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Sprint Intros Intrinsically Safe Phone

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Mar 10, 2013, 11:04 AM   by Rich Brome

Sprint has started selling an intrinsically safe (IS) version of it Sonim XP Strike rugged Direct Connect phone. IS devices are designed for environments with flammable gasses or dust. Such devices have extra protections to ensure that - even in the event of a component failure - the device cannot be a source of ignition. IS devices are required in places that handle large amounts of fuel, mines, and even some large bakeries. The last IS phone offered by Sprint was the Motorola i365IS, an iDEN phone introduced in 2008 and discontinued in June 2012. The Sonim XP Strike IS has a special IS battery that protrudes from the back, making the phone 1.2" thick. The battery and other IS changes also bump the price up to $600 on contract. The XP Strike IS is available now.


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Mar 10, 2013, 2:16 PM

It's amazing

That an "Intrinsically safe" phone would only be "required" in certain locations. Shouldn't this be a precaution that all devices should push towards? I know it's unlikely, but I have seen a spark come out of a cell phone and ignite gasoline. Maybe it takes 20 - 30 calls to a phone sitting next to gasoline for this to happen, but that 5% risk is unacceptable, as far as an Explosion is concerned. All devices should work towards being Intrinsically safe.
$599.99 with 2 year agreement

$1099.99 with no agreement.

It's very easy to say "shouldn't everything be made to not be an ignition source", but it's not at all easy to actually make a product that is guaranteed to not be an ignition source under most circumstances.

An IS device has to be effectivley seal...
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