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Samsung Rugby III, Gray (AT&T)
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Samsung Rugby III, Gray (AT&T)

by Samsung
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 2.1 inches, 0.8 inches, 4.1 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: UMTS
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 240 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 204 hours
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 0.8 x 4.1 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: Rugby III
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,668 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description


Samsung Rugby III
At a Glance:

  • 3G connectivity

  • Mil-spec 810g certified: water-resistant, dustproof, shock-resistant

  • 3MP camera

  • One-touch access to GPS navigation

  • AT&T Enhanced Push-To-Talk

  • Single core 468Mhz processor

  • Up to 9 hours talk time, 20 days standby

At a Glance

Maintain crystal clear call quality no matter where you are with the Rugby III's large external speaker. view larger
Mil-spec 810g certified for protection from dust, water, bumps and scratches. view larger

The Samsung Rugby III is a durable flip phone made to handle the elements. Its compact design is dustproof, shock resistant, and water resistant-- it can be completely submerged for up to 30 minutes. With a three megapixel camera to take photos onsite and a 2.4-inch QVGA display for easy viewing, the Rugby III is ideal for work or play outdoors. This phone supports AT&T's 3G services and Enhance Push to Talk capabilities.

Sturdy Design, Military-Grade Durability

If you need a rugged phone you won't have to worry about on the job, the Rugby III has you covered. This phone is certified to Military Standard 810G, which means it can handle anything from drops to dust. It's water-resistant and able to withstand humidity and high temperatures.

aGPS Functionality

Enjoy a stress-free commute with AT&T's turn-by-turn directions and proactive traffic alerts. aGPS also features Allsport, a GPS workout tracker, and Loopt, a location-based social network application.

Improved Call Quality

Keep your calls clear, even if the world around you gets chaotic. The Rugby III's large external speaker and improved noise suppression makes sure callers will understand you clearly and correctly every time.

Enhanced Push-To-Talk Preloaded

Make and take business calls with the touch of a button. The Rugby III includes Enhanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology, which enables business users to communicate in an instantaneous walkie-talkie fashion, even to large groups. Enhanced PTT allows calls with up to 250 users at a time and includes:

  • Large contact lists up to 1,000 people
  • Override controls for supervisors in order to communicate important, time-sensitive messages to their teams
  • Multitasking capabilities: use productivity applications, GPS or cameras during calls
  • Access to AT&T's expansive 3G, 4G, and 4G LTE networks
  • Ability to view your contacts' availabilities in real time

Call Restriction Features for Your Business

When you're on the job, your phone should be too. With the Samsung Rugby III, you can limit phone numbers to only those on the SIM card or in the device's contact list. Easily restrict other features such as IM, messaging, and address book access to ensure the phone is only being used for the task at hand.

Vital Statistics

The Samsung Rugby III measures 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 4.7 ounces.

What's in the Box

Samsung Rugby III device, standard battery, micro USB data cable, AC charging block, quick start guide.


  • Internal Display: 2.4-inch QVGA
  • External Display: 1.3-inch CSTN

Operating System

  • Samsung Proprietary: Java based


  • Talk time: up to 9 hours
  • Standby time: up to 20 days


  • Size: 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.7 ounces


  • 3G AT&T
  • Bluetooth technology: 2.1


  • Internal memory storage: Up to 256MB
  • Expandable memory storage: Up to 32GB with microSD


  • Camera:3MP, 2X zoom
  • Video: QVGA 15 fps

Product Description

For an advanced experience in mobile conversation, get your hands on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Rugby Mobile Phone. This mobile phone, has a 2.4" QVGA internal display, that gives you a bright and clear view of your phone's contents and settings. Its built-in 3MP camera, lets you capture interesting moments, and fluid videos anytime. This black mobile phone is built to comply with tough U.S. military standards. You can be confident that it can resist bumps, shocks, and any damage due to water. With its Bluetooth technology you can wirelessly share files, with other Bluetooth-compatible devices. Purchase the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Rugby Mobile Phone, and stay connected with your friends.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No surprises from previous Rugby versions March 30, 2013
If you've owned the Rugby (A837) or Rugby II (A847), the new Rugby III (A997) will be pretty familiar. I had the original Rugby as my frontline cell phone for a long time, and I liked the ruggedness and general durability of it. But it had its shortcomings, most notably a rather small screen. I passed on the Rugby II (although my mom has one, so I'm familiar with it), hoping something much better would eventually be offered.

The Rugby III has a few notable improvements, the most obvious being the larger main screen. It's 240x320 pixel and 2.4 inches diagonal, same as a number of "senior-oriented" phones like the Pantech Breeze line and the LG A340, also offered by AT&T. The web browser is a bit better now, and can handle most reasonable web sites, although you're not going to watch movies on this phone. The texting interface is nicer and offers a lot more special characters than before. The camera has been increased to 3MP in size, but still doesn't offer many effects features - but it is now fully functional from the outside while closed, using the external screen as the viewfinder. The AT&T Address Book sync feature is probably the only useful app of the included bloatware - it allows you to upload your address book from both the phone and SIM to an AT&T server, where you can then retrieve it from a different/new phone should something happen to yours. The Rugby III also includes AT&T's enhanced Push To Talk (ePTT).

On the downside, I'm disappointed with the navigation buttons. The main arrow keys are almost flush to the center button and are visibly smaller than they used to be, making it very easy to accidentally push "OK" when you meant to go left or right. The USB/charging port is still that flimsy little tab and is even more difficult to open quickly.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this phone back in February this year and I really enjoy it. I was looking for a phone that was really durable and would last well. I found that and more with the Samsung Rugby III. Below are the PROS and CONS of this device.


- It is a world phone
- It has physical buttons
- The hinge for the lid when you flip the phone up feels solid
- When you cover the charger port back up, it has a secure seal, unlike other phones where the cover piece feels cheap.
- The battery lasts for days.
- The audio quality for the ear piece and speaker phone sounds pretty good.
- The ringer is loud and stays at the same loud volume I have it set to, loud enough for me to hear it across the room.
- The microphone to talk into is below the number pad.
- It can download MP3 ringtones and wallpapers
- It displays text messages individually
- It does not require a data plan.

- When typing a text message, even if I have the Abc mode selected, sometimes the phone will not let me capitalize a letter and I have to press the * key numerous times to cycle through the text input modes before I can type the capital letter I want.
- The camera on this device is not the greatest, but it does the job okay.
- The phone only comes with one game, which does not bother me, but it could be a problem for those who like to have games on their smart or basic phones.
- It accidentally takes pictures of the inside of my pocket if I do not have the phone in a case. Definitely get a protective case for this phone to prevent you from pressing the buttons on the side.
- The Push To Talk button is easy to accidentally press.

With the Samsung Rugby III, I found more positives than negatives and I definitely would recommend this phone to someone who is hard on cell phones or has a job where he or she needs a phone that can hold up pretty well.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Samsung 3 May 21, 2013
By Jim
Verified Purchase
Very nice phone. I wish the button design was improved. They are to close in size and it sometimes makes negotiating the buttons troublesome.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this phone. September 8, 2013
Verified Purchase
I own and ride horses and maintain 5 acres of property in harsh winter conditions. This phone has been dropped and rained on and still works great. I am not a text-er but the battery life is great. I only charge it every 3-4 days. I don't use the internet either. It's mainly for talking only but I am satisfied with it's performance.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone! May 9, 2013
By Don
Verified Purchase
I love this phone! Works great, and it's very rugged, as something called "Rugby" should be! I highly recommend this phone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung Rugby III October 24, 2013
Verified Purchase
This is the second Rugby III that I have owned. Very durable phone, water resistant, and virtually hard to break. I am rough with cell phones and I recommend this phone to anyone that wants a tough phone. The reception is great also.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just as expected September 9, 2013
Verified Purchase
This phone was just what I expected. The right price, easy to use, just the right size, clear and heavy duty. I would highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice phone August 22, 2013
Verified Purchase
purchased for a family member but phone was well received and seems to be functioning well. battery has long life
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made
I got this phone for my hubby because it is well made and he might now break this one. He is very satisfied with it.
Published 9 days ago by Deborah Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Phone
I just love my Rugby 3 it does everything I want it to and its easy to use and it does take very good pictures and I go on the Internet to get some moving pictures and use them as... Read more
Published 13 days ago by country123
5.0 out of 5 stars A different looking Rugby II
I had the Rugby II a few years ago and loved it. Unfortunately for that phone, I was an idiot and had it in my pocket while in a pool for about two hours. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Patrick Byington
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really rugged and the battery failed in 3 months.
I wouldn't recommend this phone whatsoever --it was total trash from day 1. The first time I dropped it it scratched --a Rugby 2 is a far better phone.
Published 22 days ago by Dudely Duderight
3.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated.
Was looking for a simple phone for my tech-challenged husband. This was not it. Too confusing and too many steps to send texts and make calls.
Published 23 days ago by Isabelle Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST
It's super durable. That's why I got it. The ONLY downside is that you cannot turn off the internet/data capabilities to stop all possibilities of data charges. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung Rugby III is a lovely device for having a conversation
This device will give you a low monthly usage fee, less distraction than a "smart phone," and no data charges. This telephone is great for calling people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tamara Jaffe-Notier
4.0 out of 5 stars Good phone
Great phone with plenty of bells and whistles without the bells and whistles! Good camera nice design and fairly simple to use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Radicone
2.0 out of 5 stars Turns off all the time
We got this phone for my son to use as his first phone. Its been a huge disappointment as it frequently turns off for no apparent reason. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stuart|Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little durable flip phone
We needed a durable flip phone for my mom and this worked great. It had big enough buttons and read out that she is able to use it and text. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff A Kyker
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