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JCB rugged mobile phones

Updated on October 7, 2014

About JCB

JCB have been producing a range of extremely good rugged mobile phones for some time now. The range has also be recently expanded with 3 great new models now available. They are ideal for tradesmen or people who are hard on phones, also they are waterproof and come with a great warranty. I think they are the best rugged phones on the market ever with a brilliant warranty.

JCB launch with Peter Jones

JCB Trademaster

The Tradesmaster was launched on November 2011 and is the entry level phone at around $99. It may be the entry level but it has an impressive list of features including :-



Certified to IP67


FM Radio

Colour Screen


1 year warranty

Believe it or not this phone actually floats and the IP67 certification means that it is fully waterproof.For an entry level phone at this price, the spec is very impressive. It also come wit a 2 year no quibble warrantly which means the phone must be built to last.

JCB Motorola Defy

The JCB Motorola Defy is a fully functional android device, yet it still retains the JCB rugged features. This phone will do everything you will want phone wise and has full internet and email capability. At $349 it is great value as it will cover everything you will ever need in a phone including the following :-

Full android phone

Shock absorbing JCB Skin



Built in JCB app

Android 2.3 OS


1GHz processor

Colour Screen

2GB storage


2 year warranty

Gorilla Glass display with capacitive touchscreen

5MP camera

SMS, MMS, Email, IM and Push Email messaging

JCB Pro Smart

JCB Pro Smart

The JCB Pro Smart is a new model and is a full android phone complete with an 800 MHz processor and full size touch screen. It is a top of the range model as its current price point would tell you. It costs around £320 ($450) so you should expect a lot of value for this type of money. The JCB Phone Smart was launched in April 2012 and is JCB's answer for an Android type phone.

JCB Pro Smart Features

Android 2.3 operating system

5MP front facing camera


Water Resistant, Scratch Resistant and Dust Resistant - Tested to IP 67


Micro SD expandable to 32 GB

800 MHz processor

2 Year Warranty

The JCB Pro Smart comes with a user manual, battery, headphones, main's charger, 2 micro USB cables and an unusual lanyard clip with a compass on it.

JCB Pro Smart Technical Details

Display: 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen

Operating Frequency: UMTS 900/1900/2100MHz

GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Power: 2000 mAh Polymer Li-ion battery

Connectivity: Bluetooth™ 2.1, WiFi, hotspot

Memory: 256 MB + Micro SD

Talk time: Up to 550 mins

Standby time: Up to 360 hours

Dimensions: 125 x 62.2 x 20.5 mm

Weight 599g

We could not find any substantive reviews on the JCB Pro Smart but overall it looks to be a typical JCB phone. The difference here is that it gives you access to the many thousands of applications available in the Android store.

We have already reviewed the Motorola Defy on this site and this is JCB's own answer to an Android offering. Like all Android phones it gives you the capabilities of calls, texting, surfing, email access and video watching. You may already know Android allows you to interact seamlessly with G

Google and gmail offers such as mail, calendar and contacts.

On the JCB Pro Smart you have a choice of screen wallpapers and screen savers so you can customise it to your own liking.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones have become an essential tool in our social life and are even more important in our work life. Today's companies depend on communications to provide their customers with the best service and modern consumers expect instant answers to their queries. Email is just as important as voice now and having access to the internet at all times is imperative for most people.

Technology has certainly moved on a long way in the last 10 years and mobile phone and internet devices are readily available and they work extremely well. Most people have email on the go now as well as internet and the days of the mobile phone with just calls and texts are virtually gone.

As we become more reliant on this type of instant service it seems to be a major problem when our phone develops a fault or if we break it. The new smart phones have much bigger screens now which make them much easier to break.

Many of the phone manufacturers are trying to make more robust phones and most are using a hardened type of glass called gorilla glass. This has helped and for most users this is enough protection for their phone. For those how are hard on their phones including manual or construction workers, something a lot stronger is required. They need a phone that is waterproof, dustproof and waterproof and producing this type of phone presents quite a problem for manufacturers.

Many different companies have tried to produce this type of rugged phone but really only Samsung and JCB have made anything that is up to the job. Samsung were the first to market and they continue to make a small range of rugged phones that I would consider to be pretty good. JCB have taken the task one step further by producing a full range of this type of phone including the first ever phone that actually floats.

The JCB range extends to 8 models, all of which have military specifications on water and dust proofing. They have also gone to extra mile and teamed up with Motorola to produce a full android model that can be used for email and internet access.

The full range consists of:-

JCB Tradesman

JCB Sitemaster

Motorola Defy (JCB Edition)

JCB Pro Talk

JCB Sitemaster 2

JCB Sitemaster 2 3g

JCB Pro Smart

This range covers nearly all needs and the phones are a reasonable price. They also have a great 2 year warranty which is pretty good considering the market they are aiming at.

I have been in the mobile phone market for around 15 years and I would have no hesitation in recommending either the Samsung or JCB range of phones to any user who works in a harsh or wet environment.

The future

Its hard to know what the future holds for mobile comms. You may think that we have reached the limit of what we can do a mobile phone but that is not the case. 4 g is out now and and its going to be the start of proper mobile internet. Current speeds will be dramatically improved and the whole surfing experience will be as good as your home computer.

Speeds of around 80 to 100 mb will be common place and we will be at the start of a complete revolution in the way we live our day to day lives.

Please feel free to leave any comments or experiences you have had with JCB phones

What do you think

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lot to expect of phones from JCB! Nicely reviewed...

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      bert1234 5 years ago

      These phone are bullet proof