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Brian Roban demonstrates how Telephrames hook onto phone jacks on the wall. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

Woodbury resident creates the 'Telephrame'

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Brian Roban was tired of looking at an unattractive phone jack mounted on his wall.

So did a lot of other people, he said.

Which is why the Woodbury resident decided to come up with a creative way to cover phone jacks, which are used less in homes.

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Roban invented the "Telephrame," which is basically a picture frame that hangs on walls to cover unused phone jacks.

He said millions of households are canceling their land lines and sticking to cell phones.

"When they remove the old land line telephone from the wall, the ugly telephone plate or jack is left on the wall," he said.

The Telephrame wraps around the entire plate and hooks on it. The device comes in a variety of different styles including a dry erase board.

When he demonstrated how to use Telephrame at a recent craft show, he said he thought only the younger generation would be interested in it, but that wasn't the case.

"(Seniors) have been really my biggest customers," Roban said. "It bothered them the most."

He said people could probably find other products to cover their phone jacks, but it may not be the exact style they're looking for.

"You may be able to find something to cover it, but the question is, does it match your kitchen," Roban said.

He designed some of the Telephrames with a holiday theme in mind for those looking for different Christmas gifts this year.

Roban is starting out small, selling Telephrame online at www.telephrame.com, but he hopes that in the future some of the bigger stores carry his invention.

So far he's done three craft shows in the east metro and has seen some good reaction from customers, he said.

"If they have an empty jack in their house, 99 percent will buy it," Roban said.

Roban started the project in July of 2010. Unlike other inventions he's thought of before, there is nothing like the Telephrame on the market today, he said.

"This one, I couldn't find anything remotely like it," Roban said.

With a miniature version of a wall-mounted phone jack in tow, Roban can display the Telephrame on a lime green, wooden box that he made himself.

As he hooks on one of the colorful Telephrames, he looks at it and says: "It looks better than those jacks."

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota. Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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