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The Land Rover S1 mobile can withstand being dropped on to concrete and short bursts of 100C heat

Its vehicles are used to surviving pretty tough terrain.  Now Land Rover has produced what it claims is the world’s first indestructible mobile phone.


For £250 you can expect a handset that will withstand temperatures of minus 20c, can be submerged in water and will survive being dropped on to concrete from a height of 6ft.

Wrapped in a tough rubber coating, the Land Rover S1 phone has been approved for use by the military.

It is proving a hit with both gadget collectors and the incurably clumsy.

Tesco, which began selling the phone this week, says it is already outselling its most popular brands.

‘All sorts of people are purchasing them,’ said a spokesman for the supermarket.

‘They’ve gone down well with men who love their gadgets and like to show them off down the pub but also with young mums whose chilindren have destroyed their old phone.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes shows off his Land Rover mobile

‘It is the first phone in the world to be as tough as a Land Rover car. It’s the world’s only military-rated phone – making it resistant to humidity, dust, shock, salt and heat.

‘Add to that the ability to survive drops on to concrete and extreme temperatures, and resistance against being dropped into public lavatories and you have the most resilient phone the world. We think it will save people money.’

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Research has estimated that around £157million is spent each year on replacing broken phones.

Land Rover has worked with software company Sonim Technologies to create the S1, which was launched last month by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It may not go down too well with the fashionistas thanks to its sturdy rather than stylish design. But it does come with all mod cons including a waterproof camera with flash, a GPS system, a torch, FM radio and an internet browser.

It also has an extra-long battery life with more than1,500 hours of standby time and 18 hours of talk time.


The phone even works after being immersed in water

And there are extra-loud speakers for use in noisy environments.

It is waterproof to a depth of one metre for up to 30minutes, can stand pressure of almost 100lb and can also survive short bursts of 100c (212f) heat.

Lindsay Weaver, of Land Rover, said: ‘It is made from hardened plastic which is water, oil and petrol-resistant. This is covered with a hardened rubber allowing the phone to withstand drops.

‘A non-porous coating is applied to stop anything penetrating the case. It has hardened rubber keys and a scratch-resistant screen.’

The phone is available only from Tesco’s stores and its website.

Via Daily Mail