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05/22/13

Waterproof, Drop-Proof, Oops-Proof Smartphones From Kyocera Make Worry-Free Father's Day Gifts For The Rugged - Or Klutzy - Dad

Kyocera's Torque and Hydro Android Smartphones Come With Everything Dads Want, Including Protection from Cracked Screens and Water Damage, Priced FREE - $99.99

SAN DIEGO - June 06, 2013 - During summertime, today's active dads spend lots of fun time with the kids when they get home from the office or job site. Fishing at the lake, coaching softball and tackling the jungle gym can take a toll on fathers...and their smartphones. Dads need a phone that can keep them connected to the office (and to mom) while out and about with the kids without having to worry about drops in puddles, raps against the monkey bars or the dreaded dunk in the toilet during diaper changes.

Kyocera has two 4G LTE smartphones built to match the parenthood perils of everyday dads at affordable prices for Father's Day. Kyocera Torque and Hydro XTRM are both certified waterproof and dust-proof (IP67 and IP57, respectively), meaning they're designed to survive dust, sprayed water - like a rainstorm or sprinklers - or total submersion in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Estimates say close to 100 million cell phones have been destroyed by liquids in the U.S. alone, so these phones offer dads the peace of mind they need in dealing with summer's extreme and everyday elements.

Kyocera Torque is an ultra-rugged Android 4.0 smartphone that's built to "Mil Spec," or 810G Military Standard, and can survive extreme scenarios that dad probably couldn't, including dunks in water, drops, shock, dust, humidity, vibration and extreme temperatures. It comes with a 5 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for fun video chats, a snappy dual-core processor, a huge battery for lots of use and a blaring loudspeaker. Best of all, its ability to keep up with active lifestyles means you don't have to purchase a separate protective case for another $70. Kyocera Torque is available in blue or black colors on the nationwide Sprint network as a FREE phone for new customers with a 2-year agreement, or $99.99 for current Sprint customers with an eligible upgrade and 2-year agreement.*

Kyocera Hydro XTRM is Kyocera's newest waterproof, shock-proof 4G Android smartphone. It's certified IP57 as waterproof and dust-proof, along with Mil Spec 810G for shock. Hydro XTRM builds on the popular Kyocera Hydro waterproof smartphone, which consistently has been among the top 10 smartphones in the U.S. since its launch at Boost Mobile in August 2012.** Hydro XTRM has the specs dad wants - 4G LTE connectivity, a fast dual-core processor, 4GB on-board memory, a large 4-inch display, a 5 megapixel camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and Android Jelly Bean 4.1 - but, XTRM also has the waterproof and drop-proof features Dad needs. It's available now on U.S. Cellular's 4G network for just $29.99 with a 2-year contract or eligible upgrade.*

The original waterproof Kyocera Hydro remains available on Boost Mobile's prepaid network for $89.99 without a contract (Web price only).*

Both Torque and Hydro XTRM also include Kyocera's award-winning, proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver technology. This breakthrough audio technology replaces the phone's traditional speaker with a ceramic actuator, which turns sounds into vibrations that travel through the body directly to the eardrum, making the phone audible even in loud environments. The phones also include Eco Mode and MaxiMZR, two onboard applications that help users squeeze as much juice as possible out of the phones' impressive batteries.

For more information about these waterproof, drop-proof Kyocera smartphones for Father's Day, please visit kyoceramobile.com.

About Kyocera Communications Inc.
Kyocera Communications Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. Designed with durability, dependability, and long-term value as priorities, Kyocera mobile phones help people feel comfortable with new technology and use it to connect, perform and outsmart life's challenges. At the heart of Kyocera's products is a belief that one size doesn't fit all and that people should do more with phones instead of being confused by them or having to alter their lifestyles to accommodate them. For more information, follow the company at www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones or www.twitter.com/kyoceramobile.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine (or "advanced") ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, such as solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, mobile phones, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company's net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).

* Details concerning pricing, terms and conditions are available from the respective wireless service providers.

** Source: ITG Majestic Research

For more information, contact:

Kyocera Communications, Inc.
John Chier
phone: 858.882.3543
e-mail: john.chier@kyocera.com