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Safety Valve: Letters from readers

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Recently I did that which every cellphone user has feared doing, or has actually done: I submerged my phone in water. Mind you, I didn’t intend to leave it in the pocket of my swim trunks as I took a dip in the lake, and surely there are myriad ways to accidentally dampen one’s cellphone. Luckily the old dry-it-out-in-a-bag-of-rice trick worked, and my phone is now no worse for the wear. But as I contemplated the loss of all my contacts and stored data, I really got to thinking.

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