Kyocera Launches Rugged, Work-Ready DuraXE Feature Phone at TELUS, Complementing Rugged DuraForce Smartphone

North America’s first LTE-capable feature phone sports enhanced
functionality and enables businesses and everyday users to choose the
right device for the task at hand

Communications Inc.
today announced that the rugged DuraXE feature
phone will join its DuraForce ultra-rugged smartphone at TELUS, Canada’s
fastest-growing national telecommunications company, which provides
wireless service to more than 8.5 million Canadians. The DuraXE is a
Push-To-Talk device designed with a dedicated side-button to support TELUS
Link® Push to Talk
for active people who wish to stay connected in
tough work environments. It will be available beginning Feb. 24 at TELUS
for $130 with select two-year TELUS business and TELUS Your Choice Plans
or $350 outright.

The DuraXE features a ruggedized design that’s become synonymous with
Kyocera phones. It boasts Military Standard 810G-certified protection
for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low
pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity, along with IP68
certification as dustproof and waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to
1.83 metres of water. Its large, tactile keypad is designed for ease of
use with gloved hands. Convenient top keys provide quick access to
activate the speaker phone or end calls while, in addition to its
internal color display, a high-contrast external display makes it easy
to read while outside on the job.

“DuraXE provides TELUS customers with another option when it comes to
rugged devices. It is ideal for anyone who can’t afford to let anything
get in the way of getting the job done,” said Chuck Becher, vice
president and general manager of sales and marketing, Kyocera
Communications. “It’s been carefully designed to stand up to the
challenges of tough work-force environments, while performing reliably
and easily to help workers excel on the job.”

North America’s first LTE-capable feature phone, DuraXE runs on an
open-source operating system and uses a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor
with a 1.1GHz Quad-core CPU that was originally created for smartphones.
This allows functionality in the feature phone typically reserved for
smartphones, including creation of Wi-Fi hot spots1 and the
ability to support a wide range of enterprise-grade software and
applications, including Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software
from industry leader SOTI. SOTI and its flagship product, MobiControl,
provide needed tools to more than 15,000 enterprises worldwide for
optimizing and securing their mobile workforces across all platforms,
supporting both corporate-liable and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The DuraXE features dual-mic noise cancellation and powerful dual front
speakers to help ensure that users can hear calls clearly—even in noisy
environments. It is work-ready, providing a high degree of toughness
without sacrificing power or features. It also provides great
functionality with a 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and video
recorder that captures picture perfect quality of life’s most important
moments. Calendar tools with GPS services, web connection and
browser-based email help user’s stay productive on-the-go.

Both DuraForce and DuraXE are certified for use in hazardous work
locations where flammable gases, vapors, or mists are not normally
present in an explosive concentration but may accidentally materialize
(Non-incendive, Class I, Division 2, Groups A-D, T4)2.

For more information on Kyocera’s DuraForce, DuraXE and complete
portfolio of durable and rugged devices for business, along with
accessory and where-to-purchase information, visit

About Kyocera Communications, Inc.

Kyocera Communications, Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera-branded
wireless devices in the Americas. It is part of the global Kyocera
Group, which was founded in 1959 and is a leading supplier of
telecommunications equipment, copiers, printers, solar power generating
systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools
and industrial ceramics. With a 56-year history of quality and
innovation, Kyocera is the U.S. market leader in durable and waterproof
mobile devices for consumers and enterprises. Kyocera uniquely combines
Military Standard 810G-certified ruggedization and enterprise-grade
security and application support with consumer-tier pricing and
availability from the nation’s leading wireless service providers. 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 integrating them
with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar
power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic
components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial
ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company’s net sales
totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on
the latest listing of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson
Reuters, and is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine’s 2014 “Global 2000”
listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

1 Additional fees may apply.
2 Warning: Do
not charge, use USB / audio jack or open the battery door in Division 2
hazardous areas.

© 2016 Kyocera. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered
trademark of Kyocera Corporation. TELUS Link is a registered trademark
of TELUS. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm
Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. All
other marks are properties of their respective owners.


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