AT&T Expands Portfolio of Ruggedized Mobile Devices with Launch of Kyocera DuraForce XD and DuraXE
Addition of large-screen Android smartphone and flip-style feature phone ensure AT&T business and consumer customers can choose the right device for the task at hand
Kyocera Communications, Inc. is rolling out two new rugged Kyocera devices to complement AT&T’s1 existing rugged portfolio. The new DuraForce XD, a ruggedized2 4G LTE Android™ smartphone with a large 5.7-inch high-definition display, and the new DuraXE feature phone, join Kyocera’s DuraForce smartphone to offer AT&T customers an unprecedented range of rugged devices designed to withstand harsh conditions. The DuraForce XD and its large display are ideal for viewing documents, forms, schedules and other critical information on the job. The DuraXE is a Push-To-Talk device designed for active people who wish to stay connected in tough work environments. Both devices feature dedicated side buttons supporting AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) 3.
Both devices are available starting January 8th. The Kyocera DuraForce XD is as low as $14.97/month with $0 down for well-qualified with AT&T Next244 when they activate it on qualified service. It also is available for $49.99 with a two-year wireless service agreement (CRU Only5) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk6. The DuraXE is available for $13.50 per month for 20 months on an AT&T Installment plan7, $49.99 with two-year wireless service agreement (CRU only) and the purchase of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk.
“Staying in touch and online can be crucial to productivity and profitability. DuraForce XD is designed to combine certified durability in a large-display format at an incredible price,” said Chuck Becher, vice president and general manager of sales and marketing, Kyocera Communications. “By complementing the existing DuraForce smartphone with the DuraForce XD and DuraXE, we enable AT&T to offer customers a device for multiple applications and the confidence to know it’s built by Kyocera, a recognized name in rugged mobile devices.”
DuraForce XD is designed to withstand dust, drop, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitude, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion. Its durable design lets users confidently operate the device without a protective case, and provides not only “survivability” but also “usability” in harsh environments. DuraForce XD’s large touchscreen display can even be operated when wet or with gloved hands.
“The DuraForce XD is an exciting addition to our robust lineup of rugged devices,” said Danessa Lambdin, vice president of enterprise mobility, AT&T. “The 5.7-inch screen provides a unique and highly-functional option between a tablet and a typical smartphone screen. It will make information-management and connectivity in challenging environments a little easier for our business customers.”
With its EPTT support, DuraForce XD lets users quickly and reliably connect to individuals or groups with just a push of a button over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. DuraForce XD has extra-loud dual front speakers and a large side button that make push-to-talk calls easy. The device also features a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU and a sizeable 3,700mAh battery to keep up with long days.
DuraXE features a ruggedized design that’s become synonymous with Kyocera phones. It boasts Military Standard 810G protection for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity, along with IP68 certification as dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to six feet of water. Its large, tactile keypad is designed for ease of use with gloved hands. Its convenient top keys provide quick access to activate the speaker phone or end calls. In addition to its internal color display, a high-contrast external display makes it easy to read while outside on the job.
The DuraXE features dual-mic noise cancellation and powerful dual front speakers to help ensure that users can hear calls clearly—even in noisy environments. The DuraXE is work-ready, providing a high degree of toughness without sacrificing power or features.
“The DuraXE is ideal for anyone who can’t afford to let anything get in the way of getting the job done,” added Becher. “It’s been carefully designed to stand up to the challenges of tough work-force environments, while performing reliably and easily to help workers excel on the job.”
It also provides great functionality with a 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and video recorder that captures picture perfect quality of life’s most important moments. Calendar tools with GPS services, web connection and browser-based email help user’s stay productive on-the-go.
Both the DuraForce XD and the DuraXE are certified for use in hazardous work locations where flammable gases, vapors, or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration but may accidentally materialize (Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2, Groups A-D, T4).8
For more information on Kyocera’s DuraForce XD, DuraXE and complete portfolio of durable and rugged devices for business, along with accessory and where-to-purchase information, visit http://www.kyoceramobile.com/business. For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.
1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2Meets US MIL-STD-810G to withstand dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion. Certified waterproof for IPX5, protection against water jets and IPX8, protection against water immersion in up to 6 ft (1.8 m) for 30 minutes. Phone will not operate under water and should be dried as quickly as possible when wet. To ensure that your phone is waterproof, make sure the charger/data port, audio jack and card slot covers are properly seated, with no foreign objects obstructing the seals and battery door screw is locked tight. Shock-resistant when dropped from ≤ 4 ft onto flat surface. Device may not perform as shown in all extreme conditions.
3AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk is available to Customers with a qualified AT&T business or government agreement and their associated corporate responsibility users (“CRUs”) and individual responsibility users (“IRUs”). It may not be available for purchase in all areas, and not all service features and functionality are available on all supported devices. Use of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk requires eligible AT&T voice and data services, and acceptance of the End User License Agreement. Additional hardware, software, subscription, and/or special network connections may be required. Availability, security, speed, timeliness, accuracy and reliability of service are not guaranteed by AT&T. Go to http://att.com/eptt for more details.
4Requires 30 month 0% installment agreement and well-qualified credit. Additional purchase options available. Wireless service is required and is extra. Tax due at sale. If wireless service cancelled, device balance due. Other charges and restrictions apply. Visit att.com/next for AT&T Next requirements.
5Two-year wireless service agreements remain an option for CRUs on FAN accounts and Customer IRU accounts. Cannot be serviced in AT&T Retail or Authorized Retail Stores. Customers must be directed to Premier to complete their upgrade or activation. Custom IRU customers are serviceable in IRU Care.
6Recognizes touch input while wearing gloves up to 3mm thick. The material, texture and thickness of the glove, as well as how it fits your hand, will impact performance. Individual results may vary. Touchscreen is not designed to operate while phone is fully submerged.
7While supplies last. Avail. only to business/gov’t customers w/ a qual. AT&T wireless svc agmt (Svc Agmt) for their Corporate Responsibility User (CRUs) lines of svc and to their Individual Responsibility Users. Must purchase Kyocera DuraForce XD w/ 2-yr agmt/svc commitment & activate it w/ qualified AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk service. May not be combinable with other equipment promotions, discounts, or other offers. Pricing subj. to change/discontinuation at any time. Additional charges and terms and conditions apply. Standard contract terms and conditions apply.
8Warning: Do not charge, use USB / audio jack or open the battery door in Division 2 hazardous areas. For additional warnings see http://www.kyoceramobile.com/business/key-technologies/.
About Kyocera Communications, Inc.
Kyocera Communications, Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera-branded wireless devices in the Americas. It is part of the global Kyocera Group, which was founded in 1959 and is a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, copiers, printers, solar power generating systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. With a 56-year history of quality and innovation, Kyocera is the U.S. market leader in durable and waterproof mobile devices for consumers and enterprises. Kyocera uniquely combines Military Standard 810G-certified ruggedization and enterprise-grade security and application support with consumer-tier pricing and availability from the nation's leading wireless service providers. For more information, follow the company at facebook.com/KyoceraMobile or twitter.com/kyoceramobile.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) (TOKYO: 6971) (global.kyocera.com), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company's net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the "Top 100 Global Innovators" by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine's 2014 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
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