The Ericsson R310s has been designed for adventurous people. It is water, dust and shock resistant and has been field tested under the most rigorous conditions.
The outside of the R310s is reinforced with rubber inlays to withstand harsh treatment and to provide a good grip that prevents the phone from being slippery when wet. Being a water resistant phone, the lid has silicone gaskets and membranes from the GORE® All-Weather that prevent water from leaking in.
Bjorn Andersson was the man behind project for the development of Ericsson R310. The unit had internal working name ‘Marina‘.
They worked on it for about 2.5 years from 1997 to 2000. The packaging of R310s called “Floating Pack“, the container is made of transparent PET plastic and shaped like a tube.
Featuring a screw top that prevents water from leaking in, the R310s Floating Pack is water resistant and extremely durable. Which means it’s perfect for storing gear that needs to be kept dry and clean.
Indeed, it’s the ideal slot for your wallet and an extra pair of socks when you’re out hiking.
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Ericsson unveils new water, dust, and shock resistant phone for adventurous people
Thursday, February 24, 2000
For those who have been looking for a small mobile phone they can bring when going mountain climbing, hiking, river rafting, or off-pist skiing, their search is over. At CeBIT in Hannover, Ericsson unveiled a water, dust and shock resistant mobile phone with a futuristic design. This GSM dual band phone goes by the name R310 and is designed for active use and total control during all conditions. But you don’t have to spend hours on a steep cliff in Chamonix – the R310 is just as good for an urban excursion on a mountain bike.
Even though the R310 is built to cope with harsh treatment, it is a small phone that fits in the pocket and has all the features you expect to find in an Ericsson phone, such as voice control, vibrating call alert, and data/fax capabilities. Apart from being water, dust and shock resistant, the phone’s features, functions and accessories have been carefully developed to fit an adventurous lifestyle. The R310 is Ericsson’s second rugged mobile phone and will be available during mid 2000.
“The R310 is aimed at people who enjoy adventurous activities, people who are comfortable on slippery roads and enjoy muddy rocks and deep snow”, says Jan Ahrenbring, Vice President Marketing and Communications at Ericsson Mobile Communications. “But we know that there is also a much wider target group for these kind of products; many products, such as four-wheel drive jeeps, mountain bikes and diver’s watches, have first been used by this audience and then been picked up by a broader market,” says Ahrenbring.
In 1999, the world’s first water, dust and shock resistant phone, the R250s PRO, was launched by Ericsson. The R250s PRO is primarily a phone for construction workers, craftsmen and others who need a robust and reliable phone in their line of work. The R250s PRO also supports the GSM Pro system, which combines the advantages of private mobile radio with GSM.
The R310 on the other hand is developed and designed for active outdoor people. The outside of the R310 is reinforced with rubber inlays to withstand harsh treatment and to provide a good grip that prevents the phone from becoming slippery when wet. The battery is housed within the phone and can easily be changed. Being a water-resistant phone, the lid has silicone gaskets and membranes from W.L. Gore & Associates that prevent water from leaking in. Equipped with membranes from the GORE ALL-WEATHER-series, the R250s PRO and R310 are the first phones to utilise W.L. Gore and Associates’ new concept.
The R310 will be available in four colors: Bright Orange, Nautic Blue, Aquatic Green and Peak Yellow. One of the first things that might strike you when you see the phone for the first time is the Shark Fin@ antenna.
It is moulded in a flexible rubber material to prevent the antenna from being damaged if the phone is dropped. To avoid getting dirt in the system connector of a phone, a protective rubber cover has been developed. The cover can be opened to facilitate easy mounting of accessories. The R310 is compatible with accessories for the 3V-platform that are not depending on the size and shape of the phone.
There will be an outdoor adventure kit available as accessory, which contains compass, thermometer, magnifying glass and ruler, developed by Victorinox.
The R310 will be shipped in a durable water-resistant packaging, which also can be used as a container for things that you want to keep dry and clean when you’re out hiking. The container is made of transparent PET plastic and has a screw top that protects water from leaking in.
R310 features include:
• GSM 900/1800 dual band
• Water, dust and shock resistant
• Robust construction
• Vibrating Alert
• Large full graphical LCD display
• Built in battery
• Voice control (dialling/answering/rejecting calls)
Two versions of the R310 will be produced. The R310s, and the R310sc which features a complete Chinese interface, which allows you to send and receive Chinese SMS messages and also lets you store Chinese names in the Phone Book.
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