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Sidekick 2008 got wet

Fell into sink, not immersed, but got wet. Took out
battery inside has dried out. Need help on how to repair it?
Do I just buy a new battery or does it need something else??

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  • chicolate Jan 15, 2009

    Thanks guys, it seems letting it dry out did the trick.

    It's up and running and I am a very happy camper.

    Thanks again,

  • sosoreal914 Jan 21, 2009

    how long did it take for your sidekick to dry out chicolote? the samething happened to me my 2008 fell in the toilet 1 week ago and wont come back on the little honeycomb lookin thingy shows when i put the battery in but nothing else it wont come on.

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    dropped sidekick 2008 into swimming pool what should i do

  • madmaxx1134 May 25, 2009

    used my phone in the shower and slowly it got wet andnow when i turn it on a redX appears followed by blue codes what do i do?

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I agree with punky-

If it has been drying for a few days, put the battery back in and try it.

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I dropped a phone in the toilet once, a T-mobile phone. it took a couple of days for it to dry out completely. Then I snapped it back together, and it was fine. Being that yours just got wet, and not immersed is different though, so you may want to take it into T-mobile and see if they can check it out for you because then you will know for sure what is going on. Good luck.

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