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Hands On with the Rugged CAT B15

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Cat B15 rugged Android phone


Feb 26, 2013, 2:24 PM
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 ├╝ber-rugged hands...

Feb 26, 2013, 4:13 PM
Don't know how they could release it w/o LTE. I'd love to have a phone that said CAT on it just for fun but no LTE is a deal breaker for a smartphone now

Feb 27, 2013, 5:52 AM
I had a chance to test the phone at a trade show and I must say I was not impressed. It had major connectivity issues with both t mobile and AT&T. The unit was rugged but lacked many useful features in a rugged unit, such as loud speaker and ringtone. At the same time I tested a Sonim phone ( which I totally did not like ) and found the functionality of the Sonim phone was much better. This phone looked like somebody just took a rugged piece of plastic and stuck the CAT name on it. Personally until something more reliable comes out I would stick to Samsung or Motorola

Feb 27, 2013, 8:48 AM
Very disappointing to hear. I'm not really in the market for a really rugged phone any more but I'd get one just for fun but not with the issues ur stating and no LTE.

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