Samsung Rugby


Samsung Rugby from AT&T is a work horse style flip phone with numerous features and lots of ruggedness to go with it. It is also known as SGH-a837 and is designed with workers in mind:

“As AT&T’s best-in-class rugged device, only Rugby brings users like construction foremen and landscape designers the ability to share live video from one phone to another,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Business Marketing and Operations for AT&T’s wireless operations. “Employees can literally see more than one work site at one time.”

The ruggedized clamshell phone supports PTT and various 3G services. Some of the highlights include video sharing as we quoted above, 1.3MP camera, GPS navigation, audio player, stereo Bluetooth, memory card slot, and HSDPA connectivity.

In case you’re wondering what ruggedized really is, let us explain: Samsung Rugby is certified to military standard MIL-STD-810F (yes, there is a MILF in there) to withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes.

We’re not sure what kind of hardware is providing the GPS capabilities but as far as features and LBS you’re looking at:

  • Turn-by-turn voice and on-screen directions
  • automatically reroute if you miss a turn
  • Monitor traffic and receive incident alerts
  • Find the closest restaurant, ATM, gas station or Wi-Fi hotspot instantly

Samsung Rugby will cost you $130 with a two year contract (after $50 rebate) or $280 without any commitment.

7 Responses to “Samsung Rugby”

  1. jjohnson Says:

    Change the yellow to OD green and the lighting to blue and it will be a hit


  2. AMCEWEN Says:

    GPS will only work with proprietary software (ATT Navigator). If you choose not to pay extra per month for not only the GPS service but also for data as well, you are simply out of luck. I have tried third party software such as Gmaps and google maps and neither has recognized the embedded device. IS THERE NO WAY OF MAKING THIS WORK?! Non-phone GPS units do not require a cell phone data connection or a separate monthy fee just to turn the GPS on- so why does this phone need that besides nickel and diming me!? Aside from this, the phone is perfect for anyone who is rough on phones (which would be most men such as myself).


  3. MaineMan Says:

    Just got this phone and have been enjoying the ATT Navigator trial. However, after the time is up on it I will probably not be wiling to shell out $10/month + a data package to use the gps. Like AMCEWEN I have tried loading various third party programs (such as Velox or Trekbuddy) to no avail. Any ideas?


  4. Heartburn Home Remedy Says:

    I can tell that this is not the first time at all that you write about the topic. Why have you chosen it again?


  5. Badfish Says:

    is heartburn home remedy the write in police or what? why not leave a response that’s appropriate or keep ur yap shut.
    I love the rugby but wish I could disable the PTT button and other features that I’m not including in my plan. Any good phone hacks out there?


  6. shawn Says:

    I had same problom with PTT to the point i popped the button off with sewing needle problom solved


  7. Dale Says:

    Crazy glue works wel too.


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