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Mobile phones can have "18 times more harmful bacteria" than a public restroom

When people hear the term "Smartphone Virus" they immediately think of the kind of things we here at, err, constantly worry about - malware, phishing, denial of-service attacks and such aimed at your mobile. However, it should never be forgotton that the computer/mobile industry hijacked the "virus" term from something that existed a long, long time before then. I'm talking about physical viruses - the kind which spread as germs from contact between contaminated surfaces.

By a strange co-incidence, of course that includes something we touch the most throughout the day - the mobile phone itself. Yes, it certainly can spread real viruses and, as the creator of a new device designed to combat this points out, "one in 6 phones contain fecal matter."

Phones can carry the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

The University of Surrey in the UK carried out a study into the kind of germs and bacteria found on a typical mobile phone. Whilst they found there are many, they saw most were harmless except for a few disease carrying ones such as the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Other studies have shows a mobile phone can carry more germs than a toilet seat.

The PhoneSoap charger is designed to kill the germs on a mobile phone whilst charging it. The device, costing $59.95, is an enclosed box which you put the phone into and attach the charging cable once in place. The lid is then closed and as it charges, UV-C lamps above and below the phone bathe it in bacteria-killing light. A light on the outside of the box shows you when the phone is charged. Here it is in action: 

Users will still be able to hear any sounds the phone makes, such as an incoming call or message via the devices "acoustic outlet", or holes to you and me.

Shark tank

The invention has an interesting past - it featured on Kickstarter and the US investment TV show "Shark Tank" a while back:

Sanitizing takes 4 minutes

Whilst there is no doubt Howard Hughes would approve of this, there is a sense this is really only for the paranoid. In commercial situations, however, such as doctors, dentists or hospitals there could well be a place for this. Why not "sterilize" your phone whilst charging it in the waiting room? Since sales are going through the roof right now, clearly the market agrees. What do you think? Is this overkill for a non-existent problem? Leave a comment below. 

Source: PhoneSoap