All CAT phones are compatible with GSM carriers, which include AT&T and T-Mobile. On the other hand, CDMA carriers like Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular don’t work with CAT phones. However, in 2020, Sprint became a part of T-Mobile and since that merger, most Sprint users have converted to T-Mobile.
Here are some of the best CAT phones that work with Sprint and T-Mobile:
1. CAT S62 Pro
The CAT S62 Pro is the ultimate rugged smartphone that is designed specifically for those working in harsh or outdoor environments. This device has a fully rugged design, certified with IP68, IP69, and Mil-Spec 810H ratings. In other words, it has a built-in resistance to water, dust, sand, impact, and vibrations. It also features a FLIR Lepton 3.5 thermal imaging camera with 1440 x 1080 HD output with VividIR, and a measurable range of -20 to 400 degrees Celsius.
Furthermore, the CAT S62 Pro has a powerful non-removable lithium-ion 4000mAh battery, a dedicated SOS button, and a super-bright 5.7-inch FHD+ display. This rugged phone has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a 256GB MicroSD external memory card. If you work in field service, warehouses, construction sites, transportation, law enforcement, or distribution hubs, then the CAT S62 Pro is for you.
2. CAT S42 H+
The CAT S42 H+ is another top-quality CAT phone that’s compatible with Sprint and T-Mobile. Not only does this rugged phone feature military-grade resilience, but it also has built-in silver ions, which minimizes the spreading of bacteria (H+ stands for hygiene plus). What’s more, it has IP68, IP69 & MIL-SPEC 810H certifications. This device can withstand drops from up to 1.8 meters (6 feet) onto steel and concrete.
The CAT S42 H+ is fully waterproof, and bleach and chemical-resistant. Featuring an extended battery life (4,200mAh), this phone can last for two days without charging. It’s powered by the latest Android 10 operating system, and it has the Mediatek Helio A20 MT Quad-core processor. The 5-inch touchscreen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5, making it shatter and scratch-proof.
3. CAT S22 Flip
If you’re looking for a feature phone that has all the basic functions of a smartphone, take a look at the CAT S22 Flip. This flip phone is very simple to use, and it’s powered by the Android 11 (Go Edition) operating system. Backed by IP68 and MIL-SPEC 810H ratings, the CAT S22 Flip is not a regular flip phone. It’s resistant to drops, water, dust, impact, and vibrations, and it’s just as tough as modern CAT smartphones.
Note that it can be immersed in 5 feet water for up to 35 minutes, and dropped from a height of 6 feet, and it will remain intact. It even features powerful speakers that are ideal for loud working environments. It has a small screen – only 2.8 inches – and it’s quite compact and lightweight. It’s exclusively available at T-Mobile.
4. CAT S48c
The CAT S48c is a super durable phone that can withstand all kinds of demanding environments and dramatic temperature changes. One of the most notable features of this device is its long-lasting 4000mAh battery, which offers 30 hours of talk time and up to 22 days of standby time. Its 5.9-inch display is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5, so it’s immune to impact, drops, and scratches.
This device can perform basic functions at temperatures of -13 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit or -25 to 55 degrees Celsius for up to 24 hours. Not only that, it can be immersed in 4 feet of water for up to 35 minutes. This phone offers 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a 128GB external memory card.
5. CAT S62
The CAT S62 offers similar functionalities to the CAT S62 Pro. However, one important feature that differentiates the CAT S62 from the CAT S62 Pro is that the latter features FLIR thermal imaging technology. Nonetheless, the CAT S62 is waterproof, dustproof, and drop-resistant. It’s also more lightweight than the CAT S62 Pro, weighing 8.11 ounces.
Even though it doesn’t have a FLIR camera, it packs an impressive 48MP rear camera. The second rear camera only has 2MP and the front 8MP. The CAT S62 has a non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery, which supports Qi wireless charging. Thanks to its break-resistant hardware, it can resist being dropped from 6 feet, or 1.8 meters, onto steel and concrete.
Another notable feature is that it has non-incendive C1D2 (Class 1, Division 2) ratings, which means that it can be used in hazardous and potentially combustible work environments.
6. CAT S42
The CAT is dubbed the essential work phone, as it would be useful to construction workers, first responders, drivers, and even teachers. This device has a non-slip rubberized TPU body design, and it’s only 12.7 millimeters thin and weighs only 220 grams. It’s very similarly designed to the CAT S42 H+, which was released only one year later. The main difference is that the CAT S42 H+ features built-in silver ions that reduce the growth of bacteria on the phone.
Featuring IP68 and MIL-SPEC 810H ratings, the CAT S42 is resistant to drops, water, vibrations, shock, and dust. Made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5, its display can also withstand scratches. It’s also larger and brighter than previous CAT phones, with 5.5 inches and 18.9 HD+. Not to mention that it’s glove-friendly and fully readable in direct sunlight.
7. CAT S61
The CAT S61 is another phone by CAT that features FLIR thermal imaging technology. It even comes with an indoor air quality sensor and a laser assistance distance measurement tool. With the FLIR camera, you would be able to detect a heat source up to 400 degrees Celsius, while the laser assistance distance measurement tool would allow you to estimate the distance of nearby objects.
There’s much more to it than just thermal imaging technology when it comes to the CAT S61. For example, it has an extra-large non-removable lithium-ion 4500mAh battery, which supports up to 35 hours of talk time and 37 days of standby time. It has IP68 & IP69K ratings, so it’s immune to shock, vibrations, sand, dust, drops, and water. It can even perform at drastic temperatures, ranging from -25 degrees Celsius, or 13 degrees Fahrenheit, to 55 degrees Celsius, or 131 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 24 hours.
8. CAT S41
The CAT S41 is a military-grade rugged phone. One of its most noteworthy features is the extra-large non-removable lithium-ion 5000mAh battery, which offers a record-breaking 38 hours of talk time and 44 days of standby time. So, it’s truly meant for those who spend a lot of time outside. Made with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5, it can withstand being dropped on concrete and immersed in water. It can even handle thermal shock.
Its main camera has 13MP with PDAF LED flash, while the front camera has 8MP. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage. What’s more, it runs on Google Android™ Nougat, and it has the MTK P20 MT6757 Octa-core 2.3GHz processor.
9. CAT S31
Even though the CAT S31 was released in 2017, and it lacks some of the bells and whistles newer CAT phones have, it’s still a solid choice. Just like all the other CAT phones, it’s built to last. This device is IP68 and MIL-SPEC 810G certified, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally breaking or dropping it. It can even withstand Category 4 vibrations, shocks, and drops from 6 feet or 1.8 meters. You can also place it in water that’s 1.2 meters, or 4 feet deep, for up to 35 minutes, and it will survive.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a lot of room, with only 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The same goes for the cameras, as the main camera has 8MP, while the selfie camera only has 2MP.
10. CAT S60
The CAT S60 is not only CAT’s first phone with a FLIR thermal imaging camera, but it was the first phone in the world to come with this feature. Like all CAT phones, it’s specifically made for people who work in construction, manufacturing, distribution hubs, or similar environments. Even though this phone was released in 2016, it has a lot of useful features. This includes an SOS hardware button, dual SIM card standby, and extremely rugged features.
That being said, the CAT S60 is bulky, made from aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Therefore, it’s definitely not a phone for everyone. This device is fully waterproof, it even has seals for all the internal ports. It can survive almost anything, from shocks to drops from 1.8 meters or 6 feet. All its keys, like the SOS button, the home button, and the volume up and down buttons, are quite large.
Consult With an Expert
There are many things you need to consider before you buy a CAT phone. With so many options out there, it’s challenging to find one that meets all your requirements. Since all CAT phones are compatible with T-Mobile (and therefore Sprint), you can concentrate on other features that might be more important to you.
To make the right choice, it’s highly recommended you talk to an expert. Here at Energy Electronics, we sell some of the most impressively rugged phones, like the CAT S42 H+ or the CAT S62 Pro, that are built to last. Feel free to contact us with any questions or if you want a quote for a bulk order.