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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)

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 ( www.sprint.com) 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.”

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