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AT&T, Cricket Wireless offer new Kyocera ruggedized devices


AT&T, and their pre-paid subsidiary Cricket Wireless, announced today they will be expanding the offerings of ruggedized devices available for consumers on their network. Cricket Wireless will offer the new Kyocera Hydro VIEW smartphone while AT&T gets the Kyocera DuraForce XD smartphone and the Kyocera DuraXE flip phone. All of the new Kyocera devices for the carriers will be available starting later this week on January 8th. Read more

Kyocera’s Digno Rafre is the first smartphone you can wash with soap


Kyocera recently announced the Digno Rafre smartphone. A phone announcement certainly isn’t out of the norm, but this one in particular is unique. The Digno Rafre is actually the world’s first smartphone that can be washed with soap. It’s a neat idea, as our smartphones are much dirtier than we think. Germophobes will celebrate, at least until they find out that the Digno Rafre is a Japanese exclusive.

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MetroPC brings BOGO deal back for Black Friday


Does anyone even realize that Thanksgiving is next Thursday? Probably not, because we’re all set on Black Friday. Around the world, stores will be stormed with customers eager to get their hands on the hottest deals of the year. So many are preparing for the massive foot traffic by launching their Black Friday deals early. MetroPCS, the prepaid carrier owned and operated by T-Mobile, has launched its familiar buy-one-get-one promotion eight days ahead of the (unofficial) holiday being honored.

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Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield display on the Brigadier passes stress test with flying colors


It has been rumored that the upcoming iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire display, but Kyocera beat them to it with the Brigadier. The Brigadier had a soft launch last week on Verizon Wireless, and it is one tough cookie.

The Brigadier is classified as a rugged device, and boy is it. Check out the video below and see how the Sapphire display holds up against a “normal” display. Let’s hope this becomes the norm for all phones in the not too distant future.

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Kyocera announces ruggedized Kyocera Hydro Life smartphone coming to T-Mobile, MetroPCS


Kyocera announced today they are making a new, ruggedized smartphone available for consumers through T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The new Kyocera Hydro Life goes beyond the water- and dust-resistance properties of typical consumer grade smartphones. The Hydro Life is certified to the IP57 standard for dust and full immersion in water up to a meter deep for up to 30 minutes. In addition, the smartphone meets Military Standard 810G for shock and drop protection. As part of their announcement, Kyocera tries to create the new term “fragiphoniphobia” to describe the fear of fragile phones and how that limits users from taking their devices into certain environments or situations. Read more