San Diego Business Journal

Cricket, Kyocera Launch Waterproof Phone

Friday, January 11, 2013

Cricket Communications and Kyocera Communications Inc., two locally based wireless services and product providers, recently announced the launch of the waterproof Android 4.0 Kyocera Hydro smartphone.

The phone features IPx5- and IPx7-level protection against water, affording the phone waterproof protection from sprayed water and immersion in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

“Research shows that 70 percent of consumers consider water resistance an important feature in their mobile devices, and that many have experienced a liquid-related accident firsthand,” Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications, said in a statement. “Device durability is particularly critical for value-conscious customers and Hydro helps to ensure that everyday drops and spills don’t turn into mobile disasters.”

Other features of the phone include a 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen, 1 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3.2 megapixel camera with an LED flash.

The Kyocera Hydro is available at select Cricket company-owned stores beginning Jan. 25 and is priced at $139.99.

— SDBJ Staff Report