Sprint's Kyocera Echo M9300 receives its FCC certification
Just as expected, the handset is coming along equipped with a CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A radio and has been given the model number of M9300. As much as some were hoping to see WiMAX support, it’s not surprisingly left out of the mix, so it’s anyone’s guess as to when we’ll see a 4G enabled dual-screen device at this point. Nevertheless, you’ve still got the customary set of other items such as 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board as well.
In any event, the only thing left to complete the Echo’s puzzle is an exact time frame on when it’ll be launched. However, at least you can start saving now since the device will run you $199.99 with a 2-year contract when it goes on sale.
1. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Kyocera?....I thought they died quietly. Watch out for those batteries!!
2. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
dula screen? i dont think those batteries are big enough O_O
4. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)
On the bright side it will still out sell the the palm pre 2...lol
5. derp (unregistered)
outsell, maybe. outperform, doubtful.
6. skymitch89 (Posts: 1080; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I would've thought that it had already gotten FCC clearance by now. Considering the fact that the Sprint Echo web site says that it'll be available on March 15.
7. mookie7 (unregistered)
im hearing march 15 as well but i didnt see that on sprint web site.
8. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Its not on their website right now. Just says Spring.
13. no one (unregistered)
It will release April 4th!
9. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Sprint phones are usually released on Sundays. So if the date isnt a sunday, be suspicious of the date. The only phone in recent time that wasnt on Sunday was the Evo, and that is probably because they anticipated it to be a big launch, so wanted the extra staffing and such for it, so it was released on Friday instead.
10. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
I just hope Sprint doesn't even mention this phone at CTIA.
The Kyocera Echo may have been cool and all for the mass looking for something new to try out but it doesn't deserve a spot at CTIA.
12. snowgator (Posts: 3240; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
It's a new phone, but old news. Cannot imagine them wanting to detract from whatever devices they have lined up at CTIA by putting the Echo in the presentation.
I really am not faulting them for trying to be different with the dual screen idea, it is hard to be original in todays phone industry. I will give them props for trying. You can't get ahead, or in Sprints and Kyocera's cases even catch up, without taking some chances which means you do run the risk of dropping a stink bomb. But I just don't get not dropping a 4G kicker to the device, considering Sprints network is up and running. That would have given some instant cred to the device.
11. bigell33 (unregistered)
i call sprint yesterday for an upgrade and they told if i wanted to wait for a good up date phone that they have the echo coming out on may 15 for regular price of 549.99 or and upgrade price of 299.99 2 year and a 100.00 rebate making it 199.99....