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Saturday, November 04, 2021

The very first wireless phone I owned is also the only one I ever wrecked. It was inadvertent — I was horsing around on the beach, and in a mental lapse, waded out chest-high into the water before remembering that the phone was in my pocket.

I figured the handset had been drowned but good, and so didn’t really bother to try reviving it. I was probably due for a new phone by that point anyway.

But should I pull this faux-pas again, I now know that I can attempt to recover the phone by drying it out with low-level heat, or more adventurously, an alcohol dip. Apparently, there’s a 50-50 chance for successful resurrection. It seems like it’s worth a shot, especially in terms of recovering all the photos, contacts, notes, etc. on the handset’s memory. What is there to lose? The phone’s likely dead anyway, so further tinkering isn’t going to do any further harm.

Important caveat: Remove the battery! I mean, it should be obvious by now that they hardly need an excuse to go blamm-o; no sense in cooking them toward explosion.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/04/2021 02:06:25 PM
Category: Tech
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