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Keep in mind, they can only fix about 70% of moisture-exposed devices. Their service is not cheap. It costs $80 – $120 to service the device, depending on the model. There’s no guarantee your device will work and it will never really be the same. iCracked does as much as possible to restore a wet iPhone. Given the more expensive alternative of buying a new device, it’s probably worth it.
An Ounce of Prevention
You can prevent your iPhone or other device from being exposed to liquids. There are a variety of liquid-proof cases on the market — OtterBox being one of the most popular. OtterBox offers cases that protect against drops, shocks, dust, crushing force, and scratches. At around $50, it’s a good investment for a new iPhone. For a less expensive solution, putting your iPhone in a plastic bag may prevent some water damage. It probably won’t help if your device is submerged, but it will protect against spills and rainfall.
If you don’t want the bulk or hassle of using a case, extended warranties may be a better option. They’re actually quite affordable and cover everything. If you damage your device, these services will replace it quickly. For example, SquareTrade will reimburse device replacement from the Apple Store, as well as provide overnight shipping for a replacement device. If you damage your iPhone, you’ll get a new one the next day. These plans aren’t very expensive. They cost about twice as much as a case and offer up to 4 incidents per year. Keep in mind, you have to pay about $50 per incident. It ends up being at least three times more expensive than buying a case. Read “AppleCare+ vs. SquareTrade” for more information on the leading protection plans.
Buying a new device from Apple or your carrier is another alternative. It’s expensive, but you don’t have to pay the $800 or so that a brand-new, unlocked iPhone costs. For example, it costs $229 to buy a replacement iPhone 5. This isn’t the best option, but if your device is completely ruined by water, it’s the only choice. Buying a replacement device isn’t that much more expensive than an extended warranty, however, if you repeatedly damage your device, an extended warranty will pay off.
Overall, buying a quality case is probably the best option. It will protect your device from every peril, except theft or loss. Extended warranty plans such as SquareTrade and AppleCare don’t cover theft or loss either. Since the iPhone is so small, a well-designed case won’t add too much bulk to your device. Just about everyone will drop their iPhone at some point. Make sure that the case is water proof, in addition to offering protection from drops, shocks, and scratches. If you take preventative measures, you’ll never have to worry about a wet iPhone.