Network connection problems with water-damaged iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by raven97, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. raven97 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2010
    So I'm having a few problems with my iPhone. About 30 hours ago, I dropped my phone into a full sink. It was immersed for probably one or two seconds. I made the mistake of trying to turn it on right away, and it started spazzing - i.e. the startup apple icon screen would come on repeatedly and for a while the screen was flickering.

    I looked online and followed people's advice of turning it off, letting the battery die, and leaving it in a cool place to dry. Since this morning the phone has been in a bag of rice drying off. I tried plugging it in tonight (impatiently) and to my delight the phone revived itself after charging for about half an hour. I synced it with my iTunes and sent one or two texts with no problems. But almost immediately my signal went down to no bars and I lost 3G connection.

    Since then, it was displaying "Searching..." at the top of the screen, and got bursts of connection enough to receive two texts. Literally I would turn my phone on and all the bars would be there, along with 3G, then within a few seconds no bars again. For the last while it's just said "No Service."

    I tried resetting the network settings to no avail, took the sim card out and cleaned it lightly with an eraser, nothing. When I go to "Carrier" under settings, it "searches" for, then finds (after a few minutes), my wireless network, but as soon as I leave the page my connection disappears again.

    My question is- does anyone know if water damage can cause this particular kind of problem? Even though my phone is working perfectly otherwise (besides a somewhat mottled, water-spotted screen), is it possible that something within the phone was damaged that will not allow me to get a connection? Or could it be the sim card that is damaged?

    Does anyone have any suggestions about how to solve this problem? any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks! sorry about the length of this!
  2. raven97 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2010

    my wifi connection is working, but 3G / E is not, and still no signal from my carrier. ?!?! otherwise it's working fine...

    any tips on what i could do to solve this?
  3. TrevRay macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2010
    Wireless greyed out

    I have a simialr problem with my iTouch. After water damage the wireless does not work and wireless option is now greyed out and I can't even access the settings. I was hoping to find a way to fix this because everything else seems to work. Have you received any helpful ideas from anyone?
  4. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    In all honesty, there really isn't a fix, except for taking your device apart, and looking inside.

    Your chipsets are broken, and Apple's not going to be fixing them for you.

    Just keep this in mind, and be more patient next time.
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You gotta replace the logic board. No software or other way to fix water damaged electronic components.

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