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Can your cell phone survive water torture?

Posted Friday, November 28, 2008, at 9:11 PM

Life is good -- my cell phone works.

I was temporarily cut off from the outside world on Thanksgiving night after the thing jumped into a large bowl of water in a small room. Although it was very quickly rescued amid screams of "Oh no! Oh no!" and immediately taken apart and laid out to dry, it was not expected to recover. Liquid usually means certain death for cell phones.

It would have been the second time this year that same bowl of water had claimed a family cell phone. We lost my son's after it made the plunge last summer. It wasn't his fault, he didn't do it, the darn thing just flew out of his hand. On Thanksgiving, I didn't do it either -- cell phones must have a mind of their own.

While I was lamenting the loss of my constant companion with its happy little tune, I was reminded that another family member thought it was for the best. My son said my cell phone was so old, it was embarrassing to use in public -- clunky, scratched, nicked, dull and out-of-date. I agreed until Friday morning when I put the thing back together.

It was a miracle. It worked. I was back in business.

The first test call (to brag) went to my son's snazzy it-does-everything phone with the flashing lights, camera, FM radio, music player and built-in pedometer.

"Can you hear me now?"

My old phone doesn't do anything special, except survive water torture.

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I have bathed several phones...not intentionally and they will usually survive golf course ponds, commodes, glasses of water but not orange juice...who'd of guessed it!

-- Posted by viaductman on Fri, Nov 28, 2008, at 10:08 PM

I "just" bought the Blackberry Curve about 4 weeks ago - I resisted suggestions from my company for many many months to change to the new toy. I am of the old school I want to answer and call on my phone. I also felt it was a way for people to be too quick in contact with me, why I may want to come down to the farm at Worthington and hide away. With email, txt and all the other stuff I am just a flick of the holster away.

I bought the new toy and would you know it got wet and died. I got a new Blackberry Bold now $500.00 later, I can get insurance with this one.

I say give a phone a bath and make your life easy.

-- Posted by gary g on Sat, Nov 29, 2008, at 2:22 PM

They do not survive an attempted cleansing in the Washing Machine.

The worst part of it all is the fact that you have to re-enter all the contacts (hopefully you have them stored somewhere to refer to).

That is, unless you have a phone that syncs with your computer. I didn't.

-- Posted by Indymac4 on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 5:55 PM

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