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Old September 29th, 2012, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just dropped my evo in the toilet I dried it with paper towel and wont turn on. I took the battery off and put it in ziplock back covered with rice. If this doesnt work can I return it to Virgin Mobile for replacement?

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Old September 29th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not likely.
Most phones have little stickers placed in different places in the phone that turn pink when the phone has experienced water damage.
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If you bought it at a Best Buy and paid the extra $30 I think they would replace it. Smart phones go pretty fast after being fully submerged but the rice is worth a try.
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hahahahaha

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leave it in the rice bag for 12 hours, then use compressed air to blow out any remaining water, THEN let it sit in a dry place with some moving air for awhile, probably 2-4 hours.

do NOT use a hair-dryer. do NOT leave it in the sun. do not put it anywhere humid or it wont dry at all.

it might sound like a long time to wait BUT its way way way better than trying to turn it on now and shorting out something inside the phone and breaking it forever.

IF at the end of all that waiting for it to dry, it still doesnt work. your basically SOL.

unless you have some kind of damage insurance or that best buy warranty thing.

virgin has NO obligation to replace a phone that you spilled into water, you can call them but do not lie because a simple inspection will show it has water damage.


I know I laughed at you, but don't feel too bad, I myself have a very similar reason for not bringing phones in the restroom anymore as well
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Unfortunately it'll probably have a future on ebay for parts.
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I just dropped my evo in the toilet I dried it with paper towel and wont turn on. I took the battery off and put it in ziplock back covered with rice. If this doesnt work can I return it to Virgin Mobile for replacement?
I'd take it out of the bag and just have it sit directly in the rice. This has always worked for me.

Do not get turning on the phone for 24 hours. If you try to turn it on while it is wet you could fry the whole thing.

Do NOT USE a hair dryer or any other heat on the phone.
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Sorry to hear that

But don't turn it on!
Don't move it around too much! (water might go into other components and chips)

What to Do If a Cell Phone Falls in the Toilet | eHow.com

Put it in dry rice to absorb the moisture.

Hopefully it won't go to android heaven yet lol
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I was camping the last weekend and I left my phone on the picnic table. It rained hard for 3 hours. The next morning I turned it on and been using it since. No issues. I was very lucky. Also left My Provari right next to it. (A high end electronic cigarette that costs $170 dollars.) I was double lucky the electronics are fine on both.
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After putting it in rice overnight i was able to turn it on everyting looks ok no sign of water on screen (maybe having a trident aegis case helped). I immediately turned it off and put in a bag until tomorrow.
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After putting it in rice overnight i was able to turn it on everyting looks ok no sign of water on screen (maybe having a trident aegis case helped). I immediately turned it off and put in a bag until tomorrow. Is it advisable to buy a replacement battery even though its working just to avoid leakage in the future?
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After putting it in rice overnight i was able to turn it on everyting looks ok no sign of water on screen (maybe having a trident aegis case helped). I immediately turned it off and put in a bag until tomorrow. Is it advisable to buy a replacement battery even though its working just to avoid leakage in the future?

yes, its a very good idea to buy a new battery. its such an important component. you dont want to rely on yours just hoping its good.


I just bought a spare EVO 3D battery off ebay. it was 2.99 (yes, stupid cheap) and it got shipped to me in 5 days, even from china.

since the battery is so stupidly cheap, just get it, cheap insurance.

and when it finally comes in, test EVERY. SINGLE. FEATURE. of the phone.

water can ruin the autofocusing elements of the cameras, it can completely ruin the microphone and speaker elements inside the phone.

use an audio recording app and record your voice via the mic and see if it sounds clear or muffled, you dont want muffled. worst case is it doesnt work at all.

also record video and test the autofocus and everything else.

if theres anything that doesnt work. well. that sucks, i still dont think itd be eligible for replacement becuase of the water damage. if its not too bad youll just have to live with it.
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I bought a smartphone 8 years ago that thad been dropped in water from eBay. The phone came in a non-working state and I paid something like $10 for it. We lived in CA at the time and so I left it on the deck (in full sun) for 10 hours while I charged the battery. After 10 hours, I inserted the battery and was completely shocked when it booted up. I immediately took out the Sprint $5 insurance, back in those days they actually called the phone # to make sure the phone could receive a call etc.
I used that phone for 2 yrs with zero problems. Unfortunately, one day I sat down on the phone with keys in my pocket and that was the end of the screen. Sprint sent me a refurb as I was insured

There is hope - sometimes these devices defy the laws of physics.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 02:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Wondering how many people in this thread are posting from the toilet...
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you can also buy replacement/generic water indicator strips from ebay,

if its busted, im sure someone has a guide, showing where all the indicator strips are, and remove then and replace them with new ones. Then you should have no problem sending it in.
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you can also buy replacement/generic water indicator strips from ebay,

if its busted, im sure someone has a guide, showing where all the indicator strips are, and remove then and replace them with new ones. Then you should have no problem sending it in.
Problem there is that's what prosecutors like to call fraud.
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Wondering how many people in this thread are posting from the toilet...
Dude I did that before lol
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That's something straight out of a nightmare. I'd probably have a heart attack if that happened to me. But I'm glad your phone is starting to work again.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 09:30 PM   #18 (permalink)
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ive also been know to rip the tags off my couch, guess you can call me a rebel!

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How do you drop am evo into the toilet anyway? Like seriously?
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How do you drop am evo into the toilet anyway? Like seriously?
Well it could happen while you're wiping with one hand and holding the phone with the other. For example, all of a sudden you get an incoming text that distracts you and before you know it, *plop*. "Wait, that's no turd, it's...OH GOD!"
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I was told the best buy insurance covers water damage and accidental whatevers, if you have that.
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Well it could happen while you're wiping with one hand and holding the phone with the other. For example, all of a sudden you get an incoming text that distracts you and before you know it, *plop*. "Wait, that's no turd, it's...OH GOD!"
Or wiping and holding with the same hand O_O
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or wiping and holding with the same hand o_o
EWWWW!!! Lol!







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I was told the best buy insurance covers water damage and accidental whatevers, if you have that.
according to the guy i bought my phone from, that as long as you can bring it in, its covered.
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Well it could happen while you're wiping with one hand and holding the phone with the other. For example, all of a sudden you get an incoming text that distracts you and before you know it, *plop*. "Wait, that's no turd, it's...OH GOD!"
Especially if you ate corn. Lmfao!




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How do you drop am evo into the toilet anyway? Like seriously?
I didn't drop my Evo in the toilet, but my old Optimus V suffered this fate.

Moral of the story: Never try to piss and text at the same time while drunk.
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How do you drop am evo into the toilet anyway? Like seriously?
I worked in a T-Mobile store for a while and have heard more than you'd care to know... 90% of people who do this are women. They either have their phone in the back pocket of their jeans and it falls out while de-pantsing or pops out when they bend over, or they set their purse on the tank and it falls over or gets bumped and the phone drops in the bowl.

The worst part is no one tells you up front that it went in the toilet... They plop the phone down and say it "mysteriously stopped working." Only after pulling the battery cover and pointing out the water dripping out or the liquid damage indicator do they admit it went for a swim in the toilet. Needless to say, we kept hand sanitizer pumps at each register!
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I worked in a T-Mobile store for a while and have heard more than you'd care to know... 90% of people who do this are women. They either have their phone in the back pocket of their jeans and it falls out while de-pantsing or pops out when they bend over, or they set their purse on the tank and it falls over or gets bumped and the phone drops in the bowl.

The worst part is no one tells you up front that it went in the toilet... They plop the phone down and say it "mysteriously stopped working." Only after pulling the battery cover and pointing out the water dripping out or the liquid damage indicator do they admit it went for a swim in the toilet. Needless to say, we kept hand sanitizer pumps at each register!
That's the only way I thought of it if it was possible
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My old OV went into a deep puddle once and wouldn't reboot right away. I took it apart, as far as I dared and cleaned as many contact points with a couple of those Clean Lens packets, CAREFULLY! And stuck the whole thing (without the battery) in a ziplock bag of rice over night. I had to replace the Sd card as it was a cheapy and had trouble booting up. Got a nice Sandisk 8g. They're waterproof. It rebooted and ran for another year after that! Rice is great for this problem. Good luck.
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I legitimately busted out laughing, oh man, glad the rice bag recovered that.
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