Perhaps a name change can give a company a new life.
Indeed, that appears to have been the case for C Spire, the wireless carrier formerly known as Cellular South. Though the company wasn't suffering under its old name, its phone lineup wasn't exactly thrilling. But since the identity switch, it has made some bold handset moves.
In CNET's experience Sonim's models have held up under torture tests, though not always. Last January, the XP1300 Core kept on ticking after I dunked it in antifreeze, stomped on the display with a boot, and threw it down the stairs. But just a month later, Jessica Dolcourt managed to break the display on the XP3300 Force after throwing the handset in the air. That's a much better record than most cell phones even if it isn't perfect.
Features on the XP3400 include nine hours of talk time, a music player, Bluetooth, an FM radio, voice commands, a 2-megapixel camera with a flash that double as a light, and support for 3G networks. The handset is available now for $49,99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 rebate card.