AT&T plans four new smartphone releases to customers on Nov. 7, unveiling new devices from Kyocera, Microsoft Nokia and HTC as the big-four cellular company continues to expand its product lineup. Along with the phones, AT&T is also launching a longer AT&T Next 24 installment plan to let buyers make monthly payments on new phones rather than pay for them up-front.
The new Kyocera DuraForce is a rugged, waterproof, 4G LTE Android smartphone that will be available starting Nov. 7 on AT&T's Website or in AT&T retail stores on Nov. 21, according to a Nov. 4 announcement. The DuraForce will sell for $49.99 with a two-year cellular contract or can be purchased for no money down and $19.95 a month for 20 months on a Next 12 installment agreement (total $399). It can also be bought for no money down and $16.63 per month for 24 months on a Next 18 agreement (total $399.12) or for $389.99 with no contract.
The tough DuraForce is IP68-certified, which makes it dust-proof, waterproof and submersible in up to 6 feet of water for as much as 30 minutes, according to AT&T. The phone also has a reinforced housing and Military Standard 810G protection against shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, high altitudes, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity to be able to withstand use in harsh environments. The phone also supports AT&T's Enhanced Push-to-Talk service that operates using 4G LTE or WiFi with the push of a button.
The DuraForce features a 4.5-inch 720p HD impact-resistant touch-screen that can be used while wearing gloves, a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 16B of on-board storage plus an external micro SD card slot that supports cards up to 32GB and a high-capacity 3,100-mAh lithium ion battery. The phone, which also includes Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver technology, which enhances audio clarity in noisy environments, runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. It is also certified for use in hazardous work environments.
From Microsoft, the new Nokia Lumia 830, which runs Windows Phone 8.1, will come to AT&T's stores and Website on Nov. 7, before it is available through any other U.S. carriers, according to a Nov. 3 announcement. The Lumia 830 will sell for $99.99 with a two-year service contract, for $449.99 without a contract or for $18.75 a month on a 24-month installment plan (total $450). It can also be bought for $22.50 a month on a 20-month installment plan (total $450).
AT&T is sweetening the deal with a limited-time offer to give customers a free Fitbit Flex activity-tracking wristband, valued at $99.99, with every new Lumia 830 that is sold.
The Lumia 830, which is the thinnest Lumia smartphone built so far, blends metal and polycarbonate design elements and includes a 5-inch HD display, 16GB of on-board storage plus a micro SD slot that can be used with a card up to 128GB, a 2,200-mAh lithium ion battery for up to 11 hours of talk time and a 10MP camera.