Kyocera DuraPlus Brings Durability to Sprint
A knockoff of the Moto i365
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.
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!
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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