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Press Release -- November 8th, 2018
Source: Sprint Nextel

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

The Cat S48c delivers premium battery life and superior rugged credentials to keep you connected, no matter what challenges the day presents

November 08, 2018

READING, UK and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Nov 8, 2018 – Cat® phones, a leader in durable devices for challenging environments, today announced the launch of the Cat S48c rugged smartphone.  Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) 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 and 1-800-Sprint1. It will cost $20 per month with Sprint Flex Lease (SRP: $480 plus tax)1


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
  • Touchscreen can be used with gloves or wet hands
  • Can work in extreme temperatures, -13?F to 131?F
  • 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

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About Cat devices and accessories

The Cat brand stands for trust, durability, reliability and quality. The Cat DNA is found in every Cat mobile phone and accessory offered by Bullitt Mobile Ltd. and provides boundless experience with robust mobility. Our products are created for wireless communication using the latest technology to meet a variety of needs of a demanding lifestyle and won’t let you down. To find out more about what Cat phones and accessories are made of, visit

About Bullitt Group

Bullitt Group helps global brands extend their product portfolios into new categories, particularly in the connected devices market. We design, manufacture, market and sell products under license for our brand partners. Since its formation in 2009, Bullitt Group has designed, manufactured and distributed millions of mobile phones, audio products, other connected devices and related peripherals to more than 70 countries across the globe. Bullitt is the global licensee for Cat (Caterpillar Inc.) and Land Rover for mobile phones and related peripherals. Bullitt Group’s Head Office is in Reading, England with additional office locations in Taipei (Taiwan), Shenzhen (China), Charlotte (USA) and Singapore.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.5 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2018 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and

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Cat S48c $20/mo. for 18 mo. for well-qualified customer with new-line activ. or eligible upgrade. Early termination results in remaining balance due.

2 IP68 dustproof and waterproof, tested in water up to 4 feet deep for 35 minutes; MIL-SPEC 810G and Built to survive repeated drops onto concrete from up to 6 feet

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