Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday August 15, 2012.
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Sprint and Virgin Mobile today announced the Kyocera Rise, an Android 4.0 smartphone set to launch on both networks. Sprint will begin selling the phone on Sunday, August 19 for $19.99 after mail-in rebate. Virgin Mobile will offer the Rise for $99 without a contract beginning August 31.
The Kyocera Rise is an entry-level smartphone targeting Sprint and Virgin's budget-conscious customers. The device features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8655).
Sprint requires an Everything Data Plan when activating the Kyocera Rise. Virgin Mobile customers can choose from its Beyond Talk plans that range from $35 to $55 per month, depending on how many voice minutes the user pairs with unlimited data and messaging.
Here are a few key specs from the Rise:
- Google Play with access to hundreds of thousands of apps
- 1GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for fast access to apps and web surfing
- 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash and 30 frame-per-second camcorder
- Kyocera's "Eco Mode" software to better monitor and conserve battery power
- microSD memory card support up to 32GB
- Dedicated capacitive menu button for easy access to application-specific features
- Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize Android smartphones with apps, widgets, wallpapers, ringtones and more
In addition to Sprint's nationwide 3G network, the Kyocera Rise connects over Wi-Fi (b/g/n) networks, supports Stereo Bluetooth (2.1 + EDR) wireless technology, and includes a high-speed USB 2.0 port.source: Sprint
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.