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AT&T and Cricket unveil pair of ruggedized Kyocera devices coming this month

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AT&T and Kyocera have today taken the wraps off of two new Android devices coming to AT&T and Cricket this month. Both of the devices are built with surviving the elements in mind, while also offering specs that lead to optimal performance.

First is the Kyocera DuraForce X D, which features a 5.7-inch display that AT&T says will work even if the user is wearing gloves. The device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz and pairs with a 3,700mAh battery. Kyocera and AT&T say the device “stands up to rain, dust, drops, and being under water,” although exact certifications for these claims are unclear at this point, if there are any. The DuraForce X D also features LTE and A&T’s Enhanced Push-To-Talk feature. It will be available on January 8th for $14.97/month with AT&T Next 24.

Second is the Kyocera Hyrdo VIEW, which is coming to Cricket on January 8th for $79.99. This device features a 5-inch display, exact specifications of which are unclear. Cricket says the device features IP57 certification for dust and water resistance, meaning the device can be submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Other specs are unclear as of now.

The full press release is below:

AT&T Expands Portfolio of Ruggedized Mobile Devices with Launch of Kyocera DuraForce X D and DuraXE

 Addition of large-screen Android smartphone and flip-style feature phone ensure AT&T business and consumer customers can choose the right device for the task at hand

Kyocera Communications, Inc. is rolling out two new rugged Kyocera devices to complement AT&T’s1 existing rugged portfolio.  The new DuraForce X D, a ruggedized2 4G LTE Android™ smartphone with a large 5.7-inch high-definition display, and the new DuraXE feature phone, join Kyocera’s DuraForce smartphone to offer AT&T customers an unprecedented range of rugged devices designed to withstand harsh conditions.  The DuraForce X D and its large display are ideal for viewing documents, forms, schedules and other critical information on the job. The DuraXE is a Push-To-Talk device designed for active people who wish to stay connected in tough work environments. Both devices feature dedicated side buttons supporting AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) 3.

Both devices are available starting January 8th. The Kyocera DuraForce X D is as low as $14.97/month with $0 down for well-qualified with AT&T Next244 when they activate it on qualified service. It also is available for $49.99 with a two-year wireless service agreement (CRU Only5) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk6. The DuraXE is available for $13.50 per month for 20 months on an AT&T Installment plan7, $49.99 with two-year wireless service agreement (CRU only) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk.

“Staying in touch and online can be crucial to productivity and profitability.  DuraForce X D is designed to combine certified durability in a large-display format at an incredible price,” said Chuck Becher, vice president and general manager of sales and marketing, Kyocera Communications.  “By complementing the existing DuraForce smartphone with the DuraForce X D and DuraXE, we enable AT&T to offer customers a device for multiple applications and the confidence to know it’s built by Kyocera, a recognized name in rugged mobile devices.”

DuraForce X D

DuraForce X D is designed to withstand dust, drop, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitude, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion.  Its durable design lets users confidently operate the device without a protective case, and provides not only “survivability” but also “usability” in harsh environments. DuraForce X D’s large touchscreen display can even be operated when wet or with gloved hands.

“The DuraForce X D is an exciting addition to our robust lineup of rugged devices,” said Danessa Lambdin, vice president of enterprise mobility, AT&T. “The 5.7-inch screen provides a unique and highly-functional option between a tablet and a typical smartphone screen.  It will make information-management and connectivity in challenging environments a little easier for our business customers.”

With its EPTT support, DuraForce X D lets users quickly and reliably connect to individuals or groups with just a push of a button over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.  DuraForce X D has extra-loud dual front speakers and a large side button that make push-to-talk calls easy.  The device also features a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU and a sizeable 3,700mAh battery to keep up with long days.


DuraXE features a ruggedized design that’s become synonymous with Kyocera phones.  It boasts Military Standard 810G protection for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity, along with IP68 certification as dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to six feet of water.  Its large, tactile keypad is designed for ease of use with gloved hands. Its convenient top keys provide quick access to activate the speaker phone or end calls. In addition to its internal color display, a high-contrast external display makes it easy to read while outside on the job.

The DuraXE features dual-mic noise cancellation and powerful dual front speakers to help ensure that users can hear calls clearly—even in noisy environments. The DuraXE is work-ready, providing a high degree of toughness without sacrificing power or features.

“The DuraXE is ideal for anyone who can’t afford to let anything get in the way of getting the job done,” added Becher. “It’s been carefully designed to stand up to the challenges of tough work-force environments, while performing reliably and easily to help workers excel on the job.”

It also provides great functionality with a 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and video recorder that captures picture perfect quality of life’s most important moments. Calendar tools with GPS services, web connection and browser-based email help user’s stay productive on-the-go.

Both the DuraForce X D and the DuraXE are certified for use in hazardous work locations where flammable gases, vapors, or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration but may accidentally materialize (Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2, Groups A-D, T4).8

For more information on Kyocera’s DuraForce X D, DuraXE and complete portfolio of durable and rugged devices for business, along with accessory and where-to-purchase information, visit  For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit

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Cricket Wireless Introduces a Tougher Smartphone: the new Kyocera Hydro VIEW

ATLANTAJan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sports enthusiasts, contractors, even parents with curious little ones can now get the smartphone technology they need and the durability they crave with the Kyocera Hydro VIEW, exclusively at Cricket Wireless. Starting January 8, Cricket will offer this 4G LTE IP57-rated dustproof and waterproof* phone for just $79.99online and at more than 3,800 stores nationwide.

Engineered to stand up to everyday “oops” as well as more extreme work or play activities, the Kyocera Hydro VIEW is equally perfect for a mom on the go or a tradesman out in the field. It can be wiped off with water to get rid of sticky messes or submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes and still perform beautifully. And the Wet Touchscreen technology allows users to use the screen even with wet fingers – making it a great fit for winter or summer sports activities (think selfies while snowboarding or videos on the lake).

“Cricket customers want performance without compromise and we’re constantly looking for new ways to deliver that – whether it’s through our network, with more 4G LTE coverage than T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, or Boost, or through our device portfolio which now includes the new Kyocera Hydro VIEW,” said Janna Ducich, chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless. “With the Hydro VIEW, we can bring our customers all the high-end features of a smartphone with the durability to withstand life’s surprises – no matter how wet, dirty or dusty they may be.”

Reliability and quality extend across the Kyocera Hydro VIEW from design to features.

  • The phone’s vibrant 5″ display makes viewing the web, checking email and watching videos easy while protecting the screen from cracks.
  • Continuous Shoot capability lets users take up to 30 continuous pictures by holding down the shutter button – great for capturing those stellar skateboarding moves or that busy toddler who never sits still.
  • The powerful, lasting battery and multiple energy-saving features provide plenty of juice for a full day on the job or out with family and friends.
  • And all this comes in a sleek, compact design that’s easy on the eyes, convenient to carry, and won’t cramp your style.

For more information on the new Kyocera Hydro VIEW for Cricket, visit

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