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Phone with disinfectant on the holder of the phone handset

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004385D
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

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Abstract

The present invention helps eliminate any phobia's or fears associated with using the phone. A common fear of using public phones for example is that it is used by a number of people everyday. Because the phone requires the user to place the handset to the users ear and mouth, bacteria and germs can easily be transmitted to the handset and eventually to the next user. To prevent this from occurring, a sponge soaked in disinfectant is placed on the holder of the phone handset. After every use, the disinfectant sterilizes the phone handset killing common germs and bacteria that can originate from the user. This ensures that the phone handset is safe for use for the next user.

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Technical Background of the Invention

Phones have revolutionized technology and world. Unfortunately, germs and bacteria can be carried and transmitted through the phone from one user to another. This is especially relevant with public phones where thousands and thousands of users mouth and ears come in contact with the phone handset. The ease at which one user can transmit bacteria to the handset and eventually to the next user can be phobic.

Sponges are materials that can absorb and hold liquid for a period of time. Sponges are commonly used for cleaning objects with water and other cleaning agents. Sponges are also used in the United States Postal Office for wetting envelopes and stamps. Sponges however, tend to dry out when exposed to air after a period of time and must be refilled with from time to time.

Problem Solved by the Invention

The present invention helps eliminate any phobia's or fears associated with using the phone. A common fear of using public phones for example is that it is used by a number of people everyday. Because the phone requires the user to place the handset to the users ear and mouth, bacteria and germs can easily be transmitted to the handset and eventually to the next user. To prevent this from occurring, a sponge soaked in disinfectant is placed on the holder of the phone handset. After every use, the disinfectant sterilizes the phone handset killing common germs and bacteria that can originate from the user. This ensures that the phone handset is safe for use for the next user.

Description of the Invention

To avoid the sponges from drying out in handset holder, a strip of rubber is lined around the sides of the handset holder approximately 1 inch from the sponge. This creates a tight seal when when the handset is placed into the holder. With the sponge sealed off from the air, the disinfectant is unable to evaporate from the sponge. This also reduces the number of times disinfectant must be reapplied to the sponge.

Figure 1 telephone base with handset.

Figure 1 illustrates the base 100 of the telephone system. The base 100 includes the buttons 101 for dialing, upper holder 102 and lower holder 103 for placement of handset 200. Within each the upper holder 102 and lower holder 103 is a sponge with disinfectant 120 used for santizing handset with every use. A rubber strip 130 lines the inner perimeter of upper holder 102 as well as lower holder 103 to ensure a tight seal between sponge with disinfectant 120 and handset 200.