'Wet' iPhones Spur Class-Action Suit Against Apple

A San Francisco woman is suing Apple, Inc. in a class action suit filed in U.S. District Court,  alleging that the company refuses to honor the phone's warranty by telling her the phone's “liquid submersion indicator” showed the phone had been dunked in water when it hadn't.

Charlene Gallion bought a iPhone 3G from an Apple store in Corte Madera in 2008 and it broke down six months later. When she took it into the shop, the customer service rep said the liquid submersion inidicator had been activated, indicating it had been exposed to a “significant” amount of liquid. The store refused to honor the warranty that covers “normal use” for a year, and offered a discounted price to replace it. Gallion bought the second phone, but six months later, it started malfunctioning as well. Taking it into the shop, the rep again told her that the submersion indicator was activated, and refused to refund it. Gallion bought a third phone.

Other people have figured out that iPhones and water do not mix. There's a plethora of advice on the internet about how to get your phone working again should it get the Wicked Witch of the West treatment and there's even a guy explaining how to con Apple and get a cheap upgrade by intentionally throwing your phone in water.

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