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A tough break for rugged phone fans as key manufacturer shuts down

Someone holding a Cat S75 smartphone in a rocky, outdoor environment.
There’s no word yet on how Bullitt-produced phones like the Cat S75 (pictured) will be affected. | Image: Cat

Bullitt Group, the UK-based smartphone manufacturer behind the rugged handsets of Cat, Land Rover, and Motorola, has seemingly shut down. On Monday, Mobile World Live spotted several Bullitt Group employees on LinkedIn saying that the company folded on January 26th after a “critical planned restructuring” failed. The Telegraph reported earlier this month that the company was on the brink of insolvency.

Bullitt Group has yet to issue an official statement confirming the closure. The manufacturer previously told The Telegraph that it planned to transfer its satellite connectivity business and all 100 of its employees to a new company owned by its creditors, though one former employee now claims the entire workforce has been laid off. We…

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