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    Drying a cell Phone

    If I had a fully-loaded Toyota Camry, I'd close the sun-roof at night. Then my cell -phone wouldn't be found in the morning, sitting in an inch or two of water in a cup-holder.

    From my (ex?)-girlfriend's point of view, the Nokia phone is history, and she accepts that I probably can't make it any worse than it is now.

    From my point of view, I might be able to make it better.

    Before I start prying apart the cover, are there any general guiding principles to observe, apart from the obvious:
    (1) Don't try to dry it out in the microwave
    (2) Or the conventional oven.
    I don't have a hair-dryer (see Here for graphic evidence)

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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    Doesn't the (ex?)-girlfriend have a hair dryer? Or try a rack in a close dryer. Or pry apart the cover and use compressed air. You should be able to get access just by removing the back cover where the battery is inserted.

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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    Open the cover as best as you can without a complete disassembly and let that big repairman in the sky ( the Sun ) warm things up for a day. <img src=/S/cooked.gif border=0 alt=cooked width=50 height=46>
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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    > a close dryer.
    I don't have one of these, too, (or is it either?).

    >removing the back cover
    Thanks. Did this with a small flat-bladed screw driver.

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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    > without a complete disassembly

    Thanks. Completed the job, front & back with the same small flat-bladed screw driver.

    >big repairman in the sky ( the Sun )
    Yeah. Right. (I have popped the undressed shell in my envelope rack above the monitor)

    Once I had popped off the front & back and removed the battery, I realised that she had probably left it standing base-down, where are found the connectors for the recharger, so I suppose the thing might just have flattened the battery within the first dozen or so drops of rain.

    I'll let it dry on my rack for 24 hours then ask her for the charger.
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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    Hi Chris

    I see your problem.... I was going to make one of these last year and still have the parts, but this may help you with your problem:

    How to dry a mobile phone when it gets wet

    Good Luck <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    > this may help you with your problem:
    Sorry. Wrong answer. He sang tenor.

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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    I had an old Nokia phone that was dropped in a creek (while being borrowed - never again....). I let it dry out and was able to continue using it. However, the display didn't work. But who needs a screen on a mobile phone? Isn't a phone for speaking to another person?
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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    > was dropped in a creek
    Chris thanks for this. Your (phone's) experience was worse than hers. I've seen her prop this thing in the drinks holder, so I'm currently hoping that it will be no more than a flattened battery.
    The case took me almost as long to open as my vacumn-cleaner cannister, so I am also optimistic that it was sufficiently water-proof against falling rain.
    I won't get the charger until Saturday, but will post back here after the charging is complete.

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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    > will post back here after the charging is complete.
    Well, that didn't take long, did it?
    I returned the 'phone to its owner yesterday, it charged up last night, and today I find that I can dial that number, it rings, but the user can't connect. Likewise she can dial my number but does not get my voice mail.

    My pet theory is that the phone is OK but will probably need to be re-initialised at one of those ugly kiosks in a shopping mall.

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    Re: Drying a cell Phone

    (Forgot to follow up). Phone works perfectly after re-charge. Her son turned off the mute (again) and now she can hear it ring.
    Thanks for the advice and hand-holding!

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