Earlier this week, Sonim Technologies launched the Sonim XP3 rugged flip phone (which has a dedicated push-to-talk button) on the Verizon network.

The device is interoperable with field radios and smartphones, thanks to Verizon’s preloaded PTT+ application, which provides Verizon customers with push-to-talk capabilities.

"Flip phones are making a comeback among users opting for simple mobile communications," said Sonim CEO, Bob Plaschke. "The addition of the XP3 gives Verizon business customers an affordable, ultra-rugged, reliable option that supports 4G calling, which has been a limitation for older flip phone models."

The XP3 is IP68-rated, meets the MIL-810G standard for ruggedness (including drop protection) and comes with a three-year warranty. It also features a 100 dB+ speaker with noise cancellation and is supported by a range of industrial-grade accessories such as rugged headsets, RSMs, vehicle kits and multi-charging bays.

Author: Sam Fenwick