DALLAS & SAN DIEGO - Nov. 3, 2014 - AT&T1 and Kyocera Communications, Inc. today announced the new Kyocera DuraForce, a rugged, waterproof, 4G LTE Android™ smartphone, will be available for purchase on Nov. 7 at AT&T and AT&T business channels and on Nov. 21 in AT&T retail stores.
DuraForce is the first device available at AT&T to leverage Kyocera's strength in ruggedized, reliable mobile smartphones all on the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network,2 covering more than 300 million Americans. DuraForce will be available for $0 down at $19.95 per month on a Next 12 agreement;3 $0 down at $16.63 per month on a Next 18 agreement3 $49.99 with a standard two-year contract; or $389.99 with no commitment. The Military Standard 810G- and IP68-certified4 DuraForce supports AT&T's Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) service and enables active people to do more with their smartphones-whether using them on a jobsite or taking them down the river on a rafting trip.
DuraForce is IP68-certified, meaning it is dustproof, waterproof and can be submerged in up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) of water for up to 30 minutes.4 With a reinforced housing and Military Standard 810G protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitudes, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion,4 DuraForce can go more places and withstand tough environments and conditions. The DuraForce durability withstands tough treatment, as evidenced by Bear Grylls, Kyocera's lead product tester, adventure-survivalist and star of the new series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." Watch Bear putting DuraForce to the ultimate test at http://youtu.be/Ou9bjDh4bm4.
"We know our customers live active lifestyles and need a smartphone that enables them to do more. They don't want their days to come to a stop because of a drop on the jobsite or into the kitchen sink," said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of Global Sales and Marketing at Kyocera Communications. "DuraForce is intended to keep people productive. Its affordability and tough-all-over durability, combined with AT&T EPTT, allows its users the freedom to work and play as hard as they want." With EPTT capability, DuraForce enables users to quickly and reliably connect to an individual or group with just a push of a button over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. DuraForce is designed with a large, tactile side button that makes push-to-talk calls easy. It also comes equipped with an extra-loud speaker. The side button can be reprogrammed to access most-frequently-used apps when not used for EPTT. Users who are part of multiple talk groups can also scan and select a primary talk group to focus on the most important business process in a given moment.
"Companies depend on quick and reliable communication tools to help their employees work in fast-paced environments," said Abhi Ingle, senior vice president, Big Data and Advanced Solutions, AT&T Mobility and Business Solutions. "AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk connects people faster and simplifies processes for businesses. We've strengthened our portfolio of handsets by offering the first Kyocera device with AT&T EPTT."DuraForce is available to business and government customers at $24.99.5 AT&T makes it even easier for businesses to migrate to the AT&T solution from legacy CDMA push-to-talk networks. For a limited time, AT&T offers its business customers who migrate to AT&T EPTT a $100 bill credit.6
DuraForce features the Android™ KitKat 4.4.2 operating system, a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.4GHz Quad-Core CPU and Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver technology, which enhances audio clarity in noisy environments. The phone's 16GB of on-board storage can be augmented via an external microSD™ card slot that supports cards up to 32GB. It has a high-capacity 3100mAh Lithium Ion battery that is well suited to long days on the job or on-the-go, along with a 4.5-inch 720p High Definition impact-resistant touchscreen that can be used while wearing gloves,7 with wet hands or when the screen is wet.
DuraForce also is certified for use in hazardous work environments (Hazardous Locations: Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2) where concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration but may materialize, making it an ideal smartphone for industries such as Oil Exploration and Production, Utilities, Chemical Production, Airport Refueling, Pharmaceutical/Paint Industries and Natural Gas Pipeline/Production Centers.
For more information on purchasing DuraForce, contact an AT&T business or government sales representative or visit www.att.com/DuraForce on Nov. 7 or an AT&T retail store on Nov. 21. Check out the AT&T Kyocera DuraForce video to see more.
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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, follow the company at facebook.com/KyoceraMobile or twitter.com/kyoceramobile.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (global.kyocera.com), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, the company's consolidated net sales totaled 1.45 trillion yen (approx. $14.1 billion USD).
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