I left my cell phone outside while laying sod, an alt.home.repair, and the
working just fine now. I took the wet cell phone to the cell phone place,
and they basically said SOL with no insurance.
Can I possibly buy one of the same models on ebay, and use this same SIM
card? Is there an ID or something that would identify the phone I bought in
case it was stolen goods? I would get a guarantee paying with Paypal. Is
there any way of AT&T knowing I'm using a different phone with the same SIM
card? Would the phone even work, or are there things in their system to
catch us scofflaws? Seems like they can make the damn things a little more
water resistant. The guy said that even body perspiration can ruin them.
Used to be, you couldn't even buy/change to an updated phone from the
same provider without paying through the nose for some rip-off charge.
A few years ago, hackers started "jailbreaking" cell-phones. That's
removing the proprietary software locks on cell phones you were asking
about. This made it possible to take a jailbroken phone and just
change the sim card. Better yet, the FCC just recently made
jailbreaking phones legal. In short, if a phone is jailbreakable, you
can buy that phone and change sim cards to it and go on your merry way.
I'm probably in error on some details, as I don't do cellphones, but
that's the basics as I understand it. I'm sure others can clarify.
Typically you "jailbreak" a phone to obtain root privilege so you can
add or remove stuff.
At least in the case of VZW and the 3 carriers I used before them all
you need to do to change to an updated phone is to log into your account
and add the ESN to your account and dial the provisioning number. Some
of the newer phones can be added to your account by simply dialing the
provisioning number from the phone, responding to the questions asked
and it "automagically" programs your phone over the air.
I don't know about AT&T but with Verizon you can switch phones right
online. All you need is some numbers from underneath the battery. Type
them in, turn on the phone, and it's automatically programmed with
your phone number and contact list. They automatically update your
account online with the new phone model.
It has to be a Verizon phone of course, but they don't care what phone
it is as long as you're paying the bill. You don't need a special
hacked phone or anything.
Heck, they'll do it right in the store for you while you wait.
I don't see why the same thing won't work with AT&T. They're
competitive with Verizon and offer an almost identical feature
package. Should be a snap to swap SIM cards and be on your way.
Might be too late-- but for future reference. As soon as you see
it's wet- yank the battery. If it is salt or other mineralized
water, rinse well in distilled water. Dry on top of a
TV/DVR/computer for a day or 2. Say a prayer and plug it in-- A
friend's first iphone survived a dump into the toilet with that
method. [She says she's glad she dropped it before she used the
toilet-- made the diving in after it an easier decision.]
The only one who can answer that for sure is the outfit you're dealing
with. [and if you don't like the first answer you get-- call again
later and ask again]
You want waterproof? How about drop proof, too. Need a flashlight?
Compass? Thermometer- GPS? Want to drive your truck over it? Need
a hockey puck?
Get a Hammer Phone
It is $300 CAD- but if I was still working and felt like I needed a
phone I could abuse, I think I'd go for it.
Actually I think waterproof is fairly easy- but the ones I looked at a
few years ago [Verizon phones] were lacking in whatever else I was
looking for at the time.
Who the frick goes to Popular Mechanics when they pick up their soggy cell
phone in the yard and see if it still works?
Next time, I have a lot of information, should this happen again, and with
my lifestyle, it probably will.
All I'm trying to do now is damage control.
I think this is fried, screen wise, but I am going to put it in rice for a
couple of days.
After that, I shall buy another on ebay.
I was resigned to this after I dropped my other cell phone while playing
golf, and the mower didn't get it, but the sprinklers did. I didn't do any
research after that one, or I would have taken the proper procedures this
I have extensive EMT certifications, even into hyperbaric medicine. BUT, no
information does any good unless you have it BEFORE the incident, and then
when the incident occurs, you take the right steps at the right time. Lots
of reruns, but no re-dos.
Just like driving. Right steps at the right time ends in the right
destination. Everything else lands you in Cleveland.
It's always something.
Much better than expected. I had to raise a corner to put a little dirt
underneath to fill a low spot, and the roots were down 1.5" already. I have
been watching it as per watering, and I must admit, much to my chagrin, it
was worth it. 3500 sf of sod is a lot of frickin sod in anyone's yard.
I did have a healthy crop of mushrooms appear. Baby boomers, don't get
excited, it wasn't THOSE mushrooms, so am currently jousting with them. Had
to take a dog to the vet, don't know if it got ahold of one or what. But
all in all, it looks good.
Now, I'm involved in putting over 1,000 sf of shop made metal trusses and
sheeting over two 40' containers to make my ManCaveOnSteroids. Wood shop,
metal shop, beerbrewing room, et al.
If I can just get a break from that infernal cell phone ringing with
delaying calls........... Lucky my text isn't working, or it would be twice
Hope all is well in the City of Lights. Don't miss it one whit. Still have
the rentals, and they are doing good. We're booked SOLID each year with the
WSOP repeaters, so we're fat and happy.
Going up to the cabin tomorrow to fix burst pipe. Hope to spend at least a
few nights there this year .........................
With today's technology, I would think they could do better. You have to go
to a special company, and a special service to just get a plain vanilla
phone with 10 numbers, on/off, and just the basics, which is what most
people use anyway.
According to this, smartphone use overtook other phones about now:
This one says smartphones accounted for 42% of all phones:
First, I could very easily do without a cell phone at all. When the
"bricks" came out, I had to have one, and I will admit, it did help develop
my steel erection business.
Today, I get calls to not forget to pick up the dog at the groomer (after a
morning reminder, and a Post-It note on the windshield and bathroom mirror),
pick up a gallon of milk and a gross of Tampons, etc vital info. It is an
interruption and a bother with voice mail available, where I can turn the
cell off completely, and check it twice a day when I don't have my hands
full of dangerous tools, am not up at heights, or have a hand full of
steering wheel amongst road raging idiots.
When I see people with their fingers waving, doing all manner of things on
their phones, it is a little sad. Sad that their lives are at the end of
their fingertips, and whatever actual present moment in front of them is
totally missed, or sad that they are so obsessed with anything.
I do admit that the current tide of communications are handy, and we have
used it to verify game rules during the game, bring up nature information
while viewing nature, and other situations where the intergalactic size of
our current library is fingertip accessible and helpful to answer problems
and sort out arguments. Not me. If I am going to spend $75 a month, it's
going to be on gas for the boat, or a new gun, a new tool, or something I
I suggest that in the next few years we shall see specialty programs on TV
like the ones now regarding hoarders, intervention, sexual peccadilloes, et
al, but something like, "YOU PUT YOUR CELLPHONE WHERE?"
rant off ....................
Interesting, everyone else is "obsessed" but apparently you aren't
although you indicate you need to answer every call. If I am busy I let
it go to voice mail. If I am really busy with something important I flip
it into airplane mode so the radios are off.
The SIM card will work on an AT&T "Branded" phone or one that is
"unlocked" to use cross-providers.
Your old phone 'may' be savable. I hope you took the batt. out right
away. Now bury the phone in rice, yes rice. In a few days try to see
if it absorbed all the moisture.
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