So you need the best rugged phone in the UK?

If so, you've come to the right place. The Outdoor Phone Store is based in New Zealand but ships worldwide, and we've been supplying waterproof phones, rugged phones and coms gear to New Zealanders and others around the world for years. This page showcases the best rugged phones compatible with British mobile networks EE, O2, Vodafone and Three.

HOW TO ORDER: on the product page for each phone, you need to choose a warranty/price option before adding to cart - CHOOSE the Trade price, which equates to the NZ$ tax-free price for international buyers. If you purchase a model with our two year screen breakage warranty, we will ship one free replacement screen to you within 24 months of purchase upon proof of breakage. Additionally we also offer technical support via the Leave A Message tab below. If you have any questions or problems while ordering, message us.

DELIVERY: By DHL Express, generally within two to five days. Buyers are responsible for UK Customs charges, if any.

2022's Best Rugged Phones - full service on EE, O2, Vodafone and Three

The models in this segment all have global 4G roaming which means they not only work on every British network - they also work in the USA, Europe and around the world. Some also have Wifi-calling.

Our Phones


The Outdoor Phone Store is New Zealand's biggest retailer of rugged outdoor phones and yes we can supply the UK. You can save significantly 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 below 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 to the UK. Other suppliers offer free shipping in "usually" two weeks; we ship by express courier in days. Fastest Tech Support: The Outdoor Phone Store has years of experience and we're here to help. Best Warranty: Well, we do Down Under but admittedly that's not a lot of use to you in London. But on the bright side we speak English, we know these phones and we can help sort problems if they arise - much more so than an Asian warehouse. Parts: we keep parts in stock so we know what to ship you. NZ-owned: You're dealing with Auckland, not Beijing. We're a 100% Kiwi business. 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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Fully compatible with UK networks: we've done the homework to source precisely the right model variants so you don't end up with an expensive brick that doesn't work here. A must have for: Tradies, farmers, Hunters, Trampers, Search, Rescue & Emergency personnel, skiers, boaties, bushwalkers, and you

You've got to see these torture-tests:

The Outdoor Phone Store NZ from Ian Wishart on Vimeo.

What our customers are saying...

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.

Jim from Carters

Ian …you rock , after all that you have been through and obviously with no fault from you, at all…. you really went out of your way for me ,came and meet me , face to face and made me a very happy chappy, this phone is better than in every way the Best phone I’ve ever tried your a straight up front dude alright big respect thank you

About us

It's not something we shout about, but we've been in the mobile phone business for a very long time. Investigate's smartphone division is run by Ian and Heidi Wishart; Heidi's background in telecommunications for Bellsouth Mobile and Clear, and Ian's connection to the establishment of NZ's first mobile phone network (Telecom 025) proved invaluable when the couple began operating a Vodafone affiliate in 1999. Since then we've sold a wide range of phones and tablets to clients all over NZ. Today, we specialise in providing handsets that work on ALL the networks - Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees, giving you options you can't get from the telcos' own stores. As we are not currently required to register for VAT we can remove the GST currently built in to the displayed prices.


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