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September 30, 2008

Cermele: Soggy Communications

By Joe Cermele

First, know this: I hate cell phones. I HATE them. But like the rest of the drones walking and talking, dining and talking, shopping and talking, it breaks my heart to admit that I am now lost without the stupid thing.

The only time I refuse to use a cell phone is while fishing--with the exception of getting or giving hot tips on the ocean without broadcasting on VHF. Any other scenario, it is off and tucked away for emergency purposes, but as an angler I'm sure many of you have found out the hard way cell phones are in grave danger when they accompany us to our favorite outdoor recreational activity.

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I have dunked no less than seven of them since the cell phone craze started. First there's denial: "It'll dry out and come back on," you convince yourself. Then there's pleading: "Come on, you're almost there," as you watch the screen flash on, then melt into a digital tie-dyed print of uselessness. Then once the man at customer service says, "sorry, there's nothing we can do to recover all your stored numbers," there is dread, sorrow, and defeat.

Maybe not anymore. As much as I despise cell phones, Casio has just released the G'zone, and guess what...it's water-resistant! Of course, only up to a meter, but they recommend clipping a float to it while fishing. This is absolutely the phone for me. How about you? And while we're on the subject, any tips on recovering wet phones would be interesting. Tell me how many you've dunked, too.

JC

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

No cell phones dunked yet but only because I refuse to carry one while I am supposed to be enjoying nature, not conducting business... Now digital cameras are another story entirely! Don't even think about sweating on one of these things or they are history. Still I am once again looking at them just so I can contribute more to this site! You guys won't believe how many 15" Smallmouth I catch with 4# line.

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from Zach wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I use pelican cases to store my phone in any fishing situation. They work great and have a couple different sizes. The one I use for fishing saltwater is a bit larger so it can hold my wallet also, but if you want a small one for wade fishing rivers they have that too. Not sure if they have a website but I think REI carries them.

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from JC wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Alabama...I'm jealous! I love fishing that area. A friend of mine fished the Banana River down there a few weeks ago and did well, but if you've fished there before, you know it can get crowded, making early and late action the best.They hammered on reds around sunup with topwaters and Gulp Shrimp (New Penny color I believe). I don't think there is a bad time of year to fish Indian...you'll have fun, just get out early. Those fish spook like no others. Go to Louisiana and they eat out of your hand. I think reds should start spawning soon, which is good for you, too. Good luck dude! I expect a full report.

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from bnorth wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I'm really surprised that no one has released a phone for sportsmen yet. Could be GPS enabled, 2 megapixel cam (at least) for those candid game shots, digital compass, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof. Plus all the other standard phone features. Offer it in Realtree, Mossy Oak, and Blaze. I think it'd be a hit. Oh and maybe you should be able to place calls on it too.

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from DJM wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

2 phones three times. first one, i just turned off and let dry. it toasted. other one, still have it, got wet twice, once falling out of a shirt pocket picking up a clam in the creek, once in a hip pocket when i went too deep. both time, i immediatley popped the battery, went home, and put all 3 pieces (phone, batterey, SIM card, seperate) in a bag of rice. let sit for a day, change the rice, let sit for 2 more. put it togethor, if it didnt work u let it sit too long on.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Hey JC, I know this is off-topic. I'm headed for Florida Friday when I get out of school to fish for bass for two days in central Florida and two days fishing the infamous Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River area near Titusville. This is certainly not my first time fishing the Indian River (my sister lives in Orlando, so I get to fish the lagoon about three times a year), but I was wondering if you had any idea how the fishing has been down there lately. Last time down there in July we got into a huge school of redfish and then later some jack. Normally October is the best month, but since fall break falls earlier this year, the mullet run wont be going on yet.BTW, I have ruined one phone on the flats when I had to hop out to help pull the boat through a couple of inches of water so that we could get to a red and trout wintering hole. This emded up being an excellent move as the hole was impossible to reach except for an extremely difficult 1/4 mile wade in soft silt, but was full of reds that had not seen people in months.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I had one of them brick-sized Nextel phones a few years back. It had been dropped in a pond, kicked, thrown, stepped on, and chewed by a mastiff. That phone couldn't be bargained with, it couldn't be reasoned with. It didn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely would not stop-EVER- untill the cat peed on it. Then it pretty much melted.The look on the phone tech's face was priceless.

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from jack wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

PS I have hunted and fished in areas where it is my goal to read "OUT OF SERVICE AREA" on the screen. It is a smile maker.

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from jack wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I dunked my cellphone in a toilet in cabin near the Smokies. It fell out of my pocket as I descended to...well anyway, it was an old style Motorola Digital Personal Communicator, http://www.roughlydrafted.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/rd-rdm.tech.q3.... about the size of a kid's shoe and weighed eleven ounces. Built like a tank.I removed the battery, set the phone and battery on the porch railing to dry in the August sun for two days. It fired right up afterwards. My luck, the phone was 'off'. Was told by a tech that had the phone been 'on', it would have toasted the circuitry.

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from JC wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Has anyone ever tried bringing in a dunked phone and claiming it just crapped out? Those cell phone people are sly b@#$%^ds...they put color-change material under the battery so they know it got wet.

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from jcarlin wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I once got wet a little higher then planned trout fishing.(Ok, I've done that many times, but this time my phone was submerged) The phone completely waterlogged. Didn't work at first, drove home with it on top of the dash vent. By the time I got home it worked good as new with the exception that the power button never again turned it off. It would turn on, but short of taking out the battery or running out of juice, it stayed on.

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from John Merwin wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Cell phone? What is a cell phone? Some new thing you young whippersnappers have come up with?

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from Mike wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I would much rather have dunked my phones while fishing then to have lost two to toilets. One in a hotel in Europe - only electrical outlet was above the toilet. The other was at the office, after which, I stopped clipping them to my belt. Nextel told me that once the electronics are wet, they might last a bit but will eventually corrode and stop working. When I told them where it sank they just said it was a goner.Cell phones don't work where I usually hunt and fish so they stay in the car. Bass Pro does sell a soft clear waterproof case that should work, if I can get myself to spend the $15 to get one. But buying one would compromise my freedom so I just can't do it.

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from Jose Hemanda wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I've had my phone coming up on three years and it has been dunked twice. The first was in a swimming pool and after removing the battery and a solid day of drying it came back to life. The second was in a 5 gallon bucket of water while I was watering my garden and talking on the phone. I pulled the phone out of the bucket (hoping it was done for) and talked for a couple more seconds until I couldn't hear. Pulled the battery out and let dry in the sun for a couple hours and it was fine.I believe the trick is to immediately pull the battery and give it some time to dry.

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from Scott in Ohio wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I haven't dunked any but have watched three go into the swimming pool with the owner (one was my son). One survived the dunking after three days of drying out. The other two were kaput. Now I stick mine in a ziplic baggie when I wade.As long as the price is in the ballpark I'll consider the Gzone when I need a new one.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

No cell phones dunked yet but only because I refuse to carry one while I am supposed to be enjoying nature, not conducting business... Now digital cameras are another story entirely! Don't even think about sweating on one of these things or they are history. Still I am once again looking at them just so I can contribute more to this site! You guys won't believe how many 15" Smallmouth I catch with 4# line.

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from Zach wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I use pelican cases to store my phone in any fishing situation. They work great and have a couple different sizes. The one I use for fishing saltwater is a bit larger so it can hold my wallet also, but if you want a small one for wade fishing rivers they have that too. Not sure if they have a website but I think REI carries them.

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from JC wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Alabama...I'm jealous! I love fishing that area. A friend of mine fished the Banana River down there a few weeks ago and did well, but if you've fished there before, you know it can get crowded, making early and late action the best.They hammered on reds around sunup with topwaters and Gulp Shrimp (New Penny color I believe). I don't think there is a bad time of year to fish Indian...you'll have fun, just get out early. Those fish spook like no others. Go to Louisiana and they eat out of your hand. I think reds should start spawning soon, which is good for you, too. Good luck dude! I expect a full report.

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from bnorth wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I'm really surprised that no one has released a phone for sportsmen yet. Could be GPS enabled, 2 megapixel cam (at least) for those candid game shots, digital compass, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof. Plus all the other standard phone features. Offer it in Realtree, Mossy Oak, and Blaze. I think it'd be a hit. Oh and maybe you should be able to place calls on it too.

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from DJM wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

2 phones three times. first one, i just turned off and let dry. it toasted. other one, still have it, got wet twice, once falling out of a shirt pocket picking up a clam in the creek, once in a hip pocket when i went too deep. both time, i immediatley popped the battery, went home, and put all 3 pieces (phone, batterey, SIM card, seperate) in a bag of rice. let sit for a day, change the rice, let sit for 2 more. put it togethor, if it didnt work u let it sit too long on.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Hey JC, I know this is off-topic. I'm headed for Florida Friday when I get out of school to fish for bass for two days in central Florida and two days fishing the infamous Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River area near Titusville. This is certainly not my first time fishing the Indian River (my sister lives in Orlando, so I get to fish the lagoon about three times a year), but I was wondering if you had any idea how the fishing has been down there lately. Last time down there in July we got into a huge school of redfish and then later some jack. Normally October is the best month, but since fall break falls earlier this year, the mullet run wont be going on yet.BTW, I have ruined one phone on the flats when I had to hop out to help pull the boat through a couple of inches of water so that we could get to a red and trout wintering hole. This emded up being an excellent move as the hole was impossible to reach except for an extremely difficult 1/4 mile wade in soft silt, but was full of reds that had not seen people in months.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I had one of them brick-sized Nextel phones a few years back. It had been dropped in a pond, kicked, thrown, stepped on, and chewed by a mastiff. That phone couldn't be bargained with, it couldn't be reasoned with. It didn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely would not stop-EVER- untill the cat peed on it. Then it pretty much melted.The look on the phone tech's face was priceless.

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from jack wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

PS I have hunted and fished in areas where it is my goal to read "OUT OF SERVICE AREA" on the screen. It is a smile maker.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jack wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I dunked my cellphone in a toilet in cabin near the Smokies. It fell out of my pocket as I descended to...well anyway, it was an old style Motorola Digital Personal Communicator, http://www.roughlydrafted.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/rd-rdm.tech.q3.... about the size of a kid's shoe and weighed eleven ounces. Built like a tank.I removed the battery, set the phone and battery on the porch railing to dry in the August sun for two days. It fired right up afterwards. My luck, the phone was 'off'. Was told by a tech that had the phone been 'on', it would have toasted the circuitry.

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from JC wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Has anyone ever tried bringing in a dunked phone and claiming it just crapped out? Those cell phone people are sly b@#$%^ds...they put color-change material under the battery so they know it got wet.

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from jcarlin wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I once got wet a little higher then planned trout fishing.(Ok, I've done that many times, but this time my phone was submerged) The phone completely waterlogged. Didn't work at first, drove home with it on top of the dash vent. By the time I got home it worked good as new with the exception that the power button never again turned it off. It would turn on, but short of taking out the battery or running out of juice, it stayed on.

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from John Merwin wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

Cell phone? What is a cell phone? Some new thing you young whippersnappers have come up with?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I would much rather have dunked my phones while fishing then to have lost two to toilets. One in a hotel in Europe - only electrical outlet was above the toilet. The other was at the office, after which, I stopped clipping them to my belt. Nextel told me that once the electronics are wet, they might last a bit but will eventually corrode and stop working. When I told them where it sank they just said it was a goner.Cell phones don't work where I usually hunt and fish so they stay in the car. Bass Pro does sell a soft clear waterproof case that should work, if I can get myself to spend the $15 to get one. But buying one would compromise my freedom so I just can't do it.

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from Jose Hemanda wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I've had my phone coming up on three years and it has been dunked twice. The first was in a swimming pool and after removing the battery and a solid day of drying it came back to life. The second was in a 5 gallon bucket of water while I was watering my garden and talking on the phone. I pulled the phone out of the bucket (hoping it was done for) and talked for a couple more seconds until I couldn't hear. Pulled the battery out and let dry in the sun for a couple hours and it was fine.I believe the trick is to immediately pull the battery and give it some time to dry.

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from Scott in Ohio wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

I haven't dunked any but have watched three go into the swimming pool with the owner (one was my son). One survived the dunking after three days of drying out. The other two were kaput. Now I stick mine in a ziplic baggie when I wade.As long as the price is in the ballpark I'll consider the Gzone when I need a new one.

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