AT&T customers who are looking for a phone that could survive even the most extreme conditions have one more device to choose from carrier’s offer. The rugged Samsung Rugby III SGH-A997, as it is the phone in question, is now available for $99.99 with a new 2-year service agreement. Organizations and businesses can pick up the device for free provided they sign a 2-year Enhanced Push-to-Talk contract. The Rugby III is built to military specifications and is waterproof, dust proof and shock resistant. It is also compatible with AT&T’s Enhanced Push to Talk service.
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The Samsung Rugby III for AT&T is a small durable flip phone built to military specifications (810G), which means it is waterproof, dust proof and shock resistant. The Rugby III is compatible with AT&T’s Enhanced Push to Talk (PTT) service, which enables easy walkie-talkie style communication faster, thanks to implementation of 4G LTE network, to larger talk groups, and across more types of handsets than ever before.
Key feature of AT&T Enhanced PTT include: larger contact lists and talk groups than competitive PTT solutions, ability to combine PTT services and mobile applications, with help from AT&T’s team of mobility consulting and integration experts, supervisory override and talk group scanning, features that were previously available only for two-way radio users, and sub-second call setup. The phone also offers one-touch access to GPS Navigation through AT&T Navigator with turn-by-turn directions, proactive traffic alerts, Allsport, a GPS trainer and workout tracker, and Loopt, a location-based social network app.
The Rugby III features a 2.4-inch QVGA main display, 1.3-inch secondary display and a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with 2x zoom and live video capture and playback. The handset is powered by a 468 MHz single core STE PNX6809L chipset and packs 128 MB of RAM plus 256 MB of internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card slot.
Intended to be simple, the Samsung Rugby III comes with essential management applications from AT&T, which can help businesses and organizations increase visibility into their field operations, monitor the location and activities of their employees and improve responsiveness and productivity.
Other features of the device include: email client, web browser, Bluetooth 2.0, USB, FOTA capability (upgrade Firmware Over The Air), music player compatible with AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, WMA, and MP3 formats, and a 1300 mAh battery which allows for up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 20 days of standby time.
The Samsung Rugby III may not be a smartphone, but this sturdy handset is perfectly capable of meeting the communication needs of an heavy user and has the physical strength to handle whatever life throws at it.