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.
The Kyocera Rise with a full QWERTY keyboard. Now on Virgin Mobile USA without a contract and with our unlimited data and messaging Beyond Talk plans starting at $35/month
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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Not bad...as an EVO owner, it's kinda sad to see that my once-awesome phone is now on the same platform as these "entry-level" Android phones, but seeing how they are not as expensive to obtain, it gives me more reasons to consider jumping to prepaid in the near future.
Sure, it's not a great phone, but it does show off solid specs that can handle many common processes, and with the physical keyboard, it does cater to those who don't always like to rely on a touchscreen. Sounds like another nice device for Virgin Mobile.
between the 4.0.4 ICS, small screen real estate, the amount of usable internal memory 983 MB (according to the app Android System Information), and the second generation 1 gig processor this device should fit towards the higher spectrum of the entry level model providing generally good battery life and good flow within the launcher and daily use of the device.
the evo had a first gen processor and same amount of ram and that was a fan favorite device.
as long as customers are light users and download the app: apps to sd and move all applicable apps, clear old messages and cache and allow their devices to fully die before charging will love this phone
Virgin Mobile is a great prepaid carrier. I was with them for two years. Now that Virgin and Boost are getting some pretty good premium phones, like the HTC EVO 3D for Virgin and the Samsung Galaxy 2 for Boost, I'm thinking about coming back.
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