AT&T and Samsung introduced today the rugged SGH-A657 candybar cellphone. Built to withstand almost everything, it has MIL-SPEC certification against rain, dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, and radiation. One look at the device and you can see that it will take more than a simple 4 foot fall onto a concrete slab to do any damage to this handset. The model has quad-band GSM/EDGE
, dual band 850/900 HSDPA, and will support Java applications and some of Ma Bell's services. Memory can be expanded as the A657 supports microSD cards up to 8GB. A built-in flashlight (that is activated by pressing and holding the upper right hand side) guards against blackouts or lets you see at night during those rugged camping trips. Another interesting feature is the rubberized handle, which is designed to allow for attaching the phone to a belt, lanyard or strap. With the PTT feature and the ability to withstand almost anything that can happen to a cellphone, there should never be an excuse not to get in touch with someone. The device is available through AT&T's business web site.