Sprint Becomes First U.S. Wireless Carrier to Launch the Cat S48c Smartphone Delivering Best in Class Durability in the Toughest Environments

Cat® phones, a leader in durable devices for challenging environments, today announced the launch of the Cat S48c rugged smartphone. Sprint (NYSE: S) will be the first U.S. carrier to launch the CAT-branded device. The Cat S48c is designed to keep working even in tough environments, offering exceptional performance when needed most.

The Cat S48c will be available tomorrow, Nov. 9, in all Sprint retail channels including www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1. It will cost $20 per month with Sprint Flex Lease (SRP: $480 plus tax)

The Cat S48c is built with durability at its core. It is instantly recognizable as a rugged device with specs that support its robust appearance, capable of withstanding drops, dust, vibration, and even extreme temperatures. It can be submerged in up to four feet of water for 35 minutes, while its 13 MP camera can take underwater pictures whether on site, in the great outdoors or on vacation.

Cat phones are built from the ground up for individuals who work in demanding environments across a range of industries or who take part in recreational activities where their mobile phone is routinely exposed to stressful conditions. This includes everything from construction, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, logistics and field services, to recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, biking, climbing or rafting.

"The Cat brand is incredibly popular for both consumers and businesses, especially for their dedication to building products that excel in rugged environments," said Kim Green-Kerr, senior vice president for business sales, Sprint. "We are excited to be the first U.S. carrier to launch the Cat S48c smartphone. It continues our longtime commitment to customers that demand a phone that can brave the toughest environments and keep their teams connected when it matters most."

Cat S48c has a dedicated, programmable key located on the side of the phone that pairs perfectly with Sprint Direct Connect Plus™, the industry standard in push-to-talk communications. Offering nationwide coverage with one-to-one, group and broadcast calls, Sprint Direct Connect Plus gives you a way to quickly and easily check project status, notify your workforce and keep your mobile workers in the loop.

"We are excited to launch the Cat S48c on the Sprint network, bringing Cat phones to a whole new customer base who can now use one of the industry's most rugged smartphones," said Peter Stephens, CEO of Bullitt, global mobile licensee for Caterpillar. "The Cat S48c is an uncompromised smartphone, perfect for anyone who needs a device with class-leading durability, one capable of withstanding the rigors of the day."

The Cat S48c's powerful 4000mAh battery provides up to 30 hours 3G talk time, useful when your day takes you somewhere you're unable to charge your device, while its heavy-duty rugged credentials including IP68 water and dust proof and MIL SPEC 810G ensure it is built to continue working no matter what it's faced with.2

Additional key specifications of the Cat S48c include:

5" FHD screen protected with tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 and screen protection guarantee
Touchscreen can be used with gloves or wet hands
Can work in extreme temperatures, -13⁰F to 131⁰F
Android™ Oreo (with upgrade to P)
13MP rear camera W/Flash, 5MP front camera
Single SIM
32GB ROM Flash, 4GB RAM (expandable to 128GB via microSD™ card)
Qualcomm SDM630 chipset Octacore 2.2GHz processor
Programmable Push to Talk
Class I, Division 2, Group A-D, T4 hazardous locations (areas where flammable gas or flammable vapor from liquid may be present)

For more information, please visit www.catphones.com or http://www.sprint.com/cats48c.

SOURCE Cat phones

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