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Top message:  Price of Rugby by imsosick1216   Sep 20, 2008, 4:17 PM

Replying to:  Re: Price of Rugby (correcting bad info on Nextel rugged handset prices) by texaswireless   Sep 23, 2008, 12:01 AM

Re: Price of Rugby (correcting bad info on Nextel rugged handset prices)

by cellphonesaretools    Sep 23, 2008, 1:37 AM

The original poster ("OP") said: "So, alot of customers come in and ask about the Rugby, and the price and a lot of them drop their jaws when we tell them the price. $179..." and also the OP asked "Is that too much for a some what military grade phone? "

texaswireless responded: "Nextel's least expensive ones are about the same price and go up from there."

cellphonesaretools responded to texaswireless: "Nextel's lowest-priced rugged phone is $39.99, the most expensive rugged phone is $199.99, with a variety of units in between."

texaswireless replied: "If only two of them are water resistant then they are not all FULL military spec. The $129.99 model is the same price as the Samsung Rugby and the other is more expensive. The rest are not comparible because as soon as they get wet you are hosed."

cellphonesaretools responded: " ?fm=m&ff=4&fi=1860733"
> Which gave complete information explaining the different levels of MIL-810F compliance, and reiterating that Nextel's lineup covers the gamut from $39.99 dust/shock/solar resistant MIL-810F phones and $89.99 for their least-expensive WATER-RESISTANT model, up through the intrinsically-safe models.

texaswireless replied: "If you misread and though I was comparing Nextel to the $600 Gas Environment handsets used in the Oil Industry, etc. then you just need clarification."

> I did not misread, which is why the comparisons I made were strictly to the $179 Rugby (i.e. "standard" ruggedized models, not the super-expensive specialty ones); if you had carefully followed the thread, that would have been clear to you. The original poster made no mention of mining/gas/oil rated phones; it was you who threw that in. In fact, the OP used the terminology "some what military grade phone". You are the one who keeps bringing up the $600 phone, which, if it is a truly an "intrinsicaly safe" phone, it is absolutely not comparable to the Rugby, and you should not have thrown that into the discussion.

You also continue to fail to recognize that Nextel has a comparable water-resistant MIL-810F model that is $90, which does refute your original statmement ""Nextel's least expensive ones are about the same price...". So please explain to us how $90 "is about the same as" $179, or even $129?" To any customer that balks at $179, a comparable model that is only $90 will obviously not be "about the same as" (as you put it).

I have clearly & concisely presented FACTS in each post I've made, so that the readers can understand what is available and make well-informed comparisons. Not opinions, just accurate listings of exactly what Nextel offers, so the the OP can compare the features & prices of the ruggedized phones and make his/her own mind up as to how to respond to his/her customers when they balk at the price of a Rugby.

I also provided a link that gives a lot of information to the readers about ALL that the MIL-810F standard includes. Compare that to your opinionated blurt "If only two of them are water resistant then they are not all FULL military spec." Opinions are not information, they are just...opinions. Try to understand the difference.

texaswireless said: "Hardly, but nice try."
> Great comeback. I'm afraid I just can't top that.

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