Rugged Devices

Rugged Devices

Discover a range of rugged phones with waterproof, dust and drop proof features and long battery life, all from Digital Wholesale Solutions.

Why rugged?

Research from Nokia and CCS Insight suggests that, over the next three years, rugged phone shipments will top 128 million devices. With fragility becoming the cost of sleek design, business customers are looking for robust phones that can withstand their working environment and help them save on costs associated with the repair of broken phones. Partnering with Digital Wholesale Solutions helps you meet these requirements.

Our long-standing relationships with the most recognisable rugged phone manufacturers, including Cat Phones, Samsung and Nokia, ensures you get access to the best and most durable phone on behalf of your customers, at the best price. With marketing support and added service benefits also included, you won’t need to go anywhere else!

9 million
employees across 4 key verticals in the UK could be using a rugged device
Almost a
third (32%)
of large businesses plan to increase the number of their ruggedised devices in the next 12 months
Rugged devices last upwards of 5 years, with field staff becoming


more productive


Introducing Cat phones – a true, rugged alternative. The Cat range of phones is designed to be tough, engineered with leading rugged credentials, and specifically tested to ensure they can survive in challenging conditions that would see off the more fragile handsets in the market.

Cat Phone


Samsung’s rugged offering is business proven, accident ready and security focused with Knox. The device range includes the Tab Active Pro, alongside the XCover 4S and a range of accessories to protect devices. Plus with Galaxy Enterprise Edition available on the XCover 4S, customers can be rest assured that the service backs up the product.



New to the rugged market is Nokia with the 800 Tough. Designed for work or play, it’s built to be reliable, and durable. It also benefits from built in Google Assistant and other essential tools, allowing users to take their work wherever they go.



Digital Wholesale Solutions stocks an ever-expanding range of accessories to help protect existing devices that are not truly rugged. This includes the brilliant EVO MAX case from Tech21, pictured opposite.


Rugged devices are great for…

Agriculture and farming

The durability and long battery life offered by many of our rugged devices mean workers in industries such as farming can work through the day while retaining power. They are safe in the knowledge that their device isn’t going to break, even in inclement weather. A purpose build safety loop on the Nokia 800 Tough is useful for customers who are on the move and don’t want to risk their phone falling out of their pocket.

Construction or specialist trade

Construction workers/tradesmen no longer need to take a chance with a fragile smartphone whilst on the job. Rugged devices are designed to be impervious to the rough conditions of building sites and other outdoor environments, meaning breakage is less of a concern for workers. Specialist features, such as the thermal imaging camera on the Cat S61, demonstrate a real commitment to meeting the more specific requirements of certain customers.

Transport and logistics

The rugged devices ranged by DWS are built to survive dust, dirt, vibrations, accidental drops and moisture – making them ideal for the transport and logistics sector. With long-lasting battery power on most devices, customers can work comfortably without worrying about their devices running out of battery. The Android software used on most rugged devices also contains access to Google Maps – useful for those who drive long distances.

Insights & Articles

Why Rugged

Why Rugged?

Tim Shepherd, Senior Director (Product Marketing) at Bullitt Group, discusses issues facing business customers when it comes to damaged phones and why rugged might be the answer.

The Future of Rugged

The mobile landscape is changing, find out our predictions for the future of rugged devices and the shift in mainstream device marketing.

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