Sprint's Kyocera Rise is an Android 4.0 smartphone for $19.99

Sprint's Kyocera Rise is an Android 4.0 smartphone for $19.99
Sprint has announced the price and upcoming availability of the extremely cheap Kyocera Rise smartphone (here's our hands-on). The handset will be available starting August 19 through all Sprint channels at the tempting price of $19.99 after your signature on a two-year contract. Virgin Mobile will also have the device in its catalog. Customers who like it pre-paid will be able to purchase it for $99.99 excluding taxes, beginning August 31.

Besides its affordable price-tag, the handset stands out with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Android 4.0 OS.

Sprint sees the Kyocera Rise as a great entry-level smartphone for first-time smartphone users, teens, tweens, or simply anyone who seeks a feature-rich phone at an affordable price. In addition to the QWERTY keyboard, with the Rise, users are also getting a 3.5" IPS LCD with the low resolution of 320x480 pixels. The device is powered by a 1GHz single-core processor, which is nowhere near today's quad-core beasts, but you can't expect cutting edge technology from a device this cheap.

We guess you can't wait for Sunday to come, eh?

source: Sprint

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Rise
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 2 GB
  • Battery 1500 mAh

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23 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

"...but you can't expect cutting edge technology from a device this cheap" What about the Verizon Nexus? It's free on contract.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Verizon-Samsung-Galaxy-Nexus-is-now-absolutely-free-on-contract_id32803/#1- Qwerty keyboard is the only selling point in favor of the Kyocera.

2. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

The Galaxy Nexus didn't start cheap; it became cheap, especially after more high-end phones came out (GS III, Incredible 4G, Razr Maxx, etc.) On top of that, the GNexus was not cheap when it came to hardware. You wouldn't see many phones with a large screen, dual-core processor and all that good stuff going for cheap at launch. This Kyocera is cheap from the get-go, so it's understandable that it won't be overwhelming with its specs. For people who don't need a big powerhouse of a phone (yes, there still are some of those people out there), this is all right. Kyocera doesn't do much these days, but when they do, it's at least noticeable.

18. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

My point is you CAN get cutting edge technology (software-wise) with a device cheaper than that Kyocera. It doesn't matter if it started at $1000 what matters is that it's now cheaper than that Kyocera and it has better hardware AND software. And like I said, I believe the only selling point in favor of the Kyocera is the hardware keyboard.

3. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

The Nexus isn't $100 off contract.

11. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

again i think someone else said it but that phone became cheap which is different from already being cheap. On Virgin Mobile I could see this easily being there best selling phone. It has a keyboard and running ICS. It simple looking and not overwhelming to consumers who going to prepaid. Selling points on Sprint are the same except it catches the eye of those who just entering smartphone world. We all have to understand not everybody has a smartphone. So simple is easy seller.

19. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I'm not saying the Kyocera is not gonna sell. Sure it will have a market. My point is you can get a better device (software and hardware wise) for less.

4. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

A major fail, and waste of money..."tweens" won't want anything like this at all. All of my nieces, and nephews look at GS III, or IOS type devices.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...or IOS type devices." How much iOS type devices you know? :)

8. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are a fn genius you figured it out ass....but when I said GS III or IOS "type" devices they were put into a "group" all inclusive...I am sure that you were on point with this information! Even if you are not on point there's iPad, IPhone, iPod which would define IOS type devices. Why even go there trying to show how smart you are not. Just in case you try to twist this any other way all I was saying is that "tween's" want the latest greatest Android, or IOS equipment, and software devices....WTF!

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sorry if my question has caused hysteria for you, I didn't want to do that I even put a smile at the end of the question. But since you are so rude... "Even if you are not on point there's iPad, IPhone, iPod which would define IOS type devices." This article is about smartphone, since when iPad and iPod are smartphones... Anyway, as I mentioned before, sorry if my question has caused hysteria for you. But next time you also try to express your minds more clearly. ;)

14. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Yes this about smart phones, and when speaking I was speaking from a phone perspective, with the people wanting the latest software, and hardware be it android or iPhone devices as a group. You assumed that i was grouping types of devices with "IOS"! So I "wisely" retorted that that I was not referring to "IOS" separately as types of devices that I was referring to, but was attempting to group Apple, and Android devices relating "phones" as a group!

7. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I mean it's low spec phones that ruin Androids name for people, they see this experience and think its awful....

10. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

ios type devices they only have one kind of mobile phone device and its called an iphone theres no other phone with ios on it except fr phone called iphone. now unless i been transported to another universe where apple was this friendly business who didn't rule with an iron fist maybe. yet we all know this not the case.

12. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

When devices was used as a plural it was meant to be inclusive of Android, and iPhone "types" of devices as a group, not GS III and "IOS types" grouping "IOS types" as more than one. Now if IOS was mislabeled for iPhone I stand corrected, but the word type was meant to include top Android, and iPhone "type" devices as a group not IOS or 'iPhone" as a group!

6. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

This phone aside, If Virgin had the same coverage as sprint and not a the awful native coverage It would be the best prepaid carrier, well at least where I live.... It's a little weird they choose to stick with four buttons instead of three with this phone makes it look older.

9. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

you know sprint on virgin right and use same network right and to answer they made the phone with four buttons before ics announcement and well no point in changing once it made or else u lose out on the money spent already.

15. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Yeah, they use Sprints native network which is smaller then Sprints coverage map, like how Verizons prepaid map provides different coverage from post paid.

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

After the flop that was the Echo, it seems like Kyocera isn't even remotely trying to make high end phones anymore, LOL.

20. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Just the US market. They don't have he brand recognition like Samsung or apple but in Japan the make high end phone. So why are out laughing?

21. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

even though it was a flop it still was a good idea as u seen sony and a few other companies try to make it right. it be a while before that is done though. it really go take alot of advertising, the developers, and major companies to put forth alot of unified work to make it good. Also thinner would of help them moved it.

23. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I agree it was a good idea, but the device was underpowered and Kyocera didnt give it the loving care it needed to succeed.

17. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I have better expectations for the Rise than the Milano. I think this is a great option for those people who still want an Android 4.0 phone, a QWERTY keyboard, and don't want to break the bank. I still want the Photon Q, but if I was a prepaid customer and used Virgin Mobile USA, the Kyocera Rise seems like a good deal with it's $99 off contract price.

22. dhusted

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I think its a decent entry level phone. As a sprint sales rep i consistantly have customers ask for phones with qwerty keyboards. Not everyone is sold on the digital keyboard. And some people prefer smaller devices to fit in their pockets. With the launch of this it gives us a good alternative to the only other readily instock qwerty phones, the LG Rumor Reflex (much smaller, non smart phone, worse specs, and more expensive) and the Transform Ultra (almost identical in specs, more expensive). This fits in great with us. Of course we have the new Photon Q launching the same day with a qwerty keyboard but thats a powerhouse top tier phone with a top tier price.

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