The Good The Sanyo SCP-7050 is a rugged and durable military-certified phone. It supports Sprint's Ready Link push-to-talk service. plus it has built-in GPS.
The Bad The Sanyo SCP-7050 is rather bulky and unattractive phone.
The Bottom Line The Sanyo SCP-7050 makes up for its lackluster appearance with a durable design, built-in GPS, and Ready Link support. The SCP-7050 would be great for those who need a tough phone for the rough outdoors.
Sanyo 7050 (Sprint)
While there have been a few fancy multimedia Sanyo handsets such as the Sanyo M1 and the Sanyo Katana, most Sanyo phones are made with simplicity in mind. The Sanyo SCP-7050 is one such basic handset, though it does support Sprint's Ready Link push-to-talk network and has built-in GPS. The SCP-7050 is especially useful for those who work or play in harsh environments, as it is the first Sprint phone that is military spec certified against dust, shock, and vibration. It will be available for $149 with a two-year agreement with Sprint.
The Sanyo SCP-7050 is the very definition of a rugged phone. Clad in a rubberized, no-slip material, the SCP-7050 is built with durability in mind. As a result, it isn't terribly attractive. It's quite a chunky phone (measuring 3.6 by 2.0 by 1.1 inches and weighs 4.1 ounces), it has a stubby extendable antenna, and there's a large speaker grille on its front face. Though it's not terribly small, we still managed to keep it in our pockets. Its heft also contributes to a very solid feel in the hand. Flipping it open can be done with one hand, and the hinge feels nice and secure.
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