Not 4wd related but....

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 20:48
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I know its supposed to be about 4wdin' etc etc etc but my phone - yes the beloved mobile -has departed in a horrific way - it went through the wash........

she no work no more!! and if im going to blame someone its going to be the 4wd show! cos i didnt take my hand bag and had to put everything in my pocket and well , yeah!! she no work no more!! dried it out for a week, then it turned on and now its not even doing that!!

ive only had the phone on a contract for 3 months and will cost just under $500 for telstra to replace......its a nokia 6235 (cdma) .......

i thought about buying one on ebay but it has to be a telstra one and there are only orange ones cos they are going out...

has this happened to anyone else and what did you do????

Laura b

ps...please dont laugh at me!!LOL!!!
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:05

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:05
You suck!

I washed BOTH of my phones, and they worked, but..... I only wash in COLD water.

I think a lot of us here have done this, you are not alone, well, you sort of are, 'cause you got no fone, but you know what I mean.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:08

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:08
cold water too!!

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:12

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:12
If you dried it, and it turned on, and now won't, maybe just the battery? Try turning it on with the charger plugged in, and switched on, at least that will let you know if it's the battery at fault.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:17

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:17
tried that too - it doesnt even charge...would that mean the batt has shorted out???

Laura b
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:26

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:26
Laura, unfortunately, these things are so small, they are really getting to be almost disposable, although the prices are saying otherwise.

It seems to me, that it has died.

Surely Telstra, would have CDMA handsets, that you could buy, without breaking the bank...

... or...

... go into the Telstra shop, and say..."I was talkin' to Mom, and she was just tellin' me 'bout Dave, when... pffft, it just stopped." I looked at the screen, and it was all dark, like me, "... never did hear what Dave did..."

They may give you another one, if they don't read this forum...lol...

Wolfie

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Follow Up By: Laura B - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:28

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:28
its gotta be one that fits the car kit!!so either a 6235, 6225 or a 6255.....all cost a lot...looking on ebay at the mo for batteries...gonna see if that the prob....cheers

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Member - Jerry C (WA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 01:22

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 01:22
Hi Laura, most mobiles that go swimming die a slow painfull death depending on the purity of the water. Going through the wash probably means that there was some caustic in the detergent, this would attack all the metal parts fairly quickly.
If you could have taken it apart, covers off, screws out, split the printed circuit boards apart, screen off and the metal internal covers off and washed it in distilled water within 30 minutes, it may have had a chance.
If you take a mobile to the Telstra shop, in Perth, the first thing they do after you have told your sad story, is take it apart and check for corrosion, any sign of it at all and they just give it back to you and will do no more.

Sorry, but a chance to upgrade,

Jerry.
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Follow Up By: Joe King - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 15:16

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 15:16
Try hanging it on the line.... lol
sorry couldn't resist, tell the place you bought it "That crummy case you sold me, the clip let go & it fell in the Toilet"
JK
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:11

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:11
Mine went through he wash and worked immediately after because our machine has a great spin dry :)

Others have told tales about pulling them apart and drying out before switching on.
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:19

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:19
my old-man-in-law swam with his in salt water for 3 hrs and its still working!!he dried his out and cleaned it with that non-rusty stuff that he did with mine.....

Laura B
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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:38

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:38
check the battery. Get someone elses phone and borrow their batt to see if your phone still works. If so then buy another batt.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:43

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 21:43
thought of that - but cannt find anyone with the same phone....or who has the same battery......thanks anyway

L
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 22:43

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 22:43
Had my 6310 stolen from the cradle in my vehicle just over a year ago, cost me $400 for a near new s/hand one to replace it. Spoke to my insurance company & for $40-00 a year extra on my conyents premium now have cover of personal possesions when not in the apartment where I live in Bne.

Haven't had to make a claim yet but as one gets older one makes lots more errors, just ask me.
Cheers boroma604.
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 07:38

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 07:38
"she no work no more!! and if im going to blame someone its going to be the 4wd show! cos i didnt take my hand bag and had to put everything in my pocket and well , yeah!! she no work no more!! "

Yeah... I can see how the show would have forced you to wash your mobile.

If you don't want to spend the big dollars, the cheap alternative is to buy a cheap pre-paid phone..... put your sim card in it and away you go till something else causes you to ruin it.

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Follow Up By: Laura B - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:14

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:14
buy a cheap prepaid is not an option! this phone has been on contract for just under 3 months so even if i did do that it would still cost $500 or more...plus cdma dont have sims..........the balming the show was a joke ! you know...LOL!!!

Laura b
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 07:47

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 07:47
Laura,

Before you buy a new phone, ask Telstra how much paying out your current contract is worth. Ours got pitched onto concrete from a fair height recently and did not take well to the experience. Like you, we were looking at $400+ to replace the handset. I eventually worked out that it was cheaper to pay out the remaining contract and then sign up for a new one with a flash (free) new phone. Kept the same number as well.

I note you are not far into your contract, but it is worth looking at anyhow.

Matt.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:01

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:01
Laura,

I think someone has mentioned insurance, my nephew put my sister inlaws phone down the toilet, and I'm sure she got a new one through her insurance company.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:20

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:20
Puts a whole new slant on the term... speaking shlt, doesn't it!
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:23

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:23
it does indeed.....
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:16

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:16
Al,
Would doing an insurance claim up the premium for next time???

Laura B
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:50

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:50
Hi Laura,

I really don't know, you could probably make some enquiries to find out, but I know she definitely got a replacement phone.

cheers
Lyn
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Reply By: Rigor - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:30

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:30
For what it is worth after the event , if a mobile ever gets wet , really wet , remove the battery immediatly (if not sooner) !! The chances of self destruction are minimal if the battery cannot cause the electrolysis and voltage where it should not be .A mobile without a battery will generally survive a good dunking but dry it for a week before re-fitting the battery. Unfortunately and understandably most mobiles are switched at the time of the swimming lesson . I dropped my Nokia into our pool (deep end) and would have to have been a good 30 -40 seconds to retrieve it with the pool scoop , removed batts dried for a week and it still works to this day , I may have been lucky but it worked for me.

Cheers Dave L.
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Reply By: ellmcg - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:41

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:41
I bought one off eBay when mine was dying. I'm fairly certain you'd be able to get a network unlocked phone with a car kit etc for less on eBay than you'd pay to get a new phone at the Tesltra Shop.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:58

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:58
Laura,

May be a little help to you.

Telstra On Line shows the 6235 phone cost is $379 to buy outright.

Telstra Online - 6235

Bill


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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:02

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:02
Bugger!

Try this link: Telstra Online
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:11

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 11:11
Laura ,

Every cloud has a silver lining Laura - you have just the cleanest phone now .

I did the same thing about a month ago and was offered plenty of helpful advice by our members on how to fix it - but to no avail .

Maybe it was the heat and the banging in the dryer , but it never came out of Intensive Care . A family tragedy .

Mine was a Nokia 6225 , which is a good phone and Telstra was selling them for $199 on special . They were $500 when I bought it a year ago .

See Ya ,

Willie .

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Reply By: Matt (W.A.) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 22:53

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 22:53
Hi Laura,
I Recently Drove over My Nokia 6630 and claimed it through my Insurance Company under "Accidental Damage" they Paid the Replacement Price for the Phone and I Picked up a new one, No Dramas. Can you do the same? I told them that I Drove over it too so all was above board.

Matt
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