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!

Matt Hickey/CNET

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!

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