Kyocera News Reel — May 24, 2016

Coverage:

23-May-2016 12:50PM– eWeek.com

AT&T, Sprint Offering Buy One, Get One Free Smartphone Deals AT&T and Sprint are offering buy one, get one free offers on a wide range of the latest smartphones to new and existing customers who add a new line of service.

23-May-2016 07:44AM — RCR Wireless News

AT&T expands BOGO, simplifies Next … 5 things to know today Summertime can be slow for smartphone upgrades, and AT&T Mobility is hoping for a springtime surge before summer sets in.

23-May-2016 05:01AM — N4BB

iPhone Deals: Sprint and AT&T Launch BOGO Offers for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus When it comes to buying the “latest iPhone,” rather than risking over-paying, take a broad-sweeping look at what the market offers and you will see how the popular brands and models come out with great new iPhone deals.

22-May-2016 10:50PM — Reportsn Reports

The Public Safety LTE & Mobile Broadband Market: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts Due to the bandwidth limitations of their traditional voice-centric LMR (Land Mobile Radio) networks, public safety agencies are keen to leverage commercial cellular network technology to support their growing broadband application needs.

21-May-2016 07:27AM — Tech Times

AT&T BOGO Deals Now Cover More Phones Than Ever: Here’s The List AT&T now has more smartphones on BOGO deals than ever before, adding a number of neat Android options.

20-May-2016 07:59PM — TechnoBuffalo

AT&T has a huge buy-one get-one sale going on right now   Sprint announced a buy-one get-one sale on Friday and, turns out, AT&T has a huge one going on as well.

20-May-2016 10:14AM — PC Mag

Kyocera Hydro Reach (Boost Mobile) The Kyocera Hydro Reach for Boost Mobile isn’t a particularly impressive Android phone, but for $99.99 (full retail price), it’s a decent option if you often need to use your device when camping or adventuring.

20-May-2016 12:48PM –Takes on Tech

AT&T Adds More Phones to Extended BOGO Promo AT&T today added a handful of new handsets to a buy one, get one free offer the carrier has had in place since February.

20-May-2016 12:40PM — El Nuevo Día

AT&T amplía oferta para sus clientes Este material cuenta con derechos de propiedad intelectual.

20-May-2016 12:09PM — Wireless Week

AT&T, Sprint Head into the Weekend with Dueling BOGO Offers AT&T and Sprint on Friday rolled out dueling BOGO promotions offering customers buy-one-get-one and other discounts on the iPhone 6S and other popular smartphones.

20-May-2016 10:57AM –Phone Arena

AT&T expands BOGO offers to more phones than ever before  AT&T says that its customers love its BOGO deals so much, that it has been expanding these deals to include more phones.

20-May-2016 09:40AM — Android and Me

AT&T expands its Buy One, Get One Free deal to include more smartphones If you’re an AT&T customer or plan on being one soon, AT&T has expanded its Buy One, Get One Free deal to include even more smartphones that you might want to buy.

 

 

 

 

Kyocera News Reel – May 17, 2016

COVERAGE:

eWeek.com USA • May 13  10:46 amKyocera DuraForce X D Ruggedized Smartphone Launches at T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Leaks CAN • May 12  09:21 amT-Mobile launches HTC 10 on May 18 with free Rapid Charger, Ice View Case

Android Tablets CAN • May 11  11:00 pmFlagship forgone: No LG G5, HTC 10, or Galaxy Galaxy S7 for Japan

IntraPixel USA • May 6  05:02 amIntraRecap: 6 de mayo

Lab Manager Magazine CAN • May 4  09:01 pmA Lab App for That

Android Central USA • May 4  02:00 pm Best cheap cases for Galaxy S7 edge

Kyocera News Reel – May 2, 2016

Coverage:

The Wall Street Journal – April 27, 2016
It’s OK Not to Use a Smartphone
For extra active, or extra clumsy, users, there are purpose-built rugged models. I dropped the Samsung Convoy 4 ($192 at Verizon) and Kyocera DuraXE ($270 at AT&T) from 4 feet onto concrete. No scratches. These phones are bulkier than other models but say they meet military specifications for resistance to shock, temperature, water and even solar radiation. The Kyocera DuraXE is a rugged basic phone that claims to meet military specs for shock resistance, temperature, water and even solar radiation.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/its-ok-not-to-use-a-smartphone-1461780160

Mobile Syrup – April 27, 2016
We set Kyocera’s new DuraXE phone on fire to test its durability (video)
For some strange reason, the flip phone made a slight comeback this year. This type of device was most popular in the 1990’s when cell phones were just becoming the norm and smaller form factors were king. These days, it’s large and in charge when it comes to smartphones. However, there are some Canadians who are still attracted to the flip devices and just need a phone for basic talk and text. The rugged Kyocera DuraXE – a flip phone that screams 1990’s but packs in ample amount of durability – recently hit Canadian store shelves.
http://mobilesyrup.com/2016/04/27/we-set-kyoceras-new-duraxe-phone-on-fire-to-test-its-durability-video/

Fleet Equipment Magazine – April 26, 2016
Kyocera unveils ruggedized smartphone for AT&T Fleet Complete
In collaboration with AT&T and Fleet Complete, Kyocera Communications Inc. unveiled the first ruggedized Android devices to support AT&T Fleet Complete, a family of GPS-based tracking and management solutions for the transportation industry. This is available on Kyocera’s DuraForce and DuraForce😄 smartphones.
http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/kyocera-unveils-ruggedized-android-smartphone/

GISuser.com – April 18, 2016
Kyocera Launches Waterproof Hydro REACH Smartphone
Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced that its newest waterproof 4G LTE Android smartphone, the Hydro REACH, is now available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA nationwide. Building on the legacy of success of Kyocera’s Hydro Series, the Hydro REACH sports a large 5-inch display and with a textured back cover and rounded edges for a comfortable feel in the hand.
http://gisuser.com/2016/04/kyocera-launches-waterproof-hydro-reach-smartphone/

New Equipment Digest – April 1, 2016
Smartphone is Military Tough
DuraForce is IP68-certified, meaning it is dustproof, waterproof and can be submerged in up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) of water for up to 30 minutes. With a reinforced housing and Military Standard 810G protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitudes, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion, DuraForce can go more places and withstand tough environments and conditions.
http://www.newequipment.com/Main/Products/41785.aspx

Industry News:

The Korea Times – May 1, 2016
LG Innotek develops ‘under-glass’ fingerprint sensor module
LG Innotek has developed an under-glass fingerprint sensor module, allowing users to unlock their smartphones without rubbing a specific fingerprint recognition button. This will bring a paradigm shift in smartphone design, as the module won’t require an existing circular or rectangular fingerprint sensor button, the world’s largest smartphone camera module maker said in a statement, Sunday.
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2016/05/133_203761.html

PC World – April 28, 2016
Samsung’s Tizen 3.0 to take on Android and iOS starting in September
Many alternative mobile operating systems like Firefox have fallen by the wayside while Android and iOS continue to dominate, but Samsung’s Tizen has survived. After years of inactivity, Tizen is now back on the map with a major OS upgrade. A new version of the OS — Tizen 3.0 — was announced this week at the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3063117/internet-of-things/samsungs-tizen-30-to-take-on-android-and-ios-starting-in-september.html

Wireless Week – April 27, 2016
AT&T Planning to Shut Down Its 2G Network By End of 2016
AT&T said it is continuing to migrate its customer base as it moves forward with plans to shut down its 2G network by the end of this year. According to CFO John Stevens, AT&T has already transitioned some six million customers in the last 12 months off the 2G base and is poised to decommission the legacy network by the end of 2016.
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2016/04/t-planning-shut-down-its-2g-network-end-2016

Kyocera News Reel – April 25, 2016

Coverage:

Telecompaper – April 25, 2016
AT&T launches new business offers
AT&T announced that its business customers can take advantage of 2 more offers. Under the terms of the first offer, they can get a USD 300 bill credit for every new smartphone line they add on AT&T Mobile Select with AT&T Next or an Equipment Installment Plan or a 2-year service commitment. This offer is available until 30 April. Customers can also choose from the Kyocera DuraForce or Kyocera DuraXE for USD 0.99 with a 2-year service commitment. Additional pricing options are available for business customers with Equipment Installment Plans or AT&T Next.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/atandt-launches-new-business-offers–1140101

CNBC – April 21, 2016
Kyocera Receives 16th Consecutive Recycling Award from City of San Diego
Kyocera Communications, Inc. today received the “2016 Recycler of the Year” award from the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) for its outstanding recycling and waste reduction efforts. This is the ninth time Kyocera has been named Recycler of the Year and the 16th consecutive year the company has received a recycling award from the City of San Diego. Kyocera has earned a total of 24 environmental awards from the City—more than any other San Diego company.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/21/business-wire-kyocera-receives-16th-consecutive-recycling-award-from-city-of-san-diego.html

Reuters – April 21, 2016
Kyocera Receives 16th Consecutive Recycling Award from City of San Diego
Kyocera Communications, Inc. today received the “2016 Recycler of the Year” award from the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) for its outstanding recycling and waste reduction efforts. This is the ninth time Kyocera has been named Recycler of the Year and the 16th consecutive year the company has received a recycling award from the City of San Diego. Kyocera has earned a total of 24 environmental awards from the City—more than any other San Diego company.
http://www.reuters.com/article/ca-kyocera-comm-idUSnBw216468a+100+BSW20160421
eWeek – April 20, 2016
Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile Offer 3 New Smartphones for Under $230
The Hydro Reach also includes a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,160mAh battery. The rear camera includes HD video recording capabilities and has LED flash, image stabilization and auto-focus. The smartphone is IP57 certified against dust and water immersion for up to 30 minutes in as much as 3.28 feet of water, and its touch-screen can be operated using wet fingers.
http://www.eweek.com/mobile/slideshows/boost-mobile-virgin-mobile-offer-3-new-smartphones-for-under-230.html


Display Daily – April 20, 2016
Kyocera Launches Waterproof Hydro REACH Smartphone, Available Now from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA
Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced that its newest waterproof 4G LTE Android smartphone, the Hydro REACH, is now available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA nationwide. Building on the legacy of success of Kyocera’s Hydro Series, the Hydro REACH sports a large 5-inch display and with a textured back cover and rounded edges for a comfortable feel in the hand. The phone goes on sale today for just $99.99.
http://www.displaydaily.com/press-release/37933-kyocera-launches-waterproof-hydro-reach-smartphone-available-now-from-boost-mobile-and-virgin-mobile-usa

 Yahoo Finance – April 19, 2016
Kyocera Demonstrates First Ruggedized Android Smartphone Solutions for AT&T Fleet Complete
In collaboration with AT&T and Fleet Complete, Kyocera Communications Inc. today unveiled the first ruggedized Android® devices to support AT&T Fleet Complete®, a family of GPS-based tracking and management solutions for the transportation industry that collect and send vital information between operations staff, mobile workers, and fleet vehicles. The live demonstrations in Fleet Complete’s booth (#1321) at the NAFA 2016 Expo in Austin, Texas, feature Kyocera’s DuraForce and DuraForce😄 smartphones running AT&T Fleet Complete®, including its integration with AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk.
https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/kyocera-demonstrates-first-ruggedized-android-130000154.html

LBS Zone – April 18, 2016
Kyocera Launches Waterproof Hydro REACH Smartphone
Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced that its newest waterproof 4G LTE Android smartphone, the Hydro REACH, is now available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA nationwide. Building on the legacy of success of Kyocera’s Hydro Series, the Hydro REACH sports a large 5-inch display and with a textured back cover and rounded edges for a comfortable feel in the hand. The phone goes on sale today for just $99.99.
http://lbszone.com/2016/04/18/kyocera-launches-waterproof-hydro-reach-smartphone/

Android Headlines – April 18, 2016
Kyocera’s $99 Hydro Reach Now Available On Boost & Virgin
South Korea’s Kyocera Communications has announced through a press release the launch of its latest waterproof LTE-enabled smartphone, the Hydro Reach, on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, both of which operate as Sprint’s MVNO brands in the country. The smartphone is one of the three new pocket-friendly devices to be launched on Boost and Virgin recently and will cost just $99.99 (plus taxes) without contract.
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/04/kyoceras-99-hydro-reach-now-available-boost-virgin.html

AnyGeo Blog – April 18, 2016
Kyocera’s $99 Hydro Reach Now Available On Boost & Virgin
Yes indeed, just $99 for this waterproof, Android smartphone from Kyocera – enter the REACH. The Hydro REACH, is now available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA nationwide. Building on the legacy of success of Kyocera’s Hydro Series, the Hydro REACH sports a large 5-inch display and with a textured back cover and rounded edges for a comfortable feel in the hand. The phone goes on sale today for just $99.99.
http://blog.gisuser.com/2016/04/18/this-new-5-inch-waterproof-4g-lte-android-smartphone-is-just-99/

Talk Android – April 16, 2016
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile add three budget Android smartphones
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have added three new budget-friendly smartphones to their wireless service. The list includes the Kyocera Hydro REACH, the Samsung Galaxy J7, and the LG Stylo 2.
http://www.talkandroid.com/292438-boost-mobile-and-virgin-mobile-u-s-add-three-budget-android-smartphones/


Industry News:

Ars Technica – April 24, 2016
Google Play Store and “over a million apps” could be headed to Chrome OS
Google first brought the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS with a project called the “App Runtime for Chrome (ARC).” Google built an Android runtime on Chrome OS and partnered with select developers to port a handful of Android apps. Now it sounds like Google is ready to unleash millions of Android apps onto the platform by bringing the entire Play Store to Chrome OS.
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/04/it-looks-like-the-google-play-store-is-headed-to-chrome-os/

Network World – April 22, 2016
Flagship HTC 10 to debut on Verizon Wireless
The HTC 10 announcement left the impression that HTC built another desirable unlocked phone like the HTC One A9 that Verizon Wireless customers were locked out of buying. But today, without a formal announcement the HTC 10 appeared on Verizon’s website. The Verizon version of the HTC 10 isn’t available on HTC’s website.
http://www.networkworld.com/article/3060626/mobile-wireless/flagship-htc-10-to-debut-on-verizon-wireless.html

Kyocera News Reel – April 18, 2016

Coverage:

Phone Dog – April 13, 2016
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will get Kyocera Hydro Reach, LG G Stylo 2, Samsung Galaxy J7
Sprint has two prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, and they’re both getting a trio of new Android phones. First up is the Kyocera Hydro Reach, an Android 5.1 phone with a 5-inch 960×540 touchscreen. The Hydro Reach’s spec list also includes a quad-core Snapdragon processor 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, and 4G LTE. Powering the Hydro Reach is a 2160mAh battery.
http://www.phonedog.com/2016/04/13/boost-mobile-virgin-mobile-kyocera-hydro-reach-lg-g-stylo-2-samsung-galaxy-j7

Mobile Tech Review – April 13, 2016
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile US to Release Three New Smartphones
Get wet and wild this summer with the Hydro REACH by Kyocera, available Friday, April 15 from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA for $99.99 (plus tax). This device, the next generation of the popular Hydro Edge, offers up a 5″ qHD display with a 5-megapixel rear-facing and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Enjoy the textured back cover for improved grip, while the rounded edges feel comfortable in your hand.
http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Board=news&Number=49324

Android Central – April 13, 2016
Samsung Galaxy J7, LG G Stylo 2 and Kyocera Hydro REACH head to Boost and Virgin Mobile on April 15
On April 15, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will begin carrying three new budget smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy J7, LG G Stylo 2 and Kyocera Hydro REACH will all be available on April 15, and all priced under $230. Each phone offers something a bit different than the others. For example, Kyocera’s Hydro REACH has a 5-inch QHD display and is both dust and waterproof, with Wet Touchscreen Operation.
http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-j7-lg-g-stylo-2-and-kyocera-hydro-reach-head-boost-and-virgin-mobile-april-15

Phone Scoop – April 13, 2016
Boost and Virgin Mobile Score Kyocera Hydro Reach
Sprint’s prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, plan to sell three low-cost smartphones in the weeks ahead, including the Kyocera Hydro Reach. The Reach (pictured) is an update to the Hydro Edge.
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=17541

Android Guys – April 13, 2016
New phones are coming to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile
With the release of premium smartphones like the recent HTC 10, it’s putting pressure on consumers who are looking for wallet-friendly phones. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have announced three new phones for budget-conscious consumers, and all of them are under $230.
http://www.androidguys.com/2016/04/13/new-phones-are-coming-to-boost-mobile-and-virgin-mobile/

GSM Arena – April 13, 2016
Samsung Galaxy J7, LG Stylo 2, and Kyocera Hydro Reach launch at Boost and Virgin Mobile on Friday
This Friday will be a very busy day for Sprint’s prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The former will see no less than three new smartphones launching on April 15, while the latter will have to go with two out of three. The trio in question consists of the Samsung Galaxy J7, LG Stylo 2, and Kyocera Hydro Reach.
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_j7_lg_stylo_2_and_kyocera_hydro_reach_launch_at_boost_and_virgin_mobile_on_friday-news-17762.php

Android Headlines – April 13, 2016
Boost/Virgin Mobile Launch 3 Smartphones Starting Friday
While Sprint is busy preparing for the launch of the all-new HTC 10 and finding ways to attack T-Mobile in their new ad spots, they’re also focusing on their MVNO networks Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Today Sprint has announced that each carrier is going to be launching three brand-new smartphones this week, although none of them are the HTC 10 just in case you’re a customer of either carrier and were hoping for that to be the case.
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/04/boostvirgin-mobile-launch-3-smartphones-starting-friday.html

Android Community – April 14, 2016
Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile USA announce new phones and mobile plans
Q2 just started but we’re sure that most of you can’t wait for summer. It’s vacation time for the students but for some adults, it means a good time to shop for new gadgets as great deals are usually offered this season. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA are making an early announcement of their promos and new mobile and data plans.
http://androidcommunity.com/boost-mobile-virgin-mobile-usa-announce-new-phones-and-mobile-plans-20160414/

eWeek – April 14, 2016
Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile Add 3 Smartphone Options for Customers
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA have added three more smartphone options for no-contract phone buyers, including Kyocera’s waterproof Hydro Reach phone, LG’s G Stylo 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy J7.
http://www.eweek.com/mobile/boost-mobile-virgin-mobile-add-3-smartphone-options-for-customers.html

Slash Gear – April 14, 2016
Boost Mobile adds Samsung Galaxy J7, LG and Kyocera phones
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are adding a trio of new smartphones, giving prepaid customers more options for no-contract plans. Chief among the new models is the Samsung Galaxy J7, a phone that resembles the other Galaxy devices Samsung has released. Joining it is the LG G Stylo 2, an update to the original phone by the same name. Lowest (and cheapest) on the list is the new Kyocera Hydro REACH, a waterproof smartphone that can be used while wet.
http://www.slashgear.com/boost-mobile-adds-samsung-galaxy-j7-lg-and-kyocera-phones-14436392/

Phone Arena – April 15, 2016
Kyocera Hydro Reach, LG Stylo 2 and Samsung Galaxy J7 officially released in the US
Starting today, April 15, you can buy three new LTE-capable Android smartphones in the US – that is, if you don’t mind getting them from Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile. The three devices are the Samsung Galaxy J7, LG Stylus 2, and Kyocera Hydro Reach.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Kyocera-Hydro-Reach-LG-Stylo-2-and-Samsung-Galaxy-J7-officially-released-in-the-US_id80281

Android Authority – April 15, 2016
3 with LTE: Samsung Galaxy J7 (2015), LG Stylo 2, and Kyocera Hydro REACH now avaliable in the USA
Customers using either Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile are in luck, as today – April 15th – marks the release of several different LTE smartphones, all under $230. Hailing from Korea, Samsung has brought forth the Samsung Galaxy J7, and LG is offering the LG Stylus 2. Hailing from Japan, Kyocera is offering the Kyocera Hydro REACH. Now let’s take a moment to examine each.
http://www.androidauthority.com/todays-trio-kyocera-hydro-reach-lg-stylo-2-samsung-galaxy-j7-now-avaliable-usa-687166/

KEYC News 12 – April 15, 2016
Kyocera Launches Waterproof Hydro REACH Smartphone, Available Now from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA
Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced that its newest waterproof 4G LTE Android smartphone, the Hydro REACH, is now available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA nationwide. Building on the legacy of success of Kyocera’s Hydro Series, the Hydro REACH sports a large 5-inch display and with a textured back cover and rounded edges for a comfortable feel in the hand. The phone goes on sale today for just $99.99.
http://www.keyc.com/story/31737112/kyocera-launches-waterproof-hydro-reach-smartphone-available-now-from-boost-mobile-and-virgin-mobile-usa

Yahoo News – April 16, 2016
Three budget smartphones are we — and offered for Sprint’s prepaid brands
Prepaid smartphone customers, rejoice, for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s two official prepaid brands, have unveiled a trio of new handsets that will fight for your hard-earned cheddar… Finally, we have the Kyocera Hydro Reach, the cheapest of the bunch. Hailing from Japan and weighing in at roughly five ounces, the Hydro Reach is powered by the 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, along with 1GB of RAM.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/triple-threat-budget-smartphones-fight-010809511.html?ref=gs

Talk Android – April 16, 2016
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile add three budget Android smartphones
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have added three new budget-friendly smartphones to their wireless service. The list includes the Kyocera Hydro REACH, the Samsung Galaxy J7, and the LG Stylo 2.
http://www.talkandroid.com/292438-boost-mobile-and-virgin-mobile-u-s-add-three-budget-android-smartphones/

Android Headlines – April 18, 2016
Kyocera’s $99 Hydro Reach Now Available On Boost & Virgin
South Korea’s Kyocera Communications has announced through a press release the launch of its latest waterproof LTE-enabled smartphone, the Hydro Reach, on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, both of which operate as Sprint’s MVNO brands in the country. The smartphone is one of the three new pocket-friendly devices to be launched on Boost and Virgin recently and will cost just $99.99 (plus taxes) without contract.
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/04/kyoceras-99-hydro-reach-now-available-boost-virgin.html


Industry News:

CNET – April 18, 2016
2017 iPhone will replace aluminum body with glass, says analyst
Next year’s iPhone may sport an all-glass body. The 2017 iPhone will dump its traditional aluminum casing, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Sunday in an investors note picked up by Apple blogs 9to5Mac and AppleInsider. Instead, the phone will have a glass chassis. http://www.cnet.com/news/2017-iphone-glass-body-aluminum-ming-chi-kuo-samsung/

The Verge – April 15, 2016
AT&T’s plan to counter T-Mobile is Cricket Wireless unlimited
Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid carrier, has announced that it’s offering an unlimited data, text, and voice plan for $70 per month. That’s the all-in price, including taxes and fees, and for people who sign up for automated billing the price drops to $65 per month.
http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/15/11438084/at-ts-plan-to-counter-t-mobile-is-cricket-wireless-unlimited

Kyocera News Reel – April 11, 2016

Coverage:

Construction Business Owner – April 1, 2016
Kyocera Launches 3 New Mobile Phones
Kyocera launched two new rugged smartphone and a “phablet” with its DuraXE, DuraForce and DuraForce😄 devices. The DuraXE is an inexpensive option for those that just need talk/text/PTT capability. It doesn’t even require a data plan. DuraForce fills the needs for a standard Android smartphone experience. And the giant display on the DuraForce😄 makes it ideal for jobs with forms, schematics and multimedia that need to be viewed more easily on screen.
http://bit.ly/1qNC5G6

Industry News:

CNET – April 11, 2016
AT&T tries to sweeten DirecTV bundles
AT&T hopes surprise-free bills will entice more people to sign up for DirecTV. The telecom giant said Monday it will guarantee the price of a new DirecTV subscription for two years when combined with a new or existing AT&T service like wireless or home Internet.
http://www.cnet.com/news/at-t-tries-to-sweeten-directv-bundles/
The Wall Street Journal – April 10, 2016
Apple Stores See Shrinking Share of iPhone Sales
More U.S. consumers are buying iPhones from third-party retailers instead of directly from Apple Inc., according to a new report, a shift that could cut into the tech giant’s wide profit margins. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners said 11% of U.S. iPhone buyers purchased phones directly from Apple in 2015, down from 16% two years earlier.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-stores-see-shrinking-share-of-iphone-sales-1460126178

Bloomberg – April 9, 2016
Verizon to Proceed With Yahoo Bid, Google Weighs Offer

Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.’s Web business next week, and is willing to acquire the company’s Yahoo Japan Corp. stake to help sweeten the offer, according to people familiar with the matter. Google, the main division of Alphabet Inc., is also considering bidding for Yahoo’s core business, a separate person said.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-07/verizon-said-to-proceed-with-yahoo-bid-as-google-weighs-offer

Kyocera News Reel – April 4, 2016

Coverage:

NewEquipment.com – March 29, 2016
Smartphone is Military Tough
DuraForce is IP68-certified, meaning it is dustproof, waterproof and can be submerged in up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) of water for up to 30 minutes. With a reinforced housing and Military Standard 810G protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure/high altitudes, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and water immersion, DuraForce can go more places and withstand tough environments and conditions.
http://mobilesyrup.com/2016/03/23/bell-to-release-the-rugged-flip-kyocera-duraxe/

 

Industry News:

Venture Beat – April 4, 2016
BlackBerry ditches $1 privacy & control subscription in BBM, makes all features completely free
BlackBerry has announced the latest move in its efforts to remain relevant: making all the privacy and control features within its BBM messaging app completely free to use. Once a major player in mobile phones, BlackBerry has been struggling in the hardware realm for a while and has been slowly moving away from its own operating system to embrace those that have emerged as the dominant forces in the mobile phone world — namely, Android and iOS.
http://venturebeat.com/2016/04/04/blackberry-ditches-1-privacy-control-subscription-in-bbm-all-features-are-now-free/

Fierce Wireless – April 4, 2016
AT&T Cricket expands to Best Buy and Aaron’s, now available at 11,000 retail outlets nationwide
Cricket made good on its recent promise to expand its retail footprint in a big way, announcing distribution deals with Best Buy and the lease-to-own retail chain Aaron’s. AT&T’s prepaid division said an initial selection of its phones will be available through Best Buy’s website and on the shelves of its 1,000-plus brick-and-mortar stores over the next two weeks. Cricket will continue adding smartphones to Best Buy’s lineup over the next two months.
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/att-cricket-expands-best-buy-and-aarons-now-available-11000-retail-outlets/2016-04-04

CNET – April 4, 2016
iPhone SE takes a step backward in bendability test

Apple’s new iPhone SE is at greater risk of catching the bends than its bigger brethren. Tests conducted by SquareTrade, which sells extended warranties for mobile devices, found the just-released 4-inch iPhone SE to be weaker than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S and the 5-5-inch 6S Plus.
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=17468