Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My iPhone was in ICE & SNOW for 44 days and it WORKS! AMAZING!

On January 26th, the windchill was -51 degrees and we had about 36" of snow on the ground with blowing and drifting.  It was this day, 44 days ago,  I suddenly realized my iphone was missing.  There were two possibilities.... it was somewhere in the house or out in the snow.  UGH!  My WHITE iPhone - in the snow?  It couldn't be.  I was doomed.

I have continued to look for it in the house since that day.  That was, until yesterday!  It was a warm sunny day here - about 50 degrees and the record breaking snow was FINALLY beginning to melt!  As I was walking along the sidewalk, THERE IT WAS!  Not my phone, but a small piece of my phone CASE laying there in the matted grass.  MYSTERY SOLVED - I did indeed drop it in the snow in January and it had been outside the whole time!  But now, how to find the actual phone.  I grabbed a shovel and began to try to dig into the copious amounts of snow still remaining along the sidewalk on the grass with NO luck.  I decided I just had to wait for further melting and so before I went to put the shovel back into the garage, I saw something.  THE REST OF THE CASE!  It was there, over 20 feet away from the drop point!  But how could that be...... And then it hit me!  THE SNOWBLOWER!

As I ran over to pick up the case, I was hoping it was still attached to the phone.... and it was!  Resisting the urge to pick it up,  I borrowed a friend's iPhone to take pictures of its final resting place.  I was flabbergasted by how it could have been chucked 20 feet by a snowblower and still be intact.  But it was and the mystery of my missing phone was solved.  My mind could finally stop trying to memorize and re-trace the steps leading up to misplacing my phone.  If you have ever lost an object, you know how excruciating and frustrating it can be.  It has been 44 days of trying to remember something that would indicate my phone's location.

When I got to the phone and picked it up, I discovered the screen was shattered.  Other than that, it was in great condition.  I brought it in the house and removed the decorative case and threw it away.  I dried off the phone and put it in a plastic bad.  Later that evening, I put it in a bag of rice and let it sit for about 24 hours.

After work today, I decided I was going to plug it is just to see what would happen.  And lo and behold, the charging screen came up!  OMG!  Are you kidding me?  I cannot believe it!

It took a while but at least it seemed to be charging.  And then it happened.  About 20 minutes later, I heard a few noises and my phone powered up!  You could have knocked me over with a feather - I could not believe it!  Not only that, the time was correct AND even adjusted itself for Daylight Savings Time!  OMG OMG OMG!  No way!

I have no service because I put it into lost mode with ATT that first day when it was missing.  And of course, I had NOT downloaded the all important APP - FIND MY iPHONE!  If you own an iPhone, iPod, or other Apple product, DOWNLOAD this NOW.  Through iCloud, it can show your phone on a map if you have lost it, and it can send a tone to it so you can listen for it.  It is pretty amazing.  I am not sure it could have helped me outside in the snow, but it is the first thing I am going to do when I get service restored.

When I bought my 4s in December of 2012, I did buy AppleCare a few weeks later.  I had AppleCare on my MacBook Pro and it was indispensable!  Any glitch that I had was taken care of absolutely free of charge.  Since I normally keep my phones for way longer than two years, I decided AppleCare for my iPhone 4s was the way to go.  It was $99 and it covers anything.  Even snowblowers.  ;-)  I will only have to pay $50 for a new phone but it will be worth it.  With shattered screen, I am concerned about cutting myself on the jagged glass or having pieces actually fall off the phone.  

So, there you have it.  My amazing iPhone story.  I can't believe it.  Record snow fall, weeks of below zero temperatures, deadly windchills, two days of rain and the crushing blades of the snowblower.  I am now an Apple iPhone customer for LIFE.   I am on my third Volkswagen convertible car because I believe in them.  I was in a very serious car accident when a giant Ford Bronco caused a terrible collision.  I walked away without a scratch.  A little VW against a big bad truck and my VW won.  I am loyal to the brand for that very reason - I have faith and they have  served me SO well.  This is the same loyalty I feel towards my Apple iPhone.  I know some people think it is all hype and that android is the way to go, etc.  But, actually, in my eyes, the Apple iPhone is pretty amazing.  I feel sorry for this little phone and all its been through, but it is a survivor.  I now know what the "i" stands for in the name iPhone........ INVINCIBLE!  Bravo Apple, Inc., and thank you for making such an amazing product!


  1. Hi Tracy, that's amazing. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris