AT&T's rugged Samsung Rugby III lands December 14 with PTT

The rugged flip phone will feature a rubberized casing to help protect it from the elements, and enhanced push-to-talk capabilities.

Samsung Rugby III
AT&T's Samsung Rugby III will feature enhanced push-to-talk. Samsung

AT&T's rough 'n' tumble "Rugby" team gets another player in the Samsung Rugby III, a durable flip phone that will feature AT&T's enhanced push-to-talk (PTT) capabilities.

Starting December 14, the Rugby III costs $99.99 with a two-year contract, but free for organizations with an AT&T business account. Preorders begin November 30.

Intended to be a simple, sturdy handset, the Rugby III keeps features simple. It sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 3-megapixel camera, and a PTT convenience button for easy access, walkie-talkie style. The phone also includes access to AT&T Navigator (with a monthly subscription) and can support corporate management apps for the field.

Most importantly, perhaps, the Rugby III follows its tough-stuff cousins in meeting military specifications (810G) for waterproofing, dust proofing, and shock resistance.

Those looking for a smartphone version of the Rugby III should check out the Samsung Rugby Pro , which meets the same specs and features an Android OS.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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