Phone Rescue

I am always paranoid about the data on my phone, losing my phone numbers, pictures, ring tones, and messages. I try to back up my phone often, but the last months of 2008 I didn’t back up my phone and I added a lot of phone numbers and took off to the states. Around the 2 week of January I was riding my motorcycle to Palo Alto (Stanford) to get a bite to eat and then head back from there. When I was riding back to San Jose it started to rain, I stopped at the gas station next to the house to fill up gas, and as I was riding out I left my jacket zipper open which had my phone, so when I rode up hill I felt something fall out of my pocket. I stopped right away and saw my phone sliding a bit down the hill, I got off and tried to get to it before it slipped into a puddle, but I was too late.

I picked up the phone right away, wiped it off and saw the screen flickering to its death. I pulled out the battery right away, then I used a fan to try to dry it off a bit. I was hoping for the best, but I’m in the states with no spare phone, and I pretty much lost all my numbers. I’m lucky I have most of the important numbers memorized but I lost a lot of new numbers. I went picked up a crappy Sony Ericsson from Tmobile to last me the last two weeks. I wanted to break the phone in half after the first day, from such a good phone to a crappy one. I tried powering it up after three days of drying and heat, it came on, the phone shook, the keyboard lit up, but the screen would no power up. I was very annoyed at this, so I took out the battery and left it at that.

When I got back to Kuwait I took the phone to Phone Center in Sharq, 24040890, and told them the situation. They didn’t think it was salvageable. I gave them my spare phone in Kuwait, and I was hoping they can do something about it. They called me and told me that the phone is completely damaged and not worth fixing, but they managed to recover all the phone numbers off of it and transfer it to my spare phone. I have to say that the good news really made my day, and now I’m backing up the phone numbers and I have to make sure that I don’t overwrite any of the new ones.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. When you got to the part where the phone was sliding down the hill while it was raining I was hoping for “and then, someone picked it up, I couldn’t see his face but he had an axe in his hand” my God just imagine that, and you’re still wearing your helmet, and it’s dark, dramatic scene, hell yes.

  2. Laialyq8

    so, whats gana be your new phone?

  3. Meshari

    Marzouq, last time something similar happened to me, like my phone once fall into a hole in the middle of the street, I’ve put it in a plastic bag, went back home, took the battery off and put both the phone and the battery in a bowl full of rice, kept it there for 2 days, and it amazingly worked, keypad was hard to use though.

    I believe that rice could suck out a great amount of humidity.

  4. I second Laialy’s question what is your next phone or which of the above was your phone?

  5. El Bass

    That’s pretty crazy that you dropped it riding up that hill man. It reminds me of this one time I dropped my phone in a bucket of ice, it sucked, I couldn’t get it to work either. So are you gonna stick with the same phone or switch it up to a different sony ericsson????

  6. Backup your numbers into an excel sheet , and upload it to Google Docs so that you can access it any where in the world

  7. Welcome back,
    am not gona ask u to get an iPhone…but u can use ur iPod touch to back up ur contacts and sync that with your address book on ur PC.

    and if u get a MobileMe account from apple u can backup ur ipod touch over the air to that, to be used as a disaster recovery

  8. G-Funk

    With MobileMe and the iphone you’ll never loose it contacts ever with the use of live data sync over the air , and push contacts . I guess this would be one more reason for you to switch to the iPhone.

  9. iPhone iPhone iPhone!

  10. Khaled

    If you use a mac you should download the driver for iSync and you can backup almost any phone over bluetooth …
    I have a Nokia E71 and I back it up everyday .. The contacts go to the address book .. the photos go to iphoto and the calendar inputs and events go to ical .. absolutely amazing :)

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