Kyocera Torque, Sprint’s First Ultra-Rugged 4G LTE Android Smartphone, Braves the Elements of Everyday Life and Backwoods

  Kyocera Torque, Sprint’s First Ultra-Rugged 4G LTE Android Smartphone,
  Braves the Elements of Everyday Life and Backwoods Adventures

 Featuring Sprint Direct Connect and Truly Unlimited 4G LTE data, Torque will
be the first U.S. handset to offer Kyocera’s award-winning, proprietary Smart
      Sonic Receiver audio technology for unrivaled voice clarity; visit

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- January 28, 2013

Water, dirt, drops – there seem to be 101 ways to break or damage smartphones
that dutifully serve as mini computers, schedulers and entertainment devices.
Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) and Kyocera Communications Inc. announce the upcoming
availability of Kyocera Torque, built to survive extreme elements and everyday

Torque will be available this spring; exact availability and pricing will be
announced this quarter. Torque is an ultra-rugged, 4G LTE Android™ smartphone
featuring Sprint^® Direct Connect^®  push-to-talk service and Kyocera’s
award-winning Smart Sonic Receiver audio technology.

“Anyone will quickly appreciate the durability of this smartphone, whether you
work in rugged environments or just enjoy outdoor activities,” said David
Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “It seems like everyone I
talk to has damaged a phone by dropping it on a hard surface. This phone is
for all those customers who want to make sure even if that happens, the phone
will withstand the fall. This is an impressive Android device that can
withstand extreme conditions while bringing our customers the speed of Sprint
4G LTE and convenience of instant push-to-talk communications from Sprint
Direct Connect.”

Torque is built to Military Standard 810G (MilSpec) to withstand dust, shock,
vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog and
extreme temperatures, along with IP67 standards for dust, sprayed water and
full immersion up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. The device is
specifically designed to hold up to the rigors of today’s rough-and-tumble
lifestyles – whether on a construction site, beach trip or a kids’ playground
– without sacrificing style and features.

“We know from our research, conversations with customers and personal
experiences that there’s a tremendous consumer need for rugged handsets to
deal with life’s everyday challenges,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice
president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera
Communications. “Those devices, however, have traditionally been designed
specifically for an enterprise customer. Kyocera has taken the most robust,
rugged MilSpec features and combined them with our easy-to-use, affordable,
Android smartphone designs to create a durable mobile device that supports not
only the construction foreman using Sprint Direct Connect but also the outdoor
sports enthusiast or the busy mom or dad who’s juggling children and
playground duties.”

Water(park)-Proof, Dirt-Proof, Drop-Proof

Torque has been tested to hold up against life’s extremes – including some
most people will never experience – to help ensure it will be there when you
need it, including:

  *Waterproof whether sprayed or immersed in up to one meter of water for up
    to 30 minutes, Torque can handle all the rain, sprinklers, hoses, spit,
    drool, drinks, sinks or toilet water life can throw at it – that's more
    than can be said of more than 82 million U.S. handsets that have already
    been destroyed by liquid.^1
  *Extreme Temperatures of -22° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C) for a non-operating
    unit for two hours and -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C) for an operating unit
    for three hours – from backcountry snowboard trips to hikes in Death
    Valley, don’t sweat it.
  *Dropped 26 times from four feet high – or, the average week with kids at
    the playground.
  *Heavy dust for six hours – going off the grid while off-roading and
    camping will never be harder.
  *Horizontal, vertical and sideways vibrations for one hour – that mountain
    bike ride or roller coaster will be no match for Torque.
  *Exposure to salt fog for a complete 48 hour cycle; this cycle included 24
    hours exposure to salt fog followed by 24 hours drying time – ideal for
    surfers, beach lovers or those who left their hearts and phones in San

  *95 percent humidity for 10 days straight – the phone can handle it, but
    its owners may not.
  *Solar radiation exposure of 1120 W/m2 for 24 hours – you might need
    sunscreen, but your phone doesn’t mind soaking up some rays.
  *Low pressure at 57.11 kPa/15,000 feet (4,572 meters) for two hours –
    higher than the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48 U.S. states.

Best of all, Torque combines the best ruggedized features from Kyocera’s
highly successful Dura Series of ruggedized devices with an Android 4.0 (Ice
Cream Sandwich), LTE smartphone. Torque features include a 4-inch WVGA (800 x
480) LCD IPS capacitive touchscreen with ruggedized, impact-resistant glass
for added protection from scratches and cracks, a long-lasting 2,500mAh
Lithium Ion battery and Swype for rapid text entry. It has a snappy MSM8960
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon® dual-core processor, 4GB ROM/1GB RAM memory, and
supports microSD™ memory card expansion up to 32GB. Take advantage of 4G LTE
speeds and the speedy processor with unlimited data. Sprint is the only
national carrier with Truly Unlimited^SM 4G LTE data, text and calling to any
mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages while on the Sprint

Smart Sonic Receiver Technology

Torque is the first U.S. device to feature Kyocera’s proprietary Smart Sonic
Receiver technology, which eliminates the need for a traditional speaker in a
handset, instead using vibrations to transmit sounds directly to the eardrum
with unparalleled sound quality. Building on Kyocera's 53-year heritage in
advanced ceramics, the new technology uses a Kyocera ceramic actuator to turn
sounds into vibrations. It uses twin paths to transmit those sounds to the
user: traditional sound waves and vibrations that are carried by body tissue
directly to the eardrum and inner ear.

Placing the phone in contact with the general area of the ear creates clear
sound even in very noisy environments such as construction sites, sporting
events, concerts and playgrounds. As an added benefit, removing the
traditional speaker eliminates the need for a speaker cavity in the phone's
housing, enabling cleaner aesthetics and enhanced waterproofing capabilities.

The technology received multiple “Best of” awards at the wireless industry’s
largest U.S. trade show, while editors at Popular Science magazine found the
technology "worked so well – and so imperceptibly – that it eliminated the
need for a conventional speaker altogether."

Mobile payments are enabled by Near Field Communication (NFC) as well as Wi-Fi
(b/g/n), Stereo Bluetooth^® (4.0 + LE/EDR) wireless technology support and
high-speed USB 2.0. Torque's 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera are
enhanced with features such as panorama, high dynamic range, facial
recognition, smile/blink detection and burst mode.

The rugged handset also includes Kyocera’s Eco Mode proprietary battery
management software to monitor and conserve battery power, as well as MaxiMZR,
a new software tool to save power by blocking background data connections for
always-on nonessential apps.

In 2012, Sprint added more coverage area to its Sprint Direct Connect
push-to-talk service – creating three times the push-to-talk coverage of its
Nextel National Network – with the addition of roaming and Sprint 1xRTT
coverage areas.^2 The expansion of the Sprint Direct Connect network also
marks another milestone for Network Vision, Sprint’s nationwide network
upgrade using the newest, most advanced equipment in the industry. Sprint
plans to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network
with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call
quality and data speeds for customers.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers
service in 58 markets.^3 For the most up-to-date details on the Sprint 4G LTE
portfolio and rollout, please visit For detailed 4G LTE
maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the
maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

Please visit or
for more information.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million
customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 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. TheAmerican Customer Satisfaction Indexrated Sprint No. 1
among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across
all 47 industries, during the last four years.Newsweekranked 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

About Kyocera Communications Inc.

Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI) is the headquarters for Kyocera- and
Sanyo-branded wireless products and accessories in the Americas. The company's
devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and
multimedia. KCI was formed in April 2009 through the combination of Kyocera
Wireless Corp. and Kyocera Sanyo Telecommunications Inc., two wholly owned
subsidiaries of Kyocera International Inc. The former was created when Kyocera
purchased Qualcomm Inc.'s consumer wireless phone business in 2000, while the
latter was formed when Kyocera purchased the wireless phone business of Sanyo
Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008. Based in San Diego, KCI leverages Japan's history
of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the
environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style,
resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface.
For more information, please visit or follow
the company on Facebook

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (, the
parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a
producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining
these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with
other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of
telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, solar power generating
systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and
industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net
sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is
ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000" listing of the world's
largest publicly traded companies.

^1More than 82.5 million U.S. handsets have been destroyed by water or
moisture: January 2012 by TNS Global Research

^2Three times the coverage based on square-mile coverage comparison of Nextel
National Network to Sprint National Network (inclusive of roaming).

^3Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Baltimore;
Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Boston; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.;
Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clark County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.;
College Station/Bryan, Texas; Columbia, Tenn.; Dallas; Emporia, Kan.; Fort
Wayne, Ind.; Fort Worth, Texas; Framingham, Mass.; Franklin County, Pa.;
Gainesville, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas;
Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.;
Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.;
Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City,
Kan./Mo.; Lawrence, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; McPherson, Kan.;
Muncie, Ind.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Peabody, Mass.;
Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma,
Calif.; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah/Page Counties, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka,
Ind.; Southern PR: Ponce/Coamo/Guayama, Puerto Rico; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka,
Kan.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.;
Western PR: Aguadilla/Isabela/Cabo Rojo/Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; Wichita Falls,
Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Winchester, Va.; York/Hanover, Pa.

  © 2013 Kyocera. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of
 Kyocera Corporation. Sprint and Direct Connect are registered trademarks of
Sprint Nextel. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.; use of this trademark is
 subject to Google Permissions. Bluetooth mark is owned by the Bluetooth SIG
  Inc. and any use of such mark is under license. MicroSD is a trademark of
SD-3C, LLC. Snapdragon is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. All
            other marks are properties of their respective owners.

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