Kyocera Torque – the First Ultra-Rugged 4G LTE Android Smartphone with Sprint Direct Connect and Smart Sonic Receiver Audio

  Kyocera Torque – the First Ultra-Rugged 4G LTE Android Smartphone with
  Sprint Direct Connect and Smart Sonic Receiver Audio Technology – Drops,
  Dunks and Spills into Sprint on March 8 for $99.99

 Online Adventures from Ultimate Adventurer and Fun-Loving Dad Bear Grylls to
          Show How Torque Can Survive the Extremes and Everyday Life

Business Wire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- February 22, 2013

Sprint (NYSE:S) and Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced the March 8
availability of Kyocera Torque, the “live more, fear less” handset built to
survive extreme elements and everyday life.

Bear Grylls - Everest mountaineer, former British Special Forces, star of
television's "Man vs. Wild ...

Bear Grylls - Everest mountaineer, former British Special Forces, star of
television's "Man vs. Wild," and the father of three active boys - with the
new Kyocera Torque, the "extreme meets everyday" rugged Android 4.0 smartphone
for Sprint. (Photo: Kyocera)

The ultra-rugged, 4G LTE Android™ smartphone will be available in all Sprint
retail channels, including Web ( and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1),
for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate via reward card, with a new line of
service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (pricing excludes
taxes).^1 Powered by Android 4.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE speeds and up to
18.9 hours of talk time, this device will benefit from Truly Unlimited^SM 4G
LTE data, text and calling to any mobile device with no metering, no
throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.

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 of up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. It features
Sprint^® Direct Connect^®  push-to-talk service and is America’s first phone
to include Kyocera’s award-winning new Smart Sonic Receiver technology, which
transmits sounds not only as traditional sound waves, but also as vibrations
carried by body tissue directly to the eardrum and inner ear for unparalleled
sound clarity even in the noisiest environments. Torque is designated Sprint
Professional Grade, which ensures advanced security, device management and
Exchange Active Sync capabilities are protecting data on the device and over
Sprint's nationwide network.

“The durability and sound quality of Torque are amazing for a 4G LTE
smartphone,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint.
“Whether you’re on a construction site, an outdoor adventurer or a mom that
worries about their kids breaking their phone, Torque can hold up to those
drops, spills or dunks. With Sprint’s 4G LTE network and truly unlimited 4G
data, text and calling plans, it’s a tremendous offer for business customers,
busy kids and adventurers alike.”

In keeping with Torque’s ability to tackle the extremes and everyday life,
Kyocera has sought the help of Bear Grylls – Everest mountaineer, former
British Special Forces, star of television’s “Man vs. Wild,” and the father of
three active boys. See Grylls take Torque on a series of “adventures” ranging
from biting snow, spraying water and mud to a day of splashing in a water park
full of kids at

“Bear Grylls is the ultimate survivor, in both his extreme adventures and the
challenges he deals with day-to-day like the rest of us,” said Eric Anderson,
senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at
Kyocera Communications. “Most of us know him as an intrepid adventurer, who
has withstood the most extreme environments, but he’s also a businessman and a
parent, and he appreciates the value of a smart, rugged device like Torque
that can seamlessly support those different sides of his lifestyle.”

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.

For more information about the Kyocera Torque, please visit or

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 more than 55 million
customers at the end 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. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among
all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all
47 industries, during the last four 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 or and

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 or

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.

^1The 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
ARE EARLIER DEPLETED. For BALANCE, customer service and Cardholder Agreement,
visit or call 866-608-3756. Card issued by American
Express Prepaid Card Management Corporation.

^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 and Smart Sonic Receiver are
registered trademarks 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.
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Natalie Papaj, 703-592-8412
Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-8357
Kyocera Communications Inc.
John Chier, 858-882-3543
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