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    • burtons
    • By burtons 19th Mar 17, 9:57 AM
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    Can you get information off a wet mobile phone
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    • 19th Mar 17, 9:57 AM
    Can you get information off a wet mobile phone 19th Mar 17 at 9:57 AM
    I've found a old mobile phone out by my backdoor but it's soaking wet so is there a way to get any information off the phone so I can find out who's it is and why it was there.
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 19th Mar 17, 10:24 AM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 10:24 AM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 10:24 AM
    If the battery is removed quickly enough when a phone gets wet, it may still work when dried out. In this case it's probably too late but may be worth a try, otherwise the SIM should still work in a different handset and reveal its phone number and stored contact list.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 19th Mar 17, 10:25 AM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 10:25 AM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 10:25 AM
    get the back off, battery out and dry it out & recharge. Unlikely it will start up when reinserted but you can always try
    • mobilejunkie
    • By mobilejunkie 19th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
    If whoever owned the phone was sensible (unlike most) they would have put locks on the sim and phone, making them useless without the codes. However, since they were careless to lose it in the first place they were probably like the vast majority who (stupidly) don't.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 19th Mar 17, 3:26 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 3:26 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 3:26 PM
    putting it in a bag of rice is apparently helpful in these circumstances. Fortunately I've never had to try it.
    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 22nd Mar 17, 8:22 AM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 8:22 AM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 8:22 AM
    If whoever owned the phone was sensible (unlike most) they would have put locks on the sim and phone, making them useless without the codes.
    Originally posted by mobilejunkie
    It's an 'old mobile phone', so very likely not a smartphone.
    #JeSuisCharlie
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 22nd Mar 17, 8:26 AM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 8:26 AM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 8:26 AM
    It's an 'old mobile phone', so very likely not a smartphone.
    Originally posted by Kernel Sanders
    Did you not have a pin code on your nokia 3210
    • mobilejunkie
    • By mobilejunkie 22nd Mar 17, 8:42 AM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 8:42 AM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 8:42 AM
    It's an 'old mobile phone', so very likely not a smartphone.
    Originally posted by Kernel Sanders
    What's that got to do with the price of bread??

    Maybe you only just started using a mobile phone.
    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 22nd Mar 17, 1:58 PM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 1:58 PM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 1:58 PM
    It doesn't seem to have the facility to lock the SIM, so I thought that you would need to add software to the phone to do that. It has no SD card slot and a tiny HDD.
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 22nd Mar 17, 3:12 PM
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    It doesn't seem to have the facility to lock the SIM, so I thought that you would need to add software to the phone to do that. It has no SD card slot and a tiny HDD.
    Originally posted by Kernel Sanders


    Huh? What doesn't have the facility?
    • mobilejunkie
    • By mobilejunkie 22nd Mar 17, 5:07 PM
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    It doesn't seem to have the facility to lock the SIM, so I thought that you would need to add software to the phone to do that. It has no SD card slot and a tiny HDD.
    Originally posted by Kernel Sanders
    Sounds like you expect apps to do everything for you. All the phones I've ever had have security settings for the sim and the phone. Only a few have been smartphones and setting BOTH locks are the first thing I do with a new phone (unless I'm selling it).
    • cookie365
    • By cookie365 22nd Mar 17, 6:32 PM
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    It's not your phone, so the information on it doesn't belong to you, so you have no right to even try to access it.
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 22nd Mar 17, 6:36 PM
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    It's not your phone, so the information on it doesn't belong to you, so you have no right to even try to access it.
    Originally posted by cookie365


    You realise hes trying to do a good thing right?
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 22nd Mar 17, 7:01 PM
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    It's not your phone, so the information on it doesn't belong to you, so you have no right to even try to access it.
    Originally posted by cookie365
    That's a curious attitude, Cookie. Would you similarly 'have no right' to look inside a wallet found dropped in the street to see if its owner could be identified and reunited with it?
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