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Old 10-12-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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My cell phone went in the fish tank. It was in there for 10 seconds. I took the battery out and wiped all the water from the phone and battery. I put them in a bowl of dry rice for 48 hours to get the moisture out. I went to Sprint and activated an old phone until I knew if the wet phone would live.

48 hours later - the wet phone seems to be fine. The sound, graphics, memory, contact list - everything seems intact. I even charged and it had no problems.

I took it to Sprint to have it activated again. The salesman (without even looking at the phone) told me not to activate it. He said that any phone that gets wet is broken even if the phone seems to be in good shape. He said the phone is going to die and the insides are ruined once they get wet. He acknowledged that he isn't a repairman but he know from working in sales that wet phones = dead phones.

Is he right? Is it over for a phone one it gets wet? Is my phone "faking me out" or is this guy just looking for me to upgrade my plan or something?

Techies - HELP.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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My cell phone went in the fish tank. It was in there for 10 seconds. I took the battery out and wiped all the water from the phone and battery. I put them in a bowl of dry rice for 48 hours to get the moisture out. I went to Sprint and activated an old phone until I knew if the wet phone would live.

48 hours later - the wet phone seems to be fine. The sound, graphics, memory, contact list - everything seems intact. I even charged and it had no problems.

I took it to Sprint to have it activated again. The salesman (without even looking at the phone) told me not to activate it. He said that any phone that gets wet is broken even if the phone seems to be in good shape. He said the phone is going to die and the insides are ruined once they get wet. He acknowledged that he isn't a repairman but he know from working in sales that wet phones = dead phones.

Is he right? Is it over for a phone one it gets wet? Is my phone "faking me out" or is this guy just looking for me to upgrade my plan or something?

Techies - HELP.
If it was saltwater (often people take their phone into the ocean), then the insides will continue to corrode. Otherwise, you're good to go. But warranty is obviously void.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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If it was saltwater (often people take their phone into the ocean), then the insides will continue to corrode. Otherwise, you're good to go. But warranty is obviously void.
This.

For the most part, with freshwater, any damage that would have been done to the phone was in the act of having it fall into the water (something shorting). If it boots up no problem, then go ahead and use it. Of course, the warranty is void, so further damage won't be covered.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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The phone fell into freshwater
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:57 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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My oldest son got his swamped a couple years ago. Two or three days in the rice and it worked until he did a scheduled replacement this past summer. Actually I think it was a Blackberry.

The mistake many people do is to try ro turn it back on when it's still wet.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Who knows. If it's working now it may be OK. There are too many factors with electronics, to answer a guaranteed yes or no either way. I fried a BlackBerry keyboard because my hands were wet. Some people drop their phones in the water and they work OK later on. If it stops at a later date, switch it out.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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When I did the same thing to my old LG I dried it as best I could and took it to a local phone shop. They fixit guy tore it completely apart and hand dried the entire thing.

Charged me $5.00

Phone still works and that was 2 years ago... I no longer use it, but it was fine until last January.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Once electronics get wet, they enter a permanent indeterminate failure mode. Based on what you described, odds are that your phone will survive just fine until you need a new one. I'd still keep a spare handy, and it would be wise to replace your handset (upgrade) at your earliest opportunity.

As 43north87west said, there are just too many factors to give a definitive "yes" or "no". Your phone is arguably more likely to fail going forward -- are you comfortable with that risk?
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I'd let it dry out longer than two days (1-2 weeks is what I'd give it), but otherwise, if it's working now, you might as well use it.

It might die on you sooner rather than later, but it might last months or years. Only time will tell for sure. Keep your spare close at hand, just in case.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I wonder how many "Refurbished" warranty replacement phones are former toilet divers....
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