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Samsung Transform Ultra and Kyocera DuraCore may land in Sprint stores on November 13

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Samsung Transform Ultra and Kyocera DuraCore may land in Sprint stores on November 13
The Samsung Transform Ultra and the Kyocera DuraCore are both handsets that we are already familiar with. We also know that Sprint is the carrier the two devices are bound for. However, there is still one bit that we are missing from the equation, namely both of these smartphones' release dates.

Well, here comes a leak that sheds some light on the matter. According to these spy shots that just leaked on the web, the Samsung Transform Ultra and the Kyocera DuraCore are to be launched by Sprint on November 13, just in time for the holidays.

Samsung Transform Ultra and Kyocera DuraCore may land in Sprint stores on November 13
The Samsung Transform Ultra has been available on Boost mobile for some time now and it sells for $229 without commitment. But if signing a 2-year contract does not bother you, Sprint will be willing to sell you one for $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate. What you get for your money is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone featuring a 4-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. A couple of cameras are also in stock – a 3-megapixel main one and a VGA front-facing shooter for video chats. Providing the processing power is a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset clocket at 1GHz.

Samsung Transform Ultra and Kyocera DuraCore may land in Sprint stores on November 13
The Kyocera DuraCore may not have any bells and whistles to brag with, but it stands out with its rugged body and solid construction. It complies with military standards for dust, shock and vibration resistance, so it should be able to handle a lot more abuse than your ordinary handset. Another thing that makes the phone special is the support for Sprint's Direct Connect network, which allows for PTT services to be used over CDMA. You also get a 2-inch color display and a secondary external one for notifications, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1GB microSD card thrown in the set. As far as pricing goes, it is said that the Kyocera DuraCore will rerail for $70.

Of course, you should bear in mind that the November 13 release date for these two devices is not official yet, but it won't be long before we find out whether the leak holds water or not. Anyone thinking of getting one of them? Feel free to let us know by dropping a comment below.


The Samsung Transform Ultra and the Kyocera DuraCore may be launched by Sprint on November 13
The Samsung Transform Ultra and the Kyocera DuraCore may be launched by Sprint on November 13

The Samsung Transform Ultra and the Kyocera DuraCore may be launched by Sprint on November 13


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posted on 04 Nov 2011, 06:50 1

1. M2Iceman (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Nice to see that Sprint is taking a page out of the AT&T handbook. Get saddled with the Iphone and then launch crap phones that cant compete with it. Why couldnt you be like Verizon? Now I have to wait till God knows when to get a better phone than my Epic Touch 4G. Thanks Sprint!! And BTW, love the ET4G but the radios on this phone suck real bad and something needs to be done to patch it.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 07:39 4

2. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


it's a Crapsung product, not Sprint. So you should blame Crapsung. Their phones are always like that.

And this Transform Ultra, I'm foreseeing another Ultra headache for consumers who will buy it and for Sprint who will get all of the complaints instead of Crapsung.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 08:58 2

3. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


if its anything like the transform, lord help all of us that work for Sprint. And if it holds true to the Samsung name the radios will be crap as well. I was really hoping that the radio was going to be better on the E4GT, but i was wrong. Worst reception i have ever had. such a shame too, because the phone is awesome

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 11:09 2

5. M2Iceman (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


I realize Sprint doesnt make the phones, but Im sure we will end up like AT&T for at least till summer. Thats too bad, looking at Verizons lineup makes me sad.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 10:59

7. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


So we're gonna be stuck with Samsung Ultras and Casio Military spec'd phone releases for awhile? That's very depressing.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 09:09 1

4. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Thank you Sprint! I was hoping for a Galaxy Nexus announcement but you managed to announce the woefully horrible Samsung Ultra, it looks like its gonna be a nightmare for some poor schmuck. It has a "I cant wait to lock up on you" smirk on it! Why would you even consider this phone over the Evo Design?

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 16:11

6. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


keyboard? I do hope Samsung got their act together with this phone's sequel, the Transform was a pretty bad phone. It wasn't Zio bad but it gave the Intercept a run for its money definitely.

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