San Diego-based Kyocera Communications Inc. said that wireless carrier MetroPCS — which recently kicked off service in the San Diego area — will offer Kyocera’s Hydro XTRM handset.

The Hydro XTRM is a waterproof, dustproof and shockproof handset that lets its user browse the Web with the fast 4G LTE data standard. The companies say the handset can stay submerged for a half-hour in 1 meter of water with no ill effects. The phone is equipped with a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm Inc. Snapdragon processor, features a 4-inch screen and includes two cameras, including a 5 megapixel model with flash. The Hydro XTRM runs on the Android 4.1 operating system, aka Jelly Bean.

MetroPCS said that it will offer the new phone for $169. The carrier offers flat-rate plans starting at $40 per month. The business is part of T-Mobile US Inc., which is 74 percent owned by Deutsche Telekom.

Kyocera Communications, the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas, is part of Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corp., which reported $13.6 billion in sales in fiscal 2013. Kyocera has 14,800 employees companywide.

— SDBJ Staff Report