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    Water resistant cell phone?

    Does anyone make a water-resistant cell phone that will withstand the sweat when it is kept in a sweaty jersey pocket?
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    put it in a plastic bag before going in your jersey pocket. You can still hear it ring, and it is water proof
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    Nokia make one.

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    I've had my cell for 4 years and kept it in the back pocket of a wool jersey and in the back pocket of my rain coat during Vancouvers winters (much rain) without any protection of a case or covering of any kind and have never had a problem with it not working.
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    I've had the same experience as closetbiker. Many a downpour, no problem, and with two different cellphones by two different manufacturers. the plastic bag option is a good idea though.

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    ziplock bag is all you need

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    Ziplock baby.
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    Well i have a Nokia 5995 or something like that. ITs with ATT, its a gsm phone. It came with this thing htey label "body glove" and it protects against rain and snow very well. thanks for reminding me, i need to charge the thing

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    Most phones, especially the ones in the mid 90's from motorola are designed to withstand a lot of abuse, sweat probably won't hurt it.
    I usually bag my stuff along with photocopies of my drivers license and insurance card.

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    I ride w/ mine on a strap on my backpack...and the rain never effects it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by closetbiker
    I've had my cell for 4 years and kept it in the back pocket of a wool jersey and in the back pocket of my rain coat during Vancouvers winters (much rain) without any protection of a case or covering of any kind and have never had a problem with it not working.
    same here... i like to live dangerously and push the limits of my cellphone ....haven't hurt it with rain or sweat yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    Well i have a Nokia 5995 or something like that. ITs with ATT, its a gsm phone. It came with this thing htey label "body glove" and it protects against rain and snow very well. thanks for reminding me, i need to charge the thing
    Is that like the 5140 series phones with the camera, GPS, calorie counter, compass and flashlight? The 5140 also will integrate with Polar HRMs and and can be equipped with an optional Xpress-on cover with a built-in GPS receiver. The cheaper 5120 is also a neat phone which has the same Xpress-on covers that serve as a water-resistant outer-case while leaving the phone fully functional. These phones are meant as "active lifestyle" models. At anyrate, most Nokias I've had will survive in high-moisture environments very well. I've ridden with an 8260 shoved into the back of my jersey without problems... even through rainstorms. I've since switched over to GSM and now have an Audiovox SMT5600 which is more phone than I care to take with me on bike rides so I'm on the lookout for a beater-phone. I'll probably end up getting a used or refurbished Nokia 8390 although that 5120 or 5140 looks enticing. I wonder how much a new one will run me.

    Siemens also makes a phone called the M65 which has built-in bike computer capability including trip-planning/navigation and queue-sheet/elevation display. You can SMS your trip information (along with pictures) which is kind of neat if you are into moblogging. It is ruggedised, weatherproof, has a large display and a built-in camera. It hooks up to your bike and the wheel sensor via a handlebar mount. The sensor is not wireless however.

    The only problem is that these phones are only available in Europe but will work on US networks in the GSM 1900MHz band. That does limit their usefulness and coverage however as there is still only limited deployment of service in that band.
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    Except you might get condenstaion inside the plastic bag... uh huh. Good idea.

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    Put your cell phone in a light weight wicking and tight-fitting polyester sleeve, then an insulating later, fleece might work, then finally, cover it all in a breathable but water-repelling layer... goretex perhaps?

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    I use a Ziploc snack bag. It's just big enough for the phone. One bag lasts for many rides. You don't even need to take the phone out of the bag to use it.
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    Yeah. I've done the zippie bag (except mine was some no-name thing I grabbed from the university) thing and didn't have any problems with condensation. Just make sure there's not a lot of air in the bag and it should work fine.

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    i have nokia 5210 and i think it´s still working good after all the abuses like going straight from the pocket to the ground or getting wet from its very careless owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    Siemens also makes a phone called the M65 which has built-in bike computer capability including trip-planning/navigation and queue-sheet/elevation display. You can SMS your trip information (along with pictures) which is kind of neat if you are into moblogging. It is ruggedised, weatherproof, has a large display and a built-in camera. It hooks up to your bike and the wheel sensor via a handlebar mount. The sensor is not wireless however.

    The only problem is that these phones are only available in Europe but will work on US networks in the GSM 1900MHz band. That does limit their usefulness and coverage however as there is still only limited deployment of service in that band.

    I know its a late post but right now im in europe and i purchased one of those and i am brining it back to america, also americans can try going on ebay.co.uk and search for international shippers. I had it shipped to my familys house in poland.



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    Ericsson used to make this one-pound orange and grey construction worker's phone that was really water proof. Sorry I can't recall the model number. I saw one immersed in a pint of beer for a couple of minutes and then the guy made a call with it. I guess that is what happens when it is a company phone and you are on your sixth or seventh pint. It was rather rugged to say the least, but I don't know if it was a Tri-band GSM model that would actually work on a North American GSM network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    Is that like the 5140 series phones with the camera, GPS, calorie counter, compass and flashlight? The 5140 also will integrate with Polar HRMs and and can be equipped with an optional Xpress-on cover with a built-in GPS receiver. The cheaper 5120 is also a neat phone which has the same Xpress-on covers that serve as a water-resistant outer-case while leaving the phone fully functional. These phones are meant as "active lifestyle" models. At anyrate, most Nokias I've had will survive in high-moisture environments very well. I've ridden with an 8260 shoved into the back of my jersey without problems... even through rainstorms. I've since switched over to GSM and now have an Audiovox SMT5600 which is more phone than I care to take with me on bike rides so I'm on the lookout for a beater-phone. I'll probably end up getting a used or refurbished Nokia 8390 although that 5120 or 5140 looks enticing.
    I have a Nokia 5100 and it does a great job of staying moisture free. I keep it tucked under the leg part of my bike shorts while I ride, so sees lots of moisture. If you’re wondering why I would keep my phone under my bike shorts, it’s because my job has to keep a short leash on me when I’m on call.


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    When I had Nextel, they had one...bright yellow Motorola phone. Of course......it wouldn't be worth it as you'd have to put up with Nextel to use it.
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    Bodyglove/Fellowes makes cases for certain cellphones that are sort of like a wetsuit.

    http://www.fellowes.com/category.asp...&index=ViewAll

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    sanyo makes a nice flip phone that is, the RL-7300.

    I use one myself. It's bulky, but good.

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    I have a verizon samsung phone. Can't find a serial #. No problems cycling.

    BUT

    It ended up going through the wash, full cycle. It had problems for a while but once it dried out it was fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Except you might get condenstaion inside the plastic bag... uh huh. Good idea.
    Unless you are near the beach where there is a high content of salt in the air, inside the bag in condensate is better than outside in salt water and sweat. If you are worried about condesate then install a small packet of dissecant in the bag with the phone.

    BTW, those new zip bags with the little handles on the zip device are easier to open/close, especially with sweaty gloved hands.

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