Question about Cell Phones
If it was submerged for only a few seconds, the damage may be minimal if the phone was promptly dried. Cell phones have a moisture sensing pad about 1-2 mm square located in the battery compartment to tell the vendor the phone has been wet. The pad turns pink on exposure to water. That says volumes about how common it is and and how sensitive cell phones are to the experience. That said, you may want to try these:
1) When you power it on, does it power up normally? The battery is probably fully discharged, so a full charge cycle is recommended.
2) If the display has blotches or fails to display at all, water may have damaged it. Not much hope in that case.
3) Do all the keys and buttons operate correctly? If not, it may be possible that some moisture is still trapped there. Careful disassembly and blow drying may help as well as a very careful polishing the contacts with a cotton swab or pencil eraser might remove any light corrosion. Always blow off the phone again before reassembly.
4) Many cellular services offer insurance for a nominal monthly fee. If you work or are around water a lot, it is cheap protection. So is the most secure case you can find. Next time.
I keep waiting for the vendors to offer a 'sport' or 'off-road' version of popular phones that have some nominal weatherproofing and will withstand a quick dunk. Sony used to make a personal electronics with a signature yellow-orange case that were so designed. I loved them, and their reliability.
Posted on May 08, 2008
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