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Premier Sprint subscribers can now get the Kyocera Echo before anybody else

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Premier Sprint subscribers can now get the Kyocera Echo before anybody else
Even though the Kyocera Echo is coming out on Sunday, Sprint's premier subscribers who are keen on the funky dual-screen smartphone can already purchase it through the carrier's online store before anybody else. Several days of bragging rights is not all that loyal Sprint customers will get, the smartphone also comes with free shipping and without the need to pay a hefty upgrade fee.

For those of you who are not familiar with the whole “Premier User” thing, the easiest way to becoming one is to be a loyal Sprint customer for a period of at least 6 months, to pay all your bills in a timely manner, and to maintain a 3-month average of at least $70 for an individual plan. All subscribers who have been with the carrier for more than 10 years qualify for a Premier User status irregardless of their plan.

The Kyocera Echo is listed for $199 – just as much as it will cost to anybody else after its launch, and even though its design has been getting mixed feedback so far, we are sure that the ones of you who like to stand out might have already found your future handset. On the other hand, despite having two 3.5-inch screens is an advantage, you might as well want to see how the Echo performs when benchmarked along with the competition.

source: Sprint via Engadget

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posted on 15 Apr 2011, 11:07

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3991; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It's a cool idea, too bad the phone looks so bulky. An idea like this phone should have been done right. It should have at the very least 2 cores. Imagine one core per screen. Also they could have made this phone way thinner. I think this phone will flop. It has a lot of interesting features but it's such an eye sore & the performance is not on par with what is out right now. It's a novel idea with poor execution! It's a good attempt if it was the 2009-10 season. I will just wait till the Evo 3D.

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 11:10

2. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I saw the phone in person. This brick is a horrible piece of construction. I already see people coming in looking for replacement hinges. Also being sent with a spare battery is ridiculous.

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 13:50

3. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


vvelez5 why dont you read the review of the phone before mentioning the hinge issue. the phone will sell if the price was near the lower entry prices for low class android phones. otherwise it won't sell. period

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 15:11

6. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I've read the reviews before they say the hinge is strong. I've also used it and held it in my hands and the hinge is not as strong as everyone says it is. It is stronger than what most people would expect coming from Kyocera but it will break and people will come in looking for replacement hinges. The phone is horrible.

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 14:14

4. Nikkco (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Thanks, but NO thanks.....

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 14:53

5. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I read a review of the Echo at Engadget, and they were very complimentary of it. If it can get some good early sales before Sprints heavy hitters come out, it might do very well.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/13/kyocera-echo-review/

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 02:11

7. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I hope Kyocera commits to this product and makes constant improvements in both software and hardware and reduces the cycle time to generation 2.0. This product has many of the elements of a disruptive product by changing the way we use a cell phone.

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