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Kyocera DuraPlus Brings Durability to Sprint

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Mar 19, 2012, 11:48 PM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

DuraPlus trial

Switched one of our lines from a Nextel iDEN phone to the new CDMA-based Kyocera DuraPlus.

It's a nice phone, expecially the built-in LED flashlight with dedicated on/off button. Very bright LED. Sound quality was excellent.

Unfortunately, the first DuraPlus I received had a bad mic in speakerphone mode (when making regular cellular calls). Took it to the local Sprint corporate store and they swapped me for a new unit, but it had the exact same problem. Two bad DuraPlus phones in a row, so I asked them to re-activate my old Nextel iDEN phone, which they did. I'll wait awhile until they get the bugs worked out of the DuraPlus and try it again.

Every single Sprint-Nextel customer service agent I dealt with (on the phone, and in the Sp...

Mar 9, 2012, 8:11 PM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

No phone's as rugged as...

No phone's as rugged as nokia 35XX
Can survive after falling from 15m, a 120Kg fat big guy can sit on it and if you put it in a plastic bag and tie a knot on the bag. It becomes waterproof.

Feb 9, 2012, 4:19 PM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

can't wait!

gonna be a big seller here. big plant and everyone who has sprint goes by the work code of no cameras. most just have pro200, pro700, sanyo durapro, and blackberries (new bold and older models) no camera etc
Why dont you just keep your smartphone at home or in your car and swap out the SIM cards with phones that don't have cameras ?
Does anyone know if this phone will also ship without a holster like the DuraMax?

Feb 10, 2012, 11:41 AM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

SDC is getting closer

This phone is obviously SDC's direct replacement for the Motorola i365/i355/i325 on Nextel. Same form-factor, same "stands up" flat bottom, same drop-in charging contacts on the back. This is the first SDC phone I've seen that makes me want to try SDC as an alternative to Nextel DC. I hope the SDC PTT service is as good as Nextel/iDEN PTT is.

Feb 1, 2012, 12:51 AM

A knockoff of the Moto i365

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.
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 we...

Jan 31, 2012, 1:20 PM


Interesting, I thought that feature was exclusive to Nextel phones and this is a CDMA phone, right?
The current PTT network (iDen) is being phased out starting next year due to it's obsolete data speeds and the overall infrastructure costs of running two separate networks. CDMA walkie talkies are going to be the standard. See this article from Cnet ...
CDMA should be able to do this quicker or maybe in real time. The neat thing is that now that this is CDMA based, it could be a feature such as PTT that we may see as an application for Andriod someday.
Actually, Pacific DataVision (the company that runs NextMail for Nextel), also has similar services for CDMA & GSM phones. It's not EXACTLY the same as NextMail, but it has been available for non-Nextel users for several years.

http://www.skymail.n »...

Jan 31, 2012, 6:24 PM

anyone remember the

Sanyo SCP-7200 better known as the R(eady)L(ink) 2000?? Everything old is new again.
I do remember that phone. I didn't have one, but I had its great-granddaddy, the SCP-4500. Now that was one tough phone! My service sucked, but the phone was built like a tank.

Jan 31, 2012, 11:58 AM

Not exactly exciting but,.....

Working for SPRINT as an indirect dealer with quite a few business accounts, I am glad to see an alternative come out in the "DURA" series. Looking forward to having choices for my PTT customers, who need rugged phones for the job sites.
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