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    Sprint launches Kyocera DuraXT, a post-iDEN push-to-talk phone

    Sprint launches Kyocera DuraXT, a post-iDEN push-to-talk phone


    Sprint has launched the Kyocera DuraXT, a ruggedized push-to-talk phone on the CDMA Direct Connect network that is replacing iDEN.

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    Sprint may be pulling its legacy iDEN handsets from stores, but the company hasn't abandoned push-to-talk phones. Sprint has announced the Kyocera DuraXT, a rugged CDMA-based push-to-talk clamshell. While it includes such standard phone features as a 3.2-megapixel camera and bundled 1GB microSD card, it's also waterproof up to one meter and holds to Military Standard 810G, which specifies shock, dust, and rain resistance requirements for the Department of Defense. While Kyocera has started developing budget smartphones, this is squarely within its traditional feature phone purview. The DuraXT will sell for $69.99 on a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate.

    Though Sprint has offered CDMA-based Direct Connect phones for some time, this is the first one to be released since it gave a final cutoff date for the iDEN network. Several million customers, mostly in business or government, are still on iDEN, so the company will need to spend the next year luring them onto Direct Connect.