ordered a Galaxy S4 Mini two years ago that was "Good." The camera had a blue streak in the middle of it, the back and sides were scuffed, and the battery obviously needed replacing. I replaced the battery, put a case on the phone, and it worked for 2 years.
If you want a NEW quality phone, either buy a full priced new phone or a certified refurbished phone. This company sells USED phones. That's not the same. TL;DR: You get what you pay for, and for $65, I got an "Excellent" HTC Desire 610 circa 2014 that does everything I need it to do and was in my budget. Five stars for $$$ saved and accuracy of description.
I ordered a used "refurbished" LG G4 from this company. I've ordered from them in the past (over 5 years ago) and had no problems. This time not only did they send me a different phone than the one I ordered (ordered white, received gray) the phone stopped working after a week. It began to freeze and restart itself 7 times over the course of about 20 minutes, then would not even make it past the LG power up screen.
The company claims that their products may show minor cosmetic damage but "work like factory new". This claim however is not true; it was operational for the one week, it worked but barely. The battery sucked, the charger they sent with it didn't work and the charge port on the phone barely worked, cable had to be held upward towards the front of the phone for it to charger and it charged extremely slowly. Since placing my order I have read multiple nasty reviews about this company from others who have experienced similar issues with phones purchased from them. I strongly suggest staying away from this company.
Called to discuss returning a Non functioning product I bought. They transfer me to the returns dept. After 5 plus min. their computer system hung up saying "error has occurred ". After calling back and talking with the returns dept. all I get is "I am sorry". Asked to speak to Manager. He is not available. Asked to speak to the person above him. Not available. Asked to speak to someone who can do more than say "I am sorry", girl "helping" me say "I cannot (Manager's Name), get transferred to his ext, or get his direct line." I ask "Who is in charge when all Superiors are unavailable." She said she was in charge of the company in that situation. All I got was "I am sorry" and then after holding another girl picked up and promised me a call back from Manager. STILL WAITING FOR THAT CALL. RIP-OFF ARTISTS.
I was sent a phone from Cellular Country. I should have read the reviews and BBB before taking a second glance. I purchased a phone to replace my daughter's phone that no longer holds a charge. When the phone came in we couldn't activate it. Called my carrier and they couldn't activate it either. It gave them a code that said it was locked. Then calling Cellular Country was a nightmare! 45 min on hold for 3rd in line with a wait of 3:27 minutes! Just when I was next... I get a message saying they are closed! When I called sales, and actually got someone, they treated me like I was stupid and apparently they know more than Verizon.
They tried telling me it was me not understanding. It was like they weren't listening to what I was telling them Verizon said. They offered a refund... but she said they will look at the phone to see what's wrong. Okay... so if you think it's fine then what? I'm out of the phone and a refund? Snotty. It is wrong that they instantly go in defense if you mention trouble with their products. Do I trust I will get my money back? Absolutely not! These people are shady and I wouldn't doubt their product isn't stolen. Why else would mine show a code that locks it from being activated? Verizon guy said in 13 years he never seen a code like that. Hmmm. People!!! Do not purchase from these criminals. Don't make the mistake I did. READ REVIEWS. LOOK AT THE BBB. THIS SHADY COMPANY IS CROOKED.
The phone I purchased started having a power supply/battery problem within a few days past the 30 warranty. When I called, I was told it was probably the battery. I would have to buy a new one but opps they didn't have any. I do not recommend this company. It looks like a lot of people are having problems with the products this company sells.
I ordered an unlocked phone and an accessory pack for my daughter's birthday, paid an extra $25 to have it here in time. We get the phone on the right day, but it's not ready to just pop our SIM card into and use. I call Cellular Country, they said I need to go buy a nano SIM. Ok we go to Metro (which was advertised as specifically being able to work) and spent an hour there trying to get it all setup. Finally the girl comes out again and says that the phone is NOT unlocked. And it wasn't the first one from Cellular Country she said to not work.
We call Cellular Country, who had us on hold for 17 minutes and they acted like we broke it. They didn't want to help us. And then they hung up on us. So finally we get thru again, they agree to "review" our return and will let us know. They kept insisting it was unlocked. At this point I don't care if it is or not, bottom line is it won't work for us. I also wanted the $25 back we paid for 2-day shipping. They said, 'no' because it was here in 2 days. I paid for a working phone to be here, not one we had to send back, if that's the case. They could send it out non-working phones all day long just to get "something" to the people, working or not!
And then they also tried to charge us a 20% restocking fee! So we sent the whole order back, the phone and the accessory pack. Now they're saying they didn't receive the accessory pack at all! It was in the same envelope as the phone, we never even opened it! So as of now, we are out almost $60, still don't have a phone for my daughter. Her birthday was a week ago and we have to wait longer to get our money back to go somewhere honest for her phone. The fact that they didn't even want to talk to us tells me they knew it was wrong. Their phone system tells me I'm first in line and it will be 1 minute and 55 seconds until I can speak to someone, then 17 minutes later they finally answer the phone. I believe the whereabouts company to be a fraud. They are ripping people off left and right. They got 1 star from me because it wouldn't let me leave it blank.
I needed a phone for my daughter and I needed it in a prompt manner. I finally decided to take the chance and ordered their Motorola Droid 3. This company advertised an overnight service fee of $40 and promised it to be delivered on time. Much like other PROFESSIONAL companies that disclose right up front BEFORE you pay the exact details of shipment just in case one were to not realize. An honest mistake I suppose, nonetheless a company should back their word on making a dissatisfied customer, satisfied. I ordered her phone AND phone case on a Thursday evening, expecting it no later than Saturday being it was through FedEx and at a double rate than most FedEx overnight shipping charges. I did not receive the phone until the following Monday and the case was shipped SEPARATELY through USPS and will not arrive until THURSDAY!
My being one extremely pissed off momma now with this scam of a company, after many hateful emails (on my part I'll gladly admit) and getting them to blindly admit fault through them because indeed they all are morons just scamming for money not tact or brains. I've copied and turned them in to every single government office able to investigate! The phone doesn't work on top of it and is not even connected through Verizon as the company proclaimed. I called Verizon and they couldn't pull it up at all. So the phone is getting sent to an official as well. Through all this the company still can't admit fault and willingly takes money from its customers. The company obviously needs the money more than we. The many Google rating and similar reviews all over the internet about this company should have been enough for me as well, but at the time I thought I'd give them a chance. What a dummy I was!!!!
The BBB gives them an F. Most of the agencies I contacted already had an ongoing case on them! I should have just went through a reputable company and received my order and what I paid for. I'll attach some screenshots for references. The Straight Talk is a perfect example of letting your customers know UP FRONT what they're getting ready to pay for. It's a week from the time I ordered my daughter's overnight package and Cellular Country still refuses to make it right. SMH. Regardless, whatever you do, save yourself the b.s. I and many others have had to deal with and DO NOT EVER order ANYTHING from THIS COMPANY.
I placed an order with Cellular Country and then started reading the reviews. My heart was pounding after reading them and I was expecting a horror show. My package arrived two days later, I opened with fear. To my delight, the phones were as expected and better. They perform like brand new. The one that was listed in good condition was hard to see the flaws. This led me to believe that not all you read is true. Sometimes when in business, as I know from my own job, you can't make everyone happy. I am safe to say that this company came through when I was expecting the worse and made me smile.
I ordered a Galaxy S4 on September 1, I paid for the excellent condition one. I received it on September 3 as promised. After receiving it I transferred all my info from my old phone to the new one. The battery would not charge. I had a S4 so I figured out that the battery was fine, the phone was not charging the battery. I called customer service. They gave me a RMA number. I asked them for a shipping label to send it back. They told me that it was my responsibility to ship it back to them at my cost. She also asked if they found defective they would send me another or refund my money. I said send me another, I still needed a phone. I sent it back at my cost and time. I sent it back USPS with a tracking number. After a week of not hearing from them I tracked the shipment. I called on a Tuesday, it had been delivered on Monday. Customer service could not see my return arriving. They told me that it might take a few days.
Later that evening I received a email saying that my phone was defective and I will be getting a replacement. That was on September 13. Today is September 22, I still had not received the phone. I called customer service to have them track the shipment. They told me that they credited my account on the 14th. So after 3 weeks of waiting for a phone, paying for shipping back to them, taking the time to pack up and go to the Post office, had to figure out how to reset the phone because I loaded all my information to it (Took 2 hours). I am back to square one. In a nutshell this company is not worthy of your business. Don't waste your time.
I order a HTC One M8 from them. After ordering it I read the reviews on here and became scared. The phone, however, arrived on time, in perfect condition, along with the accessories I ordered. Once I got the Sim card from AT&T, it worked perfectly! Great price. No hassles. Thank you Cellular Country!
Wow. I was a customer of theirs in the past. I just bought 2 used phones from them on 7-10-16. Samsung S3 and S4 mini in excellent condition. When I got the phones on 7-13-16 the S3 was in excellent condition and my wife was very happy with her phone. Now the S4 mini was in bad shape. Has a small smash in the bottom right and top right corners, also has scratches on the glass and scratches on the camera lens and on the back cover. Instead of sending out a new phone in excellent condition with prepaid shipping to receive the bad phone they just sent out. They want you to send them the phone they just sent you back at your own expense. Then you need to wait for their claims department to say yes or no to sending you out another phone for their screw-up. I will never buy from them again.They just lost a customer that used them in the past several times.
They charged me twice for the same phone. I now always have exact amount on card when ordering from anyone. They refuse to answer the phone. Cellular Country make you answer a "Are you a robot form" before you can write to Customer Service. It take 15 mins and they just still don't send your complaints. I really want my money back. It was close to $200. The cell phone was $89.00. Cellular Country charged me twice. I should have read the complaints. This is my first time buying anything on Cellular Country. I was happy at first for discount phone but now not so much.
DO NOT PURCHASE A CELL PHONE FROM THIS COMPANY! They are complete and total scammers! I purchased an Iphone for my son and the microphone was broken. When I asked, "How you are supposed to use a phone without a microphone?", I was told that they can't check everything. Are you kidding me? And certainly do not ask to speak to a manager because he is magically never there. Check out their rating with the Better Business Bureau. It is an F!! I sure wish I would have before making a purchase with them. Save yourself the time, aggravation and money and stay away! Reading all of these bad reviews I can't believe they are still in business. I hope they aren't much longer. Rip off!!!
Take this to the bank... Before I would ever buy a phone from them again I would blow my head off. Ordered a Droid Maxx phone - that one did not work. Ordered a second one after someone in customer service assured me that she will test the next one, and that did not work. Both going back and lesson learned. Let the buyer beware.
Phone when received was not working. Support number was not helpful. Asked to leave a message and then told mailbox was full. Sent email indicating that I was disputing charge and following up with credit card company. Their response was that the charge was valid and I should send phone back to get a "refund". Declined to play that game. Some reviews say this outfit is a scam. I can't confirm that but I've seen nothing inconsistent with that hypothesis. Suggest people stay away from this vendor.
This is very much the scam. They sell broke, outdated, or otherwise unusable phones. Customers pay shipping both to receive and return the phone. Cellular Country charges a 20 percent restocking fee. That's how they are making their money. You can not call them. The only help they offer is to return the device. Which they WILL find is working just fine so they will refund all but the fee. Or you can get a store credit and keep paying shipping on a POS phone. This is a scam!
After reading all the other reviews on here I am almost certain that this company makes their money off of selling faulty phones and charging a 20% restock fee and then reselling the same faulty phone. They tried to force me to get store credit instead of a refund first off. I persisted because when I received the phone it didn't work at all. I inspected it and it appeared to be in pristine condition. No water damage, no scratches, no drop damage, nothing. It would not turn on and it would not charge. Didn't matter what charger I was using. I even tested the charger they gave me on another phone to make sure that it worked. They didn't put a hazard label on the box so that could be the problem. They sent me an email telling me they were reviewing my return. And then I get this email...
"We have taken the following actions for your order. We have refunded the following items: Samsung Stratosphere Android PDA 4G LTE Phone Verizon with 20 percent restocking fee Reason for return: other phone charges and turns on fine, amount of refund: $23.99. Total refund: $23.99. This amount will be refunded to the credit card used to place the order within 3-5 business days. This time may be longer if you used a debit/ATM card to make your purchase. We apologize that the phone did not work out and appreciate your business." What a piece of work. So I paid 44 dollars, got 24 back. I just wasted 20 dollars. They don't pay the shipping, that's all you. They didn't inform me of this over the phone. They just sent an email out and basically said ** off.
I ordered an iPhone 5 for the AT&T network and to my surprise received it in 2 days. Unfortunately, that is the only positive comment I can make about my experience with this company. All the other negative reviews you read are very similar to my experience. There seems to be a very consistent and real issue with customer service and unethical business practices.
I could not activate the phone on the AT&T network with a SIM card that worked just fine in another phone. Since I received the phone on a Saturday (Cellular Country is closed on the weekend), I started by taking the phone to my local AT&T store. They also were also unable to get service on the phone and even gave me a new SIM card just to 100% rule out the card as the problem. I called Cellular Country for technical support on Monday. It took me about 2 - 3 hours to get through to someone as my call was dropped at least 3 times after being on hold for 20 - 30 minutes on each attempt. They had me try various things, none of which worked.
It was determined that it must be defective phone. I requested an RMA for a replacement phone and was emailed a return shipping label immediately. This label was for UPS Ground shipping rather than 2-Day USPS Priority which was how it was originally shipped. Thus, it took about 7 days to get back to California from the east coast. Once the tracking info showed that they received the return, I attempted to contact them to verify receipt of the return. I emailed their support department 3 times with no response. I tried to contact them by phone for 3 days only to be sent to a voicemail or to have my call dropped.
I finally reached them on the 4th day and they claimed it took 1 - 5 days to process returns as they are handled in "first in - first out order." I could only think that they must have a lot of returns and that was troubling (my original order was shipped out the same day). At this point, I am no longer comfortable with this purchase and on day 5 request a refund instead of a replacement for the defective phone. Within 3 hours (coincidence?), I receive an email stating I would receive a refund minus a 20% restocking fee as they claimed they found nothing wrong with the phone.
I am not happy about losing the money, but it is almost worth the 20% not to have to ever deal with this company again. Maybe that is exactly what they bank on? The sad thing is that a defective phone will supposedly be put back into inventory, sold, and shipped to someone else. Or was I that someone else? You certainly do not want to be that someone else. Please hear this review as well as a majority of the others. Avoid doing business with CELLULAR COUNTRY!
I ordered an Apple iPhone 48GB Black WiFi GPS PDA Smartphone Verizon from Cellular Country. The company said the carrier on the iPhone was Verizon. When I took the iPhone to my Verizon store in Boise, Idaho, they told me that the carrier was not Verizon but was Sprint. Because the iPhone was a 4, Verizon was unable to connect with Verizon. I have a 2 year contract with CenturyLink and Verizon so cannot activate with Sprint. I have tried for three days to get in contact with Cellular Country with no success. They tell me I am first in line for customer service... I wait anywhere from 13 minutes to 25 minutes then a voice comes on the line and tells me that line is busy and to leave a message.
To date I have left 7 messages with not a single return call. I resorted to emailing the company 24 hours ago with no reply to my email. I am concerned that the company will not respond within the 30 day period and will no longer be responsible to resolve the question. I have filed complaints with Idaho Attorney General's Office and Idaho Better Business Bureau. Lack of response from Cellular Country is inexcusable.
Cellular Country, Fountain Valley, California - I ordered a Verizon compatible phone from Cellular Country on January 6th, 2016. When I went to my Verizon store to have my new phone activated, the phone came up as stolen from a Tennessee Police Station. I contacted Cellular Country and they said they would send me a new phone. Today, I received the 2nd phone... You guessed it, I went back to my Verizon store and this 'new phone' had also been stolen. My Verizon rep called and spoke to customer service at Cellular Country and they treated him like dirt. I also called to ask them why this happened a second time and I got no response. I asked for an immediate credit back onto my credit card and they refused. I was told that they will only give me a credit when they got their stolen phones back! This is a company that should not be allowed to do business.
We purchased two Samsung Droid 4G LTE Google phones from Cellular Country on November 4, 2015, for our business. Both phones were lemons. They've had numerous issues. Both phones would never hold a charge, they wouldn't read any SD cards and the phone would freeze up all the time. I called their support department and because it was over 30 days they would refund. The phones were lemons from the start! One was used a week, the other less than a month. If I could rate a minus, this company would have a minus 10!!! Don't throw your money away!
This company doesn't deserve 1 star. I ordered a Galaxy S6 on 12/21/15 in hopes of receiving it by Christmas as the big gift for my kid. After I placed the order and my credit card was charged, I received the following message: "Your order will ship tomorrow, December 22nd, 2015..." I assumed this was a done deal, but I was terribly mistaken! On 12/22/15 I received an email as follows "Your order has been held pending additional verification." I would think they could have called me to get the verification they needed to get this order out, but they didn't. I happened to check emails and saw it, so I called them. I was told that they needed me to call them to verify the order, due to the large dollar amount of the order. The person I spoke with confirmed that my order was released and would ship on 12/23/15 via Standard Next Day Delivery (I paid an extra $34 for this delivery) and that I would receive it the next day (12/24/15).
To my dismay, I received another email from them on 12/23/15 stating "We have voided your Cellular Country order ** for the following reasons: unable to ship order as placed..." When I called them on the 12/23/15, the lady I talked to couldn't explain why they cancelled my order, so I asked to speak to the owner or manager. I eventually spoke with the supervisor and he was unsympathetic to my situation. I asked him how he would feel if this happened to him and his reply was "I don't shop online, so this couldn't happen to me." Stated they had an issue with verifying my address. I advised, "I'd spoken with the young lady the previous day and she confirmed my order was shipping." Then he basically went on to state they ship orders at their discretion...
I told him they could have simply called me if they needed to further verify any info but he basically got an attitude with me for not being happy about this -- they ruined my Christmas gifts. I was told my funds wouldn't be returned for 72 hours (business days), had to scramble to find this item elsewhere. Don't waste your time or money shopping from Cellular Country, just not worth the hassle for a used phone.
I initially purchased the phone on 10/06/15. On 10/15/15 I contacted the company for the first time to inform them there were issues with the phone. I was sent a new battery to try and resolve the issue with the phone. This was after only 9 days. I called again on 11/16/15 and told technical support it did not fix the phone and received a return authorization number - this was after 41 days. Their argument to me was that I did not request a refund within 30 days of the initial purchase. That is because every time I called or sent emails I was "highly suggested" that I get a replacement. I was told there would be nothing wrong with the replacement - then why did I get 2 defective phones?
I did notify the company within 30 days of the original purchase that there was something wrong with the phone - that phone call was made on 10/15/15, which was after 9 days after the original purchase. I received the first replacement on 11/20/15. On 12/04/15 I again contacted technical support and was informed that the 2nd replacement phone was also defective and received a 2nd return authorization number. This was after having the 2nd replacement for only 14 days. Before I even finished telling the technical support person what was wrong - they immediately identified the phone and said it was defective. If they knew the phone was defective in the first place - or had a history or being defective for the same problem - why did they send it out to me?
Requested refund, sent 4 emails, only one response stating I was not going to receive a refund. I tried to appeal with higher management and was told it was the manager who made the final decision that I would not get a refund. I gave up with the emails. No responses. I figured they did not want to talk to me. I was right, they just automatically send me a replacement phone. I'm betting at this point it will also be defective.
I have spent $50.00 returning phones to them and now have a phone I'm not even going to use. I gave up and purchased a phone elsewhere. Everyone was very nice upfront when they want you to purchase their product and it's like they become possessed when you try to reason with them. Very rude!!! I am a senior citizen and have worked professionally since I was 13. I am currently a Compliance Officer for a very successful financial institution and never in all of my years have I ever treated anyone as bad or unprofessionally as I have been treated. There is no customer satisfaction with this company. Bottom line - once you have paid for the phone you are no longer important to them. My recommendation to anyone even considering purchasing a phone from this company is DON'T.
I ordered a Samsung SCH1200 PP Phone from Cellular Country. When I received the phone it was not a Prepaid phone but one that needed a Sim Card. I could not use this since I did not have an account with Verizon just a prepaid card. I called Cellular Country and explained to them what I had ordered and what I had received. They agreed that I had ordered a prepaid phone and told me to send the phone back but since I wanted a refund they were going to charge me a restocking fee of 20% for their mistake.
Now from the reviews I have read online I would have never ordered the phone from them if they were the only selling them. I do not know where they get their business ethics from and I cannot see how they stay in business by robbing the American public with the way they do business. Will never do business with them again and will not recommend them to anyone. I will though tell everyone I can about the way they do business.
I ordered a Samsung Galaxy S 4G for my daughter's first phone. It arrived within a few days and I took it to Sprint that afternoon to connect it. I was informed by Sprint that we would have data issues with the phone since it was YMAX and would no longer be supported after November 2015. Sprint suggested I return the phone for a refund which I did.
I know the Cellular Country returns explain they will give full credit only if the device is broken. They refunded all but 20% for their "restocking" fee. They should not restock to resell this phone knowing that it is an obsolete item that will stop working in a month. I replied to them that they should not charge me the restocking because they sold the obsolete item but they ignored that correspondence. I'm writing this poor review not because it's a lost ~$15 not including the shipping both ways but because that money and time was essentially stolen from me per their poor business practice. I want to warn others not to make the same mistake.
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