The Earth is Plotting to Destroy Your Phone

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Contests, Feature Updates, Stories | 126 Comments

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BE PREPARED

Gravity, toilets, wildlife. They strike unexpectedly, taking your phone down with them. The result? Shattered, soaked, un-useable phones. But even more devastating? Thousands of photo memories lost and forgotten, never to be seen again.

But don’t be scared! We may never win the battle against phone destruction, but we have found a cure for lost photo memories. Download the free Photobucket app, and turn on your auto backup immediately! Your phone may fall victim to destruction but your photos will live on forever.

Tell us your story and win.

We want to hear your most unbelievable, strangest, most hilarious or horrifying smartphone incedent.

Share your phone destruction story in tweet, photo or video form with the hashtag #BePrepared to be entered to win $250 in Photobucket Print Shop credit! (Our most awesome prize yet)

Don’t be another statistic. Backup your photo memories today before they are lost forever.

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43 Comments

  1. H
    May 18, 2014

    My friend lets her 3yr old daughter play with her fone to keep her quiet – and last month her daughter walked outside to play in the front yard and a passerby snatched her mom’s fone from her !
    So beware of letting your siblings play with mommy or daddy’s Blackberry !

  2. Heather
    May 18, 2014

    #beprepared
    (This should have been at the end of my previous comment)

  3. Heather
    May 18, 2014

    I haven’t lost the whole phone..yet. However.. my phone somehow seems to have a mind of it’s own..and a warped one at that. I went to bed one night with over 700 pictures and when I woke up the next morning I had only the crappy ones that come with the phone. I was able to get many of them back because they had been saved in text messages..others because I had been smart enough to send to photobucket. I now believe it is a must and a lifesaver when it comes to my pictures because you never know when something crazy is going to happen to your phone…or your phone is going to have a hissy fit..

  4. Sarah
    May 17, 2014

    My story is a tragic tale though it happened to my mother. Her phone survived many near death experiences including taking a ride through the washing machine, and though she had to have it on speaker to speak to you and though it didn’t always hold a charge well she carried it close to her heart. Very close. You see, she carried it in her bra and until one fateful day it remained safe.
    The terrible day came while my mom was visiting. The day had gone by like any other and the time of my son’s bath arrived. He asked my mom to help give him a bath and there were many giggles and splashes. Then, my mom leaned forward and with a sickening “pluuush” her phone jumped from her bra and dove into the tub.
    We tried everything. Rice, a new battery, even CPR, but alas her phone was gone.

  5. Rhonda Hansen
    May 17, 2014

    I was getting out of the car and I had my phone in my hand. Now what you have to understand is that it was my first smart phone! And just the day before I had went out and bought a case that would hold the phone,your credit card’s, cash,business cards a number of things. So I got out of the car with my phone in my hand and the case hanging from my wrist and I dropped my phone face down in the drive way! I didn’t even have to pick it up I heard it shatter and I do mean shatter. Well Bing still worked and I could get on Facebook I could even send emails the only thing that I couldn’t do was make or receive phone calls! That was about the time all of those screen repair shop started opening so I figured that was great! You would think so right? I bought a new phone for less than the cost of the repairs.If I could figure out how to do it I would upload one of the pictures I have of it!

  6. Rick Kratzke
    May 16, 2014

    My pictures are very important to me so that is why I have a photobucket account. My iphone is right now my only access to internet so you can bet I backup my photos.

  7. Eileeniebean
    May 16, 2014

    Roller coaster. Yes, the “air-time” is great, but those camelbacks will kill your cell, especially if they’re located over a pond of water, and the clip on your belt isn’t the strongest! My BF had just upgraded to a $400 phone that he lost that way. Six Flags security told us to check back in a day or so, after the cleaning crew did their daily dredge of the pond. They showed us a pile of maybe 200 cell phones, all dead, so you couldn’t dial yours and hope to find it!! I think maybe SF and the phone companies are in cahoots! >ha, ha<

  8. newsdog
    May 16, 2014

    #BePrepared Yep, I’m prepared.

  9. Gary
    May 16, 2014

    The short story is that I was in a rush trying to prepare to leave the house one morning and at the same time finish some “domestic” chores and decided to wash some Jeans to have ready for that evenings USRA Races. I got ready to go out the door and remembered I forgot my iphone. I looked on the bureau, even under the bed, no phone. I used the “land line” to call my number, I was not able to locate the iphone. Then it dawned on me to look in the washing machine; yep, there she was sparkling clean and dead as a Mullet. Good news though, I was eligible for an upgrade and had a new iphone that evening.

  10. mari
    May 15, 2014

    My phone got stolen I was so bummed to think of my precious memories of my 3 grandsons being lost but im so thankful for photobucket my daughter created an account for me cause she said 32 gigs of memory isn’t enough for all my pictures, thats just a grandma’s enjoyment capturing every moment.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 16, 2014

      The worst thing about a broken, stolen, lost phone is the photo memories that are lost! So glad your daughter had you covered with a Photobucket account.

  11. Sam
    May 15, 2014

    Somewhere in the Allegany National forest a raccoon is making a phone call…

  12. chris
    May 15, 2014

    The first time I lost my phone to water, I was minding my own business, reading a book by the river when my four year old son disappeared beneath the murky waters of the Yamhill,. Giving zero thought to my phone, I jumped in the water, found him and extracted him, only realizing after he was safe that my phone was still in my pocket. I pulled it out to throw it up on the shore when it fell from my hand into the water, never to be seen again.

    The second time I lost my phone to water, I was at a church camp and heard several cries for help. Running down to the boat dock, I saw an upturned rowboat with a mom, a dad and a child hanging off the bottom. Realizing that I wasn’t the world’s best swimmer, but also alert enough to see that there was an empty canoe with life vests next to it, I surged into action. But first, remembering my experience in the muddy Yamhill River, I took my phone out of my pocket and dropped it on the dock and watched as it continued its slow motion slide off the dock into the impenetrable depths of the slough. Gritting my teeth in irritation, I got out and helped the family back to shore.

    Realizing my propensity for losing phones to watery graves when I tried to rescue people, I resolved myself that the next time I saw someone in trouble in the water, the first thing I was going to to was take my damn phone out of my pocket, throw it in the water, then go help.

    As it turns out, the third phone I lost to water was in the murky depths of a toilet. Ugh… Maybe it could have been saved, but I didn’t even try.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      Wow! Kudos for stepping up in slippery situations. Good to hear you have a system in place for the next time you are destined to fill in as lifeguard. As for the toilet.. *shakes head* Happens to the best of us. Given your track record with water.. may be a good idea to backup your mobile photos the free Photobucket app before they go down the drain (or toilet): http://get.it/photobucket/8qtZ

  13. Pablo Rivera
    May 15, 2014

    After photographing on a shrimp boat I attempted to jump from boat to dock, my phone didn’t make the full leap and went plunk into the St. John’s river between boat and dock.

  14. Paul Baker
    May 15, 2014

    My wife placed her phone next to a beer in the console of a car. The driver hit a pothole and the beer did a perfect flip to the phone. Filled it up with beer. I, in a hurry, pulled up my pants standing too close to the toilet. The 3 seconds rule does not apply to phones in water.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      2 second rule might apply, but definitely not 3.

  15. jane mccarthy
    May 15, 2014

    Mine was in my pocket as I was watching the kids in the pool when one of them came up behind me and pushed me in. So the pool destroyed my phone.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      “No running, no diving, and no phones by the pool”

  16. kray
    May 15, 2014

    I dont know where i’m going wrong i have punched, thrown it across the room dropped it in the loo got it soaked in the rain due to it down pouring and leaking through to the pocket and dropped it down a flight of stairs …and yet my phone still goes on.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      Wow! Sounds like you’ve got one tough phone..and probably a lot of photos saved on it. Have you backed up you photos with the Photobucket app just in case? You can get it here: http://get.it/photobucket/8qtZ

    • Abu
      May 25, 2014

      You must have the same phone as me because thanks to late night texting I usually end up sleeping with my phone on my bed. When I wake up in the morning, I rub my eyes lift the covers and there goes my phone flying across the room…bang screenside down. When I rush over to pick it up…what do you know, it works

  17. Carol Carr
    May 15, 2014

    In the last week or so I have missed a doctor’s appt; missed a fasting-bloods appt; forgot my hairdresser’s appt; gave my daughter the wrong time for a children’s birthday party; spilt tea on my bedclothes & had to change the bed about 3 times………I could go on & on but the most annoying was taking a wrong slip road on the motorway & ending up reaching my destination a long time after expectatations.

    Do you know anyone who does cheap brain transplants?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      Sounds like a tough week! The weekend is almost here. Some relaxation might do the trick!

  18. Luisa Cerda
    May 15, 2014

    Baby got a hold of it and erased all my pictures how she did is incredible it was locked and she unlocked it!

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      Kids these days are so technilogically savvy! Sorry to hear about your deleted photos… Make sure you turn on the “auto backup” in the Photobucket app so that you never lose another photo! http://get.it/photobucket/8qtZ

  19. Mike Lam
    May 15, 2014

    Washing the car with the phone in my shirt pocket (as always). Bent over the bucket of soapy water and splash – no more phone

  20. melissa drgos
    May 15, 2014

    ?dunno?

  21. broke it with spoon
    May 15, 2014

    okay, first off i dropped my phone on cement and i stepped on it. i ended up getting a bit of glass in my thumb but i got it out. then, and this is good too because i lost it beforehand, i was bored so i was flipping spoons off my table. you know? hit one end and it goes flying? well my phone was apparently on the chair. it hit the phone and completely destroyed the phone.

    i got a new one 2 years later after that.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      Wow! You must have some aim. Hopefully you have better luck with your new phone. Make sure to automatically backup your photos with the Photobucket app in case you get bored and are armed with spoons! http://get.it/photobucket/8qtZ

  22. Mirri
    May 14, 2014

    Found a suss missed phone number on BF phone, ringing him after midnight. Rang the number on my iphone and met his other girlfriend. He got involved and sent my iphone flying into the pool.
    Had to get new BF and new phone 🙁

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      Sorry to hear, Mirri! Hopefully your new BF and phone are both better! Were your old photos lost when your phone went flying? Make sure you never lose a photo again with auto backup using the Photobucket app! http://get.it/photobucket/8qtZ

  23. Melody Mair
    May 14, 2014

    My cat somehow managed to knock it off the counter and directly into the dog’s water bowl.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 15, 2014

      What good aim your cat has! Sorry to hear your phone was destroyed. Hopefully you had your auto backup on! Make sure you turn it on in the Photobucket app so you never lose a photo again: http://get.it/photobucket/8qtZ

      • Paul S.
        May 21, 2014

        I can’t blame my cat. I had my phone in my chest pocket and bent over to pick up the dog bowl. High dive right into the shallow bowl!

        • Cathy
          May 23, 2014

          I was feeding my horses one evening, when I bent over to change a water bucket, my phone fell in. Luckily, I was able to dry it out and after recharging the battery, it worked.

  24. terry
    May 14, 2014

    I went Scuba Diving and put my phone in the dry suit pocket for safety.
    Unfortunately I put it in the outside pocket !! What a plonker, needless to say I have not done it since.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      May 14, 2014

      Oh no! That’s one you don’t hear every day. Make sure to back your photos up just in case!

  25. Erica sint-Jago wheeler
    May 14, 2014

    Sure y not…imma try it..I guess.. but really a yeti I understand: Shitting on the toilet and A Drink of Desparato, But Gravity and the floor will kill ya’ PHONE BEWARE!!!! Saint Martin my friend. :p