Two new budget-minded phones are entering Sprint‘s stable of Kyocera devices. Both the Milano and Brio check in at under $50 with a new contract, and both phones feature a user-friendly centerpiece. The news came by way of press release. Within the release was a bit from David Owens, Vice President of Product Development at Sprint, concerning the entry level natures of the Brio and Milano.

“At Sprint, we strive to offer an ideal wireless device for every customer’s needs, including those who prefer simplicity without sacrificing style or substance…The Kyocera Milano bridges the gap from feature phone to Android smartphone, making it ideal for those just starting to make the switch. Kyocera Brio focuses on a truly effortless wireless experience.”

If you’re looking to dive onto the Android platform with the Kyocera Milano (pictured right), here’s some of what you’ll be getting out of the device.


  • Powered by Android 2.3
  • Touchscreen with slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.2 MP camera with auto-focus and video camcorder
  • Eco Mode – a battery power management application
  • Customizable user interface with Sprint ID


  • Dimensions: 4.1 X 2.4 X 0.7 inch (105.0 x 61.0 x 17.1 mm)
  • Weight: 158 g (5.6 oz.)
  • Display:3.0″ QVGA TFT LCD (240 x 320 pixels)
  • Removable 1490 mAh battery
  • Memory: 512MB/512MB; 2GB microSD card included (supports up to 32GB)

If you’re looking for an even more straight-forward device, the new Kyocera Brio may be worth considering. According to the release, the Brio is “a simple handset whose candy-bar form factor includes a curved QWERTY keyboard and contoured keys, is ideal for the budget-conscious user who wants convenient messaging and a 1.3MP camera.” They even recommend it for Tweens.

Here are the highlights and specs for the Brio (pictured right):


  • Ergonomically designed QWERTY keyboard for quick, easy typing
  • Sprint Mobile Email (SME) and Sprint Mobile Email Work (SMEW)
  • Access email from well-known providers like AOL, Windows Live including MSN and Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! and more
  • Sprint Family Locator – Monitor your child’s real-time location on an interactive map from your PC or mobile phone
  • Parental Controls – Parents or business managers can restrict access to voice calls, text messages, and usage of web and camera
  • Text Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)


  • Dimensions: 4.47 x 2.37 x 0.57 inches
  • Weight: 105 g (3.70 oz.)
  • Main display: 2.2″ QVGA TFT (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Removable 870 mAh battery
  • 1.3MP camera with zoom to capture high-resolution images
  • Mobile Web (WAP 2.0)
  • Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Expandable memory; supports microSD cards up to 32GB (sold separately)

Do either of these phones grab your attention?