First of all, I have lost faith in Lenovo completely after all these experiences.
Day 6 (May 21, 2008): I got a call from repair center to ask how my case was and that's it. They just told me to wait.
Day 7 (May 22, 2008): Then I waited.
Day 8 (May 23, 2008): Today I called repair center again about my situation. They answered that they could track where my machine was as well. (In fact, no idea at all how this mess happened.) By the way, they promised that if they still couldn't trace it, they would issue a replacement immediately, but they had to work on that for few days first. I was satisfied for what they had done so far. I knew that sometimes things happened, so I didn't blame them. Before hanging up, they asked me to drop them a line on May 27, 2008 to ask for any progress and if there was nothing again, they would file this case as missing laptop, so that I could get a replacement.
Day 9 - Day 10: Weekend...
Day 11 (May 26, 2008): Memorial day, so no one wanted to work on my case for sure.
Day 12 (May 27, 2008): I dropped them a call as they wanted me to, but the result was not as I expected AT ALL. They pretended (or real?) not to know my issue at all. Thus, I had to start over about my situation and about a replacement. Fortunately, they still spoke the same dialog, they need a bit more time to find my machine and when the time was right, they would file as a missing laptop. At this point, I doubt that I would ever get my machine back in a short time and didn't expect a replacement indeed.
Day 13 (May 28, 2008): I called IBM customer care tons of times today because most of reps were not able to address my case. Since my case was closed and I have no evidence to show them if I sent Thinkpad T43 back already. All I had was Machine Type and its serial number. Maybe they were not enough for some reps who are lazy. Today I got a new number to contact with. It's delivery exception center. Which seems to be much better at least I didn't have to go through all menus again. The rep who took care of me was Greg. Yet no any progress so far.
Day 14 (May 29, 2008): ---
Day 15 (Fri May 30, 2008): I called Greg, but as you could imagine. He came up with all the same dialog, yet no new news.
Day 16 - Day 17: Weekend...
Day 18 (Mon Jun 2, 2008): --
Day 19 (Tue Jun 3, 2008): Received call from Greg telling me that I have to wait for 2 days to be able to contact him since that customer was on vacation. Huh?? I have to wait for his vacation as well, right? and last 2 weeks Lenovo did nothing to contact him, didn't they? Unfortunately, nothing happened. They still couldn't contact that customer again
Day 20 (Wed Jun 4, 2008): Vacation?? Is that supposed to be my vacation too?
Day 21 (Thu Jun 5, 2008): I got a call again. This time crying wolf story is they already sent a box to that customer and Repair center expected to have my machine asap. I asked him about a replacement since this was 3rd week by then, the answered was what you guys guessed--he would ask his manager for this and tell you later.
Day 22 (Fri Jun 6, 2008): wait, wait and wait...
Day 23 - Day 24: weekend, so there is no way that Lenovo would take care of my case.
Day 25 (Mon Jun 9, 2008): I took my mom to Atlantic City, NJ. So it's basically my vacation. However, Lenovo (Greg) called me to inform that he was able to contact the customer who got my laptop for the first time. Yes, I typed it right. "The first time." I don't know how Lenovo knew how the customer was on vacation last week and finally the box was shipped him though. Although I was on vacation, I was still be able to be reached, dude. Could you understand this? Anyway, Greg still couldn't tell me when I would get mine back, but promised that it would be pretty soon. I had asked if I could get a replacement now. The answer was the same "No way." Seems like 25 days sound like 25 minutes to Lenovo, probably.
Nonetheless, I was really upset since I have been lied several times that they would give me a replacement if they couldn't find my laptop or it took such a long time to process and they had a contact with the customer who got mine last week. Thus I decided to call JM, the person who replied my survey that I commented,
"Although the process was quick; I eventually got a wrong system in return which until now; almost 3 weeks; I still haven't got anything but notices that my system has been shipped to another customer......"
JM picked my call instantly which was really impressed. Then I had to tell him whole story again. It was like the same story I speak over and over again. Eventually he confirmed that I should be contacted by him or someone else from Lenovo pretty soon about this issue. Yes, it's familiar phrase, isn't it? You will see how it goes.
Day 26 (Tue Jun 10, 2008): I had a call from JM to tell me that my machine was in repair center already. I would get it any day soon. That's really excited, but I ask him when it's any day any way and if you have any specific date. JM didn't answered anything. Otherwise, he repeatedly told that when I get the machine, he asked me to call him if the machine is working ok; that's the most important. Also, he would give me an extended warranty for the time wasting for finding where my machine was. End of this day with quite pleased feeling and a hope to get my system back very soon.
Day 27: waiting and waiting patiently.
Day 28 (Jun 12, 2008): Soon after DHL came by my apartment with no box for me, I had contacted with JM once again. He surprised a bit that my case wasn't over yet. I promised to clean the mess and minutes later he called me back to ask whether I or anybody else told him that my machine was in repair center already. But when I asked if I could get a replacement now. He answered rapidly that my machine hasn't been touched, sit in the box and ready to ship why I would want a new one. That very sucks answered since if you know that my system was there, just ship that to me, why would you have to wait? And I really want to ask why I would want a new one since my system is max out everything, there is no way I can get any better at this time anyway. I JUST WANT A MACHINE TO GET MY JOB DONE, dude. I could really tell I was very pissed. In addition, I called JM again on 5:40pm, no luck, no one picked my call up.
Day 29 (Jun 13, 2008): Jim Edwoods was the person I could contact since Jim M. didn't pickup my call (with whatever reason) and Greg had been off that day. Jim had tried to trace the note of my case. Frankly, he got nothing. More frankly, I said that Greg told me about around Jun 9 or 10 he was able to contact that customer for the first time. Jim E replied oddly that he saw that but he thought there was nothing else progress. He would go contacting manager about my case; and let repair center call me back. Hurr... the last sentence is what I always hear from them but after all these I don't think I could believe in what will happen again.
Day 30-31: Weekend
Day 32 (Jun 16, 2008): I got a call from Greg in the morning to let me know that I got a grant for a replacement and there will be a representative from Depot calling you about the spec and so on. And someone from Lenovo called me about the spec as Greg told earlier. She mentioned if I agreed on X61 Tablet Multitouch 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Bluetooth, and 4965AGN Wireless LAN. I replied that mine is 1.8GHz. She answered promptly that she would find that and call me back asap. Yet no call back.
Day 33 - 34 (Jun 17-18, 2008): No call at all. I just decided to let it go on their way for a bit.
Day 35 (Jun 19, 2008): I waited until 2pm, yet there was still no call. Thus, I called them up and asked for any progress since I should know if anything happened by then. Rep told me that the person who took care of this at Depot was not there, she leave a message about a replacement and caught me back soon. An hour later, A rep called me that they found my machine (?) so that my replacement will be canceled and I would get my machine back tomorrow by overnight shipping.
That was shock; not that I don't like my machine back, but if you were me, you would get how I feel.
I asked again whether anything stupid happened again? she wouldn't dare answer that. I was really frustrating I could tell ya; it's unbelievable anyway that she still stayed on the line at all time until I could get my mood back to normal. She offered me to extend 1 month warranty since she claimed that Lenovo couldn't do anything else to compensate what I lost. I told her that JM would take care of that. What she answered is surprise me again. Instead of just say that she would do this then JM didn't have to do again, she said she didn't know who JM was and she didn't have to offer 1-month warranty then since JM would do anyway. Soon after she finished her conversation, she hung up.
What a great service Lenovo was. o_O"
I'm glad that my X61T will be home tomorrow (If there is no any bad luck again) BUT I felt like I had been slapped on the face twice because it seemed like they gave me a hope to get a new machine just to buy an extra time... I really have nothing to say...
Day 36 (Jun 20, 2008): It's over, I got my Thinkpad X61T back. My machine works well as it used to and I found in Windows log that there were a usage on May 17, 2008--the first day it was at repair center--and May 19, 2008--the day it supposed to be at my room (or the day I got a wrong unit.) After that, there was no log of turning my machine on. (or it was deleted?) That leave me a big curiosity of where my machine was for a whole month--which no one could not find.
All in all, I got my X61T back. I'm happy with it, but I still feel bad about IBM repair center. It's only the matter of time, I guess.
After the saga ended, I called JM on July 1, 2008 to tell that I got my machine back and it worked beautifully as it used to be. As his position, he said he was going to extend my warranty for 3-month. I don't know whether I could ask anything more since warranty from Lenovo (IBM?) is what I still have to avoid. At least, they do something good for customer, right? [comparing to $50 coupon immediately if HP couldn't ship your order on estimated date without any complains--such a big gap between they two]