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Kyocera DuraPlus Brings Durability to Sprint

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A knockoff of the Moto i365


Feb 1, 2012, 12:51 AM
The Kyocera DuraPlus might be a nice phone, but it obviously owes it's basic design to the Motorola i365 (which is a darn good phone).

I just don't get why Sprint didn't ask Motorola to take its best Nextel phones (i580, i365 for example) and swap out the iDEN chipset & replace it with a CDMA chipset. That would make the transition for us long-time, diehard Nextel users more palatable. The iDEN Motos are a known quantity, whereas the Kyocera phones are complete unknowns when it comes to ruggedized models.

But good old Sprint, in its infinite wisdom (not) has so far commissioned only Kyocera phones for the new Sprint Direct Connect PTT phones. Just like everything else Sprint does, you have to slap your forehead in amazement.

Feb 2, 2012, 5:18 PM
I actually have high hopes for this new phone. To tell you the truth, I haven't had any experience with the new Kyocera phones, not since Kyocera bought out Sanyo's phone division. Back when Sprint sold Sanyo phones, pretty much all of those phones were rock solid and built like tanks. I'm hoping this phone comes straight out of the Sanyo division at Kyocera with the same build quality as the old Sanyos. Time will tell I guess.

But you are definitely right. They should take the design from the i580, i365, etc and just swap the chip to CDMA. I'd buy one for sure. I'm still having trouble letting go of my old i530!

Feb 3, 2012, 1:25 AM
I hope you are right about the Kyocera phones, and even though I far, far prefer a Moto phone with a CDMA chipset, I am glad Sprint finally introduced a rugged bar-style phone for SDC.

I'm with you on your unwillingness to let go of the i530, they are phenominally rugged phones (much better than the i680/i686).

One thing I REALLY like about my i365 is that I was able to buy for $13 the fixed, rubberized antenna and install it in five minutes. The reception with the fixed, "rubber ducky" antenna is MUCH better than it was with the stock pull-up antenna, and better than my i580. Not to mention, the i365 with rubber-ducky antenna it is just about the strongest anti-smartphone statement one can make ;-)

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