iPhone Resurrected

iPhone rescue | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Anyone who followed my journey to the Super Bowl in Miami knows my beloved iPhone drowned in a hotel pond.

Almost instantly, I hopped the railing separating my table from the pond and, with the help of a WDSU news photographer sitting next to me, scooped the phone from the depths of the pond. But I was too late. The screen went black. The phone was gone.

Or so I thought.

A bunch of people on the internets said DO NOT turn the phone on and submerge it in a bowl of dry, unseasoned rice. It sounded ridiculous, but I did it anyway. Anything to save the iPhone. I wanted to Tweet about the experience, and even reached for the phone before realizing — again — that I was disconnected from society. I went to bed hopeful, but prepared for the worst.

The water-damaged iPhone

I woke up on Super Bowl Sunday with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. It wasn’t because the Saints were playing in the biggest game in franchise history a few hours later. It was the anticipation of trying to power up the iPhone. I walked to the desk, retrieved it from it’s rice bed and held down the power button. No white apple in the middle of the screen. Nothing.

Knowing there was no way I could go through one of the biggest days of my life without my trusty companion, I jumped in the car and drove 4.4 miles from the hotel to the nearest AT&T store to buy a new one. Minutes later I was connected again.

I stashed the dead iPhone in my bag and forgot about it. A few days after I returned home from Miami, I was going through the bag and saw my old friend. It had plenty of time to dry out so I plugged it up to the charger and it came to life! An iPhone drowning success story!

So, yes, it cost $200 to replace a phone that eventually came to back to life. But the good news is that I have a spare for when I inevitably break the new one.


  1. I sent my ipod touch through the washing machine and put it in a bowl of rice for a day…and once I plugged it into the charger it was good as new!! These things are extremely durable!

  2. thats awesome! Scott I will make a note of this , for futere reference!!

  3. Household hints, tech style. I’ll have to remember this just in case. Thanks, Scott.

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