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-Kyocera Rise brings QWERTY with Android 4.0 to Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA.


Wireless and wireline communications services company Sprint (NYSE: S) and wireless products and accessories provider Kyocera Communications, Inc. have launched the Kyocera Rise, an Android smartphone with a full QWERTY slide-out keypad and high-resolution touchscreen display.

Kyocera Rise offers feature-phone loyalists the ability to easily move up to a smartphone without losing their tactile keyboard or spending a lot of money.

Equipped with Android 4.0 operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, Kyocera Rise will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Web Sales ( and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) beginning Sunday, Aug. 19, for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. It will be available without a contract at beginning Friday, Aug. 31, for $99.99.

Kyocera Rise customers can match the phone with the unlimited data from Sprint Everything Data plans, starting at $79.99 per month for smartphones.

Consumers looking for a commitment-free option can pair the Kyocera Rise with prepaid Sprint brand Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans that start at $35 per month for 300 minutes of voice and include unlimited messaging and data.

For those looking for a bit more talk time, the $45 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice and the $55 plan offers unlimited voice each month. All plans include unlimited messaging and data (plans include 2.5GB of full-speed data).1

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