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    Thumbs up Blackberry survives torrential downpour

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    My brother's Sprint 8830 fell out of his lap when dashing from car to house during a crazy rainstorm Friday night. Crazy rainstorm as in, I was driving nearby at the time and had to pull over b/c I couldn't see the road, crazy.

    It landed in the street, battery up, and the battery cover popped off. 20 minutes later, he realizes his bb is missing, and calls it from another cell phone. As he was searching the car, he heard it ringing, while laying in the rain, on the street.

    So he takes out the battery, and puts it in the oven for half an hour at the lowest temp, takes it out for half an hour, and so on for a few hours.

    He said he could see steam after a few hours behind the lcd cover.

    The next day, the dern thing is actually working! It hits enter and clicks the wheel constantly, but it turns on and functions normally otherwise. A day later, he reports it's working almost perfectly.

    I used his bb the day after, and his gf was there and completely confirmed what happened.
    I couldn't believe it could essentially be waterlogged for almost half an hour and still receive phone calls.

    Sprint insurance is replacing the phone shortly. Gotta love insurance.

    further proof the 8800 series is one solid handheld.

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    That would make a great commercial for Blackberry, especially the part about baking it in the oven??? What!!! Unbelievable..


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    That's awesome. I'm glad its still working for him. ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    Mm blackberry pie in the oven...lol.
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    One time I dropped my BB. It was alright. But I wasn't. I was looking for things to go wrong. And they just wouldn't. Quite annoying.

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    glad it worked out for him...however putting any electrical device in an oven/using a blow dryer is highly frowned upon as it can potentially damage the delicate internals of the device...the best thing to do is to first remove the battery as quickly as possible to avoid shorting the electrical components, then get a canned air duster to blow out any excess water that may still be in the device...then submerge your device into a bowl of uncooked rice to draw out any left over moisture from the device...this usually takes about a day or two or three depending on how much water was left in the device (2 days at least is your safest bet)...then put the battery back in and give it the old college try...hope this helps others who may experience something like your brother did.

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~sweet. I'm gonna go throw mine out in the rain for awhile and then see if it will still work.

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    Didn't know about the rice. That's pretty nifty
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~i did the rice thing and it worked.. Except I had little granules of rice that slipped in the side rails that I could hear rattling around when I moved my phone!!!

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    well if you're weary of using rice or don't want what happened to jbean to happen to your BB you could always stockpile silica packets from beef jerky bags...or other various sources and use those if and when any water damage occurs to your phone

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    WOW-for once Im speechless. In the oven?

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    lol ya that's what i said...not very smart...he's lucky it worked and didn't melt all the parts...and never use alcohol or rubbing alcohol...it will eat everything inside...also a note if you ever get your berry wet at the beach take the battery out immediately and then; i know what you're all thinking already, wash it out with tap or bottle water a few times to ensure that there is no salt left inside your device otherwise you'll be sorry...then follow the steps above

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    I carry an plastic sandwich bag folded up super tiny in my wallet for crazy rain emergencies. I put the bag in my wallet when I went to an amusement park and just left it in there as a failsafe against mother nature.
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    That BB deserves a Purple Heart.
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    Wow. Any other recipes for BB rice bowls or BB souffle?

    You think RIM created BB's just for researching how constructive users can be in saving their BB's? Hmmm...
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