Recent rumors about a waterproofing product called Liquipel is in the news. The reports have the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III coming with the Liquipel coating as going to be on the phones when they arrive for sales. If that is correct, it will mean protection for those phones from water damage if they accidentally come in contact with water. Many have had issues where their cell phone has had a drink spilled on it or dropped it in a sink of water which has ruined the phone. Most wireless carriers will not cover damage from water on your phone and insurance on smart phones does not cover water damage as well except in rare cases. If this is correct, we are all going to benefit from this technology.
It seems that the Luquipel coating is put on the interior and exterior of the phone and then protects it from water damage with a waterproof seal. Not exactly sure how that is going to deal with the battery connection on the phone as that would be exposed and contact with water would not be a good thing. Since the iPhone is a sealed unit where you cannot take the battery out, it makes one wonder if Samsung might be going the same way and sealing the device making the battery much harder to remove. Putting the seal on that type of a phone makes more sense than on one that has a removable battery on it. Guess we can add another rumor for the Samsung Galaxy S III coming with a sealed case for the battery. Whether it is a sealed unit or not, it would be great to have the next Galaxy S phone arrive with the Liquipel waterproofing already on the phone.
They are also talking about changes to the insurance wording on the phones and from the Todays iPhone article:
He stated “both will have had liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance.” When I pressed him for the exact changes on the phone insurance documents, he had no more information. Phone insurance altering its coverage in reaction to an unreleased phone isn’t something I’ve come across before in phone info leaks, but, we could be on to something here. However, with liquid and moisture damage being among the top causes of insurance claims, it will need changing in time for a water-proof phone’s launch. Will liquid damage come under the standard warranty for water repellent phones? It could almost certainly come under the exclusions list for treated phones.
All of this is a rumor and we have to treat it as such. There is supposed to be conversations going on with smart phone manufacturers to put this technology on all new phones before they arrive for sale. You can add this yourself, but it needs to be done at the time that you purchase your new smart phone and then you have to have it done by the company which will deprive you of you phone for a least a day after they get it. This is quite a rumor and we will see in a few months whether there is any substance to it.