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Old 08-09-2010, 11:59 AM   #21
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I've never had the misfortune to launder a cellphone, but have washed a few watches which all seemed to recover.

Hopefully the Tracphone can be replaced for a low out of pocket cost if it doesn't work after the dry out process.
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Yes, I can replace it for $20 and 30 minutes on the phone with a tech support person with a foreign accent reading from a script and feeding me 60 digits to be laboriously entered into the phone. Online activation usually fails here due to poor reception. Actually, their support has been pretty good, but the process of manually entering in these long strings of numbers is ridiculous.

Also, my old candy bar tracfone seemed to get better reception than the new LG220 flipphone, so I may just stick with that.

Two days more of dehumidifying, then I'll see if it survived.
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Al, instead of a poll on actual experiences you should have started a pool on "will it or won't it". I say no...
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Yes, I can replace it for $20 and 30 minutes on the phone with a tech support person with a foreign accent reading from a script and feeding me 60 digits to be laboriously entered into the phone. Online activation usually fails here due to poor reception. Actually, their support has been pretty good, but the process of manually entering in these long strings of numbers is ridiculous.
You should get yourself a phone with SIM card, like T-Mobile. Then the next time you need a new phone you just drop the SIM card in it. No need to call customer support.
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You should get yourself a phone with SIM card, like T-Mobile. Then the next time you need a new phone you just drop the SIM card in it. No need to call customer support.
Correct - and I was pretty sure Tracfone was GSM based which does us a SIM card. Check that out T-Al - it would be good to take the SIM out anyhow, get everything as open as you can to help with the drying.

And you don't have to wait or be w/o a phone either. Once you put the SIM in that old phone, it should just 'take on' your current account, minutes and all. The system doesn't care, as long as the old phone isn't locked to a carrier (since it was Tracfone also, no issue).

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You should get yourself a phone with SIM card, like T-Mobile. Then the next time you need a new phone you just drop the SIM card in it. No need to call customer support.
I agree, but T-mobile doesn't cover this area.

Tracfone represents another instance where a product is made inferior (no SIMs) in order to increase revenue.
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Tracfone represents another instance where a product is made inferior (no SIMs) in order to increase revenue.
My tracfones have typically had SIM cards. But I think each one is tied to a phone. I have never been able to "switch" a tracfone SIM to another tracfone though. They usually require a new tracfone SIM to be activated on a different tracfone.
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I voted yes even though it was not me... but my BIL had his dropped in salt water... after drying out the only thing that did not work well was the screen... I think half of it worked, the other half did not... but the phone made and received calls...
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It works perfectly!

I put the battery in, and it didn't switch on (not surprising), but as soon as I plugged in the charger everything worked, including a test call.
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I'm a little surprised it still works perfectly when the battery was in the phone. I know many electronic devices can usually survive a "bath" after a long "drying" session if there was no current going through the device. Perhaps the current from the battery was low enough that it didn't cause any of the electronics to ***zap*** when submerged.
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Nice to hear it's working. Does it still work if you unplug the charger?
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I am so happy for you!!

Personally I have never had the misfortune to drop my cell phone into water, but would have just assumed that it was toast.
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Nice to hear it's working. Does it still work if you unplug the charger?
Yes, and the battery holds a charge fine. I took a call today while on my bike.
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Yes, and the battery holds a charge fine. I took a call today while on my bike.
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My tracfones have typically had SIM cards. But I think each one is tied to a phone. I have never been able to "switch" a tracfone SIM to another tracfone though. They usually require a new tracfone SIM to be activated on a different tracfone.

I've had tracfone for 10 yrs and every phone I've had (maybe 5) including my current one, has had a SIM card.

Maybe they contract with a different carrier network in your area. Glad to hear yours still works Al.
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I've had tracfone for 10 yrs and every phone I've had (maybe 5) including my current one, has had a SIM card.

Maybe they contract with a different carrier network in your area. Glad to hear yours still works Al.
Were your SIMs interchangeable or did you have to have a new SIM for each new phone?
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