Sprint on Wednesday announced the March 11 availability of the rugged, rubber encased Kyocera DuraPlus, a phone so tough Chuck Norris is afraid to use it. Harkening back to simpler times when design was an afterthought, the DuraPlus come certified to Military Standard 810G, meaning this puppy is resistant to dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and water depths of up to a meter. See if your haughty smartphone can handle those conditions. In addition, the device features an embedded LED Flashlight with dedicated button for manly cave exploration, a remote speaker microphone jack and an external charging port for use with a single or multi-bay charging station. Kyocera said the charging station would be useful to businesses with shift workers, such as shuttle drivers or security personnel, but we know the company really meant the option was designed for the cast of the Expendables 2. If you want to be the toughest cell phone owner around, the DuraPlus will retail at just $69.99, meaning the rest of your cash could be spent toward wrestling bears and catching alligators.
Essential in the elements
Exclusively from Sprint, Kyocera DuraPlus offers industry-leading push-to-talk capabilities of Sprint® Direct Connect® with the ability to tackle extreme conditions. Kyocera DuraPlus is the ultimate tool for people in a variety of industries including construction and transportation. Joining Kyocera DuraMax and Kyocera DuraCore in Kyocera’s Dura Series, Kyocera DuraPlus can take the abuse of harsh working conditions. It is certified to Military Standard 810G for resistance to dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, blowing rain and water immersion (up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water). Kyocera DuraPlus features an embedded LED Flashlight with a dedicated button to help navigate power outages, read blueprints in unlit areas or for emergency response personnel working in dark conditions. Also unique to Kyocera DuraPlus is a remote speaker microphone jack allowing customers to use their phone with a heavy duty remote speaker/microphone accessory (sold separately; available exclusively from Sprint in the coming months). Additionally, it features an external charging port that enables the device to be used with a single or multi-bay charging station (sold separately). This is especially helpful for businesses who issue devices to shift workers, such as shuttle drivers or security personnel.
SPRINT DIRECT CONNECT FEATURES
Sprint Direct Connect – Instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling nationwide on the Sprint network, with any other Direct Connect subscriber. Direct Connect is the core push-to-talk feature and is designed for interoperability across Sprint and Nextel network platforms.
Guaranteed Talk Permit – The assurance that when you hear the push-to-talk “chirp” that your call was successfully transmitted.
Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
Group Connect® – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.
TeamDCSM – Communicate with up to 200 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers at the same time nationwide.
NextMail® – Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.
Availability Notification – Request the availability status of another push-to-talk member and, if they are busy, request a notification when they are free.
One-Touch Direct Connect – Allows quick access to multiple direct connect options.
Military Standard 810G Spec compliance for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, and water immersion (up to 30 minutes in up to one meter/3.28 ft. of water).
Encased in rubber, non-slip Dura-Grip® material for sure hold and extra durability.
Additional connectors for a remote speaker microphone and charging bay (optional accessories not included).
Robust, front-ported speakerphone for excellent sound quality in noisy environments.
Embedded LED Flashlight with dedicated button.
Non-camera phone for jobs where cameras are prohibited.
Ultra-efficient display produces superior brightness and contrast using less power, making it ideal in outdoor settings.
Flat, stable bottom for freestanding operation.
Limit Use – a great tool for business managers that restricts users from utilizing certain functions on the phone.
Sprint Mobile Sync – add and edit all your contacts and groups, including TeamDC groups, online. Also allows you to transfer contacts to a new phone and erase contact information from a lost phone.
Large font option for menus.
Sprint Navigation, Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Workforce Locator, NextMail® capable*.
Autonomous GPS and Java MVM to support 3rd-party apps.
Bluetooth® connectivity 2.0 + EDR (includes support for Bluetooth capable PTT headsets and barcode scanners).
SMS and MMS messaging.
Browser-based email for access to POP3 and IMAP accounts.
2.5 mm headphone jack (supports PTT headsets).
Multiple language support – English, Spanish.
Hearing aid compatibility (HAC): Rating M4/T4 TTY capable.
Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.2 x .93 inches, weight: 6.67 oz
Display: 2.0-inch QVGA TFT (240 x 320 pixels)
Removable 1650 mAh battery for up to 9.5 hours continuous talk-time
*Kyocera and DuraGrip are registered trademarks of Kyocera Corporation. Bluetooth mark is owned by the Bluetooth SIG Inc. and any use of such marks is under license. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.