AT&T is not exactly the homeland of rugged mobile phones (like Sprint is), but this can’t stop the carrier from releasing such devices. The latest handset with a rugged design to be outed by AT&T is Samsung Rugby.
Launched today, Samsung Rugby is a clamshell that comes as AT&T’s first rugged mil-spec phone. Also known as Samsung SGH-a837, the handset passed through FCC not long ago and now it can be bought for $129.99 with an AT&T contract agreement for two years and after a $50 mail-in rebate. If contract agreements aren’t your thing but you still want the new Samsung, AT&T will sell it to you for $279.99.
Samsung Rugby SGH-a837 is touted as the single rugged handset that features both video share calling and PTT (Push to Talk) capabilities.
Meeting the 810F military standard, the new Samsung withstands shock vibrations, dust, solar radiations, rain and extreme temperatures or altitudes.
Also, the clamshell features:
850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity
850 / 1900 MHz UMTS/HSDPA connectivity
E-mail, Instant Messaging, MEdia Net
MP3 player and AT&T Mobile Music
1.3 MP camera with 4x digital zoom and video
2-inch internal display with 65K colors and 128 x 160 pixels
4.66 ounces and 3.95 x 2.05 x 0.9 inches
Up to 5 hours or up to 10 days of battery lifetime
Well, Samsung Rugby might not be a beautiful phone and neither a high-end one, but I’m sure there will be plenty of users to find it good enough for them.
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