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Old 02-28-2011, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Its been raining in So.Cal quite a bit. I took a call in the car, put the phone on my lap and when I got out, didnt realize it dropped on the ground.

After about 15 mins, I realized that the phone had been dropped and went out to get it, sitting in the street with a bright white screen on, been rained on for approx 20 mins.

I did as expected, pulled the battery and set it in a warm dry area and let it sit for 2 days. I tried putting the battery back in after 2 days and it boots up to a white screen only. I pulled the battery, waited another day and tried again. Same white screen. THis time I let it run. I could hear it receive text messages and other "sounds of activity". It clearly works fine, but no screen.

I have a 9630 as a backup phone, I transferred the service (was able to back up the 9650 using DM no problem) to the 9630. After a week, I decided Im gonna try to open the phone. I opened it up, looked for any traces of water (none) and cleaned out the phone the best I could, no luck.

I opened the 9630 and swapped the screen with the 9650 (thinking they are so similar). I booted it up, white screen only. I used JL commander to "Reset to Factory Default" (to remove IT policy and any personal info), and that worked fine. The 9630 is back together, working like a champ.

My question to you good folks, what value does the 9650 have now? Is it worth trying to sell on Ebay for parts (fully disclosed condition of course) or it should I just pull the battery and toss it? Any last minute salvation tactics?

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Old 02-28-2011, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably only value is as a paperweight. Usually when water and electronic items mix, the outcome is not good. I would cut your losses and toss it out.

On the otherhand, if the case is OK, that might be the only thing salvagable.

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remove battery and put the unit in a bag of rice for a few days, the rice will draw the moisture out of the phone. otherwise it could take months to dry out and every time you power it up still wet you risk dammage.
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