AT&T is adding a new phone to its lineup, giving clumsy and active users alike a more durable option than the high-end flagships currently available with the rugged Rugby III from Samsung. Priced at $100 with a two-year contract, the handset is available for pre-order starting today.
Built to withstand harsh conditions, the third-generation Rugby is military-grade approved for dust, humidity, rain and shock, thanks to its 810G specifications. Sporting a 2.4-inch QVGA display, the Samsung handset is aimed at workers in industries such as construction and manufacturing, though its rubberized casing may benefit those with butter fingers as well.
The flip-phone will also feature a 3-megapixel camera and a button for AT&T’s Enhanced Push to Talk (PTT) walkie-talkie style service. Designed to be simple and sturdy, the Samsung Rugby III is going to come with access to the carrier’s subscription-based Navigator service, as well as support for various corporate management application for use in the field. If that wasn’t enough to entice companies to purchase the handset for employees, AT&T is also making the phone free for its business account holders.
The Rugby III will run on the carrier’s 4G LTE network, along with its Android-powered cousin, the Samsung Rugby Pro, which offers the same military specifications and dons the same $100 price tag.