TERMS & CONDITIONS
"Us or We" means Rugged Phone Store Australia and or Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd
"You or Your" means you the purchaser.
COVID-19 SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS - EFFECTIVE FROM 2 APRIL 2020 (UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
DELIVERY: Courier drivers are only permitted to do "non contact" deliveries during COVID-19 restrictions. Instead of getting signatures from customers, courier drivers are taking photos of parcels and recording the GPS coordinates to confirm each delivery. During COVID-19 restrictions, a courier delivery confirmation to a named business at its nominated address or to a named person at their nominated place of residence, will be deemed to be final proof of delivery by Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd and no claims for "non delivery" will be accepted.
Please also note that there maybe some small delays in delivery of your phone(s) due to COVID-19 restrictions affecting freight movements.
WARRANTY: COVID-19 restrictions may mean that we are only able to offer limited repairs and or warranty service however we are able to offer technical support via email. Please go to the contact page to send your message.
IMPORTANT: When you place an order on this site, you accept these COVID-19 Special Terms and Conditions in addition to our normal terms and conditions listed below. Should any conflict arise in relation to your order and or the delivery of your order, these COVID-19 Special Terms and Conditions override any and all other terms and conditions on this site.
Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
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.
Phone dimensions and weights are approximate only and can vary during manufacture. Photos used are sourced from our suppliers and are correct at the time we purchase the phones. Some variations can occur from time to time but in all cases the phones are the model as sold by the manufacturer.
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.
We guarantee that the pre loaded apps on the phones we sell will function correctly. We do not guarantee that any additional apps you may download will work on the phone you purchase, even if downloaded from the Google Playstore, as not all apps will be compatible with various versions of the Android operating system in the phones.
As our phones are waterproof in static water only, under no circumstances shall we be liable for water damage to any phone taken into a swimming pool, spa pool, creek, river, lake, ocean or left outside and subject to rain. Please see "Liquid Damage" clause below under what "The warranty does not cover".
In no event shall Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd, 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.
Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd reserves the right to the interpretations of the policies and also reserves the right to revise the policies at any time.
Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd shall not be held responsible to you (the purchaser) nor be deemed to be in default under, or in breach of any provisions of these terms and conditions for failure or delay in performing any obligation of these terms and conditions when such failure or delay is due to force majeure, and without the fault or negligence of Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd so failing or delaying. For purposes of these terms and conditions, force majeure means a cause beyond the reasonable control of Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd, which may include acts of God; acts, regulations, or laws of any government; war; terrorism; civil commotion; fire, flood, earthquake, tornado, tsunami, explosion or storm; pandemic; epidemic and failure of public utilities or common carriers.
In such event Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd will immediately notify you (the purchaser) via email of such inability and of the period for which such inability is expected to continue. Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd will be excused from such of its obligations under these terms and conditions as it is thereby disabled from performing for so long as it is so disabled for up to a maximum of 120 days, after which time Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd will negotiate in good faith with you (the purchaser) any modifications of the terms of these terms and conditions that may be necessary to arrive at an equitable solution, unless Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd gives such notice and has set out a reasonable time frame and plan to resolve the effects of such force majeure and executes such plan within such time frame. To the extent possible, Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd will use reasonable efforts to minimize the duration of any force majeure.
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 4 hours during business days. 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:
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 28 days from the date of your order. After 28 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.
Back Ordered Products:
From time to time, products can move to a "back ordered" status. Usually, these products will come back in stock within 7 - 10 days however delays of up to 28 days can occur, due to manufacturing, shipping and or customs hold ups.
If there is going to be a delay beyond 10 days before the product you have ordered is back in stock, we will advise you via email. If after 28 days the product is still not in stock, we will refund you or offer you the choice of a different product, with either you or us paying the difference in price. Please note that no refunds will be made prior to 28 days from the date of your order.
General Shipping Times:
We hold most of our stock in Australia and orders for these phones are couriered out next business day. All other stock is held in either our Hong Kong, Shenzhen or Christchurch logistics warehouses and shipping time to Australia is 4 to 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.
Stock availability fluctuates up and down in our system based on orders received and stock received and sometimes there can be delays to shipping times if an item moves to a "back order" status.
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.
UPDATE* -Due to the evolving global Corona Virus situation, phones that we do not have in local stock, may take a few extra days beyond the normal 7 - 10 days as stated on this site, to arrive in the country. Please consider this when making your purchase, especially if you need a phone urgently.
Dispatch and Authority to leave:
We dispatch all orders via Express Post or Courier with your signature required. If you wish to provide the post or courier company with an ATL (authority to leave, no signature required), you can do this once we email you the tracking number. We will not be held liable for theft or non delivery of your order, if you do provide an ATL.
It is your responsibility to make sure that the VoLTE phone you wish to purchase has been provisioned by your network provider to work on their network. Just because a phone supports VoLTE does not mean that it will be able to access the VoLTE service provided by your Telco.
It is your responsibility to make sure that the VoWiFi phone you wish to purchase has been provisioned by your network provider to work on their network. Just because a phone supports VoWiFi does not mean that it will be able to access the VoWiFi service provided by your Telco.
Android Operating Systems:
The Android phones for sale on this site, are only designed to work with the current Android OS (either Android 10/11/12 or 13) installed on them, and they will not upgrade to a newer version. Any alterations such as upgrades or flashing a newer version will void the warranty.
www.ruggedphonestore.com.au is owned by Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd. You can contact Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd by clicking here.
If you purchase a product on this site, "Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd" and or "RUGGED PHONE STORE" will appear as the merchant on your Bank or Credit Card statement.
Free USB Quick Charger:
Offer valid for all phones sold on our site after 3pm on the 18th of October 2021.
Rugged Phone Store:
In these Terms and Conditions a reference to Rugged Phone Store is a reference to Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd (ABN 24 630 104 031) and its related bodies corporate from time to time.
Change of mind Refund Requests and Returns Policy- Updated 16-01-2020
While we are under no legal obligation to accept returns if you just changed your mind, in the interests of good customer relations, we offer a 7 day right of return subject to the following terms and conditions:
1. First contact us by clicking here and request to return your item.
2. The original security seal or shrink wrap must be still intact.
3. Once we have established that the original security seal or shrink wrap is still intact, we will issue you with an RMA number.
4. The RMA number must be written clearly on the front of the parcel being sent back.
5. The only return address is the one we give you when we email you the RMA number.
6. A restocking fee of $69.00 inc gst applies to all authorised returns and change of mind refund requests and will be deducted from any refund.
- That no returns will be accepted or signed for unless it has an RMA number clearly printed or written on the front of the package.
- If the item returned does not have the original security seal or shrink wrap in place, the phone or item will be sent back to you and no refund will be issued.
Warranty Terms And Conditions
"Us or We" means Rugged Phone Store Pty Ltd and or Rugged Phone Store.
"You or Your" means you the purchaser of the phone.
We provide a minimum 12 month R.T.B (return to base) warranty on every phone we sell. Please check the individual phone listings for the phones actual warranty term.
Our exclusive 2 year "Premium Plus" warranty is available on selected phones and is stated on the actual phone listing.
Warranties are issued to the original purchaser only and are not transferable.
As we hold the warranty liability on the phone for the length of the stated warranty period, all inspections and repairs must be undertaken through our repair center. Any inspections and or repairs undertaken by any other person or business during the stated warranty period for the phone, will void the warranty and no further warranty claims will be accepted. Once the phone is no longer under warranty, the purchaser is free to have their phone inspected and or repaired by another person or business.
Our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure.
The warranty covers:
Any manufacturing fault, manufacturing defect or manufacturing failure of the phone, that occurs within the warranty period 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.
Replacement: If we decide to replace your phone but the model is no longer available, we will at our sole discretion, provide you with another make and model of similar or better specifications than the phone you originally purchased from us. All replacement phones have a warranty expiration date as per your original phone purchase, that being either 12 or 24 months (depending on the phone make and model) from the original invoice date when you first purchased your phone from us.
Refunds: If we decide to refund you, refunds are paid to the card or bank account that was used to purchase the phone or other item. Refunds are processed and paid within 14 days of receiving the phone or other item back to our office or warehouse.
Hermetically sealed Phones and Tablets:
Some phone models and tablets sold on this site are "hermetically sealed". Depending on the make and model, the phone or tablet may not be fully serviceable without breaking the waterproof seal. In the event that the phone or tablet cannot be repaired under warranty without breaking the waterproof seal, we will replace the phone or tablet or refund you at our discretion.
If the issue or damage caused to your "hermetically sealed" phone or tablet is not covered under the manufacturers warranty and if the make and model cannot be repaired without breaking the waterproof seal, you will need to make a claim under your home contents or business insurance policy, if you have one.
Advantages of hermetically sealed phones and tablets:
Many phone and tablet manufacturers are now moving to "hermetically sealed" phones and tablets as they offer many advantages. Being fully sealed means they are not so prone to liquid (water) damage, they are far more resistant to dust and other foreign bodies getting inside the phone or tablet. Due to the long life batteries now available to manufacturers, it is also no longer necessary to open the phone or tablet during it's life time.
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 of the RMA number that you need to quote and 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.
4. Phones or tablets must be sent back within 14 days from the date your warranty claim has been accepted by us. This date is defined as the date on the email sent to you with the return instructions. No claim under the warranty will be accepted if you send the phone or tablet back to us later than 14 days from the date on the email sent to you with the return instructions, as the fault or issue may get worse and lead to other related issues. If circumstances will not allow you to return your phone or tablet within 14 days, please click here to contact us and advise when you will be able to return it.
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 dropping your phone, 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, creeks, ocean waves and water pressure from hoses and taps, are strong enough to penetrate the seals. 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, paint, plaster, grease, sludge, magnetic fields and extreme environment conditions are not covered. Damage resulting from plugging a cable into the phone that is not dry and clean or repeatedly dropping your phone on the ground or generally abusing the phone is also not covered.
Burn-in damage to thermal sensors. Thermal camera sensors can be damaged by prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, even when not in use. Make sure you place your phone face up when not in use and do not take take a thermal photo of the sun or any other super high density light source.
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.
All accessories, except the usb charger and charging cable are not covered under the warranty. This includes items such as but not limited to, screen protectors and phone cases. Any free promotional items we give away are also not covered under any warranty.
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.
Connection issues between your phone and any built in navigation, music or video devices in any type of vehicle are not covered under the manufacturers warranty. Compatibility issues are not a fault of the phone and no phone manufacturer can guarantee that their phones will be compatible with every device, in every vehicle, as they do not control the manufacture of those vehicles.
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 Australian laws.
Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
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.