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Hands On with the Rugged CAT B15

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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 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 hands...
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 26, 2013, 3:33 PM


This can be uses in areas where the network has been refarmed to 1900mhz.
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....
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