Sprint Nextel’s first Direct Connect handsets which will enable the use of PTT (Push To Talk) over a CDMA network come in the form of the Kyocera DuraCore and Kyocera DuraMax, where both of them are rugged in their very own way. Push To Talk comes in handy during emergencies, especially when there is no power around and everyone on a normal cell phone cannot make a call, you can always chat freely on your PTT handset.
These two phones will roll out to the masses sometime in Q4 later this year, with a Motorola model following closely behind. Both the Kyocera DuraCore and Kyocera DuraMax will come with color displays, where a 2″ internal screen and an external screen shows off relevant information for your attention, while Bluetooth connectivity lets you live out the wireless lifestyle with compatible peripherals. Too bad a 2.5mm audio jack is used, as we would have favored the far more popular 3.5mm version.
The Kyocera DuraMax also sports a microSD memory card slot with a 3.2-megapixel camera, not to mention a waterproof body that can go three feet underwater for up to half an hour. No idea on pricing as at press time though.
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