Nuggets: Ericsson gets tough with new mobile

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Roughty toughty phone for roughty toughty folk...

In the spirit of ‘tough toys for tough boys' Ericsson has announced a shock, dust and water-resistant mobile phone, due for release later this year. The RG250 Pro comes with Gore-Tex membranes and rubber gaskets to protect against water and dust, with a robust magnesium frame and rubber moulding to protect it from being knocked about.

Perfect for tradesman, construction workers and cowboys -- or for those of you who tend to drop your mobiles on crowded dancefloors (hate that!). It comes in an outward-bound orange or action man dark green, gives four and a half hours talk time or 135 hours standby and features both GSM 900 and GSM 1800 band networks. No price is available yet -- all Ericsson says is that it won't be cheap.


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