How to temporarily fix your wet cell phone

Oh My God!!! I just dropped my cell phone in my drink! Its ruined, what will I do now!!!

Has this happened to you yet? Have you dropped your cellphone in the toilet, a cup of tea, or washed it in the laundry?

If has not happened to you yet it may, after all they are making them smaller and smaller these days and we can easily forget they are in our pockets at times, or let them slip out of our fingers easily.

So what is your plan if this happens? Do you have phone insurance? For some of us the answer is simple, phone insurance, but you are limited to how many times you can “mess up” with cellphone insurance. Then there is the iPhone which you may or may not can get insurance on. I am uncertain at the time of this writing.

Today I just wanted to give you a fall back option if you are in a pinch somewhere and you need to get back to talking asap.

Visit a local Target or Walmart store and go to electronics and look for a GoPhone.

What is a GoPhone?
GoPhone is the trademark for AT&T Mobility’s pay-as-you-go (PAYG) service.
With a GoPhone, you can pick the plan that works best for you, or pay as you go. Either way, there’s no annual contract or credit check.

You can pick one up for as little as $18 and on up to $99 for the moto razr v3 model.

The GoPhones come with a sim card that must be activated after you have left the store and powered it up to begin your first phone call.

What is a sim card you ask?
A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) on a removable SIM Card securely stores the service-subscriber key (IMSI) used to identify a subscriber on mobile telephony devices (such as computers) and mobile phones. The SIM card allows users to change phones by simply removing the SIM card from one mobile phone and inserting it into another mobile phone or broadband telephony device.

Ok so now you know where to get a GoPhone and you know what a sim card is.

Armed with this information you can take your damaged cellphone that you dropped in the toilet or in a drink and remove the sim card from it. Now put that sim card in the GoPhone and power it up.

Now you can make calls once again. It really is that simple. This will allow you to keep on going untill you can get your better phone serviced.

Most of the time you will have your contacts and all intact as well. If not I suggest that you take this time right now to copy your contacts to your sim card right now so that if this does happen to you, you will have your contacts on your sim.

This varies from phone to phone on how to copy your contacts to your sim, so check your manual. I may do a write up later about how to do that at a later date.

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4 Responses to “How to temporarily fix your wet cell phone”

  1. Zak Robertson Says:

    Not that it’s exactly relevent, but you can actually get insurance for the iPhone now. It’s just freaking expensive and independent of AT&T or Apple. I found one plan for $9 a month with a $100 deductable.

  2. USERBYTES Says:

    Thats great news for iPhone users, which I will be one day soon.

    Some are putting their iPhones on their home owner insurance I think.

  3. USERBYTES Says:

    Oops I accidentally deleted a users comment weeding out the spam ping backs.

    Here it is…

    Author : walford
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    This of course will only work with GSM phones. CDMA handsets [such as those from Verison] don’t have sims, so if you drop one in the water… 🙁

    This true what walford says. If your phone does not have a sim, you are phucked.

  4. Dave Says:

    And just to add another comment, I worked with SIMs and GSM carriers for years and know that some SIMs are locked to certain phone models, but generally, even a GSM SIM from Europe will work in any GSM phone.