Kyocera Rise for Virgin Mobile now for sale for $99 with no contract. Get the Android 4.0 smartphone with QWERTY keyboard Today
Earlier in August, Sprint began selling the Kyocera Rise for just $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year service agreement.
Starting yesterday, the phone is also available for Virgin Mobile prepaid network, that is to say, no contract is required, and will set you back for only $99.99. It is a good price considering no commitments and the phone’s specs.
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The Kyocera Rise for Virgin Mobile features a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive IPS LCD touch screen display with a 480×320 pixel resolution, meaning the picture is sharp, clear and vivid, and the performance is flawless regardless of what you are using the device for. The phone is also equipped with a 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, auto focus and 480p 30 frames per second video capture.
The Kyocera Rise is equipped with MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1 GHz and 512MB of RAM and 2 GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card slot compatible with cards up to 32 GB.
In terms of connectivity, the Kyocera Rise offers 3G EVDO Rev. A, Stereo Bluetooth (2.1 + EDR) wireless technology support, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and can be used as a mobile hotspot connecting up to 5 devices. The Bluetooth profiles supported include: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, A/V Remote Control Provide, Generic A/V Dist. Profile, Hands Free Profile 1.5, Generic Object Exchange Profile, Phone Book Access Profile, Headset Profile, Human Interface Device, Dial-Up Networking, Object Push Profile, Serial Port Profile, Business Card (push-yes/ pull exchange-no), and Object Exchange.
The phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest and the most advanced Android operating system currently available. The device is pre-loaded with some useful apps and provides access to Google Mobile services including Google Play, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Voice, Google Latitude, Gmail, and YouTube, Virgin Mobile Live, and Virgin Mobile ID Packs (pre-packaged apps, wallpapers and more to personalize your phone the way you like). It also allows you to integrate your address book with Gmail, Exchange, and Facebook.
An interesting thing is the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which becomes a rarity in Android phones nowadays but many people still find it useful. The keyboard slides out to the left side and has 4 rows of neatly cut and evenly spaced keys for easier and faster typing. The virtual keyboard is also comfortable to use thanks to SWYPE – predictive text entry technology.
Other features of Kyocera Rise include: bilingual user interface (English and Spanish), full HTML browser, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, voice recognition, additional function key for application-specific menu support, media player and high-quality video streaming at 30 fps, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and digital compass.
In the box, apart from the phone, you will also find microUSB data cable, AC adapter (microUSB cable pluggable), 2 GB microSD card and 1500 mAh battery, which according to the manufacturer allows for up to 8,5 hours talk time.
The Kyocera Rise for Virgin Mobile offers you more than you would expect from a budget phone, so it definitely is worth looking into.