Why a 4G enabled tough mobile phone?
Tough mobile phones are all about being rugged, dependable, shock-proof mobile hand sets for use in harsh work or leisure environments. Traditionally, buyers of tough mobile phones have demanded strong, reliable handsets that can be used for voice communication in just about any conditions and they have generally not cared about what the phone looks like or whether it sports the latest hi-tech mobile gizmos.
Some of the recent tough mobile phone releases, such as the TUFF T1, TUFF T400s or the TUFF T10, for example, boast use of 4G (4th generation) protocols offering higher speed data transfer rates than those available on the slower 2G and 3G networks. If the phone is used for just voice communication you are hardly likely to notice any difference between 4G and 3G so why would you want the benefit of 4G high speed data network on a mobile handset primarily purchased for toughness and for dependable voice communication?
Well you might want to use the phone for more than just talking. With 4G, data is transferred at almost broad-band speed. This means that data-hungry applications can be run far more quickly than before, and data-intensive files can be downloaded or sent with ease.
This could be extremely useful for both business and leisure users. Examples include; the use of maps and GPS technology to help locate your whereabouts, taking and sending of photographs to provide instant pictorial information about an event or situation, the use of video to visually augment voice communication or to relay real-time visual information to head office or base camp, and access to internet and social networking sites.
Walkers, trekkers, mountaineers, skiers or any outdoor, field-based personnel including military could find fast map applications on a tough mobile phone of enormous benefit to assist with accurately locating their position.
A tough mobile phone equipped with a camera could be used by field staff to readily receive or send instant photographic or video information to control room environments or head office over the 4G enabled networks. Emergency services, utility providers and construction related companies are all examples of those for whom the provision of a 4G, camera equipped, robust mobile phone to their field based staff could help them obtain valuable, time saving (and sometimes even life saving), visual information.
If equipped with a front facing camera, a tough mobile phone could be used to keep in-touch with loved ones or work colleagues via video chat in environments where an ordinary phone would not be suitable, for example if out in the rain, up a ski-slope, or on a sailing boat.
If equipped with a web browser, then internet sites could be accessed and internet based applications run via a tough mobile phone. Field-based staff would be able to use internet based reporting tools for example to timely update data held remotely without having to return to a more comfortable office or home environment first in order to access the internet on a PC, tablet or non-ruggedised mobile phone.
Of course, those who are addicted to facebook or twitter would be able to continually tweet or keep their status fully updated no matter what they were doing or wherever they were.
Unfortunately, 4G consumes more battery power and consequently shortens battery life between charges. Tough mobile phones however are usually equipped with above average batteries which last longer than normal phones as users of tough mobile phones are unlikely to have access to recharge points as readily as indoor based users.
So a 4G equipped tough phone could be quite a handy tool to have about you, enabling a wealth of additional functionalities to augment the vital voice communication ability of rugged, dependable, shock-proof mobile hand sets.