facepawDropped my Nexus S in the toilet last night and the reality of the situation is finally setting in, maybe writing about it would be therapeutic. You mind?

So I had my precious second Google phone just perfect, in fact goattwo hours before the incident I finally found an OC/UV kernel that stayed stable at 1.4GHz. Wrapping up a good week of heavy work to try to pay a bunch of bills that snuck up on me, feeling good, in the bathroom, reading an article on tmonews about how T-Mobile customer service reps are really getting their balls broken hard apparently as a result of the impending buyout, morale down, people getting fired, really got their balls in a vice, poor guys and gals, that in general for them (and as well as customers) sucks (that’s kind of a hangout for T-Mo employees, good place), finish my business (no no, the toilet had been flushed, I flushed it, relax), woops, phone’s in the toilet. Woops.

Not the F word yet, figured if I snatch it fast and cut the power until it dried, a little non-salinized water never hurt anybody.

Without hesitation my hand dives in to retrieve it, pop the battery, shake it hard in the shower for a little centrifugal help, holler at the wife to bust out fuckedsteamshovelthe hair dryer, blast that sucker for what felt like an adequate amount of time, cooled it down in the freezer, let it simmer, started to power it up but heard a sizzling sound, you know, kind of like a little water boiling across a cell phone circuit of some sort, more hair dryer, freezer, fire it up again, sort of boots but now the screen’s bugging out.

Skipping forward an hour, the phone boots, screen not bugging out as much as if to suggest that I might make it out of this alive, repeat that for another half hour, screen mellows out and boots fine, now I’m at the lockscreen and see that it, while picking up wifi, is not connecting cellularly. Is it the sim? Swap sims with my wife, same problem. Remove the sim, compare it to hers without a sim, she gets a no sim notice but some bars anyway but I don’t get a no sim thing but no bars, no service, as if the water just surgically targeted the part of that radio chip that connects to the towers. Pop the battery to begin a hard resetting adventure, I see that little water-detecting white strip no longer white but the you’re-now-officially-screwed red color.

Damn. F word actually.

fuckedpidgeonMy wife, a real sweetheart, arguably too good for me, comforts me saying I can use her Nexus S and she’ll get some cheapo tomorrow (today). While touching, it’s just too important to me to keep her on the Google Nexus train to take her up on that. You know what I mean?

Take an extra sleeping pill, hit the sack hoping the phone would surprise me by working tomorrow. Wake up, bam it hits me, what happened last night, fire up the phone with such hope, nope, no connection. Start downloading and fucked4flashing different radio firmware, nothing, beginning to accept that this phone is now wifi-only, start backing up all my stuff to my computer.

Luckily, I never ebayed my old AT&T HTC Nexus One. I like that phone, though the screen compared to the Samsung isn’t much to write home about, really you can’t see it outside unless you sort of cup your hand over it to create shade. So right now maybe you’re thinking, stop crying douchebag, you’ve still got that phone and you don’t even go outside much anyway and when you do go outside maybe it’s time to loltmonicestop being one of those dicks who’s using his phone while walking down crowded streets and subway platforms, fire up SIP calling on the Nexus S.

Yeah, all right, I can sweat it out until the next Nexus maybe, but EDGE? It’s AT&T and I’m T-Mobile, and today at least, there’s a distinction. Specificallollolly from T-Mo’s 3G speeds that for me have broken 6mbps / 40ms ping (yes, 3G, not 4G) to what, like 120Kbps? Actually I just got 221kbps, I guess that’s okay. Certainly a step up from AT&T’s NYC network of any G. Could also save me a little juice I suppose.

All right so I can either ebay myself another Nexus S .. let’s see how much that would run me .. ouch, like $400, no dice. Other option, suck it up and use the AT&T Nexus on EDGE, keep it on wifi hotspot mode, tether the Nexus S to it, life goes on (though a lot slower), wait it out until the next Nexus hits. I should try my luck calling T-Mobile CSR and begging them to cut me some slack but if they’re anything like AT&T like that tmonews article claims the deal will be broken when I say “red.” Another option, Google around for cellphone repair but that just sounds like a longshot for this particular problem.

fucked8Everything that wasn’t working after the toilet incident with exception to the cellular is working on the Nexus S including the screen. God’s teasing me, giving me back everything that failed one by one except for this. I’d feel like I’d have more closure today if the screen just went black after the toilet rather than bugging out and then getting better later in the night. I still haven’t brought myself to switch the sim.

What do? Appeal to the T-Mobile twitter guys who really dug this article I wrote? Fellas, if you spot me a new Nexus in spite of the red strip I will show my appreciation with my awesome writing, like I did with HTC not once but twice over something relatively minor. T-Mobile, you guys hook me up, damn right I’ll love you longtime.

That’s it I’m done.

Doug Simmons


  1. Cool story. I can relate. Easy with the gadgets man. Toilet time is toilet time. My brother did same to his Nokia N95 sometime last year and the screen buttons won’t register even after dipping it in raw rice and etc.

  2. OC kernel to 1.4 GHz? I guess Android really needs that extra power to be close behind the upcoming mid range Windoes Phone 7 devices (hint: 800 Mhz).
    Sorry for your phone though. :o(

  3. OC /and/ undervolt, some would argue it saves juice. Gotten it up to 1.6GHz before but it wasn’t quite perfectly stable.

    I wonder why your phone boots faster, lasts a bit longer in general and may perform adequately on 800MHz. Why do you suppose that is? Folks at Google don’t know what they’re doing? Or does my phone maybe do a lot more stuff than yours? It’s a good question.

    You know what else is 800MHz? The Android-powered T-Mobile G2. True story, XDA managed to cook up an overclocking kernel that ran stable at 1.9GHz.

    By the way, when you run such a kernel your processor isn’t always cooking at that speed, only when it’s demanded to do so, then ramps down to whatever you want including to 128MHz versus the 256MHz base Google puts on at least the phones I’ve had. So between that and undervolting,.. whatever.

    Now even if you’re complacent and content with your fruity mellifluous tiles and whatever else you use that thing with a processor that does math relatively slowly, like “mid-shelf” speeds as you generously put it, wouldn’t it be nice if you too could crank up the dial like I can? Even if only for the hell of it?

    Or do you prefer having a lame and quite effectively locked bootloader mandated by Microsoft that no one’s been able to crack? To a lot of us these phones seem to turn into hobbies and hobbies make you want to twist knobs and argue about it on the computer (or phone).

  4. Aww man. I couldn’t poke fun after that. I hope the T-mo guys can take pity on you.

  5. Sorry to hear about your nexus s Simmons. I saved my wife’s phone one time from the bottom of a lake by putting it in a bag of rice. Left it there with the battery pulled for a day and it fired right up.

  6. Most everyone has a similar story, I lost my first Tilt in a 70 yard pour of concrete, it’s the only phone I ever bricked.
    Grow a new set and go buy the new Motorola Photon from Sprint!!!!!!!!

  7. I appreciate the support guys. Unfortunately I think I’m beyond the rice bag trick.

    Well I just got back from an outing to a local T-Mobile joint. I knew I’d strike out but I had to at least try. The lady popped the hood to test to see if it was the sim, then I could see it in her eye before she said anything, the red strip said hello to her. “This phone’s got water damage!” she yelled across the store and explained to me that my options were buy another one full price, as I didn’t get insurance (Best Buy didn’t mention it when I got the phone and switched to T-Mobile), or try my luck at some repair shop.

    She noted that I’m up for an upgrade in October 2012.

    She gave me the address of the closest repair joint, the man said he had a guy who could fix it except because I flashed CyanogenMOD he wasn’t interested, however they’d sell me a new one for $499. The water damage indication didn’t interest him, but the custom rom did, weird. I offered to flash the stock rom to make his guy happy, no deal. He noted the $499 replacement would be unlocked, any carrier. Great.

    Sigh. Well at least it gets wifi. I’ll just double fist the old Nexus, tethering the broken phone to the slow phone until October 2012 — unless a T-Mobile hero reads this and makes Christmas come early for me. Wouldn’t that be something.

  8. Implement a new feature to the site,where by any one who slams you, must contribute a dollar to the slam jar, you will have enough money by tomorrow.

  9. Simmons….. I’ve no doubts you didn’t make up the shit, except that with which your phone made a fleeting nexus before you dived in a flash and saved it from the flush. But I have to admit that you’re in deep shit saddled with a phone that couldn’t take shit and you’ll remember that every time you saddle the throne in the mornings. While your life has come full circle from flashing ROMs to flushing them, you’re also faced with ever depleting resources to acquire another one unless you decide to renege and cop out of paying the bets you’re soon to lose. Your unenviable saga reminded me of the first WP7 ‘Really’ ads (which was the reason of my previous post) where the guy drops his cellphone in the loo and dives to pick it up. Wow…. can it get any more prophetic?? Perhaps its a sign that you need a phone to save you from your phone. Its a heaven-sent chance…. Go grab a WP7. I’m sanguine you will relate better to the juicy mango on the horizon than just the kernels that your present indulgence seems to serve.

  10. That fruity tile Fujitsu phone coming out in a few months would be a good option for you. Can you learn Japanese in maybe two months.

  11. Hind sight is 2020 but I’ll bet if you didn’t jump the gun and had actually let it dry you may have had a different outcome… since its already wet you might as well take some screws out and clean the motherboard and connectors with a tooth brush and rubbing alcohol

  12. Try a pawn shop? You could explore it as a writing angle. I went to my local shop,to replace my daughter’s phone. They had atleast 30 phones in a pile on a shelf in a display case. No slabs, but LG Expo, Blackberys.Too many, and I didn’t want to commit to a full search of the pile, at that moment. The next day a friend came through with a replacement, so I never went back to the pawn shop.
    A year is too long to have to wait right now, even with a new phone. Soo many cool devices coming out! I want to try them all.
    Well, most of them, anyway. Peace

  13. Simmons,

    Find yourself a TMO HD2 on FleaBay or Craigslist and go town! With the HD2 you can pretty much run whatever OS you want. Even the one with the fruity flippy tiles lol.

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