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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:34 PM
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Soup leaked in my purse all over my phone
now it's deader than a doornail. I've wiped it down. Any suggestions? Do you think it's permanently a goner?

I've recently gone "semi-retired" on Social Security, and spending bucks on a phone isn't an option.

:cry:
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Denninmi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:40 PM
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1. Try this:
Open up the back. Take out the batter pack and the SIM card (or whatever they call it in your phone). Wipe those down very carefully with a clean, dry cloth, and wipe out the inside of the batter compartment.

Put the whole thing someplace warm and dry, like on top of the refrigerator, and let it sit there for at least 24 hours.

Often, when it dries out, it will work again.

Good luck.
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:52 PM
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2. Thanks!
Will do that now.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:21 PM
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9. You can try using a hair dryer on it too, after you disassemble. n/t
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:11 PM
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16. Add rice and that might work.... and rice does work to dry the
phone out. Ran my phone through a full wash cycle and it still works after drying in rice.
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:52 PM
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3. Supposedly, if you get a lot of those little absorbing thingies
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 12:53 PM by Lars39
like what comes with a leather purse, the phone will dry out if you stick it in amongst them.

on edit: the top of the fridge thing sounds much cheaper. :)
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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:09 PM
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4. Take it apart and put all parts in a bag of rice overnight.
I have also used acini di pepe. The grain/pasta will absorb the moisture. If there is hope, this will revive your phone.

Do NOT try to turn on the phone for 24 hours.
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:30 PM
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15. ^ This works
did it with a blackberry that went through the wash and a regular cell that the puppy dropped in his water dish.
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:13 PM
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17. You gave a puppy a cell phone! Indulgent of you. ;)
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:10 PM
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5. Is there ANYTHING a woman won't stick in her purse?
LOL :P
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:36 PM
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11. Hey, doesn't everyone carry soup with them?
who knows when there might be an emergency hunger pang!?! LOL
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:16 PM
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6. Set it on it's edge,so gravity pulls the moisture off the components.
With luck it will fire up.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:04 PM
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7. Add croutons?
:shrug:
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:38 PM
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12. Nobody likes a smartass, MilesColtrane!
:rofl:
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:13 PM
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8. Also
Canned air. sometimes you can blow out some of the liquid that you cant otherwise reach to dry.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:23 PM
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10. what kind of soup?
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:39 PM
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13. Homemade chicken noodle
:hi:
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:14 PM
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18. Oi Vey....At least it won't get sick!
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:22 PM
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19. LOL
:rofl:
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OriginalGeek Donating Member (589 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:46 PM
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14. I wonder that too
because if it's thick you may need to do more than just dry the phone out. IF you have a Radio Shack or some other electronics store nearby they might have a can of electronics degreaser. Spray it in there liberally to clean out any gunk. It's similar to WD-40 but I think you can;t actually use WD-40 because of some of its additives. This stuff should be neutral towards circuit boards and such so it won't short anything out anmd it will evaporate leaving no trace of it behind. (Or no harmful trace, anyway)

Unfortunately, most cell phones these days have moisture indicators inside because the provider will often cover accidents but not if moisture was involved. You might not be surprised at all to know how many phone got dumped into the toilet because of a careless lean over to flush...

this stuff should work: http://www.amazon.com/Bath-Electronic-Cleaner-Degreaser...
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:28 PM
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20. Well, I don't know if my phone will work
tomorrow, after I pull it out of the rice and those silicone thingees taken out of my old leather purses, after I've blown it with the hair dryer, followed by some squirts with the compressed air. But damn, with your help, I've done all I can do. Thanks for all the advice!

You guys are O K A Y ! Yeah!
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:59 PM
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21. One last step....
With the phone in your right hand stand on your left foot with your left hand over your belly and turn in 5 counter clockwise circles while hopping on your right foot.

Don't forget to video tape it and post it too U-Tube.;}
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:04 PM
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22. Hey, I dropped mine in the toilet a few weeks ago
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 07:05 PM by blueamy66
TMobile was nice enough to not charge me for a new one....even though I didn't have insurance....charged me $28 for a $150 phone

Good luck!

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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:29 PM
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23. Okay all of this will work sort of...but because it was soup you have an additional step.
Yes, do the rice thing and all the other things...but after that, you're still going to have to have it cleaned professionally before you turn it back on or else every time it gets humid, your phone might have issues or simply eventually just die.

That issue is that soup is high in salt, that salt will suck moisture right out of the air so no matter how well you dry it, this problem won't entirely go away until you remove the salt too.
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