pr0cess saidI dropped my last phone (blackberry)in the Jacuzzi. I was screaming and crying and padding the bottom of the jacuzzi to find it... My poor phone drowned with no mercy
My husband sent his Samsung through the washing machine, discovered it when he was loading the dryer. He thought maybe the jar of uncooked rice trick might bring it back, I said not after over 30 minutes of hot soapy agitation, a rinse and 2 spins. He was panicked at the thought of no phone the next day at his office, and wanted us to run out after 8 PM and buy a new one.
My better solution was to call up AT&T and have them reactivate my old iPhone 3GS with his Samsung's number, and then synced it to his computer to install all his contacts. He had a working phone back within 30 minutes, no loss of numbers, and it cost us nothing. I now always keep a spare phone in reserve as we go through upgrades, in case he does that again (or maybe I will this time).