Last night I had the unfortunate privilege of joining a certain esteemed group of people who’ve had the displeasure of baptizing their smartphone. I won’t get into the embarrassing details of how and in which water-centric room of the house, but suffice to say my iPhone 3GS took a quick bath.
I scrambled to recover it and, with the speed of a trauma surgeon, began to blow dry it. Once all the visible water was removed I held my breath and pressed the unlock button. I was greeted with an unresponsive touchscreen and a message telling me that the accessory I was trying to attach was not compatible with my iPhone. I guess water truly isn’t a compatible accessory!
After seeing the look of despair on my face, my wife placed my fallen comrade in a ziplock bag of rice as a last ditch effort. I, in the meantime, had already logged onto AT&T’s website to see what my options were.
About two hours later my device unlocked itself and I pulled it from the bag to see the damage. Low and behold the touchscreen was back in action, and I was able to at least close the accessory error message, not to mention turn the device off. I left it alone for the rest of the night.
This morning I opened the bag again to check on the patient. My iPhone turned on without incident and appeared to function normally. At this point the only issue I had was that I would lose cellular service periodically, a common issue at my house. All other functions were operating per usual. I turned the phone back off and placed it back in it’s rice bag to see if it needed more time to “heal.”
I can’t say for sure at this point that my phone is fixed, or even if the intermittent cellular loss could be blamed on the water. This is AT&T we’re talking about. I’ll check on my little buddy tonight and report back if the phone is truly back in action!
At this point I can comfortably say that the phone in a bag of rice trick is not an urban legend. It will truly work, if only to some degree. Your mileage may vary.
!!!UPDATE!!! I can safely say that my Lazarus phone is back in action. The bag of rice trick to save your cell phone is…
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