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IPhone got wet, not recognising SIM card after restore.

Hello. I had an accident the other night and fell in a pool with my 32GB iPhone 3GS in my pocket. It was only submerged for 10 seconds MAXIMUM before I pulled it out of my pocket and gave it to a more sober person to look after. I've dried it out and everything and it was just stuck on a black screen with the apple logo on it.

I put the phone into recovery mode (because iTunes wasn't detecting it) and restored it to factory settings. Now it will not let me activate it because it says my SIM card is locked or not inserted correctly. I've tried turning it off and on again, re-inserting it, even tried a couple different SIM cards (one from the same carrier, the other one from a different carrier) - all with the same result.

I *NEED* to get this phone working because I have an authenticator application installed that I need to get a code from, and that code will be incorrect if I use the application on a different phone.

Any ideas?

Additional information:
- When I first plugged my phone in after it had almost dried out, it had a red dot inside a red circle to the left of the earpiece which would then turn off once I unplugged the charger cable. However, I removed my SIM card after this to more thoroughly dry the phone and it hasn't done it since.

- Immediately after the phone was submerged a friend used a hair dryer to dry it out. I didn't know it at the time, I was pretty drunk, but I've read that this can damage the SIM card? But I'ved tried 3 different cards and they all had the same result so it must be the phone itself that's damaged.

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