read 'The Truth About Chinese Rugged Phones'

The first 5G rugged phones are finally in store or arriving in days. These units are all at the top end of the market to compete with the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 12, so they carry flagship prices. Cheaper mid-range 5G phones will come to market in April this year. 5G is only relevant to data speeds - all telephone calls will still only be carried on the existing 3G and new VoLTE 4G networks.

Need a reliable phone quick? Grab one of these.

The new Ulefone Armor 9E has landed. Enjoy rural 4G-calling (VoLTE) with Android 10 and the powerful Helio P90 chipset, coupled with a 64MP camera. That's why the Outdoor Phone Store is NZ's real rugged phones leader: we are first with the best phones. Why wait another four weeks? Grab it while you can! ALSO: the super tough, super advanced, super powerful Oukitel WP7. With built in night vision, enhanced security encryption and an optional virus steriliser attachment - this is the phone for a post-covid world.

VoWiFi and VoLTE - What does this mean? These are the new HD-calling options being rolled out nationwide. Voice Over WiFi (VoWiFi or 'WiFi Calling') is a fantastic option for rural users, currently only available on 2Degrees. It means that if you live or work in premises with bad or non-existent mobile coverage, your phone will automatically receive and make high definition phone calls over your wifi network, without having to dial any special codes. Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) is Vodafone's new 4G-calling system, giving you better quality phone calls wherever the service is available.

See bigger selection and accessories (including protective cases and toughened glass for Samsung, iPhone and Huawei) further down:

Not just phones!

In addition to our phones above, we also have other great ideas like the impressive DoPods bluetooth headphones at half the price of AirPods but with longer battery life and water resistance for all-weather use. We know how hard it is to find reliable high quality earphones (there's plenty of crud on offer for less than $99 elsewhere), but we have literally chosen the best - your loved ones will really thank you if they find these in the Christmas stocking.

Likewise, there's 2020's sudden must-have accessory for everyone working from home - the Logitech webcam to make your Zoom appearance better looking and more professional.

Another great gift is the new Flyco razor with two year cuts better than any shaver our team have used.

Yes, we ship internationally

If you're in North America, the UK, Australia or the Pacific Islands you can purchase tax free on this site. To see the price, just choose the 'I am an International buyer' option before you add to cart. All models come with parts support and some have our screen breakage warranty. Buying from us makes sense if you need reliable service from an English-speaking helpdesk.

TRADIE PHONES - Why we don't sell these phones at retail:

Looking for the cheapest Blackview, Ulefone or Doogee models you saw for between $200 and $500 elsewhere? We don't carry them as ordinary stock items in NZ because they can't be repaired in NZ or Australia - they are glued shut and the phone has to be broken apart to carry out diagnosis of even the smallest faults.  When those phones are broken into they lose their water and dustproofing.

The cheaper models have an unacceptably high failure rate due to their lower quality electronics (which is why they are cheap and why our competitors recently tried slashing the warranty to only six months!). Many of them also have limited mobile bands meaning they won't work properly when you travel overseas. Some don't even have any 4G, In comparison with the models above, they are junk. If you're desperate for one, however, despite the warning, see below - they are only available to trade customers at trade prices...we cannot supply on ordinary terms as the fact they are glued shut makes it impossible to sell them to the public AND still comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act requirements as to serviceability and parts.

But I've seen retailers offering a 12 month warranty on hermetically sealed phones? Read their small print.. It's meaningless, and a bit like offering a plot of land on the moon. Believe it or not many phone faults are caused by users, not warranty defects - the most obvious example is breaking your screen. Even assuming your phone lasts 12 months, if it needed a new part at 12 months and five days it becomes your problem, and because it can't be opened it can't be fixed. That's the reality. If you drop the Ulefone on a rock a week after purchase that's it - you'll have to throw it away. So if you are tempted to fork out hard-earned doleros for an Ulefone or Doogee remember - they're glued together, and most NZ repair centres won't even touch them.

The only way we can offer a genuine 12 month warranty is by factoring in the genuine cost of repair or if you are buying one of these tradie phones at full price from us you can rest assured that your claim is far more likely to be processed than from a cheap seller.

Our Phones


The Outdoor Phone Store is New Zealand's biggest retailer of rugged outdoor phones. You can save hundreds off the price of comparable models from the big telco's. If we don't offer a model you've seen elsewhere, it's because we don't think it's good or reliable enough. Examples of brands we've dropped include Doogee and VK. The phones above are the best options in their category, and that's the expertise we bring you. We offer an exclusive hand-picked collection of phones that perform, not five pages of shiny underpowered models that don't. Click on one of the images to see full specs, photo gallery, torture test videos and customer reviews of these rugged outdoor phones. Or pick an option from the Outdoor Phone Store dropdown menu

Our Promise

Fastest Delivery: Fastest delivery in NZ. Other suppliers offer free shipping in "usually" two weeks; we ship by express courier in days. Fastest Tech Support: The Outdoor Phone Store is the only rugged phone retailer that can service your phone quickly in NZ, not slowly in China. We are the only NZ retailer with parts held locally.  Best NZ Warranty: A full 12 months NZ warranty, not 12 months "manufacturer's" warranty or a cut-and-run six months or 7-day warranty. Parts: we keep parts in Auckland so you can get priority service. NZ-owned: We're a 100% Kiwi business, and GST-registered. Aftersales Support: You'll get exclusive updates on tips and tricks for using your new phones. NZ's #1 rugged phone retailer: as ranked by Amazon's global web traffic analyzer, Alexa. No other rugged phone retailer in NZ comes close. There's a very good reason for that.

Your Feedback

Ian. I am so impressed with your phone, I have been telling people to get on your website and buy one. - Alan J

Best phone I have ever had! Good service.
Good warranty! - Grant T

Thank you very much for your great service and for selling such fantastic phones, I love it already. - Liz P

Best decision I've made for a long time! Great technical support, help is only a phone call away, I've taken photos underwater, dropped it and it has dealt with all the abuse this hunter, kayak fishing tradie painter can throw at it....and the new Blackview looks even better. Do not hesitate to deal with the genuine agents in NZ , Outdoor Phone Store. - Ant Neill, Facebook

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What our customers are saying...

Alan B, Sept. 25 2019

I just recently bought a BV9700 Pro from you and it's fantastic. Thank you.

Bree Tee, Nov. 3 2019

Most grateful shout out to this company - they helped my daughter with a problem on her phone that has been ongoing for months & even after realising we had called the wrong company for support (bought from a similar named company originally) there was no hesitation in walking us through the steps we needed to take even though it was complicated & took 10 minutes. Incredibly patient and helpful - thank you!

Dan F, Sept. 4 2019

Thanks for the consignment of Blackview BV9500s. The phones are working like a charm...brilliant

I mostly see queries here that have apparently come from either ‘newish’, or prospective customers – nothing wrong with that! But having owned an AGM that I purchased from Ian at the start of May last year, I just felt compelled to comment on how stoked I am with it. Yes the product is awesome, but I really have found the back-up to be spot on too. While the phone hasn’t missed a beat, I’ve had a couple of minor network issues I didn’t fully understand and Ian personally talked me through them – very patiently and with easy, successful outcomes. Ian very obviously knows what he’s about and looks after his customers. I will have absolutely no worries about buying from him in the future, or recommending him to others. Excellent value for money!

George W

A wee story supporting the claims of these phone. About a month ago now, I was on Mt Taranaki checking Bells Falls. I climbed up to the base of the falls to get a photo to indicate the current flow rate over the falls. After taking the photo on my phone I placed the phone on a rock about 1.5 meters above the river and took my proper camera out of my back.
While I was setting this camera on the tripod, another person came up to talk to me, they knocked the phone off the rock and into the river. The phone was washed down stream along the rocky river bed for about 5 meters before coming to rest in a rock pool. I walked down stream to the pool and recovered the phone, gave it a wipe down and apart from a couple of dings on the protective face cover, no problems it is still working like a dream. Well done Blackview.

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