unwired view: Rugged Samsung Rugby III will be available at AT&T on December 14 for $99.99
AT&T has announced that its rugged Samsung Rugby III flip phone will finally become available online and in stores on December 14 for the insane price of $99.99 with a new two-year contract, Phone Scoop reports.
Why insane? Well, first of all, this is a flip phone. Clamshell. That sort of thing. Second, it’s obviously not a smartphone. Yet it costs more than what many upper-midrange smartphones are priced at (at least at some third party retailers).
The Rugby III is the successor to the original Rugby and the Rugby II, and has nothing to do with the Galaxy Rugby Pro and the Rugby Smart, which are Android smartphones.
The Rugby III has two basic claims to fame. First off, its ruggedness. It adheres to the 810G military spec for protection from water, dust, and shock. Second, it’s one of the first phones to come with support for AT&T’s new Enhanced Push To Talk (PTT) service, which might make it interesting for certain types of businesses.
And that’s it. The rest of its specs are laughable. The Samsung Rugby III has a 2.4-inch 240×320 non-touch display, and a 3 MP camera. Everything else isn’t even worth mentioning.