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I think I would be wary of buying something like this from Taobao as it could be fake. 


I trust JD slightly more... do Samsung have an official store on there?



2 hours ago, abcdefg said:

Is this one of the models that gained notoriety for spontaneously catching fire?


I think that was the Samsung Galaxy WOOF.


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15 hours ago, abcdefg said:

this one of the models that gained notoriety for spontaneously catching fire?

Thankfully no, that was the note 7


12 hours ago, 889 said:

Phone replacement batteries bought on those sites usually work at around 60 percent of the original battery's power, so be prepared. Only way to get an original is to head to an authorized repair shop of the manufacturer.

I'm also a little weary of going to one of those stores in China which puts me in a bit of a pickle. I know websites like ifixit sell replacement batteries that are good. But they don't ship to China. 


And I'm not anywhere near shenzhen to go to the market and look over batteries myself. 


13 hours ago, mungouk said:

trust JD slightly more... do Samsung have an official store on there?

I think so. I'll check

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Not sure where you are located, but it it is a good-sized city in China, you probably can find an authorized dealer that either exclusively or mostly sells Samsung brand electronics. These are called 专店 in case you need to ask around. Chances are that this 转店 could answer your questions and steer you. 


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The way this worked in Kunming (pre-covid) was that the 转店 might have its own repair department on premises if it was a very large store, but usually not. They, and all the smaller stores, would have the name and address and phone number of their service depot, usually located out of the way, some place where rent was cheaper. 


These authorized service depots (usually called 服务中心) were often near a large electronics wholesale/retail market (which were often called 电脑城 even though they dealt in more than computers)。My experience is that they were often tucked away up on a top floor without any flashy signage. 


This is also how warranty service was carried out. One thing that varied from place to place was that the retail store would sometimes take the phone in for you and send it over to their repair center by way of their own messenger. But usually not. 


I realize you said you just want to buy the battery and that you know how to do the installation yourself. I don't know if these places will just sell you the part. You would have to ask.  


Apologies if you already knew all this. 



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@abcdefg no need to apologize at all, I had no idea! Thanks for the great piece of info. This is pretty helpful. I live in a big enough city where I expect them to have those service centers and everything else you mentioned. I don't mind having someone else do it as long as I can get my phone back same day rather than having it shipped around from place to place. I'll go looking for some of the places you mentioned and will follow up with what I find (whether they sell me the battery or do it for me or whatever else I find) 

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Hope it works. 买电池, 换电池。


Must admit that most of my younger Chinese friends order everything over the internet. It will soon become an obsolete or at least a "legacy" skill to hunt up and buy things in person. 


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A couple years ago, middle of winter, the heat-producing light bulbs in the overhead fixture of my home shower bath burned out. I came to discover that the fixture was an old ones and the bulbs it required no longer had the same base as the modern ones. The screw thread was different. 


With the help of a network of elderly "aunties" 阿姨 who were friends of the lady who cleaned my house, I developed a lead on a wholesale electric appliance market on the other side of town. They were said to have an exhaustive supply of oddball fixtures for use in renovations of older properties. In Chinese cities, as you know, these 装修 projects are very popular.   


Nobody quite remembered the exact address, but by now I had adopted the project and was feeling like some famous detective, perhaps Hercule Poirot. I was on the trail, it was going to be an enjoyable challenge, like a treasure hunt.  


Took a bus to the right part 小区 of the city, covering quite a few miles, then started talking to taxi drivers. Struck out with that, so I started going to retail hardware stores in that general area, asking the boss about their local wholesale supplier. Bingo. Only 5 or 6 blocks away. 


The actual wholesale market was huge but was tucked away up a network of alleys such as to not be visible from any major thoroughfare. Once I got into this interesting maze, I wandered around searching for my problem bulb. I had brought one from home as an example, which helped a lot. Discovered all sorts of second hand treasures and imported or off-brand electrical items. 


Vendors kept telling me I needed to see Mr. Zhang, who was a specialist in heat bulbs. I found his tiny shop, filled with dusty shelves from floor to ceiling. Mr. Zhang, now up in years, explained the history of my old shower fixture and the background story on my particular bulb. He told me they worked OK, but had lost market share because they were more expensive to manufacture than the new style modular replacements. 


I stocked up, bought half a dozen. By now it was noon and I had lunch in a rice noodle 米线 shop that was mainly catering to electricians and contractors. Most of the people were wearing hard hats. Had a good meal for a very reasonable price, only 6 Yuan. For 2 Yuan more you could top the bowl with either some tofu 加豆腐 or a fried egg 加煎蛋。


Walked around after lunch until I found my way back to a larger street, figured out the best bus, climbed aboard and headed home. I realize, of course, that this was not an efficient use of time. But, being retired, I was not in a rush and felt pleased to have had such a fine low-key urban adventure. 


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@abcdefgI love the story. My chinese is my quite good enough to have an experience like that,but I feel like it's a very similar journey.


I found my local Samsung certified service center (using the Samsung website). Once I have an hour or two free I'll head over there and see what will happen. Although, I think the official store will be hesitant to sell batteries. If they can replace it right there and then or before the day is over, I'll let them do it. Otherwise, I'll be back to hunting

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For what it's worth, I have twice had dealer service done in Kunming on my Xiaomi phone. Took it to the service center as described above, Both times it was "while you wait." Service was fast, effective, and inexpensive. As you might guess, going off peak is a good idea. 


Getting practical things like this done is also a great way to expand your language abilities. I used to always rehearse beforehand and review after.  


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Fairly early, when I lived in Zhuhai, I had an imaginative teacher who used to send me out to accomplish practical tasks like this every weekend. She called it her "Easter egg hunt method." It was a type of active homework. The side benefit was that it would acquaint me with the city.


We would pretend I was a newspaper reporter, and she was my editor with a "hot" assignment. On Friday she would give me a clear verbal explanation of the task. Often the task was related to a question I had asked her earlier. I remember one illustrative example.


I had asked her about the shuttle bus that went from the city to the airport, because I was soon going to fly to another city. Instead of just telling me, she turned it around and made exploring it my weekend project. At the time I was staying in a hotel. Could only read a very little bit; was mostly relying on Pinyin. 


She sent me out from the table at the cafe where we had been studying to ask hotel staff how get a bus to the Vanguard Shopping Center. I was to ask at the front desk, a clerk or a bellman or the concierge. Had to know how to say it in Chinese (it was 万家)and she taught me how to write the characters. Could not use English. If they tried to switch to English, I was to stop them.


So, I managed to establish that the 54 bus going east would get me there and I learned how often it ran, where it stopped, where I should board. I also had to find out the fare, because these city busses did not make change. Went back and told these things to my teacher so she could be sure I was on the right track. She said I was and that I should carry on with the rest of assignment on my own tomorrow. 


Boarded the bus and had to ask the driver to please let me know when we arrived at the stop closest to the Vanguard shopping center. It was in Gongbei 拱北, not far from the border crossing. 


I was to take my camera and snap "proof photos" at strategic points along the way. This was to show I had actually been where said I had. Couldn't have me just Googling stuff. 


I sat near the front. I reminded him when I thought we were getting close. As I got off, he told me to walk a block to the left and then cross the street and go down a short alley. Then I would see it. I made him repeat, since I hadn't grasped the whole message. He was kindly and did. 


Found the shopping center, then had to ask for the airport bus terminal, which turned out to be located on a basement level near a street that ran along the back of the shopping center. So, it was down the escalator, winding through and between small shops, asking many times along the way.


I had only been studying Chinese a very short time and this exercise helped with such basics as how to ask a real-life question in Chinese. In Zhuhai, it was 请问一下。Anything more abrupt was not polite. 


Not to belabor what is now obvious, but I eventually found the ticket kiosk, determined the price, the time schedule and so on. Snapped photos to prove it. I wound up also using my camera to snap pictures of other things I encountered along the way that were puzzling. Could show them to my teacher and discuss (in Chinese.) 


Before heading home to my hotel, I stopped off for a bite of lunch and wrote everything out in my notebook as clearly as possible, while the facts were still fresh in mind. Then Monday most of our class time was taken up by my "debriefing." She corrected me if the telling was not clear or if I used the wrong language. She was fluent in Cantonese as well as Mandarin, so she was strict with me about using the proper tones. 


She sometimes even "mock argued" with me. "Oh, you couldn't have turned to the right there. Are you absolutely sure? Did you see any additional landmarks that might convince me of your version?" It was a vigorous interrogation. 


Not the best teaching technique for everyone perhaps, but at the time I loved it. The language was jumping off the pages of a dry textbook and turning into something very much alive. And I was being dropped into the simulation of a situation where I had to "sink or swim" -- a situation where it was essential to learn fast.


Obviously, this wasn't the only method of study we used, but of all her techniques, this one was my favorite. 


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16 hours ago, thelearninglearner said:

Was this an official class? Or was the teacher from one of the online sites

The teacher was someone I hired for one-to-one instruction.


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She taught full time at a local university during the school year, but now it was summer and she was just interested in making some extra income. We met for two hours a day, five days a week. Since we had no classroom, we met either in a quiet corner of a cafe or in one of the public rooms in the hotel where I was staying. This was Zhuhai, probably the summer of 2006. It was a relaxed, friendly place with a tropical feel. 


She was an imaginative lady, had a large bag of tricks. I was pretty new to China and she knew how to harness my curiosity. Language was not a thing in and of itself, it was a way to understand and interact with my surroundings. It was a way to communicate with new friends. 


Once or twice a week, I would treat her to lunch. This was my chance to learn about the lovely southern cuisine, dim sum and so on. We would make a point of picking someplace that featured food I knew little about. Sometimes her husband would join us. He was an architect who specialized in reinforcing buildings against high storm winds. We would select a restaurant near his office. A few times her father joined us. He was a retired banker and knew a whole lot about tea. We would go some place where they served gongfu style tea with brunch.  


I viewed the summer as not only an introduction to the language, but as an introduction to the culture. An introduction to living in China. 


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If you're going to hijack a thread, then do it completely, with class, and must-read anecdotes... 😊 Thank you @abcdefg


And btw I'm currently in Kunming!  I hope you can get back here sooner or later... from what I've seen so far it's a great place. If only for the climate... I escaped two solid weeks of 38 degs C / 100F in Hangzhou for 24 degs C / 75F in July, and that has been very welcome indeed.



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2 hours ago, mungouk said:

If you're going to hijack a thread, then do it completely, with class, and must-read anecdotes... 


Apologies, guys. Let me see if I can move those long posts to another thread where they won't interfere with the main flow of this one.  


2 hours ago, mungouk said:


And btw I'm currently in Kunming!


Good! It's typically rainy this time of year, but, as you found, the rain is accompanied by cooler temps.


Not sure if you will have time or interest, but it is now prime wild mushroom season in Yunnan. If that is something you think you might enjoy, I would encourage you to seek out one of the many wild mushroom hotpot restaurants and give it a try. 

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