Samsung Rugby A836, ZTE Rock F165 join Rogers' Rugged Phone family

Allan Reyes 7 years ago

To further improve on their rugged phone lineup, Rogers has announced two new phones that will join their Motorola Extreme Va76r: the Samsung Rugby A836 and the ZTE Rock F165. Both phones are exclusive to Rogers and are definitely built to meet the demands of the great outdoors.

The Samsung Rugby A836 comes with a 1.3-megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, e-mail and IM access, HTML browser, music download and playback, and a 130MB internal memory expandable via microSD card of up to 8GB in capacity. Furthermore, it’s also US certified Military Standard MIL-STD-810F compliant for dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and extreme temperatures of -21C degrees to +63C degrees. This basically means that the Rugby is one tough mobile phone you can rely on even in extreme conditions. It's retailing for $149.99 on a 3-yr contract.

The ZTE Rock, on the other hands, comes with a 2-megapixel camera, 3.5G HSPA connectivity that maxes out at 7.2Mbps, e-mail and internet access, video calling capabilities, 128MB internal memory and support of up to 2GB of additional memory via mircoSD card. It’s not as indestructible as the Samsung Rugby, but its durable design will nonetheless make it withstand harsh environments. The ZTE rock is available for $79.99 on a 3-yr plan.

While both phones might lack the aesthetic appeal of their touchscreen counterparts, they are the toughest phones you'll find in the market. Safe to say, if you love living it up outdoors or your work demands you to be in a high risk environment, Rogers' rugged phones are the best way to go.

Rogers Wireless adds to portfolio of rugged handsets with launch of Samsung Rugby A836 and ZTE Rock F165, on Canada's most reliable network

TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless today announced the addition of two new rugged handsets to its lineup of innovative devices. Exclusive to Rogers, the Samsung Rugby A836 and ZTE Rock F165 join the Motorola Extreme(TM) VA76r handset in offering customers the durability and versatility they require in a rugged wireless product. These productivity-enhancing devices will keep Canadians connected wherever their jobs take them.

"As the country's largest wireless provider, Rogers is committed to bringing Canadians the best in mobile technology with the fewest dropped calls and best call clarity," said Irv Witte, Vice President, Business Marketing, Rogers Wireless. "Rogers' extensive network coverage, reaching 94% of the Canadian population, combined with the rugged durability of the Samsung Rugby and ZTE Rock, is an ideal solution for our business customers who need reliable tools to stay connected while on the job."

The new Samsung Rugby is a heavy-duty work phone that makes it easy to get the job done right, with a large external speaker, 3G high-speed data access where available, access to e-mail, instant messaging, HTML browser and more. Its rugged design is highly durable and damage resistant. The Samsung Rugby is certified to U.S Military Standard MIL-STD-810F compliance for dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes (from - 21C degrees to +63C degrees).

Other features of the Samsung Rugby include:

- 1.3 megapixel camera
- 130MB internal memory storage; up to 8GB expandable memory with
micro SD
- music download and playback

The ZTE Rock enables access to e-mail and mobile Internet and is also capable of wireless video calling. The device can also run on Rogers 3.5G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) network, with peak download speeds of 7.2 Mbps.

The ZTE Rock boasts a durable design ideal for harsh environments and features an extended antenna, which provides stronger signal performance in remote areas.

Other features of the ZTE Rock include:

- 176 x220 pixel display resolution
- 128MB internal memory storage; up to 2GB expandable memory with
micro SD
- 2 megapixel camera

Pricing and Availability:

The Samsung Rugby is available for $149.99 on a three-year plan, while the ZTE Rock is available for $79.99 on a three-year plan; both devices are exclusive to Rogers Wireless. For more information, please visit

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  • Rod Berkey 6 years ago

    I,m a truck triver, and I have a ZTE Rock phone. I live on my phone, do business on my phone. I have had alot of phones and none of them had ever picked up back ground noise like this won when I'm driving my truck. The store where I bought it from helped a little bit bye replacing it but the manufactor told me to deal with it, there's nothing they could do.He said he could hear the noise also. I don't know about you people but I can't have a phone like this.

  • L Sharff 6 years ago

    Purchased the Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) 5 months ago from AT&T was told about it's durability and moisture resistance. Did my research of the specs it promised to follow. The phone I purchased failed, a small crack occured in the external screen as well as water getting into the back battery panel. The phone has become non functional. I spoke to At&t and was told well I could upgrade (do what?!?!) or I can contact Samsung...I said unacceptable as the phone was falsely advertised! I obviously purchased a lemon and just wanted to exchange it as it was not abused nor tested beyond it's means. It just had damage during normal usage. I'm being given the run around with this and very unhappy with my phone service providers response to a phone I paid almost $300 for and for the quality of the product that apparently was advertised falsely. I will call Samsung and if they do not replace this phone "free of charge" I believe there will legal intervention.

  • george moiseyev 6 years ago

    THIS IS A TOUGH PHONE. I received a phone call that was not to my liking. In a fit of rage, I drilled the phone at a wall 10' away with a hard angry thow. Didn't think it would survive. It did.!!. all fuctions work. ITS TOUGH THAT WAS A HARD THROW Not so angry george.

  • bp 6 years ago

    I also had the Samsung rugby sold to me 4-5months ago. it was sold to me because i have spend thousands of dollars on phones over the 10 years i have been with rogers.Having to replace many phones this was was to be rugged and durable. took it out of my pocket to find the exterior screen cracked. Rogers will only offer me an upgrade option and samsung will not do a thing because it's considered physical damage! This on the phone which is advertised as almost unbreakable! Not the kind of service a guy who spends thousands a year would expect!

  • Chilled 6 years ago

    I agree with George. The only course I ever failed too, was anger management. This phone was in my possesion when I was told my anger management course fees wouldn't be refunded AND the Samsung survived!!! Unfortuantely the person who took the phone up the side of the head remains confined to a wheelchair.

  • Saric 6 years ago

    This phone was the worst idea ever. Love the phone itself. But the charger broke and its not sold in any stores or through rogers at all anymore. This phone came out not too long ago how can they not sell the charger anymore. If anyone has a charger for this phone for sale I'll definately buy it. Just throw me an e-mail. Thanks!

  • Stratman 5 years ago

    I got my Rugby a little over a year ago. I am a home repair contractor so I am swinging hammers and answering phones almost every day. Crushing and breaking phones has been pretty common to me. I purchased the Rugby with my new phone plan, so it only cost me $50. Might have been able to get one free if I had the time to look, but needed a phone now. The Rugby has served me well. Just looking at it and you can see it has been roughly treated. The metal speaker screen is dented a bit. There are deep scratches on the outside and caulking around the keypad, from dirty hands. It has been used a lot in rain and wet conditions. The Rugby is still working flawlessly. I wish all of my electronics were built this well.

  • Terry_34314 5 years ago

    I am a welder so my phone has been dropped in a bucket of oil, covered in dirt and metal shavings, kicked squished, dented and i ever rolled a welder over it and it looks beat up but works completely

  • Craig_50256 5 years ago

    I purchased a rugby just over a year ago,in all it has performed well especially in wet conditions,as i'm a builder in BC my phones must deal with the rain forest conditions.However I don't feel it's much tougher than many other phones out there, it has survived over a year action but today was dropped onto a rock and she broke apart like a butter clam(pun intended)Perhaps I'll stick to the cheapos as nothing seems to last much over a year for me.

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