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Kyocera DuraXT Arrives at Sprint as Rugged Direct Connect Clamshell

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Jun 10, 2012, 1:50 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e
updated Jun 10, 2012, 4:07 PM

Sprint today began offering the Kyocera DuraXT, a rugged clamshell that joins Sprint's line of tough-as-nails push-to-talk phones. The DuraXT uses Sprint's CDMA-based PTT service, called DirectConnect. It runs Qualcomm's BREW MP operating system and includes a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash. Other features include a media player, speakerphone, GPS-based navigation, Bluetooth, and support for memory cards up to 32GB. The DuraXT is available for $69.99 with a new contract.

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Jun 10, 2012, 2:21 PM

Phone with no network

Didn't I recently read that Sprint is shutting down their iDEN network? Why would they offer a phone for a network that will be gone soon?
This is the Push to Talk on CDMA device.
This is a CDMA phone, not iDEN. They are shutting down the iDEN network in one year, and have definitely stopped selling iDEN phones.

Jun 11, 2012, 2:24 PM

Can we expect a review

Since this is a replacement / improvement to the Duramax, can we expect to see a review of this in the future to see if the complaints of the previous generation phone have been addressed? Primarily voice quality and voice volume were issues with the Duramax. Would like to see if these are finally coming up to part with the Motorola iDEN phones and older Sanyo phones in terms of voice and call quality.

Jun 10, 2012, 9:10 PM

Video Killed the Radio Star...

and Kyocera killed Sanyo..

This is quite the sore point with me as Sanyo wireless phones were an industry standard benchmark for Sprint with leading edge technology for its day,

The early Sanyos and both the candy bar style and their flip phones were top notch,

The LAST GOOD Sanyo was the SCP-8400

Then Sanyo sold off their wireless phone division and NAME to Kyrocera (as it was less the one half of one percent of their market and they wanted to focus on other consumer tech)to up until this point made gas station and discount store prepaid phones.

Kyrocera are responsible for the flimsy line of Katanas (the original Katana SCP 6600 and the Katana DLX (SCP 8500) were alright, the Kyrocero ZIO and that flea market generic Nin...
I have had fewer issues selling Kyrocera over the last 3 years than with Motorola..This includes warranty issues and general problems. I wouldn't carry them if they were as you describe. There are several other brands ( named after fruit) that I wish...
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