Samsung is offering an in-store sanitizing service to assist limit the reach of the coronavirus. If you’re willing to steer to at least one of its Samsung Experience and repair Centers, the corporate will clean your phone for free of charge and sanitize it using UV-C light.
The service is out there in just a couple of western territories (listed below), but Samsung has graciously offered to sanitize any handset, albeit it’s from a special manufacturer. Some shops also will sanitize tablets and smartwatches, too.
The service is out there within the following European countries (but it’s noticeably not available within the UK) and within the US:
- United States
Unlike liquid chemical cleaners – which may corrode the oleophobic coating that’s applied to screens – Samsung promises that the UV-C light won’t damage or harm your device, which should offer you peace of mind.
Of course, the sanitizing service does accompany a disclaimer. Samsung can’t guarantee that the UV-C light will kill all germs, bacteria and viruses which will be present on your phone. The results can also vary counting on the shop you visit, as Samsung uses a spread of third-party hardware to wash the devices.
Is it worth it?
The company is looking to expand the supply of its sanitizing service, allowing more people to securely clean their devices and guard against the spread of infection.
It should be noted, however, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that “the virus is assumed to spread mainly from person-to-person”, which people are more likely to experience a better risk of exposure by visiting a store than they might be just using their phone.
Is Samsung’s sanitizing service a publicity stunt or genuine plan to help stop the spread of coronavirus? regardless of the case, everyone should still take the required precautions.