Kyocera Rise brings side-slider QWERTY action to Virgin Mobile for $99.99

Kyocera Rise brings side-slider QWERTY action to Virgin Mobile for $99.99
Virgin Mobile is now offering an Android 4.0 powered handset that includes a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, all for just $99.99 with no contract to sign. You wouldn't confuse the Kyocera Rise for a high-end model as the latter is equipped with a 3.5 inch HVGA LCD touchscreen and under the hood is a single-core 1GHz processor. While the 32GB capacity microSD slot lets you add the appropriate amount of storage to your device, a 2GB card comes with the phone, right out of the box. For those who like to snap photos, a 3.2 MP camera graces the rear of the unit.

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

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