Major carrier AT&T has just announced the upcoming availability of the first two handsets to support Enhanced Push-to-Talk services, the Samsung Rugby III and Sonim XP 5560 BOLT. The rugged handsets will be available for purchase soon with AT&T Enhanced PTT data plans.Customers will be able to choose one of two different data plans offered by AT&T: $5 per month when added to existing AT&T voice and data plans, $30 per month for a PTT-only rate plan (no voice or non-PTT data included).
According to AT&T, “both plans include unlimited PTT, and data used by the Enhanced PTT application will not count against the customer’s monthly data totals or incur pay-per-use charges.”
Samsung Rugby III is a clamshell built to military specifications (810G specifications) and is waterproof, dustproof and shock resistant. The handset comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display and a 3-megapixel photo snapper.
Sonim XP5560 BOLT is one of the toughest phones available on the market. The device comes with a 3-year warranty and will be available for purchase for $200/€155 for Enhanced Push-to-Talk customers.
The ultra-rugged handset comes with a dedicated PTT button and is aimed at customers that work even in the most extreme environments.
In addition, the carrier confirmed the new AT&T Enhanced PTT services will be available on the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro.
This is an Android smartphone that packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
“For workers in industries like construction, manufacturing and public safety, mobile devices that can withstand harsh conditions are essential. We’re offering AT&T Enhanced PTT on a variety of rugged devices to give our customers the performance and durability they need to get in touch quickly on the job – no matter what conditions they face,” said Chris Hill, senior vice president, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.