Samsung Rugby 3 (Locked, Brand New)


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The perfect device for the lady and gentleman who wants a powerful phone that can withstand almost anything. The Samsung Rugby 3 was designed for power.

(Model: SGH-A997)

Product Highlights

  • Unlocked to AT&T, T-Mobile and Select Prepaid GSM Supported Carriers (Please call your network provider for further assistance to confirm its compatibility.)
  • 256 MB internal memory
  • Rugged – MIL-810 standard
  • 4G capability

Product Description

After the success of the fantastic Rugby 2, Samsung released the Rugby 3 sporting the same level of ruggedness and protection as the 2, but with updated specs that will suit even more people than the previous model.

Samsung Rugby 3’s Advantages over Rugby 2

Although a little heavier than the Rugby 2 (4.7oz compared to 3.5oz). Massively improved battery life and other new additions make the little extra weight well worth it. An improved camera, with new video capabilities, and a micro USB connection all add to the improvements on the Rugby 3. Blue tooth is also improved and the enhanced GPS has been retained.

Built-in email and web browser apps, all designed to work smartly and efficiently. This means that the device is built to appeal to those for whom a full-on smartphone is both too much and too expensive. Add voice recognition, an MP3 player, and the ability to record audio, and we’re suddenly looking at a device that has almost everything you need to get through an increasingly technical day. It won’t become a financial burden on either purchase price or contract cost.

And we almost forgot – it’s 4G.

Oh, and like the Rugby 2, it’s still as tough as old boots.

Standard Sim Card Size

Samsung Rugby 3 Sim Card Sizes

The Samsung Rugby 3 uses a standard sim card, which is the largest sim card.

Please use the chart at the side to understand the different sizes and how they appear. Please note that you can purchase a SIM card adapter online at a very low price. The SIM card adapter will enable you to place a nano or micro SIM card into the slot of a standard size.

But There is Still No Wi-Fi?

No, still no Wi-Fi, but given what the phone is and isn’t capable of, Wi-Fi isn’t necessary. Yes, web browsing could be a little quicker on Wi-Fi. However, browsing isn’t the center of this phone like it would be on more recent devices. The Rugby 3 is all about being a phone with added capabilities. Rather than it being a media and internet device that happens to be able to make phone calls.

There’s still no touch screen either. But, for the same reasons as mentioned above, it isn’t something you’ll miss on a device like the Rugby 3.

You do, though, still get compliance with the MIL-810 standard, meaning the Rugby 3 is waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It is dustproof, saltproof, temperature proof, including sudden changes, and can withstand most chemicals. Very practically, it is more likely to survive a drop than just about any other smartphone-related device.

I Have the Rugby 2, Should I Upgrade?

It depends on whether the Rugby 2 does what you need, or whether you feel it’s missing things like video and audio recording. 4G capability also makes web browsing a smoother experience than on the Rugby 2. That is great if you want to do the occasional bit of online shopping.

The Rugby 2 is still a great phone. But, it must be said, the Rugby 3 brings the range far more within touching distance of recent smartphones. The Rugby 3 has a massive battery life that provides 20 days (yes, days) standby and 20 hours of talk time. It may just make all the difference when you’re on a hiking trip or camping where there’s no power outlet available.

The Samsung Rugby 3 is as impressive a device for those with a truly active lifestyle as we’ve seen. Try jogging every day with an iPhone strapped to your arm. Eventually, you’re likely to see a “SIM error” message from all the vibrations the phone has been subjected to. With the Rugby 3, you can probably be a professional bungee jumper without worrying about whether you’ll be able to use the phone afterward. You will be able to video yourself on the way down as well. And back up.

As with all our devices, the Rugby 3 is unlocked, making it compatible with networks all around the world.

In Conclusion…

Like the Rugby 2, the Rugby 3 is a phone that goes further than just being a phone. It’s a tough – a really, really tough – communications device that will keep you in touch with family, friends, and work whatever the weather or circumstances.

If you need an iPhone, buy an iPhone. If you need a phone without the “i”, buy a Rugby 3.

Additional Information

Weight0.29 lbs
Dimensions4.10 × 2.10 × 0.80 in

Carrier Branding


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Model Number




Phone Style

Internal Memory

0.256 GB

MicroSD Card Slot

Resolution Size

Screen Size


2G Bands/Frequencies

B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B5 (850), B8 (900)

3G Bands/Frequencies

B1 (2100), B2 (1900 PCS), B5 (850)

Supports Carrier Bands

AT&T up to 3G, Metro-PCS up to 3G, T-Mobile up to 3G

Fingerprint Sensor


Battery Power

Charging Port Type

Micro USB

Fast Charging


Front Camera Resolution


Rear Camera Resolution

3.15 MP

Rugged Level

IP67 compliant, MIL-810G

Removable Battery



Brand New

Unlocked Status


Return Policy

All of the items on the Mr Aberthon website are completely covered by our 14-day return policy.

If you choose to return your device, you will receive the full refund. Mr Aberthon does not charge any additional restocking or handling fees. In order to qualify for the return policy, the product ID number will have to match the number on the device that we sent out (to protect us against scammers and fraud) and the device will need to still be in mint condition.

Shipping Options

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  • 4-5 day shipping (Free throughout the USA)
  • 2-3 business day shipping
  • Overnight shipping (for orders that are purchased before 2pm EST)

Please note that we will only enable overnight shipping if we have the ability at that moment to fulfill the overnight shipping.

Shipping to Canada

We are proud to offer shipping to Canada. Here are the costs:

  • 4-7 business days for $40
  • 2-3 business days for $80

Extra costs may occur for the customer due to duty and taxes.

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