News Release

November 26, 2014

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – GCI is excited to be the first carrier in the nation to offer Cat Phones’ new Cat® S50, a rugged 4GLTE smartphone designed for use in challenging environments, making it the perfect partner for Alaskans working and playing throughout the Last Frontier. Whether it’s being used on the ski slopes, in the backcountry or at a work site, the S50 can cope in the toughest situations and locations.

“The Cat® S50 phone’s durability is suited to life in Alaska,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “The Cat® S50 is designed to work outdoors, and in challenging environments. GCI serves over 200 communities in Alaska and many of those communities are rural. Challenging can describe almost any Alaskan environment.  It will be fun to see Alaskans put this phone to the test.”

The S50’s completely sealed housing is certified to the highest level of resistance to dust and one of the highest levels of resistance to water. It is waterproof in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, and the 4.7-inch, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen can be used with wet fingers and withstand multiple drops from up to 4 feet onto hard surfaces such as concrete. The S50 is also better equipped than any other smartphone on the market to handle Alaska’s climate -- it can handle extended use in temperatures ranging from 131 degrees to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit.  In addition, the S50 meets the Military Standard 810G.

Adds Oliver Schulte, CEO of Bullitt Mobile, the manufacturer of Cat phones: "The S50 was built for markets such as Alaska; markets where consumers expect a high-end smart-phone experience despite conditions being unsuitable for most devices. Working closely with GCI, we want to show Alaskan mobile users that there doesn't have to be a compromise when it comes to usability and protection."

Along with the S50’s impressive protective qualities, Cat phones has worked to ensure there is no compromise with its performance as a high-end smartphone. Building on the success of the Cat B15Q, the S50 boasts a faster processor, bigger screen, improved standby-time and improved imaging and connectivity capabilities, including an 8-megapixel camera and 4G compatibility.

The S50 has a 1.2 Ghz quad core processor running KitKat, the latest version of the Android operating system. The S50 is equipped with MaxxAudio technology developed by Waves, a recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®, which provides a better listening experience for everything from playing games, watching movies, listening to music or using on-line voice communication. The S50 is also the first Cat phone to be launched pre-loaded with an App Store of over 1,000 hand-picked apps relevant to outdoor working and sports -- which means users don’t need to trawl through the 1.2 million apps on Google Play to find the one they want.

For more information about the Cat® S50, visit gci.com or call 1-800-800-4800.

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

Contact: 
Stephanie Plieness, Thompson & Co. PR 907-561-4488, stephanie@thompsonpr.com