water damage to my droid, need advice please :(

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    last night when i went to go to the bathroom my droid was in my back pocket and fell in the toilet, it was mostly submerged for maybe a couple seconds, and there was only water in the toilet bowl, no urine.. but i took off my phone cover, my battery, the sim card and started drying it with a towell, i took a blow dryer on low and cool and went over it for a lil bit... i messed up using the blow dryer, and even worse i tried to turn it on a couple times --- but at first the screen was working but wouldnt stay on or load completely.. but its in rice right now, has been for almost 24 hours now, it lights up when i try to turn it on but the screen wont work..

    should i keep it in rice for a few days and see if it works
    ORR
    go to verizon in the morning, tell them what happened, and pay the deductible.. i have insurance on it.
    but will verizon even let me use insurance to replace it? you can clearly tell by the indicators that the phone got wet.. and i dont know what to do.. is the deductible $100?
    if anyone has any advice or can answer my questions i would really apprieciate it
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    You shouldn't of turned it on till you were sure it was dry. The rice in a bag and stick it on the dash of the car works. Do you have the insurance that covers anything?
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    You can try the rice thing but insurance is probably still going to be your best bet. Yes, Asurion covers liquid damage...as long as you don't say that you don't know how it got wet (Not sure why). The deductible is $89 + tax...or something like that. Comes out to $95...better than dishing out $500+ for another one though! :)



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    i know, i was told after the fact not to try and turn it on so i probably messed my droid up even more by doing that..
    and im pretty sure my insurance covers anything? i didnt know verizon offered different insurance plans? im on my parents plan but im trying to avoid telling them it fell in the toilet and just take care of this myself..

    and should i just call asurion myself instead of going into verizon cause thats all they are going to do anyway right? is just give me the number for asurion, which i already have.. and when i call them i just tell them the truth like you said and not play dumb..
    its my fault and carelessness that the phone got wet and i will gladly pay the $100 for a refurbished one, i sure as hell dont have $500 for a new one
    thank you guys for responding so quickly too
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    water damage

    i have a droid 1 and it fell in the sink. it dried out and the water damage sticker does not show any damage. it will turn on but goes to a screen that says bootloader2c.7c battery ok ready to program. i can hold x while turning it on then hold the volume button and camera button but dont know what to do from there any help would be greatly appreciated
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    Think im gonna stop playing with my droid x in the tub now......

    Sent from my DROIDX
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    I would have to disagree with you. My girlfriend is not the most careful person when it comes to electronics and I have used the rice method TWICE and her phones were back to working perfectly after a few days in the rice. The first time she dropped her phone in the sink and the blackberry screen had moisture stuck between the screen glass and the actual display and also all over the inside of her phone. I did not attempt to power it up but took the battery out and the sd card and surrounded the phone in a container of rice and stuck it in the window. Two days later there was no moisture whatsoever and the phone worked flawlessly.

    Second time she left her phone by the sink while doing dishes and the cat jumped on the counter and knocked it into the water. It was a few minutes before she noticed it. Did the exact same thing this time only waited 3 days because it was in the water longer. After the three days took it out, powered it on, and flawless screen and operation.

    You can say it is a myth but that is just your opinion. If you search for this you will find many, many examples that it does work. I understand why you posted the link you did but to me I just don't understand putting a phone that fell in liquid in more liquid. But if it works for you then more power to ya.
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    reproogram

    I have it dried and bought new battery. When I put battery in it says battery good ready to program how do I reprogram it so I can use phone again. Don't want to go back to my blackberry
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    no i have done a side by side test with two blackberry storms... put them both in a glass of water for 15 seconds then let one sit on the counter for 3 days and the other in rice for 3 days... both worked fine after the three days. So a phone sitting on the counter for a few days will give the same effect as putting it in rice.
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    *228 to reprogram the phone, if that's what you're looking for.


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    My Droid had its first Heineken

    ...and it liked it.

    While at a football game my Droid attempted a swan dive right into a 20 oz. Heineken. Luckily, Droids are notoriously bad at platform diving and didn't go straight in. It hit the rim of the cup and knocked it over.


    After sheepishly recovering the dripping wet phone I wiped the beer off it and pulled the battery while holding it right side up to keep the beer out. After the game I went straight to a CVS store and bought a Damp Rid tub (desiccant for damp closets for $2.50) and put it in a gallon ziplock bag. After two days I was sure it was dried out. Desiccant will beat rice any day.


    The keyboard slide is a little sticky from the dried beer, but I can live with it. I don't want to tempt fate by dunking it in alcohol.
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    Did you get a fix? If not, you'll have to try to flash a full SBF onto your phone. I can provide links and instructions if you need them.
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    if your droid got messed up in water and your red x's havent bled on the battery... TAKE IT BACK! you've got the perfect recipe for a new droid replacement. you won't have to pay a deductible either. dancedroid
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    Like I said, to each their own. It worked for me, doesn't mean it will work for you. Just because you do something different does not mean what you do will work for everyone either.
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    I posted this in another topic. Hope this helps?

    I'm going to give you some advice but I will take no blame if this screws your phone up. When I was starting out college, I jumped into a pool with my Moto Slvr and was unknowingly in the water with it in my trunks pockets for about to hours. Just like everyone does when ANYTHING happens to there electronics, they're like "Oh no! My <please insert electronic here> has <insert typical accident here>." Yes. It did happen to me. Yes I did freak. but did I get a new phone? Nope. A friend of mine told me to do what he did with PC parts when he was in college- bake them. Kinda weird but works.

    Instructions (for the noobs)
    1. Do NOT turn on phone.
    2. Pull out battery.
    3. Place phone screen down on oven rack. (Do NOT put battery or the battery door in with it.)
    4. Set oven on lowest possible temperature.
    5. Bake in intervals of 20 minutes with periodical checkups
    6. After 3-4 intervals of baking set phone (still face down) on warm surface over night.

    Yes. I know you think I'm crazy but both phones are similar materials and on the lowest temp, doesn't burn. (I've had to do it with my Droid recently, it worked) and when I did it with my slvr, the thing worked for 4 more months until dying from software malfunction.

    Hopefully this will help you ou.

    Cheers,
    Squinty
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