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Although every effort will be made to ensure the information on this website is kept up to date and accurate, we cannot assume liability for any loss or inconvenience caused by inaccuracies or errors concerning any products or services.
For the latest information and confirmation on any goods or services, please message us via the "Contact" page on this site and one of our customer support staff members will be pleased to assist.
In no event shall Kiwitrader61 Limited T/A Rugged Phones, its shareholders or it's officers be liable for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages including but not limited to loss of use, loss of data, loss of business or profits.
Kiwitrader61 Limited T/A Rugged Phones reserves the right to the interpretations of the policies and also reserves the right to revise the policies at any time.
Your emails or questions will be responded to as soon as possible or on the next working day. Due to the large volume of emails we receive, email response can take up to 2 hours during business days and longer over weekends and public holidays.
It is our policy to reply to all emails, so if you have not received a response within 24 hours, please check your junk or spam folders.
Pre-Release and New Release:
From time to time we offer "Pre-Release" and "New Release" products on our site. Shipping dates for these products are given as a guideline only and can change depending on a number of factors including but not limited to extremely high demand, manufacturing and production issues, shipping timetables and customs clearance delays.
Once you place an order and pay for the product, no refunds will be given if there are delays to shipping outside of our control for thirty days from the date of your order. After thirty days if we are unable to ship your product to you we will offer you the choice of a full refund or you can choose another product with any price difference paid by you or us depending on the sale price of the replacement product you select.
If we are made aware of delays of more than 7 days from the stated "shipping out" date, we will notify you via email of the new expected "shipping out" date.
General Shipping Times:
Shipping time to New Zealand from our logistics warehouse is 4-7 business days. Sometimes there can be delays caused by slow customs clearance times, airline schedules, weather conditions, public holidays and when multiple items are ordered that will be shipped out from two different warehouses.
If your order is going to be delayed beyond 7 business days from the time you ordered, we will email you and let you know why it has been delayed and what the expected delivery time will be.
Note* - There can be delays with supply and shipping during the annual Chinese New Year holiday period from February 5th till February 19th. Please consider this when making your purchase, especially if you need a phone urgently.
www.ruggedphones.co.nz is owned by and is part of the Kiwitrader61 Limited group of businesses.
If you purchase a product on this site, "KIWITRADER61" and or "RUGGEDPHONES" will appear as the merchant on your PayPal, Bank or Credit Card statement.
"Us or We" means Kiwitrader61 Ltd and or Rugged Phones NZ.
"You or Your" means you the purchaser of the phone.
We provide a 12 month warranty on every phone we sell.
The warranty covers:
Any manufacturing fault, manufacturing defect or manufacturing failure that occurs within 12 months from the date of purchase.
We will repair, replace or refund the purchase price at our sole discretion in the event of an approved warranty claim. Damage or faults occurring due to misuse, accident or fair wear and tear are not covered by the warranty.
*Note - Some phone models we sell are "hermetically sealed". In the event that they require repairs under warranty we may send them back to our supplier who arranges the repair with the factory where they were manufactured or we may replace the phone at our discretion. If we need to send your phone back to the factory, we will provide you with a loan phone if required.
Warranty claim process:
1. You must notify us as soon as possible of the issue you are having in writing via email.
2. We will then reply to your email and may call you depending on the nature of your issue.
3. If we request you to file a warranty claim, that is all it is, a claim. It does not mean that we have accepted your claim at this time.
4. You will be provided with the link to the form on our sites to submit your claim.
5. Once we have received your claim, we will then advise you via email where the phone is to be sent at your cost together with important instructions.
6. Once we receive your phone a preliminary inspection will take place at no cost to you and we will inform you of the result of that inspection.
7. Based on that inspection either a repair will be required at our cost if we accept your claim or your cost if we do not accept your claim.
8. If the repair is to be at your cost, after a further inspection we will give you the estimated cost and time frame for the repair or the choice to have your phone sent back, for you to get it repaired yourself.
9. If the repair is to be done under warranty at our cost we will notify you of the time frame, bearing in mind that some parts may need to be imported to effect the repair.
1. All phone returns are at your cost and must be sent by tracked post or courier and you must send us the tracking link via email the same day you send the phone back. You must use the contact form on the websites contact page to send the tracking link to avoid misspelled email addresses.
2. Phones sent back to an incorrect address or phones that go missing are not our responsibility. We will email you when we have received your returned phone.
3. Phones must be returned with a minimum of foam or bubble wrap/bag for protection while in the postal/courier system and we take no responsibility for phones damaged in transit either on their way to us or on their way to you.
The warranty does not cover:
Accidental damage is not covered. Although our rugged phones are a lot tougher than a normal smartphone, they are not indestructible. Accidental damage while using your phone will in most cases be an insurance claim. This can include plugging in the wrong cable, wrong sim card or anything else that can be inserted into the phone.
Damage to the speaker(s) from iron filings or strong magnetic fields is not covered. Speakers are magnets and to function correctly they have to be open to the air for you to hear sound. Because of this, it is impossible to prevent iron filings from entering and contaminating the speaker cavity.
Liquid damage (including water damage) is not covered. Although our rugged phones are IP68 rated, all manufacturer tests are done in static water with minimal pressure applied to the port seals. Running rivers and water pressure from hoses and taps is strong enough to penetrate the seals and as it is not possible for us or the manufacturer to know what liquid or water pressure your phone was exposed to, no claim will be accepted for damage of this kind.
Miss-use including not keeping the port covers closed during operation of the phone, exposing the phone to corrosive chemicals, magnetic fields and extreme environment conditions are not covered. Damage resulting from plugging a cable into the phone that is not dry and clean.
Using a non factory usb cable or a charger not supplied by us that causes your phone to malfunction is not covered under the warranty. The male end of the factory cable is slightly longer on all usb cables and most type-c cables as the charging ports on most rugged phones are deeper than a normal phone. Never use the usb type-c adapters to charge your phone as they are only supplied for data transfer. Do not use generic type usb cables as they are known to cause phone issues and in rare cases fires.
Wear and tear is not covered as like anything, over time things wear out.
Downloading and updating of apps other than those on the phone at time of purchase that cause your phone to malfunction will void your warranty as will flashing, upgrading or modifying the Android operating system.
Software and phone issues caused by malware or viruses download either accidentally or on purpose by you are not covered under the warranty. We strongly recommend that you use a trusted anti-virus program to protect your device.
When your phone is in our or our repairers possession, all care will be taken however in the event of damage, theft or fire, we take no responsibility and it is up to you to claim through your own household or other insurance policy.
Doing a factory reset of your Android phone without our permission in writing, will void your warranty. Factory resets have been known to make the issue worse or in rare cases create other issues. We will advise you if and when a factory reset is necessary.
Poor coverage and or poor reception issues at your home or work location are not covered. We warrant that each phone will work on the networks as listed for each phone in cities and towns, unless expressly stated otherwise. It is simply not possible for any manufacturer to guarantee mobile phone reception in every location as mobile coverage issues are beyond their control. Phones listed with the 4G extended compatibility will give better reception outside of cities and towns however there will still be places where even they will not be able to receive a signal. It is your responsibility to check the phone listing and the frequencies that the phone will operate on, to decide if it will perform in the locations that you live and or work.
Providing us with misleading or deceptive information will void your warranty. To help solve your issue, we need to know what the issue is, how it happened and under what circumstances it happened. It is your legal responsibility to provide us with honest and accurate information so we can meet our legal obligations to you under various New Zealand laws.
When you place an order on this site you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions as stated above.