The resurrection of (my) BlackBerry.
About three weeks ago I did the unthinkable. I ran my BlackBerry Curve through the wash. I was house-sitting for a friend and using an unfamiliar machine. The disruption in my routine led to a break-down in my usually careful pre-wash check. To add insult to injury, about halfway through the wash cycle, I noticed that the washer water level was set to low. So I set it to high, and added a rinse cycle as well!
By the end of the wash, I began to have that icky feeling that something was wrong. As the washer spun down from its final spin cycle I noticed that my cell phone was nowhere to be found. I realized what I had done.
A frantic Google search for tips to recover from disaster provided discouraging information. Most situations that resulted in complete, extended submersion destroyed the device.
I immediately pulled the battery, and used a blow dryer set to cool to try to dry the phone. Without the tool needed to open the phone, I was unable to completely dry the interior. The next day, a friend suggested that I put the phone in a bag of rice. It seems that rice acts as a desiccant.
After a few days in the rice bag, I installed the battery and turned the phone on. The red power light came on, but nothing else. I decided to try a couple more days in the rice bag, just to be safe. After some more grain assisted drying, I plugged in the charger and powered up the phone. Again, the red LED was the only sign of life.
A couple more days of this and finally success! The backlighting on the screen lit up and the hourglass began to spin. I was elated. Was the phone really coming back to life?!
The answer, no. After a few minutes of spinning, the hourglass faded and the phone turned off. It would not re-start. I figured that by this time the phone was truly toasted. I cancelled the account and put the phone on my dresser.
A couple of weeks went by and I found that I just couldn’t give up on my BlackBerry. The other night, I tried once again to attach the charger and start the phone. The red LED came on, the screen lit up and the little hourglass began to spin. I didn’t get my hopes up as I had been through this before.
My heart leapt when the AT&T logo appeared!
I was sure that the screen would soon fade out as it had before, but after a couple of minutes the AT&T logo gave way to the desktop… or whatever you call the main screen. I tried several functions, audio, contacts, chess app, everything was working except for the camera. The camera app would start, but the view screen would remain black and usually after a few seconds I would get a message saying:
Could not start the camera. Close other applications and try opening the camera again.
I had closed the AT&T account so there is no way to test transmission and reception but everything else seems to be working well. After leaving the phone on all night, the alarm worked and the battery level seems stable.
Will the phone work reliably? I’ll have to wait till next payday before I can re-activate it… I can’t wait to find out.