IPhone :: Home Button Not Working After Water Damage / Still Goes To Voice Control

Jan 18, 2010

my 3gs iphone took 'the plunge' out of my pocket and into my toilet the other day. i was not happy. i immediately put the phone in some rice in a ziplock bag and waited. and prayed.today i took the phone out of its grain cocoon and was thrilled to see that it still worked. only problem? the home button is completely unresponsive. obviously i think this is a hardware issue, but what's really strange is that every time i restart the iphone (a few times), upon power up my phone goes immediately into voice control as if i pressed and held the home button. figuring there still may need some drying, i put the phone back in the rice for another 12 hours. questions:

1. does this whole voice control aspect put a software spin on this problem?

2. after i give the phone some more time with the rice should i do an update/restore?

3. should the genius bar be my next stop?

4. are there any other solutions out there besides this one: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=615755

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