The Sprint Kyocera DuraPlus is due to start shipping from March 11 for anyone who wants to lay hands on a rugged piece of hardware that wouldn’t mind being called less than pretty. It is the third of the Dura lineup which already includes the DuraMax and DuraCore.
Boasting of Military Standard 810G certification, this fresh new Sprint Direct Connect phone is obviously built to survive rather rough working environments in industries such as transportation and construction. So users can look forward to a mobile device that’s resistant to dust, water immersion, shock, vibration and extreme temperatures, to a certain extent.
“Kyocera DuraPlus is the ideal device for use in the construction, public safety and utility industries that demand devices that stand up to the toughest work conditions while delivering industry-leading push-to-talk capabilities. This device is a dynamite addition to our Sprint Direct Connect portfolio, and we know our customers will appreciate the benefits of instant communication on a device that can withstand tough environments,” remarked David Owens, VP of Product Development at Sprint.
A run through the handset’s main specs throws up a 2-inch QVGA TFT display, 2.5mm headset jack, LED flashlight, standard keypad and about 9.5 hours of typical usage courtesy of a 1,650mAh battery. On the other hand, Sprint does seem to offer the option of a 2,300mAh extended battery that delivers up to 13 hours of talktime.
The Sprint Kyocera DuraPlus price will read at $69.99 when it touches down through the carrier’s various sales channels, on March 11. The deal entails the inevitable signing of a two-year contract on a new line or eligible upgrade as well as a $50 mail-in rebate.