Flip phones aren't dead yet: meet the Samsung Rugby 4, launching on AT&T this week
posted by Florin T. / Oct 06, 2014, 2:54 PM
Besides launching the Moto G LTE on October 10, AT&T will also release a brand new Samsung handset - more exactly, a flip phone without smartphone capabilities. The handset is called Rugby 4, and is obviously the successor to the Rugby III that was introduced back in 2012.
Like its predecessor, the Samsung Rugby 4 (pictured on the left) is a rugged push-to-talk phone. It’s the first in the series to offer Wi-Fi connectivity, and will be sold for $269.99 off-contract, $99.99 with a two-year agreement, or just $0.99 (for business customers who choose an AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk rate plan).
The Rugby 4 is dust- and water-resistant (IP67), while also meeting the MIL-STD-810G standard for shock, vibration, temperature, low pressure, high-altitude, and other environmental conditions. AT&T didn’t reveal all the features of the Rugby 4, but we know that the phone comes with an enhanced speakerphone, built-in compass, and turn by turn navigation (requires subscription to AT&T Navigator). You can see the Samsung Rugby 4 in action in the (very short) video that’s embedded below:
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Who would buy this off contract for $269.99? Lol For those sexy two sided screen ones it might be worth playing with but not for this.
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 2:57 PM 7
moto g $179 off contract
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 4:53 PM 0
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I'm just trying to figure out the reasoning behind the $99.99 on contract price. For that just get the S5 Active.
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 4:53 PM 2
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I think it's geared toward contractors, construction workers and such. You need your employees to be able to communicate, but you don't want to pay for data that they don't need to do their jobs. Pretty smart really.
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 7:54 AM 0
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You can get just about any smartphone for free for a new two-year contract. But then again, monthly plan is the difference.
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 3:07 PM 0
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I liked Rugby 1, and 2 was ok. R3 regressed with some features, especially the flush navigation buttons - very easy to go left or right when you meant OK, and vice-versa. From the photo, the buttons are exactly the same on R4, so this is a no-sale for me. In communication with Sonim, they plan on offering their new currently-CDMA-only Enduro XP4400 rugged flip phone in GSM for AT&T (and other GSM carrier) customers.
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 3:27 PM 0
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Looks really nice. Wouldn't mind picking one up just for the new design. --gigaraga
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 3:49 PM 1
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This should be going straight to Consumer Cellular. "Oh look Martha, this one has built in navigation and I can get it wet!" "That's great Herb the last time you tried to drive you ended up crashing the car into a lake. This time we won't have to buy a new phone. Plus it has a calendar so I can see when to take my pills".
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 6:15 PM 0
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It's good to see that they're finally starting to offer some of the connectivity options (aka wifi) of smartphones on feature/flip phones. For those who don't care or realize, there are people out there that still don't want a smartphone. I know quite a few people that still have phones they got in 2010 (or before) because they're happy with it and & don't want a smartphone. Also, I could see this as more of a farm/construction site device than an everyday user's device (hence the $0.99 price for businesses).
posted on Oct 07, 2014, 1:08 AM 0
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