Sonim's established a rather solid reputation in the rugged phone genre, with its XP3300 Force claiming the Guinness World Record for surviving the longest freefall this past February. Now it's branching out by announcing three more mil-spec devices at this week's CTIA, two of which will be available in the US starting today. First at bat is the XP1301 Core NFC, a device that lives up to its name by supporting a tag reader optimized for the workforce. It was announced for European availability last month, and is now ready to be sold in the US. Next up is the XP1330 Core PTT, a Push-to-Talk device shipping to select areas in Latin America over the next two months. Finally, the XP3340 Sentinel offers an emergency panic button and a man-down sensor capable of monitoring your phone for any freefalls or impacts, and can make an emergency call in your behalf. All of the above devices include quadband GSM / EDGE radios -- don't expect to use them for hyperspeed browsing -- and have been drop-tested at least 24 times from over six feet. They may not do your laundry, but at least you won't freak out when it drops a story or two. Head to the press release for more specifics.
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Sonim Unveils Four New Ultra Rugged Phones and a Portfolio of Workforce Management Applications for the Americas

THE SONIM XP1330 CORE PTT, XP1301 CORE NFC, XP3300 FORCE & XP3340 SENTINEL MOBILE PHONES NOW AVAILABLE

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CTIA -- Sonim Technologies, holders of the Guinness World Record for the World's Toughest Phone, announces four new ultra-rugged phones and a portfolio of four Workforce Management applications for the Americas:

Proof of Attendance & Activity using Near Field Communications (NFC)
Push-To-Talk (PTT) for instant communication and team coordination
Mobile Resource Management (MRM) for tracking and dispatching workers
Man Down Worker Safety Monitoring with Emergency Response

Workers in extreme environments need to be kept safe, communicate in teams, carry lightweight phones anywhere they work, and be able to provide information back to their home office. Until now, their choices have been limited to costly handheld computers or delicate consumer devices that don't have the battery life or enterprise support they need. Sonim's new ultra-rugged workforce management phones fill this gap and are priced for deployment to all frontline workers.

"For the past two years, Sonim has applied its record-breaking rugged technology to solve workforce management and safety challenges for some of Europe's largest government and private sector security guarding, transportation and utilities corporations, to name a few," said Bob Plaschke, CEO of Sonim Technologies. "Now that the software and applications have been field-proven to have the same extreme reliability as our hardware, it's time to bring our enterprise focus to the Americas."

PROOF OF ACTIVITY WITH THE SONIM XP1301 CORE NFC

Designed especially for markets in cleaning, security guarding, facilities management, equipment maintenance and home visit healthcare, the XP1301 CORE NFC contains a NFC reader that scans contactless tags placed in various worksite locations. Key applications supported by the XP1301 CORE NFC include Guard Tour Verification, Proof of Activity and Real Time Attendance.

PUSH TO TALK WITH THE SONIM XP1330 CORE PTT

Available over the next two months in Latin America, the XP1330 CORE PTT replaces private mobile radio (PMR) and enables work teams to communicate instantly.

MOBILE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT WITH THE SONIM XP3300 FORCE

The XP3300 FORCE now supports MRM applications from Xora and ECONZ Wireless including location tracking, job dispatch and timecard reporting.

MAN-DOWN WORKER SAFETY WITH THE SONIM XP3340 SENTINEL

With the longest GPS tracking time of any mobile phone (up to 29 hours), the Sonim XP3340 SENTINEL features a dedicated red panic button and an innovative man-down sensor to detect emergencies and accidents and automatically call for emergency response.

All of the phones listed above operate on GSM/EDGE mobile networks with quad-band support, have been tested against Sonim's Rugged Performance Standards (RPS) and are backed by the Company's industry-leading 3-Year Comprehensive Warranty covering not only manufacturer's defects, but also accidental damage.