iPhone 5C dropped down the drain... submerged in water for almost 2 hours

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  1. jcao3, Jul 13, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2014

    jcao3 macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2014
    Extremely unlucky but not everyone can be lucky...
    dropped my iPhone 5c down the drain. absolutely devastated as my last phone fell down the toilet after I put it in my back pocket during a night out

    This time I got out the car and it was on my lap and it slid down the drain. It was like a living horror nightmare. I couldn't believe my eyes.... Out of all the places, the car stopped by the drain and a small one might I add. It slipped down and thought I had no hope of getting it. An hour or two later my stepdad came back from his house and managed to grab a tool to remove the covering of the drain and grabbed the iPhone.

    I immediately put the phone in a bowl full of rice. I think my phone was out of battery so I didn't need to turn it off or anything like that (although it would've done that itself when it stopped working)
    Although last time my phone was saved (except the wifi which stopped working which is why I got a new phone), I'm worried that my phone being submerged for quite a while will not turn back on even if I left it in rice. I think I will leave it in there for a couple of days before I check.
    do you think 2 hours of swimming in drain water has left me with no chance? I know the rice trick does work but most forums have said to take it out of water quickly....

    What do you think? Do you know of any success stories?
    Thank you
  2. jcao3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2014

    Thank you!! I really hope so. How long was your phone submerged in water for? I'm just worried that hour period allowed it to get inside and do some real damage. My last phone was submerged for 20 seconds and the rice trick worked!
  3. cnotes2019 Suspended

    Aug 17, 2013

    Any type of accidental coverage for it?
  4. jcao3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2014
    Nope... Yes, I am very foolish. If the rice trick works I will be sure to insure it!
  5. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY

    This is your second accident. Maybe insurance should have been thought of earlier. If the rice works you'll insure it? With who? It's a little late now.

    Good luck though.
  6. jcao3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2014

    True. But when you're a student trying to save you don't think about paying out additional costs ever month unless it is absolutely necessary! I agree. I have been a fool. I can insure it online. It would be okay as if my phone starts to work again I will insure it obviously as working product. Alternatively I may trade in my old iPhone and pay the difference for a new one. I don't want to do that but it may have to be done... really hope rice works its wonders again. The waiting game is torturous.
  7. ethan028 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    I'd recommend T-Mobile. Incredible network along with their Jump program that lets you upgrade anytime and gives your phone insurance for $10 a month. Im a student as well and I just switched to them and so far I've been incredibly happy
  8. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    I really doubt your iPhone will work again. Sorry, but that's reality.
  9. eelw macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2012
    If this is a storm drain, the water that the phone in is going to be quite contaminated. So who knows what type of mineral buildup will be inside after the water dries up.
  10. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The phone is most likely dead. If you can revive it, there's a pretty good chance that spending 2 hours in a storm drain will have significantly shortened it's life.
  11. masands macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    Mate. Just buy the Xperia Z2. Your phone is gone.
  12. RebornProphet Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    Never mind if it works or not, I wouldn't want to use a phone that's reekin' of pish.
  13. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
  14. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    To add to this story, a couple of years ago I ran into the sea in Mexico, and THEN realised that my phone was in the pocket of my shorts!

    It hadnt been in there long, however it was totally screwed, the flash kept flickering on and off along with the screen and.....well.....it was ruined beyond repair. My sad effort of sucking the water out of the headphone socket was in vain :/

    I took it to the genius bar and they advised me that water damage is outside of warranty (which I knew but I was trying to wing it). However they very kindly replaced the phone with a re-manufactured one for £129. Much better than paying full price for a new replacement. Might be your best course of action if it comes to it.

    Horrible feeling isnt it? I still wake up in a cold sweat every now and then.

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