The rugged Kyocera DuraPlus mobile phone on Sprint's network can survive in a meter of water and features Direct Connect push-to-talk connectivity.
and Kyocera Communications have unveiled the rugged Kyocera DuraPlus mobile
phone to withstand the extreme conditions of military, public safety,
construction and utility work.
DuraPlus is one of the first phones to work with Sprint's new Direct
Connect push-to-talk service. Sprint launched Direct Connect in the fourth
quarter of 2011 to work with rugged devices from Motorola and Kyocera.
on Jan. 31, the DuraPlus conforms to military standard 810G, which means the
unit can withstand dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes and blowing
rain. It can also survive immersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30
addition, the phone incorporates an embedded LED flashlight with a separate
power button to help workers navigate power outages and other emergencies in
unit, which is candy-bar-shaped with a flat bottom for vehicle mounts, features
a 1,650-mAh battery with up to 9.5 hours of battery life.
DuraPlus is the ideal device for use in the construction, public safety and
utility industries that demand devices that stand up to the toughest work
conditions while delivering industry-leading push-to-talk capabilities,"
said David Owens, vice president of product development for Sprint, in a
designed DuraPlus from the ground up with demanding industrial and enterprise
customers in mind," said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general
manager of sales and marketing at Kyocera, in a statement. "Simple things
like an LED flashlight, multibay charging, freestanding operation and the
ability to use application-specific accessories go a long way toward better productivity
on the job site and out in the field."
Oct. 20, Sprint launched the Motorola Admiral model with the Android 2.3
Gingerbread mobile operating system. The Admiral also features Direct Connect
along with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass.
Connect's push-to-talk feature allows field personnel such as first responders
and construction workers to communicate easily. Push to talk works across
Sprint and Nextel networks. A push-to-talk "chirp" lets workers know
that their call went through successfully. Sprint first announced
Direct Connect on March 16, 2011.
a feature called Guaranteed Talk Permit, Direct Connect allows users to push to
talk with 20 subscribers simultaneously, Sprint reports. In addition,
Availability Notification allows users to be notified when their party is
other vendors such as Casio and Sonim make rugged
phones for extreme work environments.
the Kyocera DuraPlus, Sonim's XP3300 Force Phone is a candy-bar-shaped unit
with rubberized edges.
Sonim unit features near-field communications capabilities to allow workers in
health care to identify patients and workers in shipping and security to track
rugged models are flip phones, like the Samsung
Convoy 2, which Verizon Wireless offers. The Convoy 2 features dual
microphones with noise cancellation, a convenient feature for construction
workers in the field or first responders.
DuraPlus unit has a sturdy front-ported speakerphone for noisy environments.
This feature should also come in handy for construction workers.
will begin offering the DuraPlus phone in the first half of 2012.
Kyocera Dura series of rugged phones for harsh working environments also
includes DuraMax, which was the first model to work with Direct Connect, Engadget
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents, ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.