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Kyocera’s Tough DuraForce Smartphone Lands On U.S. Cellular

November 25, 2014 - Written By John Anon

A couple of weeks ago we brought you the news that the latest tough phone form Kyocera had landed in the US on AT&T. For those who missed it or has never heard of Kyocera then here is a quick recap. Kyocera is somewhat of a uniquely positioned company. Instead of focusing heavily on specs and the latest technology, Kyocera have placed all their eggs very firmly in one basket…toughness. Earlier on in the year the company released their Brigadier device and the main selling point was how tough the device was. In fact, when we reviewed the unit back in August Kyocera dared us to try and break their display. You can see our review in full by clicking here. Following on from where the Brigadier left off, Kyocera more recently released their newest toughest device dubbed the Kyocera DuraForce. Like the predecessor, this is a tough phone and designed to withstand just about everything. Back at the start of November the device landed on AT&T and the latest news is that it is now arriving on U.S. Cellular.

If you are interested in the Kyocera DuraForce and especially on U.S. Cellular then you will want to know that you can get the device for $0 down. Via this option and to obtain the $0 down price, customers will have to pay a monthly charge (for 20 months) under their ‘equipment installation option’. The only problem is that U.S. Cellular did not provide any details on what the monthly charge will actually be. Alternatively, if you are willing to pay for the device, then you can get the DuraForce for $99 on a two year contract.

Need a quick reminder on what the DuraForce offers? The DuraForce comes with a 4.5″ 720p display. Inside the device comes with 2GB RAM along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (clocked at 1.4GHz). In terms of memory the DuraForce offers 16GB internal storage and does include an expanded MicroSD card slot (upto 32GB). Additional features include a 3100mAh battery and running on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). That said, the big selling point is its durable nature and as such the DuraForce comes with IP68 protection. This means it is dustproof and water resistance for roughly thirty minutes in up to 6ft of water. The DuraForce contains a rugged design which is to ‘Military Standard 810G’ protection. This again means the device is dust, shock, vibration, temperature (low and high), solar, pressure, humidity and water resistant. So what do you think? Will you be picking up the Kyocera DuraForce on U.S. Cellular?