If anyone intends to RMA his/her Axon 7 for repair under the warranty, my experience may be of some benefit. I emailed the text below to firstname.lastname@example.org (chat client gave me this email) and also a copy to email@example.com today. The events are self explanatory. So before you ship your phone, check if the Repair Center has the "parts" (apparently what they mean by parts is "replacement phones"). As you can see from my email, I am sitting without a phone and neither I nor ZTE have any idea when, or for that matter if, I will ever get it back. I will report any progress when it happens.
"I purchased my Axon 7 64GB Ion Gold approximately 5 months ago in the USA. On May 17, 2017, the phone will not power up. So the next day, May 18, 2017 I obtained from ZTE USA an RMA and shipped the phone to the Repair Center. The Repair Center received the phone on May 24, 2017. The RMA stipulated that the phone will be repaired and shipped back to me within 10 days from the day ZTE receives it (Please see copies of the RMA and Status documents attached). Two weeks passed and I received nothing from ZTE and whenever I check the RMA Status, it is stuck on “Received” and “Estimated Shipping: 3.5 Days”. So on June 6, 2017, I contacted ZTE and chatted with James. The excuse he gave me was that the Repair Center is waiting for parts for the Gold Axon 7, but they do not know when the parts will arrive. He offered to send me immediately a Quartz Gray one until the Gold arrives, I agreed. Two days later, I heard nothing from ZTE and when I checked the Status, it had not changed, no shipping information or notification. So I contacted ZTE again and chatted with Justin. He told me that they do not have any parts and cannot ship me any phone. He could not answer why James said he is shipping the Quartz two days ago and told me again that he has no idea when the parts will arrive. So I telephoned ZTE Customer Service and talked to a supervisor. He repeated the same story and had no idea when I will get my phone back.
I love the Axon 7, it is great phone. As a matter of fact, I gave up my iPhone 7 Plus and switched to ZTE. But the experience I am suffering from is absolutely astounding and has left a very bitter taste in my mouth. I trusted you and depended on you when you promised in writing that you will complete the repair and return the phone in 10 days. But here I am stuck without a phone and your USA people cannot give me a date and have no information or a clue as to when to expect my Axon 7 back. This is totally unacceptable! I expect ZTE to act immediately to resolve this situation as any respectable company would do."