Data recovery off Water-damaged iPhone
I am wondering if anyone can help. My phone got water-damaged (while being in a LifeProof case!). It will not turn on. When plugged into a wall it shows the USB / ITunes icon (recovery mode). When I plug it into the computer, nothing happens (nothing on the screen, no recognition by the computer). I desperately need to get data off it (photos and some app data). I called a few data recovery places and got all sorts of answers and quotes. The most concerning "answer" I got stated that the symptoms imply that the IOS itself is gone and getting data off is impossible because of security / encryption issues. At this point I am really confused and don't want to spend absurd amounts of money. Can anyone tell me anything definitive or possibly recommend a trusted and competent data recovery place? THANKS!
PS My data was not backed up to a cloud because I was in an area with no reception / data connection for several months.