BELLEVUE, Wash. and SAN DIEGO -- November 8, 2013 - Consumers looking for the best value on a smartphone that can handle the drops and splashes of everyday life and deliver nationwide 4G LTE speed need look no further than MetroPCS for the new Kyocera Hydro XTRM. The waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof Android™ smartphone is available at MetroPCS, a brand of T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS), for just $169 plus tax and can be paired with any of MetroPCS' affordable nationwide 4G LTE plans, starting at just "$40, period."
In a recent survey* of online visitors to MetroPCS.com, waterproof and shock-proof capabilities were the second and third most desired features for upcoming phone purchases, trailing only 4G connectivity on consumers' want lists. The Hydro XTRM meets those demands, with nationwide 4G LTE and the ability to take on water and jarring drops with ease.
"We know that drops, falls and splashes can't always be avoided and our customers demand a smartphone like the Hydro XTRM that can handle their every day life," said Tom Keys, COO and executive vice president of MetroPCS. "MetroPCS is delivering a life-proof experience by combining the durability of the Hydro with the predictability and affordability of our unlimited data, talk and text service plans to help consumers deal with all of life's surprises - and we're doing it on a nationwide 4G LTE network they can rely on."
Designed to be sleek and stylish while withstanding the punishment of day-to-day use and more, the Hydro XTRM is IP57 certified to protect against dust and water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet of water. Shock-resistant construction built to Military Standard 810G means the phone can handle bumps and drops, while Kyocera's state-of-the-art Smart Sonic Receiver technology allows users to hear conversations clearer than ever before in noisy environments.
The Kyocera Hydro XTRM's 4-inch, impact-resistant touchscreen and reinforced housing ensure greater screen protection. Powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the Hydro XTRM's 4G LTE connectivity offers fast Web browsing and multimedia streaming capabilities.
"The Hydro XTRM is the most rugged of the Kyocera Hydro Series, which has become the consumer-preferred standard for durable and affordable waterproof smartphones, said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "This is the right device for people looking for a phone that strikes the perfect balance between looking cool, working hard and keeping up with their active lifestyles."
Additional features of the Kyocera Hydro XTRM include:
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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, visit www.kyoceramobile.com or 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).
*1,623 responses received July 2013 - September 2013 in online survey of www.MetroPCS.com site visitors when asked about important features that respondents would like to see in their next phone purchase.
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