I have spent the better part of the past seven days walking around patting my right butt cheek excessively. It’s a habit. You know how it is – checking for the familiar feel of social media…text messages…vibration and a brrring, brrring…emails…stats…contacts…pictures of your grandchildren enjoying Christmas…the time…the warmth of that cell phone. You name it – it’s there! At least it used to be there. Mine is gone. All gone. Wet. Wet. Wet. 😦
I did all the right things to no avail.
- Retrieved it in less than a second.
- Gently shook the water out.
- Dried it off.
- Bedded it down in a bag of rice for forty-eight plus hours.
There was still no sign of life.
Then I did all the wrong things.
- Shook it some more – this time a little harder!
- Held the hair dryer on it for quite some time.
- Plugged it into the charger.
Oh yea! This time the white screen and apple logo came up…then above the top of the screen some text so tiny you needed a high-powered magnifying glass to decipher the code words written there…then flicker, flicker, off it went into the darkness brandishing a black screen. 😦
Back into the rice for a while – out to charge – another white screen – then flicker off. This happened numerous times over the course of a week. I lost count. Calling Sprint did no good even though we have been loyal customers for fifteen years. For heavens sake – take pity! The phone was only 6 months old and I was not eligible for another update until July 2015. They don’t understand I don’t want an update. I want the same iPhone 5 model that I had – just a working one. They can have this one back, refurbish it, then sell it to some poor soul for too much cash who had bad luck and more money than I have.
The Apple store couldn’t do much better. They wanted about $300.00 to send me a refurbished one, not taking into consideration that we had just purchased a MacBook Pro for Andrew for Christmas. For the cost of that they should have thrown in a free iPhone!
Nope. I did not have any Sprint insurance on it. I didn’t take out the Apple Care insurance. They had explained it didn’t cover water damage so I assumed the Sprint insurance didn’t either. I have never had any need for the insurance with my cell phone. Never dropped it in water or cracked a screen. I hope this isn’t the start of something new!
Today I dropped it off at the repair shop. They said they could work wonders. We’ll see.
Being without my cellphone – my contact to the rest of the world – has been an experience. Try it sometime. It’s not fun! 😦