Geek Squad wants to save me from myself

Happy birthday to me, but I hope I don't get too out of hand and have to use this kit for saving waterlogged cell phones.

Yes, this could prove very useful. Matt Hickey/CNET

Did you know that my birthday is less than a week from now on March 17? That's also St. Patrick's Day, which everyone celebrates by going out and getting wasted. I'll admit it, that's exactly my plan for my birthday/St. Pat's.

The smart people at Geek Squad, knowing it's my birthday (because I've collaborated with a PR person there in the past), sent me this wonderful cell phone recovery kit in the off chance I drunkenly drop my phone into my beer, a toilet , or, more likely, Puget Sound. It wouldn't be the first time.

What's in the kit, you ask? Everything you need to attempt to resurrect a dunked cell phone. And what better way to show it off than with a series of unboxing pics? Because for some reason people who read tech blogs love unboxing pics.

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First off we've got a generously sized Tupperware container that can also be used for storage of last night's leftover lasagna. Inside we see a handy card that features the seven key steps for saving a waterlogged handset:

  1. Turn off the phone, remove the battery.
  2. Dry it off inside and out with a dry cloth.
  3. See if you have any beef jerky or uncooked rice (no, really).
  4. It diverges here: You can either put the rice or the silica packet from the beef jerky into a Tupperware container.
  5. Add the phone.
  6. Seal it in the Tupperware overnight.

  7. Try the phone out. If you're lucky, it'll be working as good as new.

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So, to that end, we have a bag of Geek Squad brand beef jerky. Excellent, I was hungry anyway!

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And under that, 2 pounds of uncooked rice. I have options here, people.

So I'm set. If I dunk my trusty iPhone next Wednesday I'll have everything I need to try to save it. And if I don't, I'll have a snack and half the makings of a decent teriyaki dish.

Thanks, Geek Squad!

About the author

    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.


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