RUGGED mobile phone manufacturer TUFF Phones has begun 2019 with the dual launch of its new TUFF T500 handset and a Multi-Network SIM solution, which the company says delivers the connectivity of three major networks via one SIM card to improve network coverage for rural workers.

CEO Kevin Aspinall Nessling said: "Connectivity for rural and remote workers is often an issue as farm workers can frequently find themselves in dead spots without a signal or in situations where a network operator might provide decent signal strength in one area of a farm but a relatively weak or non-existent signal elsewhere (and vice versa with an alternative network operator). Our Multi-Network SIM provides a solution to this by bringing connectivity via the strongest signal from three major networks: Three, O2 and Vodafone."

The T500, the first of TUFF’s third generation of 4G-enabled handsets to be launched, runs on the recent Android 8.1 operating system with a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor and boasts technical functionality such as face recognition unlock and fingerprint security.

A Sony 13MP CMOS sensor camera offers crisp and detailed photos, and a massive 5000 mAh battery means the device will last for days without a charge (up to 580+ hours standby time).

The device is housed in a military grade, fibreglass-reinforced, rubberised body with a 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen and is IP69 certified waterproof and dust-proof.

The T500 comes with a two-year warranty and unlimited free screen replacements in the unlikely event of breakage for the lifetime of the warranty.

Mr Aspinall Nessling added: "The pairing of the Multi-Network SIM with our third generation of devices offers a step change in rugged mobile technology and connectivity. For the same cost as a single network contract, agricultural workers can now enjoy better network coverage within a smartphone that will withstand the harshest of environments while delivering the kind of capability which up until now could only be found in mainstream smartphones on the high street."

TUFF Phones are available from several of the major agricultural buying groups, direct from the TUFF Phones website and in all Get Connected stores in Wales.