Originally Posted by karaokesuperstar
LG CanU 502 waterproof cellphone
for $500 in 2005, not sure how much it is now.
The Zip lock bag will let you use the phone's camera function.
I just checked Verizon and they are selling it for $99 with a 2 yr contract. I'm sure you can find it on eBay as well if you are really in need of a waterproof phone.
You are right, I am wrong. I hate when I write poorly. I should not have said "never" because obviously there are specialty devices out there.
What I meant to say was mainstream models, like the Pearl [which was asked about] and the hundreds of other popular cell phones out there. I don't see waterproof cell phones ever becoming a common offering, that is, on the list of phones for sale by carriers.
Interesting though, that particular phone may be the answer for those people working in dusty or dirty environments, as some members have posted that they need.
Update: Also interesting what a user of this phone said: I have this phone in Japan - costs $150 or less with phone contract. Follow up - you can't take it underwater or get it submerged for long periods. And you have to rinse it well after, if it is saltwater. Says 'waterproof' on the back - but water resistant is more accurate. So, I take it along on dive trips, but never in the water. Good on boats though.
Moreover, I see that on eBay they are being sold for scrap, almost. Seems they did not do that well. I don't think there is much of a market for a waterproof phone. Maybe in some military situations, but in the consumer market, naw.