AT&T brings Motorola Tundra VA76r


Mention the word tundra and what is the mental image you get? Chances are, it ain’t a pretty sight. Desolate, icy cold lands with extremely harsh weather – no sane person would want to move there due to the location, unless he/she is a certified hermit who wouldn’t mind suffering from frostbite or hypothermia once in a while. Well, amidst the rugged landscape, we’re pretty sure that whatever survives in that condition are super tough, and that’s generally the idea that AT&T and Motorola want us to have with the new Motorola VA76r. This tough 3G clamshell handset features a rugged exterior that is able to hold its own in harsh environments – making it the perfect cell phone for teenagers, outdoor enthusiasts and contractors. You know how fragile those souped up 3G handsets are these days, they’re as dainty as they’re expensive.

The Tundra VA76r meets U.S. 810F Military Specifications (MIL) for drop, dust, vibration, humidity, severe temperatures and rain, making me wish I had one right now so that I won’t need to be extra careful when lugging around my phone. In addition, the Tundra boasts Motorola’s CrystalTalk Plus with dual microphone technology for superior, crystal clear conversations despite all the ruckus that’s going on around you, alongside the ability to hook up with a single person or an entire group at the touch of a button courtesy of PTT technology. Other features include voice activation, phone book locking for call restrictions, a rugged antenna and keys that can be easily pressed while wearing gloves – perfect for those who live in countries where there’s plenty of cold weather all year round.

If you’re interested in bringing the Motorola Tundra VA76r home, it will retail for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. At least the Tundra is much better looking compared to rugged handsets of yore, so you don’t have to be ashamed about whipping one out in front of friends.

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5 reviews or comments

mike Says: March 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm

The battery door latch will break if you buy this phone and use it more than once.
I got one and the call quality signal strength and os were outstanding none to match a great simple full feature very rugged phone . unfortunately after four hours of use and having removed and replaced the battey door for 2 sim cards and a sd memory chip the latch on the plastic battery door whuch has a metal spring broke sent the spring off into who knows where and then the door does not latch securely.Broken hearted because it is a great system for industrial use. When I took the phone back to att the sales man took the door off twice and the same thing happened to him right there in the store.I was not happy to see that i had to switch to a much less fetured Samsung for fear two weeks later even with a new door and a warning I would have a 300 Dollar phone put together with duct tape. Great phone very bad battery cover.

Steve Brooks Says: March 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Hi Motorola lovers ! I’ve used Motorola cell phone ever since “The Brick” in the early ’90’s. Always excellent phones. My later Motorola V365 (1 year old) replaced an earlier one (1 year old) with a broken hinge; no abuse or dropping, just a repeated movement stress fracture. This surprised me. Returned it under warranty for replacement V365, which now has intermittent problems which cause the phone to stop working, go to white screen and reboot. Am replacing again through AT&T extended warranty. They sent me a Samsung a837, which arrived today and does not have voice dial, although it looks like a nice tough military spec phone (“Rugby”). Am sending it back for a new Tundra instead, which does have voice dial. HOWEVER, on the old Motorola V365’s (both of them), the battery compartment cover was ALWAYS popping off, even in my pocket, and often ejecting the battery too. Extremely inconvenient. I finally had to tape it in place as a general rule to keep it in place. I am surprised that the latest milspec Tundra STILL has the same battery cover problem. HEY THERE MOTOROLA talk to your Motorola battery cover engineering department about this. The Samsung has a nice big locking latch screw that keeps their phone together. I’m waiting for my new Tundra, and I hope I don’t have to tape this one down too? It looks so geeky. What’s the problem? Steve

Randy Schoonover Says: October 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I have had Motorola phones for years. The phones I have had are the krazr, razor, v551, v557, v365, and now the Tundra. I have always had good luck with all of these phones. I work construction and farm for a living. I have had very little trouble with Motorola phones. The features have been easy to navigate through on all of the phones except the Tundra. You always have to go to options to get to something and sometimes you can’t get back where you were. It is way to complicated. The v365 was very easy to use. I alway gave you the “back” option. Keep the rugged body of the Tundra and make the features easy like the v365 and you will have the perfect phone. I have not had any problems with the backs on any of my phones.

Alfredo Says: November 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I’ve purchased 2 Motorola’ Tundra at a AT&T store here in Puerto Rico; the first was Ok but i return It because i found that was very difficult to send text messages so , I did and, the second one turns hot using the bluetooth earpiece; then, when it’s battery went dead and I’ve recharge It, The phone’s main screen went dead to….So sorry because I like the Tundra for it’s rugged style and it’s sound really loud !

C Womeldorf Says: December 28, 2009 at 11:40 am

This Motorola Tundra VA76r is a piece of c—. They claim it is MIL spec rugged – that is a load. It is a boondoggle. Spend your money and pray. The hinge on the phone is made out of the thinnest plastic and if you happen to drop it while you are actually using it, that is with the phone unfolded, well, then, SNAP. A chunk of the hinge flies out and you have an exposed flat plastic wire showing. And if you have the temerity to use it again, unfolded, and drop it a few feet again – snap goes the “wire” and you have “Severe physical damage due to misuse and abuse”! Too bad. Go online and look at their examples and then look at my nearly pristine 5-month old phone! So silly me, I sent it in thinking, “Oh, Motorola stands by their MIL spec rugged phone.” Not a chance….I actually sent it in and…NOPE. they sent it back to me – unrepaired. All a phone call got was “I’m sorry you feel that way” automaton phone service person, after waiting 7 minutes on hold. Lovely. Be warned!

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