Jumped in a pool to save my 2 year old son!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Doctorsti, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. Doctorsti macrumors regular

    May 30, 2006
    Just before getting his swimmies on my 2 year old literally walked right into a 4ft pool.... I was in and out with my son before I realized my phone was in my pocket.

    I put it in a bag of rice and then hair dried it for about 5 minutes then back in the rice. Any chance this thing is OK or do I go to the Apple store and beg for a new phone/refurbished phone.

    All in all my son is safe and phones are replaceable.

    My wife just shattered her iphone a couple weeks back and they charged her 150 or something for a new refurbished unit. Would they do the same for me? I plan on upgrading to the 5 when it's out but can't go a month without a phone.

    Any suggestions or advice from the enthusiast community?
  2. Coldsnow macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2012
    Unless you payed the insurance for Apple care, they're not just going to hand you a new phone. Leave it completely submerged in the rice for 24-48 hrs, then take it out. Make sure the phones off.

    Yes, they will give you an "Apple refurbished" (pretty much new) for the $150, as they did when I cracked my first iPhone 4.
  3. Doctorsti thread starter macrumors regular

    May 30, 2006
    how can you tell if it's off... it's dark

    I don't expect them to hand me a phone for free but my wife drops her phone after having a few drinks and gets a new phone for 150, I'd say saving my sons life should at least get me a new phone for 150!
  4. Coldsnow macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2012
    Yes, as I said they will give you a refurbished one for $150. Hold down the home button and power button at the same time for 5 seconds. It could turn on, then turn it off.
  5. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    Leave it in rice that might save your phone. Apple will not give you a new phone. If you have Apple care plus you can get a phone for 80$ or something. How about getting a beater phone until the next iphone is out?
  6. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Oh god. Ugh... I'm sure if you told an Apple rep your story, they'd swap your phone for a refurbished one for free. If not and you don't want to spend 150 for a refurbished replacement, then just buy a cheap pre-paid phone for 10-20 dollars to hold you over for a month when the iPhone 5 comes out.

    Glad your son is ok.
  7. kevinbomb123 macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    The second he jumped in he was probably thinking,"Oh !@#$ i have a Iphone in my pocket!"

    after you jumped right in did you get right back out? because if you did put it in some washed and then dryed white rice and you may be able to save your Idevice.:(
  8. Doctorsti thread starter macrumors regular

    May 30, 2006
    four adults within 4 ft of him, far from negligence. he must have thought he had his swimmies on and jumped. obviously the iphone was far from my mind until I pulled it out of my soaking clothes. It's in rice now so we'll see. I'm not holding hope for it so will likely go to Apple store tomorrow for a refurb.
  9. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Glad all is well and they should replace it for the $150 charge if it's a 4, $199 for a 4s.

    Teach your child how to swim if you're going to take him around water. My kids were in the pool and learning to float/swim at 3 months. You'd be amazed at what those little ones can do that young.
  10. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Just make sure not to put ur son in a bag of rice.
  11. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    but rice is delicious
  12. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    Especially with curry chicken or Brown Stew Red Snapper over it. :D
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I'm glad your son is ok. You should look into giving your son some swimming lessons.
  14. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Glad your son is ok.

    After your trip, let us know how it all worked out and mark the thread as "Resolved" for future folks with similar (albeit less traumatizing) experiences.
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  16. Redjericho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    Just tell them your story, and maybe... fudge the details a bit to make it seem more heroic. I doubt they'll give you a free one, but maybe a discount if you're lucky :)
  17. robbie12345 macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2011
    United States
    Something like this recently happened to me. I am on vacation and I walked into the ocean with my iPhone before I remembered it was in my pocket. Unfortunately I don't have rice or a hair drier and I wasn't close to home when it happened, so I dried it with a towel. Right now if I turn it on it has no service as in it can't find it, it keeps having the ringer notification on as if you were adjusting the ringer. But at all times.

    Also it think headphones are plugged in but they aren't. It is also laggy.

    What do you recommend I shud do?
  18. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
    I'm just glad he didn't put his son in the rice and start giving his iPhone mouth to mouth. Cause that would have been silly.
    On a serious note, was it a black one or a white one? Cause they handle the water differently and have different worth.
  19. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Same exact story (three adults) when I was a kid. The lady that jumped in after me a split second before my mom is still our neighbor. From that day on, my mom didn't allow me in the pool area without the "floaties". Lesson learned. Glad the boy is ok. As has been mentioned, $150 replacement phone is Apple's standard policy, regardless of the reason of damage. I have heard people get away with less though. Girlfriend, now fiance, soon to be wife (wow that was a mouthful) ran my phone through the laundry. I explained what happened and they replaced for $100, so it does happen! Good luck!
  20. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Not trying to be a troll or a killjoy here, but the thing is, anyone who is irresponsible, selfish and a big fat liar could say that same story to the Apple store. Besides, it's none of their business. They simply don't care, or have to care.

    No offense, OP.
  21. Pez555 macrumors 68020


    Apr 18, 2010
    people have got replacements for far less.

    its worth a try OP.
  22. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Be polite and explain the story to them. They do have some latitude in cases. They don't have to give you a phone at a reduced price, but they may.

    It wouldn't hurt to have your son with you to prove he exists, and lend credence to your story.
  23. wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
  24. aliensarecool macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
    Phone would be my priority. Kids can be replaced too
  25. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    Salt water is far worse than fresh - I'm surprised your phone works at all! Rice is unlikely to work if the phone has had salt inside it, as it corrodes anything metallic very quickly. Your best bet is to take it to an Apple store and get a refurb.

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