It looks like Sprint has announced their latest durable and rugged candybar style handset. The device is the Kyocera DuraPlus and in addition to the rugged exterior design, the handset has goodies to include a built-in LED flashlight and Sprint Direct Connect support.
The DuraPlus will arrive with Military Standard 810G certification against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, blowing rain and water immersion (up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water). And touching back on that LED flashlight, that comes with a dedicated power button which (according to the PR speak coming from Sprint), will “help navigate power outages, read blueprints in unlit areas or for emergency response personnel working in dark conditions.”
Otherwise, in terms of the Sprint Direct Connect support, here is what you can expect;
- Sprint Direct Connect – Instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling nationwide on the Sprint network, with any other Direct Connect subscriber. Direct Connect is the core push-to-talk feature and is designed for interoperability across Sprint and Nextel network platforms.
- Guaranteed Talk Permit – The assurance that when you hear the push-to-talk “chirp” that your call was successfully transmitted.
- Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
- Group Connect® – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.
- TeamDCSM – Communicate with up to 200 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers at the same time nationwide.
- NextMail® – Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.
- Availability Notification – Request the availability status of another push-to-talk member and, if they are busy, request a notification when they are free.
- One-Touch Direct Connect – Allows quick access to multiple direct connect options.
And lastly, Sprint has stated that the Kyocera DuraPlus will be available in the first half of the year and that pricing will be announced when the launch time gets closer.
Via [Sprint Community Forums]