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Samsung Rugby II, Black (AT&T)

2.8 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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  • Display: 2.2-inches
  • Camera: 2-MP
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time
  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • Rugged 3G handset withstands dust, shock vibrations, rain, humidity, and more; Push to Talk capabilities
  • Compatible with AT&T Video Share, Mobile Music, Navigator GPS turn-by-turn directions, and Mobile Resource Management applications
  • 2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion to 32 GB; access to personal email
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.01 inches, 2.05 inches, 0.86 inches
  • Network Compatibility: UMTS
  • Phone Book Capacity: 500 Entries
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 360 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 504 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

AT&T Samsung A847 Rugby 2 HIGH

Ideal for on-site field services, the rugged Samsung Rugby II for AT&T builds on the success of its predecessor with improved noise suppression, and an external speaker making it easier to communicate regardless of the environment. Certified to the Military Standard MIL-STD 810G, this highly durable handset is perfect for users like construction foremen and landscape designers.

The ruggedized Samsung Rugby II
is certified to Military Standard
MI-SID-810G, withstanding dust,
shock vibrations, rain, and more.

Snap pics and videos on the go
with the 2-megapixel camera.

Enabled for use on AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network, you'll be able to easily access the Internet as well as make a call while simultaneously receiving picture/text messages and email, or viewing Web pages. In addition to access to the AT&T Navigation turn-by-turn direction service, the Rugby II also features compatibility with Push to Talk communication and AT&T's Video Share calling services.

The Rugby II is also compatible with TeleNav Track and Xora GPS Timetrack, two solutions from AT&T's Mobile Resource Management applications that can help improve workforce productivity. They're ideal for transportation, distribution, construction, field service, maintenance, landscaping, and other businesses and government agencies looking to increase visibility in their field operations, monitor and track location and activities of their employees, and improve responsiveness and productivity.

Other features include a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, access to mobile personal email, and up to 6 hours of talk time.

The clamshell Rugby II when opened

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
  • GPS navigation capabilities via AT&T Navigator service include audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and re-routing options. This phone also includes a digital compass.
  • Certified to military standard MIL-STD-810G to withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and temperature extremes, ideal for use even in the toughest of environments
  • Intelligent voice processor helps enhance voice and suppress noise for clear communications nearly anywhere. Like the human ear, the chip isolates your voice, and filters out all the unwanted background noise, for unsurpassed mobile call clarity without the noise from a busy street, loud public places, nearby conversations, or even sirens going by.
  • Push to Talk (PTT) capabilities with large external speakers (additional subscription required). Push to Talk gives you the ability to pull an entire work group into a wireless call from a PTT session (learn more below)
  • 2.2-inch internal screen (240 x 320 pixels, 262K color depth) with 1.3-inch external screen displaying current time, signal strength, battery life, and more.
  • Standard alpha-numeric keypad
  • 2-megapixel camera/camcorder
  • Multi-format digital audio player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+ formats plus compatibility with AT&T Music services (including streaming radio)
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture, and IM instant messaging (via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, and Windows Live).
  • Access to personal e-mail (AOL, Gmail, Yahoo!, and Windows Live)
  • AT&T Social Net social networking app enables you to view and manage all your social networking connections and updates from Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
  • Free AT&T Address Book service allows you to sync your contacts to an online address book, enabling you to access and manage your mobile contacts from your handset or your PC. From the online interface, you can import contacts from other Web-based address books, such as personal email accounts, as well as send text messages to your contacts' mobile numbers.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung Rugby II weighs 3.52 ounces and measures 4.01 x 2.05 x 0.86 inches. Its 1300 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of talk time, and up to 504 hours (21 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's dual-band 3G network (850/1900 MHz; HSDPA/UMTS).

What's in the Box
Samsung Rugby II handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual (on CD)

AT&T Services

High-speed data connectivity via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband data network: The dual-band 850/1900 MHz 3G network provides up to 3.6/7.2 Mbps of download speed, making it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services.

In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.

Push-to-Talk (PTT) functionality enables you to instantly contact any other AT&T user. PTT works across the entire network to make sure you have a clear signal so you can get things done. Easy-to-read icons let you know when members of your contact list are available, not available, or have their status set to "Do Not Disturb." You can also set your own status to let others know that you're busy. When a quick PTT call needs to be a longer discussion convert the call easily to a regular voice call--works for one-to-one calls as well as group calls. Save time on group calling by pulling up your contacts and simply "marking" those you wish to include on a call--no need to set up and save groups before calling, unless you want to.

The full-featured, premium AT&T Navigator GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Additionally, AT&T Navigator is the only mobile phone-based GPS service that provides integrated speech recognition for address entry and points of interest search.

AT&T Mobile Music enables you to buy tracks while on the go, access the Napster and eMusic subscription music services, stream music video, discover what's playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what's hot with The Buzz music news portal.

AT&T's Video Share service enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network, and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) While using Video Share with family and friends is a fun way to communicate, it's also very useful for business. For example, a majority of users in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site, or review the day's work, without having to drive from an office or other site to do so.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B003P2VNAQ
  • Item model number: Rugby II
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,944 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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First of all, this is probably not the phone for a teenager; it just doesn't have the "cool" look most of them require. However, if you're an adult simply looking for a good phone with great volume and reception, this one would work for you. We also like to customize our ringtones and that works out fine. I can't speak for any of the other features since we really don't care about them. I have small hands and my husband's are larger and it feels fine for both of us. We've only had the phone for a few weeks, but so far it is just what we wanted. It was a challenge to find a reliable flip phone that doesn't require a data plan and we think we've succeeded with the Rugby II.
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I'm still fairly new with this phone so I won't speak to it's long term durability as some other reviewers have but my first impression is SAMSUNG has made a fairly decent product that's been turned into a money shake-down device by AT&T. My father who is quite inept with technology and notoriously hard on his phones chose the Rugby as it seemed to offer simplicity and durability. It seems like it is so until you start endlessly having to decline adding services. He doesn't necessarily want Push To Talk but EVERY TIME he answers the Rugby his finger rests on the PTT button and he first has to decline adding that feature before he can answer. The only way to disable it is to physically damage the button so it will not activate. The large center button is of course a browser launch shortcut which he hit's all the time. Was there not a class action about data use entrapment? There should be another. There is a GPS button which is easy for a senior to hit that also launches a service he does not want and cannot be disabled. The menu is a further fleece attempt festooned with AT&T services he doesn't want or need. Were we not stuck with AT&T due to location this would certainly have been the final straw. I'm looking forward to Apple finally getting the iPhone somewhere else so AT&T's subscriber pen get's busted open and they finally have to stop shaking down customers for accidental service in order to retain them. It's gotten unacceptable.

+ Two stars for what I feel is good Samsung quality (should have been 4).
- Eleventy stars for AT&T customer disdain.
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I had an absolutely terrible experience with the original Rugby.. I had 3 of them that broke inside of a year (from the *original* date of purchase, mind you). B/c of the false information AT&T gave me on multiple calls (5 calls!), I could not get a new, alternative brand phone. So, I was forced into The Rugby II. Well, I'm happy to say it is much more reliable than the original! I haven't had any dropped calls. I haven't had any spontaneous connecting to the internet, either. The PTT button is still in the same spot as the original, but I don't seem to hit it as often. *shrug* I have a data plan, but this is not user friendly for that purpose. It will take pretty decent pictures when it's folded.

The texting bit is still a hassle, though. Predictive texting is easier, but a bit sketchy, and I haven't found a way to get rid of words from its vocabulary once they've been added. It's bulky and heavy, too, but it helps me keep up with it. If I'm suddenly feeling lighter, I know I've left my phone somewhere. LOL If you want a feather-light phone or one with all the bells and whistles, this isn't the phone you want. You'll need a heavy duty case, too. I use a magnetic one made by body glove.

I haven't had any difficulty pairing the Rugby II to my mac or my phone, or my PDA for that matter (BUT it won't SYNC with the Mac or PDA b/c they're not Windows machines). I can send pics, videos, etc. with no difficulty. Also, on the previous phones, I don't know if there was a voice dial option, but it's on the II. It's just a big P.I.T.A. to use, and it takes too long to respond. Don't try to voice dial 911. You'll die before the call's been made (maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit! lol).

The memory's decent, but that was never a complaint of mine with the original, either.
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I bought this phone a few months ago as my other one that I had for two years broke when it fell 6 feet. I promptly called AT&T and spoke with a representative who recommended the Sumsung Rugby as one of the most "rugged" phones they have. I gladly purchased the phone for about $50.00 as I was looking forward to having a phone that was able to take some "wear and tear".

For a couple of months this phone worked fine ... and yes, took some minor abuse in stride. And then, the other day I reached into my pocket for my car keys, and the phone fell out. The case broke apart where the phone flips on the right side ... and now some of the electronics are exposed. It fell about three feet onto the asphalt. I was told that it could take "punishment" up to a 30 foot fall.

It makes me wonder a bit about the military specifications mentioned in the paperwork and various sites I've seen.

If you buy this phone, I sincerely hope that you have better luck than I did!
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The Rugby II "replaced" my old (and very sturdy) Nokia. The ever-reliable Nokia had served me faithfully for 7 full years when ATT determined that it couldn't tolerate such superb service in its network. The planet's largest telecommunications company sent a note advising their non-support for excellence but offering a "free" upgrade at an ATT store. I went in. Now the story gets ugly.

1. The store employees urged against the several "free" phones, pointing out that they were unpopular models for which ATT was discontinuing sale. They were simply offloading what should have been landfill.
2. I asked, then, what would be a no-frills model that was as rugged as Old Nokia. They replied, "None," but did recommend the misnamed Rugby as the next best thing. The catch: since I was declining a "free" phone, I'd need to buy the "reliable" model.
3. In "upgrading" to a worse phone, ATT charged an additional upgrade fee, cut my minutes in half, and locked in a new 2 year contract. Because I was leaving on a business trip for the Middle East the next day, I sucked it up and bought the Rugby.

The story gets uglier.

1. The phone seriously overheats after about 15 minutes of use.
2. The buttons and menu are aggressively counter-intuitive.
3. The voice quality is the the worst I have ever encountered.
4. The PTT feature has been located such that it cannot be avoided--and which brings additional charges when used. (But this can be disabled. Pry out the button, then clip the stem from its back. Replace. You'll be happy to have a less functional phone)

If the young revolutionaries in Cairo had all had Rugbys last year, Mubarak could never have been toppled
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