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Review: Kyocera DuraPlus for Sprint

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The DuraPlus's messaging features are as basic as they come. SMS is the only option pre-loaded.

The text messaging app is easy to decipher. There are 20 pre-loaded messages, and you can also control the behavior of the predictive text software and add custom words to the phone's dictionary. Thankfully, conversations are threaded.

Want more than SMS? You have to find it yourself.

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There are no email nor IM clients pre-loaded on the DuraPlus. Instead, you have to download them from Sprint's content store. The apps themselves are (thankfully) free, and if you have a data plan, it doesn't cost anything additional each month to use them.

The email app is pre-configured to work with a number of webmail clients: AOL Mail, AIM Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, Work, PCS Mail, and other IMAP or POP3 accounts. Setup is a snap. Once you're signed in, you have access to a mobile version of your email.

On the IM side of the table, you have AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo clients bundled into the one app that's available to download. The IM client is identical to that of other Sprint feature phones. Seeing your online buddies and sending them messages is no more difficult than on any other feature phone, but the experience is far from rewarding.

Where's the social networking integration? Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are absent, as is any sort of catch-all social networking app. The best you can do is visit the mobile web sites of these services and hope that you have a good connection.

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