Went swimming with iPhone 3G, options??

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by davidg4781, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    I was on vacation and hopped in the pool with an AT&T iPhone 3G. I was in there for a few minutes before remembering it was in my pocket so it was pretty well soaked. So far I've stuck it in a box of rice and may pop that in the oven to help heat it up.

    I did try opening it up but couldn't figure out how. I need up putting a few scratches new the screw holes. Other than that it was in prestige condition.

    Now what are my options? I'm currently a Sprint customer and was only using this as a GoPhone for the times I'm out of coverage. I'm also planning on switching to AT&T and was going to use this until the new iPhone comes out.

    I can sell this on eBay as is. I haven't checked prices. Apple also has on their site they'll repair (I'm guessing replace with a refurb) for $150. I can then use that or sell it, but again I haven't done much research on what that will bring.

    Any other thoughts?
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I'd keep it in the rice for a couple of days and see if that works.
     
  3. iRepairParts macrumors regular

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    Don't turn the device on.. If you try to turn it on while there is water inside the device, you can fry the logic and end up with a paper-weight.

    Find a video that will show you how to open the device. Remove the battery. Clean connection points with highly concentrated Isopropyl Alcohol (I would recommend 99%.) Let the alcohol evaporate, which shouldn't take long at all.

    Place the device in rice or silica gel for at least 24hrs.
     
  4. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I tried disassembling it again and don't have the right tools with me. I'm really thinking I may just either sell it or have it "repaired" by Apple.

    Any suggestions either way? if I have Apple repair it I can have a brand new 3G to use with AT&T until the 5S launches. It won't have iCloud though. If I sell it now I can buy a 3GS whenever we switch to AT&T and have access to iCloud along with a faster phone, but it may have battery and other issues.

    Apple charges $150 for repair and brand new ones are selling on eBay for $150. Looks like water damaged ones are selling for about $35.
     

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