Recommendation: S6 phone sank in water

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Hi all,

I gave my old S6 to a family member (I switched to a S7), who had a S4 before.

Unfortunately, the phone was dropped in water for several minutes. The screen works, but the "touch pad" (digitizer) doesn't.

The phone is about ~19 months old. The battery is OK but not so great (I was never great on a S6).

1) Is it worth checking with Koodo if the phone can be repaired?

2) In the meanwhile, to use the S4 again, I assume we would need to purchase a new Micro-SIM card (the old one is probably not good anymore), and then switching again later to yet another nano-SIM card for a new phone? In that case, is it simply better to buy a new phone outright?

Thanks,
Julien
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If the phone was immersed in water, I can pretty much guarantee that it will be deemed beyond economical repair. You can switch back to an old sim as long as it has been inactive for less than 90 days. Beyond that you will need a new sim.
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Koodo's sims are tri cut so if you get one and use it as a micro SIM you can simply pop out the nano SIM and use that for your new phone so you'll only have to buy one SIM.
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Thanks guys! Believe it or not, the phone went back to life after 2 days in rice. The screen started to work again, and then a few hours later the digitizer too. Don't know how long it'll last though.
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If you can do without it, put it back into a bag with fresh rice. It can't hurt, even if it's only overnight while you're charging.
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OK we'll try that, thanks!
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Rice is an enduring myth. It's the worst performing moisture absorber there is. If you cannot get silica gel, couscous (instant tho most count as instant) work the best. Or instant rice. Basically it's the starch from something partially cooked that does the absorbing. Ideally you should also open up your phone to have it dry out better as well. Warranties won't touch a water damaged phone anyways, and it's usually just a few screws for a simple pry open. Or if that's not something that you're comfortable with, stick to the above mentioned absorbers.

Also you can get a sim card adapter for dirt cheap online so in case you need to put a nano sim into a micro sim phone, increasingly rare as they are becoming, you can do so easily back and forth as required.
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Covering your phone in honey will create a whole other set of problems though.
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I think rice is just more readily available to most households and is simple and not messy
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Neither is silica gel or couscous. Instant rice works better too. Rice is less useful than air drying.
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I dont have silica gel or couscous laying around at home.  But silica gel would be my top choice.  I might go to a shoe store and steal some
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You can buy silica cat litter at the pet store.