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Vodafone New Zealand upgrades tough mobile handsets guarantee
Posted on 29-Apr-2009 08:37 | Tags Filed under: News

Vodafone New Zealand upgrades tough mobile handsets guarantee
Vodafone New Zealand’s new XP3 mobile is their toughest mobile yet, designed to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life.

The XP3 is built to survive 30 minutes submerged to 1m depth, is certified against salt corrosion, humidity, shock and heat. The company says it can even survive a drop from up to 2m onto concrete (we haven't tested these claims).

The XP3 has an operational temperature range of between -20C and +55C so it can be taken to the beach in the summertime or up the mountain come winter.

XP3 product specifications include IP57 certification, MIL-810F certification, a hardened rubber non-porous exoskeleton, a shock resistant protective screen, built-in torch and Bluetooth 1.2.

Vodafone and handset maker Sonim are so confident in the capabilities of the XP3 that if a customer manages to break it with everyday use in the first three years, they will replace it.

The company jokingly notes that the three year guarantee covers regular use, wear and tear - the phone can cope with a rougher life than a normal phone, but electrocuting it, setting fire to it, playing fetch with the dog or generally abusing the situation won’t be covered tough.

“Modern life isn’t all lattes and ergonomic seating. When you’re out on your bike, on the boat, up a mountain or down a crevasse, the XP3 can cope with the things life throws at you and still keep you in touch with your loved ones. Or the office,” says Vodafone’s director of sales Grant Hopkins.

And for those customers who lead a slightly less exciting life, but who still want a phone they can take with them wherever they go, Vodafone offers the XP1, a not so though brother to the XP3. Splash proof rather than waterproof, the XP1 retails from NZ$599 (handset only) while the XP3 retails from NZ$799 (handset only).

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