Sprint and Kyocera Communications announced last Friday the March 8 availability of the Kyocera Torque, the “live more, fear less” handset built to survive extreme elements and everyday life. The ultra-rugged, 4G LTE Android smartphone will be available for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. The Torque runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, is capable of 4G LTE speeds, has up to 18.9 hours of talk time.
Torque is built to Military Standard 810G (MilSpec) to withstand dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog and extreme temperatures. It also has IP67 standards for dust, sprayed water and full immersion of up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. It features push-to-talk service and is America’s first phone to include Kyocera’s award-winning new Smart Sonic Receiver technology.
Torque is also designated Sprint Professional Grade, which ensures advanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities are protecting data on the device and over Sprint’s nationwide network.
In keeping with Torque’s ability to tackle the extremes and everyday life, Kyocera has sought the help of Bear Grylls – Everest mountaineer, former British Special Forces, star of television’s “Man vs. Wild,” and the father of three active boys. See Grylls take Torque on a series of “adventures” ranging from biting snow, spraying water and mud to a day of splashing in a water park full of kids at http://www.youtube.com/kyoceramobilephones. For more information on the Torque, visit Kyocerasmartphones.com.