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.

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25 Comments

  1. Nathan hunt
    May 24, 2014

    Fell into a creek- rescuing my (now ex) gf’s dog of a cliff edge. Pulled the dog up and the ground gave way and in I went phone and all.. Had to swim 50m up the creek to get out..

  2. Joy Wright
    May 24, 2014

    I took my kids to Cornwall (UK) on holiday last year. We went crab lining, we were all pleased to try it out and the kids were ecstatic to pull up tiny crabs on the harbour side but careful to stay safe. As they pulled up the lines they often knocked the dinky crabs off with a plop into the water, which upset them. So, being a mum wanting to help her kids I helped to pull the line up, holding onto a post and leaning out to keep the line free of the harbour wall. Which was great, except this time the only plop into the water was my phone which dutifully swam to the bottom with the only pictures of our crab fishing expedition πŸ™ πŸ™

  3. Jetta Nelson
    May 24, 2014

    I was practicing shooting a recurve bow. I stuck my phone in my bra since I had no pockets. I hadn’t hit the target at all and was getting frustrated that my phone kept falling out of my bra. I put my phone laying flat on the target. The target was really big so the odds of hitting my phone seemed slim… I aimed one last time for the target and let the arrow fly… I remember hearing a loud pop. I ran to see what I hit and I managed to accidentally have shot my iPhone three right in the middle….. what are the odds if hitting a flat iPhone laying face down when I was aiming for a huge circle?!

  4. Judy Burroughs
    May 24, 2014

    I decided to give up my beloved BlackBerry and got a DROID 3 as the hot new thing (then). After numerous freezes and dropped calls I was at the end of my rope. I fell one day and tried to call 911 which it wouldn’t do. So I spent two hours waiting to be found while injured and bleeding. Thanks Droid for the permanent scar and hours of pain and misery!
    So as I was driving down a busy road a few days later and had yet another frozen phone moment I was struck by inspiration. I tossed the phone out the car window and watched joyfully as the semi behind me ran it over crushing it beyond recognition! I laughed, I cheered I reactivated the BlackBerry and found the death of the DROID to be the highlight of my week;-) Sometimes taking action to kill the problem gives you a great sense of empowerment and well being.

  5. Dave Groh
    May 24, 2014

    Oh my story is a fun one. I’m the office I.T. guy, but I’ve become known as the go to guy for video production. Every year they do a conference in Las Vegas in December and they show off some of these videos there. One particular year… about 2 years ago, if I remember correctly, they wanted to do their own version of the “Call Me Maybe” parody video made famous by the Olympic swimmers. We have 3 offices so I was in charge of rallying them to get each remote office to film their stuff while I directed them all and filmed our office. Normally I don’t get to make appearances in these videos since I am always behind the camera, but this video was unique in that nearly every employee in the company was appearing in it. I decided to put myself in the video by doing a parody of the elevator dance from the “Gangnam Style” video. I got a volunteer to dress up in our company’s mascot costume and dance above me while I laid flat on my stomach on the floor of the elevator. I had my phone on the floor beside me so I could play the song to lip sync to. As we completed filming my part I went to grab my phone but my hand slid it across the floor about 3-4 inches… right into the gap between the elevator car and the floor we were on and it slipped down the elevator shaft… from the fifth floor. I cringed in horror as I heard my phone bang against the elevator shaft on the way down like I was playing a game of Plinko from ‘The Price is Right.’ I was able to get the phone by asking the maintenance man to have a look and amazingly the phone still worked, but due to the damages it didn’t work for very long after that. Fortunately I have all of my data, not just my photos, set to automatically backup… so it was only a loss of the phone itself. πŸ™‚ As an I.T. guy, I completely recommend backing things up… especially your photos. Those are memories that cannot be replaced if they are lost for good. #BePrepared

  6. karl thornley
    May 24, 2014

    after work took of my overalls and put phone on the top of my van,got in and drove out of the site across a busy road only to see it fall off into the other lane,so stopped and went towards it as another car was comming only to see it get hit and sent flying,she died lol

  7. Donna Cornelison
    May 24, 2014

    #BePrepared
    Was at a regional soccer game watching my favorite team play a tremendous game. I had a bag with my daughters snack (aka hot tamales) and a bottle water in it. While watching the final minutes of the tied game and taking pictures with my phone of my son, we scored a winning shot so I dropped my phone int this bag to jump up and cheer on the team. After the celebrating, packing up, and heading to the car I reached in while sitting behind the wheel of m car to pullout my phone. What I didn’t know is that bottle of water was not completely sealed, the hot tamales where open and lose in the bottom of the bag. So when pulled my phone out to use it, hot tamale juice oozed from all areas of my phone. The phone was like an alien transmitter trying to call different patterns of numbers, blinking in all colors and patterns, until finally a ‘spark’ and a dramatic finish. While I have a very nice cinnamon flavored phone, it was gone! Just like the game….a dramatic ending! #BePrepared

  8. Wade Bryant
    May 24, 2014

    I took the big plunge in the late 1990’s and bought my first cell phone, an amazing Sony CM-RX100, It was around $500 and with it’s revolutionary configuration was the smallest, slickest piece ever clipped to your belt. It had a cool functional style that looked kind of tough. This technological tour de force, coupled with my $15 for 15 minutes talk-time-per-month cellular plan made me feel invincible. No more fear of being stranded with my old car, etc.. At the time I was mountain biking frequently and though I went with friends at least once a week, I relished the idea that I could hit some more secluded and difficult trails on my own knowing that as long as I had an arm and my mouth intact after a mishap, I could call for help. My first “connected” trail ride was amazing. I pushed myself to the limits, rode hard and aggressively and enjoyed the beautiful day without worry. When I got back to the parking lot and my car I opened my saddle pack to retrieve my Sony and out fell no less than 5 sub-components of the phone. It was destroyed beyond repair and was almost unrecognizable after the hours vigorous shaking in the small bike bag. The Nature Valley granola bar that was in there with it was still 90% intact.

  9. Lori Partridge
    May 24, 2014

    My phone was stuck to my ear most of the trip from South Florida (flat land) to Arkansas. Got to town, went to Wendy’s before heading to our friends ranch. Called him several times for directions since it’s out in the middle of no where. Took the lid off my drink to share with my husband because I hate sharing straws. Scary moment when got to friends driveway and looked straight UP to the house. Put my phone in my trucks little dash cubby, closed my eyes and headed UP the driveway. Halfway UP, plunk, there goes my phone, Yep, direct dive into the Wendy’s drink cup……..phone didn’t recover but I eventually did.

  10. Keith
    May 24, 2014

    I spent $30 buying a phone recommended by Best Buy employee that turned out to be the biggest lemon. It had a touch screen that lived up to that name and then some. I’d press one key and get several other keys. I wanted my old phone activated but Verizon said sorry. Well, I figured out online how to activate my old phone and I got fed up with the “Brightside” side and ended up taking a hammer to it. God, that felt so good.

  11. Janet
    May 24, 2014

    We were on a boat in Crystal River, Florida. We had been watching the manatees swim all afternoon long. After we had docked our rental boat, I stepped onto the pier. Suddenly, my cell phone slipped from its holster on my hip. I heard a splash as it hit the water. My heart sank as quickly as my cell phone did. I felt like I had lost my best friend. I still get misty-eyed whenever I think of that sad day. *sniff* *sniff*

  12. ryan
    May 24, 2014

    This one time along time ago in a time most people can not even imagine I was in the house of Nara Thor with the gorathoren tribe it was a small war tribe from the gaga bageran 4 in mobar but it nice place before that galamax came and took it over but that’s another story anyways I was sitting in a chair made of fallen heroes of the past as I went to take a drink of elder wine I heard the ring of tones it was Katy Perry dark horse as I rose my hand with a fluid motion I seen as the lg took its last stand with one slight buzz and one small fall the calling device battled the wine as if it was two gods locked in war with a spark and a sizzle the war began as the heat of battle took its place in cell phone history me and my men the we gasp at the horrors and the carnage that had become the cell phone made a poping noise like lighting in the skys with one quick whisper of the amazing Katy of Perry and the masterful juicey of j ended we weaped cause we knew in are hearts the battle was truly over as we took the fallen lg warrior to his resting place a prayer was said over him as he went into his box that he arrived in as I look back it was a slight better of times more simple but only once I can say I have seen a great battle like this and let me tell you something it was a great battle thank you for reading my story and have a great day #BePrepared

  13. ryan
    May 24, 2014

    This one time along time ago in a time most people can not even imagine I was in the house of narathor with the gorathoren tribe it was a small war tribe from the gaga bageran 4 in mobar but it nice place before that galamax came and took it over but that’s another story anyways I was sitting in a chair made of fallen heroes of the past as I went to take a drink of elder wine I heard the ring of tones it was Katy Perry dark horse as I rose my hand with a fluid motion I seen as the lg took its last stand with one slight buzz and one small fall the calling device battled the wine as if it was two gods locked in war with a spark and a sizzle the war began as the heat of battle took its place in cell phone history me and my men the we gasp at the horrors and the carnage that had become the cell phone made a poping noise like lighting in the skys with one quick whisper of the amazing Katy of Perry and the masterful juicey of j ended we weaped cause we knew in are hearts the battle was truly over as we took the fallen lg warrior to his resting place a prayer was said over him as he went into his box that he arrived in as I look back it was a slight better of times more simple but only once I can say I have seen a great battle like this and let me tell you something it was a great battle thank you for reading my story andhave a great day

  14. Thomas
    May 23, 2014

    I don’t own a cell phone, never did and don’t plan to in the future. It never was a “must have” item for me, and all my pictures are already backed up, on disc and memory card. Thanks, anyway.

  15. Gina Taranto
    May 23, 2014

    Potty training! Keeping a 2 year old on the potty long enough to accidentally do some bussiness is a disaster waiting to happen. Potty seat for the big boys potty $12, Mickey Mouse undies $10, new iphone $200, Seeing his eyes when he actually pottys, priceless:)

  16. Casie McCarthy
    May 23, 2014

    It’s not a good idea to place a bowl of Ramen in front of you, place your elbows on the table with phone in hands…texting. Result: dropping phone in soup and reacting in slow motion to pull it out. Not only did my phone die soon afterwards, it also stunk. Lesson Learned: no elbows on the table, don’t text at the dinner table, don’t destroy your phone, this isn’t the best way to slurp Ramen.

  17. Steve Hiigel
    May 23, 2014

    My last mishaps with a cell phone was at work. I almost always document my work when issues show up. I had my phone in the top pocket of my bib overalls when I had to get into an area where I could feel pressure being put on the phone. I removed it from my pocket to put it in a “safer place”. I put it in my tool bag thinking “well it can’t hurt there”. Upon returning to the shop after completing my task and picking up my tools, I noticed a very ugly screen on the phone. Smack! A direct hit from my 2 lb hammer. I spent over $200 on a new screen, [uninsured] and noticed a botched replacement job. I took the phone back and they did the exact botched replacement again. Since I was tired of putting up with this and a 50 mile one way drive, I wanted a better phone. Lucky for me I received an email for an early upgrade upgrade. I took advantage of it and got a free 7″ tablet. When I put in all my apps again, photo bucket still had all my old photos which I thought were lost forever. Thank you Photo Bucket a real life saver!

  18. Brittney
    May 23, 2014

    It was mine and my boyfriend’s first trip together (his first out of the country and flying!) He took lots of photos on his phone and once we got to our destination, he was so excited about seeing the ocean that he ran into the Pacific with his phone still in his pocket. Huge wave came and I’m sure you know where this story is going, lost forever #BePrepared

  19. Brad Neal
    May 23, 2014

    Was out fishing along on rip rap rocks, phone in my cargo pocket.. rock gave way and I did “a slow motion save your self dance” moving 25 feet and ending in neck deep water…first responce was toss the phone onto land, but was too late. #BePrepared get your photos backed up!!

  20. April
    May 23, 2014

    I had my phone in my locker at work like always but somehow it got under my purse so when I pulled my purse out, the phone falls out right onto the concrete floor, face down, shattered screen.
    It worked out well though because I just love my new phone.

  21. JPham
    May 23, 2014

    I am super concerned when it comes to my phone. I had a tank case on it that had a battery backup, solar panel, and was rugged enough to be thrown at the ground (which I did, it survived no problem), tossed in sand, or dunked underwater. The only weakness? The fireman carry. Yep, my friend tried to fireman carry me and popped open the sucker sending my phone smashing to the ground and chattering the whole thing.

  22. Mieka
    May 23, 2014

    My story is sad but funny. I was charging my phone at my cousins house and it was on her bed. (No case, no screen protector) I went to take it off of the charger and it fell on the floor, the screen cracked mildly but cracked. I replaced that phone, bought a case and screen protector. Not even a week later I’m carrying groceries, dropped my phone, the case opened, and the whole screen is cracked, even pieces broken off. On top of that my warranty had expired so no New phone. So.. #BePrepared

  23. kurtis
    May 22, 2014

    so far my phone has discovered gravity and a couple puddles also some orange soda yet keeps on trucking. what is killing my phone is the air my battery is pillowing due to corrosion and cant be away from the charger for more than 10 mins without completely draining the charge its gone that far. last leg ha i think its on its knees begging to die already

  24. Rhonda
    May 22, 2014

    I left my phone on the sofa when I went to the kitchen to get a drink. When I got back, my phone was gone. After looking everywhere, I found it on the back deck. My dog, rightfully named Bandit, had taken it outside to his favorite spot and in an attempt to chew up the case, chewed up the entire phone.

  25. LA
    May 22, 2014

    So true!! On way to visit family in hospital, phone dropped in puddle rain water. WHATEVER HAPPEN TOO..IT NEVER RAINS IN CALIFORNIA!!! Replaced phone, next day visiting my “new” phone toilet bowl tumbled. Had to replace again! The very next evening, drinking hot tea my phone goes for a swim! Attached by blonde syndrome!! (I am a blonde..really) This is just my luck..no wonder why I am so broke!