My Motorola V557 cell phone pitched off the boat into Lake Hartwell (SC) in about 9 feet of water. One of the more aquatic members of our party dove down and recovered it after about 5 minutes.
I removed the battery and then banged the phone against a towel vigorously so as to remove as much water as I could and set it out in the sun to dry. Significant condensation collected under the LCD window both front and back.
I hit the Internet for advice. One suggested the refrigerator. I tried that overnight and the condensation was still there. So I took another suggestion and put the phone on the dashboard of the car in the sun with the windows rolled up. I left it that way for about 2 and a half hours. All signs of condensation were gone.
I took the phone home, inserted the battery, and the phone booted up as good as new. Bluetooth worked, music worked, the camera worked and the phone made calls.
So, that’s one happy ending to the “I dropped my cell phone in the lake” story.
The moral of the story? Back up your contacts before dropping the cell phone in the water. Also, put your cell phone in the waterproof floating bag before you get on the boat.