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Samsung Galaxy Sanitizing Service disinfects phones for free

Samsung Experience Stores and Samsung Service Centers offer the Galaxy Disinfection Service, which uses UV-C light to disinfect smartphones for free amid concerns related to the new coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.

The service uses UV-C light instead of harsh cleaning chemicals that can damage devices, not only to disinfect smartphones, but also smartwatches, wireless headsets and tablets.

According to an advertisement found on Malaysia’s Samsung website, the devices used for the Galaxy’s disinfection service have been tested to make sure that UV-C light does not affect the performance of the smartphones to be disinfected. The service can be used by anyone who visits one of the Samsung stores or service centers where it is offered and is also open to owners of non-Samsung devices.

The service takes only 30 seconds to disinfect smartphones and 3 minutes for tablets and smartwatches. Samsung, however, does not guarantee that the Galaxy sanitizing service will kill all bacteria, germs and viruses, but people will gladly take it as one of the many ways available to protect them from coronavirus.

The service is currently available in some countries, namely Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United States, Ukraine, and Vietnam. Samsung is also continuously expanding it, according to SamMobile.

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Dr Shuhan He, an emergency doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, told Digital Trends that coronavirus could survive for two or six days on surfaces such as metal, glass or plastic, which are the materials used to build smartphones.

Dr Jonas Nilsen, co-founder of the Practical Travel Vaccination Service, said that no cases of coronavirus transmission by surface-to-person contact have been recorded, as it is believed to spread mainly through respiratory droplets. However, Doctor4U’s Dr Diana Gall wrote in an email that it might be a good idea to clean the surfaces before using them.

Samsung, like the rest of the tech industry, has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. However, like other companies, it is doing its best to help tackle the epidemic, with initiatives such as the Galaxy Sanitizing Service.

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