Thr Kyocera Rise is for pre-paid users only, and is currently available only online at the moment.. By September, you should be able to find this puppy at retailers. Virgin Mobile is marketing the phone together with its Beyond Talk plans that offer unlimited talk and text starting at $35 a month. And obviously the demographics of this model include first time smartphone buyers, teens looking for their first smartphone, or seniors who are familiar with using as keyboard to type. Virgin Mobile calls the Kyocera Rise its "Texty Beast" thanks to the side-sliding QWERTY.
source: Kyocera via Phandroid
The Rise is available right now – just in time for back to school – for $99.99 online, at select dealers and Virgin Mobile’s own branded stores. It will roll out across national retail outlets starting in late September.
Awesome features include:
Touch Slider with QWERTY Keyboard and a 3.5″ HVGA LCD Touchscreen [we think of it as quite the "texty beast!"]
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
Google Play for access to over 600,000 apps
3.2MP Camera, LED Flash and Video Capture
microSD Card Slot – supports up to 32GB
Swype for rapid text entry
Eco Mode for better battery management
This is a great choice for first-time Android users, including parents looking for that great first smartphone for teens and tweens, or seniors. Customers get to move into touchscreen smartphone territory while still keeping the ease and familiarity of a keyboard, and at an affordable price.
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