Originally Posted by ashunte23
I second this question!
When my 60g went YLOD I called Sony's 800 number from the owners manual. They took it from there. The did offer another option involving replacing the phat with another phat but it was more money, ($150?) so I went with the slim. The process was quite quick, maybe 2 weeks total and this was during the week of Christmas and new years. They will ship a box for you to send back your PS3, all shipping prepaid. Once you ship it back and they receive it, it will be another week or so before you get the replacement.
Only if they are new slims and not refurbished. Does anyone know for sure?
They told me I would receive a refurbished unit. You would never know though, it looks like new. I see nothing wrong with getting a refurb. BTW, the replacement is a 120g.
Doesn't seem shady to me. If early PS3s are really as prone to YLOD as it now seems, this is a great (and much cheaper) alternative to what Microsoft had to do about RRoD.
You're right, shady is a poor choice of word. I'm just not feeling all warm & fuzzy after paying $600 for the original PS3 and then another $99 & end up with a system that not only looks cheap (compared to the beauty of the original) but lacks several of the features of the original. Granted, I got several years use out of the first one and knew upfront the choice I made to get the slim. I should also note that this is not my first replacement. Sony did give me a free replacement shortly after Grand Theft Auto came out. To this day, I don't know the details, but GTA did something to PS3's that caused audio stuttering. Once I explained what was happening, they immediately offered to give me a replacement.