While this phone may be targeted at outdoor operations where a typical cell phone might be damaged, it also might be great for those of you who drop and destroy one or two cell phones a year. SANYO today announced the ultra-rugged SCP-7050, the first SANYO phone that adheres to Military Standard 810F for dust, shock and vibration. In addition to applications for business users with mobile field operations such as those in construction, maintenance and other tough environments, SANYO says the SCP-7050 SANYO is also well-suited for outdoor enthusiasts due to its textured anti-slip rubber grip that wraps around the back and sides of the phone, offering a good gripping surface and added protection. The SCP-7050 also supports GPS-based Java applications and Bluetooth wireless technology. The SCP-7050 by SANYO will be available beginning in early April through Sprint retail channels. Its Suggested retail price is $149.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement. The SCP-7050 offers autonomous GPS that allows location data to be captured even when the user has taken the phone off the wireless network. In addition, Java MVM allows the phone to run multiple Java applications simultaneously. The combination of Java MVM and location based GPS allows the phone to support navigation, tracking and management applications. The phone has been designed so that it is easy to use and view even when using gloves or in bright outdoor conditions. The four external side buttons allow access to the speakerphone, call lists that are displayed on the outside LCD, and volume control. The one-inch outside LCD is high-contrast to allow better visibility in outdoor environments. Once open, the phone reveals a keypad with large raised blue-backlight keys and a two-inch color internal screen. With an optional USB cable, Sprint Vision Connection Manager software, and the appropriate Sprint service plan, the SCP-7050 can be used as a modem for a laptop PC.
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