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Old 07-29-2008, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wading in the water with my Blackberry Curve in my jeans pocket when my friend began splashing me. My phone got a little bit wet, but not very much. When I got home and tried to use it, however, each letter key did something different than it did normally. That stopped, but now, when I try to text, after every few letters, the side menu comes up and I have to exit out of that and pick up where I left off.
I only got this phone a little more than a month ago, so I will be very disappointed if there's nothing I can do.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums

First thing first - REMOVE THE BATTERY and leave it out for a day or few. Put the device in a warm place - like on top of a TV or other location.

If you leave the battery out, and resist the temptation to put the battery back in for a couple days (or more) then you should be ok.

Some people also say putting the device (sans battery) in bag of uncooked white rice will help, too (the rice will suck out the moisture).
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You're welcome, and good luck. I had a device that went for a swim in a sink full of water and after drying out for a couple of days it was good as new.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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And might I suggest keeping your phone on dry land? We all have that friend that wants to splash us or worse yet tackle us into the water. Keep the phone as far from the water as possible.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If all the above fails I hope since it is new you paid the little extra for the insurance/warrenty... After my last let's say water rescue I spent the extra money for it! Best of Luck... Resist all temptation to turn on for as long as you dare! BTW I now carry a ziplock baggie if I think I may be any place near water....
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If you leave the battery out, and resist the temptation to put the battery back in for a couple days (or more) then you should be ok.
This is correct.

Water (clean) is pretty harmless in most cases to a cellphone --

It's water + ELECTRICITY = ZAP!

So, banish the battery immediately after water exposure and resist the temptation to test until several days after you think it's fully dried out. (If you're daring, open up the BlackBerry casing to make it dry out internally faster). Cellphones are mostly plastic, metal and glass -- but electricity does a lot of damage when mixed with water. Clean water is usually harmless to a cellphone (apart from residues and solvents in water - salt water is very bad and it's actually a good idea to immediately rinse the cellphone, even under running tapwater, after dirty/saltwater immersion. Distilled water is even better, but time is more of essence with corrosive waters such as saltwater). Most people don't realize that it's the electricity mixed with water that's causing the damage...
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What if I didn't read this thread before I tried to put my battery back in?? I got it somewhat wet and did immediately take the battery out. I left it out for a while and dried out the device for about 1 day (near a/c vent.) I put the battery in and plugged it in and got a red light on the device, but nothing else. Now I get nothing at all!!

I am freaking out. This is my 5th blackberry, and first fatality. I am already in withdrawals. I had to put my sim card in my mother-n-law's OLD phone - a crappy beat-up old Motorola Slvr. It is horrible. I miss all of the functionality - I can't believe how much I used so much of the features. I don't want to use the only upgrade on our account now for a new curve with the Bold right around the corner. And that was going to be for me and the Curve was going to my wife.

Does anyone know a good source for good Curves - unlocked. Does anyone have one - or a Pearl - for AT&T that I could buy?? I could even trade an old laptop, or a monitor. I could even trade a couple really nice Robert Abbey lamps (My wife has an e-bay business selling them - they are sold at Pottery Barn & Williams & Sonoma) Can you tell that I am desperate.

PLEASE HELP!!!!
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Welcome to BB forums. Hope your BB gets dry and healthy.
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always have a spare I have went full on swimming with a few of my devices. Fully disassemble, soak in distilled clean water, and blow dry works like a charm.

Its not so much the water, but the impurities that get left behind that cause harm.
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Does anyone know a good source for good Curves - unlocked. Does anyone have one - or a Pearl - for AT&T that I could buy?? I could even trade an old laptop, or a monitor. I could even trade a couple really nice Robert Abbey lamps (My wife has an e-bay business selling them - they are sold at Pottery Barn & Williams & Sonoma) Can you tell that I am desperate.

PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Old 08-07-2008, 07:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am new to the forum. I have to confess my blackberry went swimming Monday morning. I still remember the time just like it was yesterday. Time of death was about 8:03 a.m. Currently my curve is in intensive care sitting on top of my cable box after 4 days of intense rice surgical intervention.

Today I powered on the device and the only problem is that I have a dim screen.

Hopefully Monday, I will get a 2nd evaluation.

The sad news is that my curve is just so young. Never reached her full potential.
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i usually advise my users to pull the battery and stand the unit up by a pc fan or some other air source that can dry it out. the only time i new this would not work was when one user dropped his in the ocean. a RIM employee told me in a meeting one time that salt water would kill 'em
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hello, I'm new to the forum. My situation resembles others (BB Curve 8310 got soaked). I dropped mine in the pool. Long story short...it's been drying for 4 days now and for the most part everything looks like it's back to normal, but still have 2 notable problems:

1) Cannot connect to the network. "Mobile Network" is ON.
2) Camera...says something to the effect " Cannot run camera..try turning off the other applications first...". I did see another posting with this same error, and the solution was to reinstall the OS. How do you do this?

This site contains alot of great information, which I did not anticipate needing, but any feedback on my two issues would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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It is real simple really.

Download the DM
Download the OS, linked down.
Remove vendor.xml
Open the DM Application Loader, it should prompt for a Upgrade. YES. And wait like 1 hour.

the same, but better explications are in this link.
http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...ilanguage.html

Good Luck and by the way WELCOME TO BBFORUMS............
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Thank you. I followed the instructions and was able to reinstall the OS without a hitch. However, I still cannot connect to the network. Mobile Network is turned on, but when I go to Mobile Network Options....the Data Services is On but the Mobile Network says *None*. Is this supposed to state a valid network name ?

Still having the camera problem as well.

Again thank you, and any other suggestion for this issue is greatly appreciated.

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I dropped my week old 8320 into Lake Superior this afternoon. At the dock in 10 feet of water. It was down there 30 minutes before I scooped it out with a net. I took the battery out and dried the BB under a high powered hand dryer in the rest room. The screen looked cloudy and water was dripping out of everywhere when I used the blower. I did that for about 15 minutes and then let it sit in the sun for a while. I tried another 15 minutes under the dryer. The screen looked good, as did the rest of the unit. I knew I should probably wait a few days before I tried it to make sure it was really dry. I am not a patient person so I put the battery back in and tried it. The little hour glass spun around for a long time and finally the home screen came up looking as good as new. I have been able to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and get on the web. Less than 2 hours from going in the lake until it was working again.

When it went in the lake I was in no big hurry to recover it since I knew it would be dead. I mostly went after it to get my sim card with all my numbers on it so I could put the sim in my old, regular cell phone so I could have some sort of communication.

After reading many other posts about wet or submerged Blackberrys I think I am very lucky! This is my first Blackberry and I am very impressed with it!!!!

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Welcome to BB Forums rm3. You very lucky guy. Don't let your luck run out, dry out your BB for 2 days or so, use the white rice method discussed about. There is no telling where some moisture may be hidden in your BB circuit boards. Keep your luck going and do the 2 day dry out routine.
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Sounds like good advice which I will follow. I know I am lucky and don't ant to press my luck! Thanks!

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This is correct.

Water (clean) is pretty harmless in most cases to a cellphone --

It's water + ELECTRICITY = ZAP!
I am new to this forum, so I know that contradicting other posters, (especially prolific ones), isnt the done thing, but I thought I should butt in here:

Water, with or without electricity CAN damage your BB, as with all other phones. Water with air will damage the circuit boards, which is one of the main reasons for phones to fail. Take for example leaving a BB/phone in a car overnight in cold weather. This can cause condensation which will corrode the circuits and connections inside the device. This can also invalidate your warranty.

My knowledge is from running a data recovery company and a mobile phone forensics company in the UK, (we receive lots of BB's/phones with this type of problem.

I have attached a photo of a BB we were sent in that was bitten by a dog!

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