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Hands On with the Rugged CAT B15

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original version, submitted Feb 26, 2013, 2:24 PM:

Cat B15 rugged Android phone

It'll be interesting to see if this has any significant uptake with AT&T's customer base. Given that AT&T is really hanging it's entire PTT marketing push on the capabilities of its new "EPTT" (enhanced PTT) service that can only run on its LTE network, it would seem to be a significant limiting factor that the B15 can't to LTE (and by extension can't do EPTT).

Pity, a Cat-branded phone of any type would have been a perfect addition to the Nextel line back in its heyday. Nextel made a good living with the "DeWalt style" black & yellow ruggedized "its-just-another-tool" type of phones & the marketing thereof, but also having a Cat-themed phone would have been a logical extension of Nextel's persona.

AT&T had the Sonim über-rugged handset before Sprint, so perhaps eventually Compal will produce a Sprint Direct Connect version of the Cat B15.

edited Feb 26, 2013, 2:25 PM to the current version:

Cat B15 rugged Android phone

It'll be interesting to see if this has any significant uptake with AT&T's customer base. Given that AT&T is really hanging it's entire PTT marketing push on the capabilities of its new "EPTT" (enhanced PTT) service that can only run on its LTE network, it would seem to be a significant limiting factor that the B15 can't do LTE (and by extension can't do EPTT).

Pity, a Cat-branded phone of any type would have been a perfect addition to the Nextel line back in its heyday. Nextel made a good living with the "DeWalt style" black & yellow ruggedized "its-just-another-tool" type of phones & the marketing thereof, but also having a Cat-themed phone would have been a logical extension of Nextel's persona.

AT&T had the Sonim über-rugged handset before Sprint, so perhaps eventually Compal will produce a Sprint Direct Connect version of the Cat B15.

 
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