RUGGED IN ACTION: KYOCERA RUGGED SMARTPHONE SURVIVES ALMOST TWO YEARS LOST IN THE WILDERNESS

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Cory Burwell, the man behind adventure motorcycling site Wandering Beast, understands the value of using a durable, waterproof phone while riding a motorcycle in the wilderness and across the country. A couple years ago, Cory lost his ruggedized Kyocera Torque smartphone from Sprint while riding in central Oregon, and wasn’t sure if he would ever see it again. Despite putting up signs in an attempt to retrieve his lost device, his Torque sat outside for a year and a half – through a winter, two summers and all sorts of weather conditions – before being found. When a passerby eventually found it on the ground, the phone rescuer was able to plug it in, turn it on, and, amazingly, the phone still worked without a hitch. Cody’s brother-in-law—who received a text from the person who found the phone—alerted him that it had been retrieved and was still working flawlessly.

Kyocera recently found a video that Cory created and posted about his experience with the rugged Kyocera Torque. (This was not a sponsorship or advertisement.)  In it he says, “Hands down, I would not hesitate to get one of these at all… If you’re into adventure motorcycles and you need a new phone, and you don’t really need to be the coolest guy in the office that has the iPhone 7-and-a-half, and you just want a good, sturdy phone that works and that has all of the same features and runs Android and everything else, look into the Kyocera Torque or one of their other ones… I wouldn’t consider any other phone for my adventures.”

Kyocera cannot recommend or warranty against these types of situations with our devices – they are not meant to take abuse to the extent that Cory’s phone did – but this is just another real-life success story we have found that embodies the rugged, durable value of our mobile devices.

Watch Cory’s video describing his incredible story here:

WHEN RUGGED TECHNOLOGY SAVES LIVES: KYOCERA DURA SERIES PHONE ENABLES WORKER TO CALL 911 AFTER FALLING INTO POND

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We’ve probably all called our mobile phones “lifesavers” at some point, but has your phone ever truly saved your life? Every now and then, we get stories from our customers that transcend the business of selling rugged mobile devices and enter the realm of actual life and death. We recently heard from Vincent Curtis Neill of California, who immediately got our attention when he said:

“When life is on the line, Kyocera’s Dura Series is the only phone you need.” Turns out he wasn’t exaggerating. Here’s Vincent’s story.

Vincent is an employee of Wild Wings Recycle Facility in Woodland, CA, and one of his job duties is to collect monthly water samples to be tested for California state permit compliance. With 20 years of experience collecting samples, this was nothing new for Vincent. But one recent day, when Vincent went to the effluent storage pond to collect the sample, his foot gave way on some algae and he slid right into the large pond. For those who don’t know, “effluent” means liquid waste or sewage, so this immediately became a dangerous situation.

Despite being a good swimmer, Vincent’s heavy work gear combined with slippery, algae-coated edges of the pond to make him unable to swim or to grab onto anything. He quickly became tired from treading water and realized he was in trouble. With no coworkers around, Vincent went to try to use his (non-Kyocera) work phone, which was in his pocket, to call for help. Falling in the pond, however, had killed the non-rugged device. He then realized that he had forgotten to take his personal Kyocera Dura Series phone out of his other pocket that day when he arrived at work. He grabbed it and, since it is fully ruggedized and waterproof, it was still working. Then, Vincent was able to call 911 from the soaked device. Thankfully the local fire department arrived quickly and pulled him out of the pond to safety. He was cold and weak by that point, but he was alive and safe.

“It is without a doubt that I am alive today because I have the best phone in the world—the Kyocera Dura Series,” Neill said. “I would recommend this lineup of phones to anyone who needs a phone that won’t let them down.”

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Vincent originally chose the Kyocera Dura Series as his personal mobile device because he wanted a phone that was dependable and durable.

“When it was time to get a new phone, I thought of my old flip phone and asked what was available that was rugged and steadfast,” he said.

A salesman recommended the Kyocera Dura Series, and choosing it became one of the best decisions of his life. With the Dura Series’ rugged features, including military-grade protection and waterproofing that allows the device to be submerged in up to 6.5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, Vincent was lucky to have chosen a device that can stand up to harsh environments when it mattered most.

While our mission at Kyocera is to be the leader in rugged mobile solutions, we’re also passionate about delivering technologies that really make life easier and better for our customers. While we never want anyone to be in a situation like Vincent was a few weeks ago, we are so glad that our technology was able to help save his life.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles. When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams.

Verizon Releases Kyocera DuraForce PRO with Sapphire Shield Crystal Display and Super Wide-View HD Action Camera

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The DuraForce PRO is the latest Android smartphone in Kyocera’s ultra-rugged lineup, and it is now available on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Offering all of the protections that users expect from a Kyocera device, the DuraForce PRO is shockproof, drop-proof and dustproof, with certifications for IP68 (waterproof up to 30 minutes, up to 2 meters deep) and Military Standard 810G to defend against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, rain, low pressure, solar radiation, humidity, immersion, and temperature shock. Further enhancing its durability, DuraForce PRO on Verizon also features Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield display – made with sapphire crystal that is second only to diamond in its hardness and strength – protecting the touchscreen against coins, keys, rocks, and other abrasions that can compromise the durability of a display.

While tough and rugged have long been distinguishing characteristics of Kyocera mobile devices, DuraForce PRO is further differentiated with its all-in-one camera capabilities. DuraForce PRO is the only 4G LTE smartphone currently available with an integrated super-wide-view HD (1080p) action camera, providing outdoor enthusiasts, professional photographers, and construction, safety and security workers with the ability to capture live video and still images from any environment – be it from great heights or even under water. The main camera captures at an impressive 13-megapixels and is accompanied by a separate 135-degree wide-angle action camera lens, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Rather than having to carry a separate, dedicated action camera, DuraForce PRO builds the functionality right into the phone. DuraForce PRO also allows users to toggle between different enhanced camera-mode options for underwater, sports, slow motion and time-lapse, just to name a few.

The Most Durable, All-in-One Device
Kyocera DuraForce PRO was designed to lend simplicity to users, while delivering an all-in-one mobile device for myriad consumer and business applications. A fingerprint security sensor has been added the phone’s power button for biometric and one-touch authentication, supporting popular mPayment/ mCommerce protocols. With Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation, DuraForce PRO also can be navigated with wet or gloved hands, and is fully operational while underwater. The device can enable seamless one-to-one or one-to-many communications with a dedicated side button for Push-To-Talk (PTT), which can also be programmed by non-PTT users for one-touch access to a favorite feature (such as the action motion camera) or another frequently used application.

Offering impressive specs at a competitive price point, DuraForce PRO is equipped with a large 5-inch Full HD display and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ octa-core processor, and 32 GB of expandable memory. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the rugged smartphone features a long-lasting 3240 mAh battery and supports both wireless charging and Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0.

Kyocera works with leading accessory and software manufacturers to provide solutions that customize DuraForce PRO for specific industries. The device also is certified for use in hazardous locations where concentrations of flammable gas, vapors or mists are not normally present in explosive concentrations but may exist (Non-incendive Class I, Division 2, Group A-D, T4).

Whether you’re an adventurous consumer with an active lifestyle or you work in demanding industries like manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and oil and gas, DuraForce PRO brings you the performance you demand, the versatility to capture your experiences and the durability to derive maximum value from your smartphone investment.

Kyocera DuraForce PRO by Verizon Wireless is now available to both consumer and business users, priced at $17 a month for 24 months on Verizon device payment ($408 retail).

The Kyocera Hydro SHORE is About to Make a Big Splash

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Summer is here. That means BBQs, the beach and water. Lots and lots of water. Water falling from the sky, water in the pool, water in the ocean and in the lakes. Seventy-one percent of the earth is covered by the stuff. You can’t escape it. And when summer rolls around, you don’t want to. Who doesn’t like going for a swim to beat the summer heat? Even your smartphone is prone to a nice dip now and again. But people don’t short-circuit as soon as they hit the water. Smartphones do – until now. The Kyocera Hydro SHORE smartphone has arrived. The Hydro SHORE, a 4G LTE AT&T GoPhone, is the latest in Kyocera’s portfolio of rugged, durable and waterproof devices. Sure, other smartphones claim they’re waterproof, but “waterproof” is a loose term. The Hydro SHORE is actually waterproof. It can take a swim in up to three feet of water for approximately 30 minutes. That’s long enough for your skin to wrinkle in the pool.

A Clear and Present Danger

Make no mistake – your smartphone is in constant danger. Its two main enemies are water and you. People are naturally clumsy, and when you are constantly carrying an intricate, delicate device, accidents will happen. According to a study by SquareTrade, Americans spent $5.9 billion on damaged smartphones in 2012. The top five causes of damage were: Dropped phone, phone fell into water, phone dropped from a lap, phone was knocked off a table and phone was drenched by liquid. There’s an obvious pattern here: clumsiness + water = trouble. Americans are normally pretty good at preparing for danger. We post signs warning about falling rocks. We station lifeguards at pools and the beach. We require a license to drive a car and a hardhat at construction sites. But we’ve failed to protect the delicate computers and lifelines we carry in our pockets every day. The Kyocera Hydro SHORE, part of Kyocera’s Hydro Series, is helping to change that.

Waterproof Technology Years in the Making 

In the early days of the smartphone revolution, Kyocera went to work on what would be a years-long process of developing rugged, waterproof devices that withstand the rigors of everyday life. The Hydro SHORE is the result of this hard work, expertise and years of testing. It takes waterproofing to another level to create a product that offers true peace of mind. And it’s not just protection from water. Our engineers have built a truly dustproof, waterproof (and people-proof!) smartphone. And it’s not just about surviving water – it’s about staying in touch and productive even when wet. You can even operate the Hydro SHORE’s screen when it’s wet. Protection is great, but performance and connectivity are always job one, and the Hydro SHORE has them in spades.

Bells, Whistles and Then Some

The Kyocera Hydro SHORE is packed with features and performance that bely its incredibly affordable price. It has everything you need to lead a brilliant digital life, including:

  • Waterproof design certified for IP57, protection against dust and water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water.
  • Large 5.0” IPS, qHD touchscreen display for better viewing.
  • Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM1GHz Quad-core processor to provide fast and responsive navigation and access to apps.
  • Wet Touchscreen Operation.
  • Long-Lasting 2160mAh Non-Removable Battery with added energy-saving features like Eco Mode with MaxiMZR, which extend performance automatically by powering down noncritical functions.
  • 5MP camera with video, digital zoom, LED flash and auto-focus, and a 2MP front-facing camera for self-portraits and video calling.
  • HD video capture and streaming, 1080p at 30fps.
  • Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Google’s suite of applications, including Google Play StoreTM for access to thousands of free apps.
  • Virtual QWERTY keypad, a faster and easier way to type.
  • Built-in music player.
  • Stereo Bluetooth® (4.1 + LE/EDR) wireless technology and Bluetooth Smart Ready support.
  • 5 mm stereo headset jack

…and much, much more. The Hydro SHORE can go toe-to-toe with the most popular (and expensive) competitors on the market, and keeps you connected in the elements that make other phones fail.

It Won’t Break in Water – And it Won’t Break the Bank

Offered as an AT&T GoPhone, the Hydro SHORE is the perfect option for the budget-conscious consumer who demands the latest technology, but doesn’t want to empty his or her bank account to get it. Priced at $79.99 and available exclusively at Walmart, the Hydro SHORE is a no-brainer. Whether you’re young and restless, a family on the go or a seeker of adventure in the outdoors, the Hydro SHORE is your perfect companion for the active digital life.

For more information about the Kyocera Hydro SHORE, visit www.kyoceramobile.com/hydro-shore or see it at a Walmart retail store or at www.walmart.com.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles.  When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams. 

Usable Technology: Innovation to Improve Everyday Life

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Waterproof. Wireless charging. Fingerprint authentication. More computing power than NASA’s original moon landers. The level of innovation happening in the mobile industry is groundbreaking and changing the way we interact with one another. But sometimes the marketing claims seem too good to be true. And sometimes they seem downright unnecessary: “Now why would I want that?”

At Kyocera, we listen to our customers and their issues, wants and needs, and then we build devices that address their feedback. For us, it’s not enough to introduce the latest and greatest feature because it sounds cool or because it checks a box. We don’t have what we see as the industry’s “Spinal Tap” mentality, where everything has to go to “11” just because 11 is greater than 10. We introduce a new feature or capability because it meets a real need, it is practical and it delivers true value.

Lately, you’ve likely heard a lot about new devices claiming exciting new features – waterproof, shatterproof, wireless charging-capable and dustproof, among many others. We also build some of these features into our Kyocera devices, but rather than trying to “out-spec” our competitors, we make sure that these capabilities are implemented to solve real-world issues and that the devices are always usable when it comes to challenging real-life situations.

As the leader in rugged devices, we focus our efforts on ensuring that our devices live up to their promises. Here are a few of Kyocera’s recently introduced features and how they function in the real world:

Yes, I can hear you now! (Thanks to Smart Sonic Receiver and dual speakers)

Voice communication, be it frequent or rare, remains a critical function for mobiles devices. Yet call quality continues to be a primary issue among smartphone users – especially those using Push-to-Talk services.

Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver and dual-speaker technology deliver superior sound in virtually any environment, in place of a visible in-ear speaker. For example, the Verizon Brigadier and Sprint TorqueXT, which integrate Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver technology, make it easy to hear calls even in the presence of heavy background noise, such as that created by construction and manufacturing equipment, traffic or large crowds. Smart Sonic Receiver technology uses a proprietary Kyocera ceramic transducer that transmits sound waves from the device as vibrations that reach the eardrum directly through the body.

Protection Against Drops, Scratches and Sharp Objects, Courtesy of Sapphire Shield

Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield is a crystal display technology that is virtually scratchproof, offering premium protection against drops and sharp or abrasive objects. An ultra-strong sapphire screen (fun fact: on the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness, sapphires are second only to diamonds) provides more protection than most smartphone cases, not only against various angles of drops, but also against scratches and objects dropped directly onto the screen.

Military-Grade Protection Against the Elements

Certified to Ingress Protection (IP) and Military Standard 810G durability ratings, Kyocera constructs many of its devices to withstand the harshest environmental elements, with protection against rain, dust, heat, humidity, vibration and solar radiation. They’re also waterproof for up to 30 minutes and many are even certified to OSHA standard Nonincendive, Class 1, Division 2, Group A-D, T4, meaning they are safe to operate in hazardous locations where high concentrations of flammable gases, vapors and mists may exist.

Glove and Wet Touchscreen Operation      

Our customers are often working in the harshest work settings and environmental conditions, including wind, snow and rain. That’s why many of our devices feature Glove & Wet Touchscreen Operation. Whether they’re work gloves on the jobsite or insulated gloves in the cold, seamless glove and wet touchscreen operation help field force workers stay connected all day long, regardless of their environmental conditions, without compromising their safety or well-being.

Wireless charging

Battery life continues to be a top pain point of mobile users. The rugged consumer needs multiple options when it comes to charging their devices, including the newest form of battery juicing—wireless charging. With wireless charging, mobile consumers can charge their compatible devices without needing to plug in. By simply placing certain Kyocera devices, including the Kyocera Elite, Brigadier and DuraForce, on a charging pad, charging will begin and our customers don’t need to worry about having enough battery life to get them through the day.

Mobile innovation needs to be more than just hype. At Kyocera, we don’t just talk the talk—we walk the walk when it comes to creating highly usable rugged devices. It’s a passion of ours and something we are committed to for anyone who considers themselves a rugged user. For more information on our product lineup please visit www.kyoceramobile.com/phones/.