The Warm Water Spa and the Cellphone General Nonsense | My Life 19 JAN 2010

My dear old father-in-law Monty managed to achieve the quite unthinkable this past weekend (which we spent as a Montgomery Clan getaway to Warmwaterberg Spa just by the way) – he managed to completely soak his cellphone by forgetting it in the pockets of his newly purchased swimming trunks as he entered the warm water pool for his very first swim.

Needless to say, he was quite distraught, Cheryl was annoyed and the rest all thought it to be quite hilarious.

Seeing as this happened on the very first day of arriving at the spa, the hapless, unresponsive and rather soggy cellphone proceeded to then spend the rest of the weekend lying around in pieces in the hope that it would dry out and thus render itself useful once more (and had I had access to the Internet, I might have known about the laying in a bowl of rice trick that seems to work rather well according to the denizens of the Net).

Anyway, at the time of writing this quickfire post I have yet to receive an update as to how the phone is faring. Did it survive, is it still salvageable, will insurance cover its repair? Or has it truly shuffled this mortal coil and gone to that ever increasing pile of junk that is electronics heaven?

I’m really not sure, but the whole incident does raise an interesting question in my mind. Is a phone’s dunking survival rate greater depending on the purity and temperature of the water in which it finds itself submerged? For example, does the fact that this phone was submerged in mineral rich, heated natural spa water instead of cold distilled battery water have any effect on its survivability rate?

C’mon, surely there must be an engineer out there who can enlighten me? O.o

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • Ryan

    An air compressor also does the trick nicely. After mine got soaked – no, I did not forget I was thrown into uncle eric’s pool

  • You mean you didn’t jump? :P

  • Maria

    My phone did survive the attack from my jealous egg but was injured and it is costing me R400 to fix it. James phone once survived being washed in the washing machine and lived for another year and a half after we left it in the sun to dry – probably depends on the resilience of the phone!

  • Ryan

    If you remember uncle eric’s pool, if you jump you would have hit the other side of the thing :)

  • @Maria: glad to hear it didn’t perish completely then. Those damned Funakoshi eggs are tough buggers! :)

  • @Ryan: I thought if you jumped you would have cleared the thing and ended up in Grandpa’s shed at the back to be honest! :)