I'm sure we all know the frustration of trying to take a bath with a smartphone only to have it stop working. Outrageous! Surely there must be some sort of technological solution to this conundrum? Liquipel is a possibility, but you usually have to send in your device to have it sealed up. Now you can grab a pre-treated Galaxy S III for Verizon at a subsidized price from Wirefly. Kind of neat, right?


Liquipel has been selling the full-price device on its site for a while now. It costs a whopping $749, though. The deal on Wirefly is just $89.99 with a new account and 2-year contract. Upgrades are a bit more at $99.99, and the full price is $619.99. That's actually a lot lower than Liquipel's price. The device is only available in blue right now.

There have been rumors of Liquipel coming standard on the GS3 since before it was out, but this looks to be as close as we're going to get. For what it's worth, Verizon does not acknowledge the existence of this device. It's last year's model, but waterproof phones don't exactly grow on trees. But if they did, at least they wouldn't be ruined by the rain.

[Wirefly GS3 with Liquipel, Liquipel Store]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Scott

    Has anybody ever used Liquipel's service before on their devices?

    • Barry J.

      Yep, dropped my phone in a hot tub 8 months after I got it liquipelled, pulled it out, screen was still on, turned it off and let it dry for a day, been working perfectly ever since! Totally worth it, saved me $500

  • Paul

    Yes. I work for a company and we had several test device's treated, mainly cause it was fun and also out of curiosity. They put the phone in a gas chamber and the gas permeates the phone. We're skeptical how well that works without actually taking the phone apart and coating all the inside electronics. For the most part it worked, we submerged a working phone in water and it came out great. But one phone we submerged a couple of times eventually had the camera go bad, when we took it apart we found rust on the camera module. So it's not foolproof. I think we'll go with "Generally it works but your mileage may vary"

    • Nathan

      That's why they advertise it for "Accidental water exposure" even though it can theoretically be submerged they advise not to ever do so. I don't think it's meant to turn your phone into an underwater camera, but would be a lifesaver on a night out at the bar or dinner!

    • William Druthers

      Mileage and terrain! I wouldn't go buy a case then run over my phone with a car!!

  • Techno D

    Niiiiiiice! Seems like Samsung and Apple would have already started selling phone with Liquipel on it like this

  • Frank

    Yes please! I saw their demo at CES, just the waterproof tissue was crazy enough!