Water doesn't have to soak up summer plans

The sun is beating down. A gentle breeze is blowing. The clear pool water is warm. You are enjoying a perfect summer day with family and friends. Then all of a suddenâ?¦Plop! Your cellphone drops in the water.

Donâ??t feel bad, you can take action. A recent U.S. Cellular survey indicated that 58 percent of Americans have damaged, lost and/or had a phone stolen.¹ Replacing a wet smartphone can be costly, so there are recovery steps you can take if your device accidentally ends up in the sink, gets splashed by waves at the lake or encounters a stray thunderstorm. Lance Rush from U.S. Cellular stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland to show us how to recover our phone if we get t wet. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.

U.S. Cellular recommends following these five steps to help ensure the photos, contacts and messages you have on your mobile device are not lost:

Step 1

â?? If your phone does not turn off when it gets wet, power it down immediately. Once the power is off, remove the battery.

Step 2

â?? Remove any skins, covers or faceplates. Grab a towel and remove as much excess water from the phone as you can. If you have a flip phone, you should open it up, so air can reach the keypad.

Step 3

â?? As hard as it may be, the best thing to do is to leave the phone powered off for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to dry out. During this time, turn it over several times, so that any water trapped inside can make it to the surface.

Step 4
â?? It is very tempting to try and speed up the drying process with hairdryers, microwaves, space heaters and ovens. However, the intensity of the heat may cause further damage to the phoneâ??s internal circuitry. Placing your wet phone by a fan is a much better alternative to help the phone dry out.

Step 5

â?? Once you put the battery back in, power on your device. If it turns on, you can breathe a sigh of relief, though it may only be temporary. Moisture damage signs may take time. Symptoms might appear several weeks or months later. Check your keypad, as keys that stick or donâ??t work all the time are signs of permanent damage.

"Mobile devices have improved relationships with family and friends by enabling more frequent, in-the-moment sharing, but accidents can happen," said Dorsey Ragland, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. "We want to make sure customers can create and share better moments throughout the year, so we also recommend that you back up your data, so if your phone ends up damaged this summer, you can still share the fun times you had."

There are a number of smartphones and accessories that can keep your device safe from the elements as you enjoy baseball, softball, camping, biking or hiking this summer.

â?? Samsung Galaxy S 5: This device is made to last longer and stronger. With an IP67 certification, the Galaxy S 5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so your

smartphone is protected for any activity and situation.

â?? ECOXBT Waterproof Speaker: Donâ??t worry if you drop this accessory in the pool, lake or river because it floats. The ECOXBT, which features 10 hours of battery life, can serve as a Bluetooth speaker or speakerphone.

â?? Life proof Case: Protecting your phone with a Life proof case can help protect your iPhone as well. Life proof cases provide a sleek design that is water, snow, dirt and shock proof which can help protect your phone all year long.

¹ Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Maritz Research.


About U.S. Cellular:

U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and more than 93 percent will have access by the end of 2014. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or