Kyocera DuraTR is the toughest feature phone you can now buy at Sprint

For those of you who own a business (small or big) and need though phones for your employees, Sprint has something that you might want to take into consideration. Meet the new Kyocera DuraTR, the toughest feature phone you can buy from the US carrier.

Obviously, the feature phone is available for purchase to everyone, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re a business customer or a regular one. The Kyocera DuraTR will set you back $379, but you can also get it for $13.50 per month with 24-month installments (or even $13.50 per month with Sprint Flex 18-month lease).

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Verizon launches the sturdy, overpriced Kyocera DuraXV LTE flip phone

Verizon’s announcement that it will carry the Asus ZenFone V too us by surprise, but so does the quiet launch of a new rugged handset, the Kyocera DuraXV LTE. Both handsets are now available for purchase at Verizon, but since we’ve already talked about Asus’s mid-range smartphone, let’s see what the DuraXV LTE has to offer for the price you pay.

Speaking of price, Kyocera DuraXV LTE costs $264 outright or $11 per month for 24 months, and no upfront payment. Although this is a rugged handset, the bad news is it’s a feature-phone, so you won’t be getting any advanced …

T-Mobile starts selling the rugged Kyocera DuraForce PRO

T-Mobile just released the Kyocera DuraForce PRO, a smartphone that’s been available on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon since last year. The new handset is sold for $425, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Just like the Kyocera DuraForce PRO sold by other major US carriers, T-Mobile’s variant is dust- and water-resistant (IP68-certified), and can survive under water for up to 30 minutes at depths of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters). The smartphone also meets Military Standard 810G for protection against shock, temperature extremes, humidity, salt fog, blowing rain, …

A soap resistant phone

Enter Kyocera’s new phone, launched in Japan on Thursday. Called Kyocera rafre, it’s not only resistant to water; it can also withstand hot water and soap without any trouble.


You can also use rafre’s touchscreen with wet hands or when wearing gloves. And in accordance to the kitchen theme, the phone comes with a preinstalled cooking app which can be operated with hand gestures.

In terms of specs, the Kyocera rafre is an entry-level phone, with a 5-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, a 13-megapixel camera, a 3,000mAh battery and (pleasant surprise) Android 7.0.

Interestingly, the phone does not have a traditional speaker (and thus, no earpiece speaker hole, which makes it more resistant to liquids, dirt and dust). Instead, it uses the “smart sonic receiver” technology which transmits sound via vibrations — somewhat similar to Xiaomi’s forward-looking Mi Mix.

Interestingly, the rafre is not the first soap-resistant phone out there. That honor belongs, according to Kyocera, to its predecessor, the DIGNO rafre. There’s a difference though. The new device is resistant to both foaming hand and body soap, while the older phone was only resistant to the former.

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