Back in April, Caterpillar’s Cat B15 arrived in the United Kingdom and several other European countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and Norway. Now it looks like the phone will soon be making its way over to the United States as well.
The North American version of the Cat B15 will be shown off at CTIA tomorrow, though it is largely the same as the international version. The biggest difference is that the phone will now support both GSM 850/1900 and the AWS bands 1700/2100. Otherwise the B15 packs the same extremely rugged, grippable anodized aluminum and rubber body.
Other specs include a 4-inch display, dual-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6577 processor, a 5MP back cam, VGA front cam and the ability to withstand a six foot drop. It’s water resistant as well, for those keeping track. As for the OS, the phone comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The specs aren’t exactly exciting, but they should be more than capable of handling the job as long as your needs aren’t too demanding.
The big question is when the phone is coming, and how much it will set you back. Right now Caterpillar is still working to find retail partners and carriers for the launch, so no specific date seems set. We can tell you that the company plans to sell the phone for around $350, unlocked.
If they do end up with a carrier as a partner, that basically leaves just AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., considering this is a GSM phone.
For those that need an extremely durable handset, would you consider purchasing the Cat B15?
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I’m guessing it will work if I pee on it?
Yes, even if you pee bricks.
Or, you could just buy a better phone and put an Otterbox on it.
Better phone = over $600, plus Otter @ another $50-$100. Or This mid-range device @ $350, UNLOCKED, and without need of fiddling with accessories. Most guys in trades or working construction sites are not techies or geeks, they don’t need a device for power users. This phone is a great concept, hope it is the first of many.
Still trying to understand why Big Red hasn’t been talking to CAT or Casio about getting an updated rugged device on their network. They still only have the Casio G’zOne Commando which is never going to get off of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it is FULL of bloat. They need to update their devices… It’s amazing that they can get away with having devices come late and get updates even later and people don’t seem to care as much as they should…
Cool phone good price. But if you’re on contract I’ll check the S4 active first
ouch, MediaTek processor.
I’ll avoid that, personally.
no hate or anything, just prefer snapd, tegra, or ti omap if possible.
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE! I bought one and it came to me permanently locked. I called the company for help and they told me that I must have entered the unlock wrong too many times…but I never did. Their customer service and a joke. Run fast and far from this phone and company.