Sonim Technologies, the makers of the world's toughest phones, and Bell have launched three new ultra-rugged Push-to-Talk (PTT) phones.

Bell is exclusively introducing: the Sonim XP5560 BOLT 2, the Sonim XP5560 BOLT 2 IS, and the Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL.

"Thanks to new safety features and Intrinsically Safe certification, Sonim's new BOLT line-up, already recognized as the toughest available anywhere, now protect workers themselves," said Bob Plaschke, CEO of Sonim Technologies. "With this launch, Sonim and Bell continue to offer Canadians a superior PTT alternative."

The XP5560 BOLT 2 IS, certified Intrinsically Safe by the Canadian Standards Association, will not emit any excess heat or sparks that can cause an explosion, Plaschke adds, which makes it ideal for most hazardous environments such as power plants or oil and gas facilities where regular mobile devices are prohibited.

Both the XP5560 BOLT 2 and XP5560 BOLT 2 IS models offer a Lone Worker safety solution that keeps customers connected to an emergency response centre at all times via a dedicated red button on the side of the device, Plaschke notes. When pushed, the user's GPS position is sent to the centre, and a communication link is automatically established with first responders. Specialized alerts, enhanced monitoring, 'man-down' detection and advanced GPS tracking are additional safety features provided.

Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility, said: "When safety, reliability and instant communications are your primary requirements for a mobile phone, you need to carry a BOLT operating on Canada's best PTT network. With the powerful new safety features uniquely available on the world's toughest phones from Sonim, coupled with the unmatched coverage and reliability of Bell's national PTT network, instant communications just got better."

The new Sonim BOLT models, which are built on the same ultra-rugged platform that holds the Guinness World Record for the toughest phone and beyond military MIL-SPEC standards, will be accompanied by more than 40 accessories and 10 new application vendors.

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