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Just In Time for Summer Fun – Take a Dip with the Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Edge

For work or play, Hydro Edge is the ideal device to get wet and be worry-free

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Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:00 am EDT

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan.
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"We're continuing to see growing demand for waterproof phones that can survive the accidents life throws at us"

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE:S) will offer the submersible Kyocera Hydro Edge beginning on Friday, July 19, and Boost Mobile will offer the device starting Tuesday, July 23, without a contract. Kyocera Hydro Edge, which can be submerged in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, is part of the new Hydro series of waterproof Android smartphones and builds on the popular Kyocera Hydro, which has been a top seller at Boost Mobile since its launch in August 2012.

Bringing this feature-rich smartphone to both Sprint and Boost Mobile gives customers the choice in how they pay for their devices and their monthly service plans:

  • Sprint customers will benefit from days at the beach filled with pictures, videos and posts without worrying about overages thanks to Truly UnlimitedSM data, text and calling to any mobile phone with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network. Hydro Edge will be available for just $19.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement after a $50 mail-in-rebate via reward card1 in all Sprint retail channels, including Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1).
  • Boost Mobile customers who choose to pair their device with a no-annual-contract2 option will benefit from Boost Mobile’s $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinking Payments. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down as low as $40 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text and picture messaging, Web3, email and calls to 411. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone. Hydro Edge will be available from Boost Mobile for $149.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide and www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. It will be available in early August at select Boost Mobile national retail locations.

Boost Mobile is offering Hydro Edge for pre-order starting today at www.boostmobile.com/hydroedge. This marks the first time a device has been offered to Boost Mobile customers through pre-order.

“There is a definite demand for waterproof devices as shown by more than a million Kyocera Hydro smartphones sold by Boost and the nearly 2 million Kyocera Dura Series devices for Sprint Direct Connect, making it the most popular Kyocera product line ever sold by Sprint,” said David Owens, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “Hydro Edge helps reduce the worries of water damage during a day at the beach or a day on the job without having to spend extra money on a waterproof case. With the power of Android™ Jelly Bean and a 4-inch capacitive impact resistant touchscreen, Hydro Edge helps our customers stay connected and get things done.”

In addition to being waterproof, Kyocera Hydro Edge boasts the following features:

  • Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
  • 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon® processor
  • Smart Sonic Receiver technology – improves audio in noisy environments
  • 4-inch capacitive, impact-resistant touchscreen display
  • 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and video camera

“We're continuing to see growing demand for waterproof phones that can survive the accidents life throws at us," said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "Hydro Edge builds on the success of the original Kyocera Hydro and adds some great extra features, such as Smart Sonic Receiver, to make a very attractive, affordable Android smartphone. It's a must-have device for staying connected while lying around the pool or going to the beach this summer."

To support the growing need for data, Sprint is rolling out a new 3G/4G network designed to provide faster data speeds, improved call quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects customers to benefit with better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage and fewer drops/blocks. For the most up-to-date information on Sprint network coverage, please visit sprint.com/coverage.

Please visit kyocerasmartphones.com/hydro-edge for more information.

About Sprint

Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile, recently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Non-Contract Wireless Providers,” offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts. Boost Mobile redefines value for wireless consumers with its Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments no-contract service, where the longer you stay the less you pay with on-time payments for unlimited voice, text messaging, Web, email and calls to 411. Boost Mobile offers nationwide service on the Nationwide Sprint Network, reaching more than 279 million people, with no activation or long-distance fees. Boost Mobile offers a selection of quality handsets from BlackBerry, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola and Samsung, ranging from entry-level to Android™ smartphone devices available nationwide at nearly 20,000 major retail stores, including Best Buy, Kmart-Sears, RadioShack, Target, Family Dollar, Walgreens and Walmart, independent wireless dealer locations, and on HSN, a leading TV home shopping network. Re-Boost® Cards are available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the United States. Experience Boost Mobile on the Web at Facebook and Twitter; and purchase products at www.boostmobile.com.

About Kyocera Communications Inc.

Kyocera Communications Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. Designed with durability, dependability, and long-term value as priorities, Kyocera mobile phones help people feel comfortable with new technology and use it to connect, perform and outsmart life’s challenges. At the heart of Kyocera’s products is a belief that one size doesn’t fit all and that people should do more with phones instead of being confused by them or having to alter their lifestyles to accommodate them. For more information, follow the company at www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones or www.twitter.com/kyoceramobile.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine (or “advanced”) ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, such as solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, mobile phones, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).

1 The American Express Prepaid Reward Card (“Card”) provided in connection with this Rebate offer is a prepaid Card that is usable at U.S. merchants that accept American Express Card. Some limitations apply. The Card is not redeemable for cash (except where required by law) and does not provide ATM access. Use of Card constitutes acknowledgement that it is given as a reward and no consideration, value, or money has been paid by the holder to American Express in exchange for this Card. USE OF CARD IS SUBJECT TO THE CARDHOLDER AGREEMENT. SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A $3.00 MONTHLY FEE WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST CARD BALANCE, STARTING SIX MONTHS AFTER CARD ISSUANCE, UNLESS FUNDS ARE EARLIER DEPLETED. For BALANCE, customer service and Cardholder Agreement visit americanexpress.com/sprint or call 1-866-608-3756. Card issued by American Express Prepaid Card Management Corporation.
2 Service on Boost Mobile is subject to acceptance of certain terms and conditions.
3 Includes 2.5GB per month of high-speed data. Adaptive protocol video limited to 3G speeds. When mobile hotspot add-on purchased (only for select devices), data usage is total combined device and hotspot data use.

© 2013 Kyocera. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. Sprint is a registered trademark of Sprint Nextel. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.; use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions. Snapdragon is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

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Boost Mobile customers who choose to pair their Hydro Edge with a no-contract option will benefit from Boost Mobile's $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinking Payments (Photo: Boost Mobile)
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Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Edge splashes into Sprint on Friday, July 19, for just $19.99 (Photo: Sprint)
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Contact:

Sprint
Natalie Papaj, 703-592-8412
natalie.lariviere@sprint.com
or
Boost Mobile
Danielle Babbington, 949-748-3418
danielle.babbington@sprint.com
or
Kyocera Communications Inc.
John Chier, 858-882-3543
john.chier@kyocera.com