dunked Nokia 6102 - How to avoid 'down time'
well amongst all of the water logged conversation, I'd like to point out a few things.
- if you get the phone wet period... to even have a chance of it working again, take apart everything you can get off of it immediately. do NOT reassemble OR attempt to charge it for at LEAST 3 days. this will POSSIBLY prevent shorts.
- you will probably need a new battery even if the phone will turn back on... shorted out batteries will "charge" but only hold on for MAX 30 mins.
- after talking to many "cell phone repair experts" (aka my uncle who is a cingular network/phone tech, and multiple 'cell phone repair shops' here in Memphis) the general consensus is WET PHONE = SCREWED.
- $4 bucks a month or so for insurance and AT LEAST a $50 copay to replace a phone with either a new or 'refurbished' phone maybe doesn't sound reasonable, but looking at the alternative of my accident prone fiance... we've lost one phone and counting, and thank heavens I don't have to buy a new $180 phone at retail price...
BOTTOM LINE AND STRATEGY -
1) wet phone = the PHONE ONLY is screwed (the SIM CHIP will usually SURVIVE!!!)
2) if possible, keep an older phone around to serve as a backup (if you have any for the same network from 'upgrade' offers)
3) SERIOUSLY consider insurance depending on the phone cost / who is using it...
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