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Kyocera Rally Feature Phone Launches Nationwide At T-Mobile

April 29, 2015 10:02 PM | Kyocera | T-Mobile |

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Kyocera Communications, Inc. today unveiled the new Kyocera Rally, a smarter feature phone designed for people seeking affordable functionality. With its easy-to-use interface, reliable technology and enhanced communication features, Kyocera Rally fills an underserved need for T-Mobile customers who stick to the basics, like talking, texting and snapping pictures. It will be available on T-Mobile's Data Strong™ network, covering more than 57 million customers, for $29.99 (plus tax).

Rally features a sleek, ergonomic design with a traditional keypad and large separated keys to make calling, texting and navigating apps an easy task. It also utilizes voice-recognition technology and accessibility features, including voice guide/text-to-speech capability that allows readout functionality for menus, text messaging, notifications, and much more. A 3.5mm headset jack enables hands-free operation, while messaging via SMS and MMS is as convenient as ever with T9 predictive text entry. And, with a 1.8" QQVGA color display that also supports high-contrast black and white menus for easy legibility, Rally provides an enhanced viewing experience in this product tier.
 

 

Kyocera DuraForce Rugged Android Smartphone Joins the AT&T Nov. 7

November 3, 2014 4:34 PM | AT&T | Kyocera |

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AT&T and Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced the new Kyocera DuraForce, a rugged, waterproof, 4G LTE Android™ smartphone, will be available for purchase on Nov. 7 at att.com and AT&T business channels and on Nov. 21 in AT&T retail stores. 

DuraForce is the first device available at AT&T to leverage Kyocera’s strength in ruggedized, reliable mobile smartphones all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,2 covering more than 300 million Americans.  DuraForce will be available for $0 down at $19.95 per month on a Next 12 agreement; 3 $0 down at $16.63 per month on a Next 18 agreement;3 $49.99 with a standard two-year contract; or $389.99 with no commitment. The Military Standard 810G- and IP68-certified4 DuraForce supports AT&T’s Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) service and enables active people to do more with their smartphones—whether using them on a jobsite or taking them down the river on a rafting trip. 
DuraForce is IP68-certified, meaning it is dustproof, waterproof and can be submerged in up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) of water for up to 30 minutes.4 With a reinforced housing and Military Standard 810G protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitudes, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion,4 DuraForce can go more places and withstand tough environments and conditions.  The DuraForce durability withstands tough treatment, as evidenced by Bear Grylls, Kyocera’s lead product tester, adventure-survivalist and star of the new series “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”  Watch Bear putting DuraForce to the ultimate test at http://youtu.be/Ou9bjDh4bm4.

 “We know our customers live active lifestyles and need a smartphone that enables them to do more. They don’t want their days to come to a stop because of a drop on the jobsite or into the kitchen sink,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of Global Sales and Marketing at Kyocera Communications. “DuraForce is intended to keep people productive.  Its affordability and tough-all-over durability, combined with AT&T EPTT, allows its users the freedom to work and play as hard as they want.”
 

 

Kyocera Battles Fragiphoniphobia at T-Mobile and MetroPCS

August 4, 2014 10:09 PM | Kyocera | MetroPCS | T-Mobile |

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Many of us are suffering from “fragiphoniphobia” without even realizing it. The fear of fragile phones – and worries about drops and spills ruining our smartphones and disrupting our lives – prevents us from using them to their full potential. Enter Kyocera Hydro Life, a waterproof 4G Android™ smartphone that’s also Military Standard 810G drop- and shock-proof.

The ideal smartphone for both active consumers and workers on the job, Hydro Life is available for T-Mobile customers at Wal-Mart starting August 8 for just $124.99 (+taxes & fees) with qualifying service. MetroPCS will also launch the Hydro Life on August 29.

“The Hydro Life is a perfect option for someone who leads an active lifestyle, wants access to the latest technology and apps, but needs a smartphone that can withstand the elements,” said Jason Young, senior vice president of marketing at T-Mobile. “At T-Mobile, we partnered with Kyocera to match a rugged smartphone with the only nationwide network built data strong.”

Hydro Life is IP57 certified for protection against dust and full immersion in water up to a meter (3.28 feet) deep for up to 30 minutes. It is also certified to meet Military Standard 810G for protection against drops and shock. Tested to withstand drops, dunks, and spills, Hydro Life can handle the everyday unexpected.
 

 

Cricket Dives Back into Waterproof with the New Kyocera Hydro Plus

January 21, 2014 9:25 PM | Kyocera |

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Cricket Communications and Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced Cricket’s launch of the Kyocera Hydro Plus, the newest member of the Kyocera Hydro Series, a collection of waterproof Android smartphones built to protect against life’s messy mishaps. With a no-contract price of only $139.99 (MSRP), the new Hydro Plus is outfitted with Cricket’s Muve Music 4.0, offering customers quicker and easier access to millions of songs and the ability to store music directly on the device, which includes a 4GB microSDTM memory card, and can support cards up to 32GB. Hydro Plus is available at Cricket company-owned stores and dealers nationwide and on www.mycricket.com.

"Our active customers will love that they can have all their favorite features on the affordable, waterproof Hydro Plus without having to change how they live their lives,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. “Our new Muve Music 4.0 allows people to carry their favorite music with them while on the go, discovering and downloading new music right from their home screens."

Since Muve Music 4.0 is included as part of Cricket’s no-contract, unlimited rate plans, customers can access more than 16 million tracks at no additional charge. Hydro Plus features a Muve Music sidebar on its home screen, making it easier for customers to listen to their favorite music and discover new tunes. If they hear something they like, customers can listen while they download. Muve Music also helps people discover new favorites through monthly artist programs such as Muve First and Muve Headliner, featuring exclusive commentary, music and videos every month from up-and-coming and top-producing artists only available to Muve Music.

Similar to the other members of the Kyocera Hydro Series, the new Hydro Plus boasts IPx5- and IPx7-level protection against liquids. Hydro is certified waterproof against sprayed water and full immersion up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. So whether splashed during bath time, caught in a downpour or dropped in a puddle, sink or the dreaded toilet, Hydro Plus will prevail where other handsets fail.
 

 

U.S. Cellular to Launch the Rugged Kyocera DuraPro

February 25, 2013 10:48 PM | Kyocera |

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U.S. Cellular and Kyocera Communications Inc. have announced the launch of the Kyocera DuraPro. With Military Standard 810G certification, DuraPro is a perfect fit for consumers and business customers who need a tough feature phone on a high-speed nationwide network. It will be available online February 27 and in stores on February 28 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The Kyocera DuraPro is water, shock, dust, and vibration resistant and is encased in non-slip Dura-Grip material for a strong hold and extra durability. It can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in up to one meter of water and comes with essential apps including, email, a web browser and navigation. Those features, along with a 3.2 megapixel camera, large keypad and powerful speakerphone, make the DuraPro a practical and reliable choice for consumers and business customers who need a device that can withstand harsh elements.

"For those who work and play outdoors in varying weather and climates, the Kyocera DuraPro is an ideal device to help you stay connected to people and information wherever you are," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "At U.S. Cellular, we want to provide a better wireless experience, and our customers can rely on this phone to keep working even in extreme conditions."

The Kyocera DuraPro comes with a programmable hot key on the side of the phone that users can easily assign for quick access to the calendar, Bluetooth, alarm or web. U.S. Cellular business customers and consumers who purchase this device also receive benefits no other carrier offers, including a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.
 

 

Kyocera DuraXT Available Exclusively from Sprint

June 11, 2012 6:51 PM | Kyocera | Sprint Nextel |

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Exclusively from Sprint, Kyocera DuraXT is perfect for push-to-talk users who require a seriously rugged device due to their tough work environment. DuraXT offers industry-leading push-to-talk capabilities of Sprint Direct Connect and is wrapped in a rugged, clamshell form factor encased in a rubber, non-slip Dura-Grip material for sure hold and extra durability. Stay on task during tough times with military-grade durability, including water resistance up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Use the integrated 3.2-megapixel camera and camcorder to record critical events at the speed of Sprint 3G. The 32GB expandable memory card slot provides the storage capacity required to manage large files on-the-go (1 GB microSD card included). DuraXT boasts a powerful speakerphone and an enhanced User Interface allows for easier use. SPRINT DIRECT CONNECT FEATURES

Sprint Direct Connect – Instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling nationwide on the Sprint network, with any other Direct Connect subscriber. Direct Connect is the core push-to-talk feature and is designed for interoperability across Sprint and Nextel network platforms.

Guaranteed Talk Permit – The assurance that when you hear the push-to-talk “chirp” that your call was successfully transmitted.

Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.

Group Connect– Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.

TeamDCSM – Communicate with up to 200 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers at the same time nationwide.

NextMail – Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.
 

 

Kyocera Introduces Hydro and Rise, Android Smartphones

May 9, 2012 10:27 AM | Kyocera | Smartphone |

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Kyocera Communications Inc., a San Diego-based provider of Kyocera-branded wireless phones in the Americas, today announced at the CTIA Wireless 2012 trade show two new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphones designed to meet the everyday needs of real life: the waterproof Kyocera Hydro and QWERTY-plus-touchscreen Kyocera Rise.

Leveraging technology from Kyocera’s ruggedized Dura Series and more than four years of experience building water-resistant mobile phones, Kyocera Hydro carries IPx5- and IPx7-level water resistance. Whether caught in a rainstorm or dropped in a sink, Hydro is certified as waterproof against sprayed water (e.g., rain) and immersion in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. It is Kyocera’s first mass-market water-resistant smartphone for the North American market. According to a January study by TNS Global Research, more than 82.5 million handsets in the U.S. have been destroyed by water or moisture.† Additionally, in a recent Wireless Lounge survey 70 percent of consumers indicated they consider water resistance an important feature in their next phones.*

“Kyocera has been making water-resistant devices globally since 2008, ranging from handsets for children to full Mil Spec, ultra-ruggedized devices, and Hydro is our seventeenth so far,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications. “Wireless devices have become so crucial to our everyday lives; their durability must support our lifestyles. Kyocera Hydro combines a sleek, touchscreen design with water resistance to ensure it can withstand the spills and drops of everyday life.”
 

 

MetroPCS Launches the Entry-Level Kyocera Presto

October 10, 2011 7:51 PM | Kyocera | MetroPCS |

Metro PCS has launched the entry-level, Kyocera Presto, a sleek, ergonomic design makes calling comfortable, while the large separated keypad makes text messaging a breeze. And with Presto’s built-in camera, you can travel light and share the fun. Presto is a phone you’ll love to hold and behold.

You can get the Kyocera Presto for $9 after a $20 mail-in-rebate.

Features include:
  • Camera
  • Picture Messaging
  • Text Messaging
  • Speaker Phone
  • Voice as Ringtones
  • Email
  • Vibrate Alert
  • Voicemail
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Web access
  • Speakerphone
  • Bluetooth File Transfer
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Sprint Launches the Kyocera Brio with QWERTY Keyboard

September 8, 2011 9:57 AM | Kyocera | Sprint Nextel |

Sprint has launched the Kyocera Brio which offers a simple way to stay connected with friends and family without all of the bells and whistles that some consumers just don’t need. With its full QWERTY keyboard, QVGA display and comfortable bar form factory, Kyocera Brio users can easily stay connected with friends and family by creating and sending emails or checking their favorite social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Its 1.3MP camera with zoom captures high-resolution images with ease and users can quickly share and post with the help of Sprint’s 3G data speeds. Kyocera Brio will launch in Graphite Grey.
 
PRODUCTIVITY
  • Ergonomically designed QWERTY keyboard for quick, easy typing
  • Sprint Mobile Email (SME) and Sprint Mobile Email Work (SMEW)
  • Access email from well-known providers like AOL, Windows Live including MSN and Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! and more
  • Sprint Family Locator - Monitor your child's real-time location on an interactive map from your PC or mobile phone
  • Parental Controls – Parents or business managers can restrict access to voice calls, text messages, and usage of web and camera
  • Text Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
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Sprint Launches the Android-Powered Kyocera Milano

September 8, 2011 9:49 AM | Kyocera | Smartphone | Sprint Nextel |

Sprint has launched the Kyocera Milano which comes with a great mix of function and fashion. It’s compact, fashion-forward design features ergonomic curves and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that makes it perfect for first time touchscreen users or heavy texters. With Kyocera Milano users will have access to thousands of apps in the Android Market with the latest Android operating system 2.3, Gingerbread. Kyocera Milano also offers a 3.2MP camera and camcorder, Google Apps, GPS capabilities and stereo Bluetooth. This affordable Android device will be available in Black.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Powered by Android 2.3
  • Touchscreen with slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.2 MP camera with auto-focus and video camcorder
  • Eco Mode – a battery power management application
  • Customizable user interface with Sprint ID
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WiLan Sues Apple, HTC, Kyocera, and Others with Patent Infringement

September 2, 2011 11:29 AM | Apple | HTC | Kyocera |

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Wi-LAN Inc., today announced that it has commenced litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division against Apple, Inc., Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, HTC America, Inc., Kyocera International, Inc., Kyocera Communications, Inc., Novatel Wireless, Inc., and Sierra Wireless America, Inc. (individually and collectively, "Defendants").

In its filing, WiLAN claims that these companies have infringed and continue to infringe WiLAN's U.S. Patent No. RE37,802 ("the '802' Patent") related to CDMA and HSPA and U.S. Patent No. 5,282,222 ("the '222' Patent") related to Wi-Fi and LTE.

WiLAN will be represented in this action by McKool Smith, a leading U.S. law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation. McKool Smith has successfully defended the patent rights of many high profile companies throughout the U.S. and has particular expertise in the Eastern District of Texas. McKool Smith is representing WiLAN in other patent infringement actions in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
 

 

Kyocera Echo from Sprint Gets Gingerbread Update

August 1, 2011 4:26 PM | Kyocera | Sprint Nextel |

Kyocera Echo from Sprint will receive the Android 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over the air maintenance release beginning on Monday, August 1.

Sprint will send update notifications to users in waves. The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.

Users will receive a notification that Android 2.3 is available for download

Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.
 

 

Sprint to Launch Kyocera DuraCore and DuraMax (New Direct Connect CDMA Handsets)

July 26, 2011 11:07 AM | Kyocera | Sprint Nextel |

Sprint today announced the initial phones it plans to deploy in the fourth quarter when the company launches its next-generation, push-to-talk service powered by Sprint’s broadband CDMA network. The new service – Sprint® Direct Connect – will deliver higher bandwidth capacity to keep up with customers’ data demands and is expected to extend the company’s push-to-talk coverage to almost triple the square miles of the company’s current push-to-talk offering.

The Sprint Direct Connect phones to be introduced this fall will be the Kyocera DuraCore and the Kyocera DuraMax. As previously announced, a third handset -- a Motorola smartphone -- will be described closer to the launch of Sprint Direct Connect. The devices will feature most of the capabilities available on current Sprint push-to-talk phones plus next-generation, push-to-talk applications and functionality. Specific availability dates and pricing for each device will be released later.
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Cricket Launches the Kyocera Luno

July 15, 2011 9:35 AM | Kyocera |

Cricket Communications, Inc. and Kyocera Communications Inc., provider of Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices, answered the call for simplicity with today's launch of the Kyocera Luno at Cricket. Available for $59.99 MSRP and combined with the smart value of Cricket's unlimited talk, text & mobile data service plans, Luno is budget-friendly and offers streamlined key features in a dependable, high-quality mobile phone.

"Cricket recognizes that many consumers want a dependable, easy-to-use phone that's excellent for making calls and sending messages," said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager of devices for Cricket. "Cricket's unlimited, no-contract, flat-rate wireless plans and the Luno's affordable price create a smart value combination that can't be beat."

The Kyocera Luno is immediately available at Cricket branded retail stores, select dealers in all Cricket markets and online at www.mycricket.com. Luno's classic clamshell design features a deep purple exterior with large reflective inset and 1-inch color external display.
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Sprint Launches the Kyocera Echo - Nation's 1st Dual-Touchscreen Smartphone

April 18, 2011 10:00 AM | Kyocera | Smartphone | Sprint Nextel |

Kyocera Echo, the nation’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone, launched today in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1). Sprint and Kyocera Communications Inc. announced today’s launch of the innovative Android device, available for $199.99 (excluding taxes) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade.*

Featuring two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a durable, patent-pending Super Copper Alloy “pivot hinge,” Kyocera Echo allows users to use both displays independently, side-by-side or combined to form a tablet-like experience with 800 x 960 pixels in a 4.7-inch (diagonal) display. The device also folds up easily into a pocket-friendly single-screen configuration. A complete look at Echo’s unique features and functionality is available at www.echobykyocera.com or www.sprint.com/echo.

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Sprint Announces Availability of the Kyocera Echo

March 14, 2011 5:59 PM | Kyocera | Sprint Nextel |

Sprint and Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced availability of Kyocera Echo (announced last Feb.), the nation’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone, on April 17 in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1). The innovative Android device will sell for $199.99 (excludes taxes) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. Beginning March 26, consumers can visit www.sprint.com/echo  to “Reserve Now” and be among of the first to get their hands on Echo.

“Continuing to set the bar high in Android innovation, Sprint is thrilled to bring this industry-first device to the market,” said Fared Adib, vice president Product, Sprint. “Kyocera Echo’s unique dual-screen, Simul-tasking capabilities allow customers to do things they have never before done on a wireless handset. 
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Sprint Announces the First-Dual Touchscreen Android Smartphone - Kyocera Echo

February 7, 2011 9:29 PM | Kyocera | Smartphone | Sprint Nextel | Comments (2)

Sprint and Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced the first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone, Kyocera Echo, exclusively from Sprint. This Android-powered device features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a patent-pending “pivot hinge” that enables the two displays to operate independently, side-by-side or combined to form an oversized 4.7-inch (diagonally) integrated display.

Until now, a single screen on a smartphone could only be used to complete one task at a time, even with limited multitasking capabilities available on some smartphones. Kyocera Echo’s second screen provides the ability to do two things at the same time and get more done – send an email on one screen while surfing the web on the other, watch a video on one screen while texting on the other, comparison shop online with one web site on each screen and so much more.
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