JCB breaks record for toughest phone

What Mobile
November 18, 2008

The JCB Toughphone is now officially the world’s toughest phone after being tested to destruction before independent judges-turned-testers working for the Guiness Book of Records.

The phone survived the first drop of 1.6 metres with little more than a scratch, so the test was made a little tougher by raising the drop height to 3.25 metres (from a JCB digger, of course). Despite being dropped on solid concrete, the phone merely bounced and continued to be completely operational.

Only superficial damage would be accepted, where even a small crack would constitute a fail; but the phone passed with flying colours.

Sonim Technologies CEO Bob Plaschke, maker of the JCB Toughphone, said “We’ve worked hard to build the toughest phone resistant to things such as extreme temperatures, resistance to water, dust, punctures, and pressure.  The commitment and testing has led us to develop our own Rugged Performance Standard by which all our products are made.

He added, “We make rugged phones for people who need a tool, not just another fashion accessory. Not just tough enough to knock nails through a wall with its head, but it is smart too.”

The JCB Toughphone complies with IP54, for dust, dirt and shock protection and also water resistance. It weighs 128g, has Bluetooth and tri-band GSM support (900/1800/1900MHz) for global roaming.



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