Have a Smart Phone? Keep DampRid Handy

Have a Smart Phone? Keep DampRid Handy
A while back I posted what may have been an amusing account of my inept smart phone handling at a cocktail party. My folly resulted in the device dropping into a glass of merlot. Obviously, the phone was immediately disabled. Once home, I tried several remedies including placing the phone in the oven at low temperatures and immersing in dry rice. After repeated attempts to revive my expensive piece, nothing worked. Defeated, I began shopping for a new device. Luckily, the (then) anticipated arrival of Apple’s new iPhone 4G caused me to pause and use one of my teenager’s discarded phones for a month or so. Shortly thereafter, another of my teens came home depressed after dropping his lesser phone in a nearby lake. We had just received some electronic equipment in the mail that same day packaged with silica gel moisture absorbing packets. That gave me an idea. We placed my son’s phone in a ziplock bag with the silica gel packets and set it aside for a few days. Sure enough the phone was revived! Encouraged by our unanticipated success, I tried the remedy on my precious HTC. After a week alongside silica gel, the phone was restored to life! Silica gel might be hard to find, but DampRid contains silica gel as a main ingredient and can be found at most grocery stores. We’re keeping some handy.
Bob Meara About Bob Meara

Bob Meara is a senior analyst with Celent's banking practice and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. His research focuses on the branch and ATM delivery channels, customer analytics and check and cash payment processing technologies. A well known authority on remote deposit capture, Bob has led multiple consulting engagements including proprietary research projects involving financial services hardware, software and the impact of self-service on branch banking.

Before joining Celent, Bob was the director of product marketing at Alogent. In this role, he positioned and launched a series of Check 21 payments solutions.

Prior to Alogent, Bob also held positions in marketing and brand management at BellSouth, Hayes Corporation, and Procter & Gamble in addition to being a commissioned naval officer.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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