Kyocera has announced today that their IP57 certified waterproof, shock-proof, and drop-proof phone, Hydro Life, will be available at Wal-Mart for T-Mobile customers on August 8th. The device will sell for just $124.99 (plus fees) and MetroPCS will also launch the Hydro Life on August 29.

The Hydro Life features a durable design with a 4.5-inch impact-resistant IPS qHD touchscreen, reinforced housing and non-slip finish — powered by a 2000 mAh battery. It has a rear-facing 5MP camera, 2MP front-facer and features Wi-Fi calling on T-Mobile.

Kyocera Battles Fragiphoniphobia with the Everyday Durable Hydro Life at T-Mobile and MetroPCS

Newest 4G Android from the Industry Leaders in Waterproof, Shock-Proof, Drop-Proof Smartphones Can Handle the Demands of Daily Life

SAN DIEGO – August 4, 2014 – Many of us are suffering from "fragiphoniphobia" without even realizing it. The fear of fragile phones – and worries about drops and spills ruining our smartphones and disrupting our lives – prevents us from using them to their full potential. Enter Kyocera Hydro Life, a waterproof 4G Android™ smartphone that's also Military Standard 810G drop- and shock-proof.

The ideal smartphone for both active consumers and workers on the job, Hydro Life is available for T-Mobile customers at Wal-Mart starting August 8 for just $124.99 (+taxes & fees) with qualifying service. MetroPCS will also launch the Hydro Life on August 29.

"The Hydro Life is a perfect option for someone who leads an active lifestyle, wants access to the latest technology and apps, but needs a smartphone that can withstand the elements," said Jason Young, senior vice president of marketing at T-Mobile. "At T-Mobile, we partnered with Kyocera to match a rugged smartphone with the only nationwide network built data strong."

Hydro Life is IP57 certified for protection against dust and full immersion in water up to a meter (3.28 feet) deep for up to 30 minutes. It is also certified to meet Military Standard 810G for protection against drops and shock. Tested to withstand drops, dunks, and spills, Hydro Life can handle the everyday unexpected.

A recent survey from comScore revealed that 73 percent of consumers surveyed rated drop protection or scratch-proof/shatter-proof screens as the most desirable durability feature, while 62 percent said they expect waterproofing to be a standard feature on their next phones.*

"Many of us have let the fear of fragile phones constrain our lives while many other solutions are either budget busters, too bulky or lack the best Android smartphone experience," said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "Hydro Life delivers everyday durability with the right design and feature set; while remaining very economical for cost-conscious households. Combined with fast, affordable 4G from the un-carrier, it's a big win for on-the-go consumers."

Hydro Life has an inherently durable design, with a 4.5-inch impact-resistant IPS qHD touchscreen, reinforced housing and non-slip finish, which eliminates the need for bulky and expensive cases. A powerful 2,000 mAh lithium ion battery is assisted by Kyocera's proprietary Eco Mode and MaxiMZR apps to manage and conserve every last bit of power. Wi-Fi calling support helps manage mobile-network usage. Hydro Life can act as a Wi-Fi Hotspot (additional fee may be required), giving high-speed connectivity to multiple other devices. The phone also features 5.0-megapixel rear-facing and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras.


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Kyocera Hydro Life for T-mobile available at Wal-Mart August 8th


If it has a snapdragon 400, then this will be a good buy just to take places you know are going to be tough on your phone.

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We really needed a budget waterproof phone on T-Mobile. I'm curious about the performance; all of the other Kyocera phones I've used were decent but not great.

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Well considering Qualcomm is the parent company they make good stuff for the price. I was under the impression they only did carrier phones for boost and virgin here in the states. Glad I was wrong.

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I want one just for shits and giggles, but it better have at least an S400.

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This would be a great phone if you just wanted something to use while working out without having to worry about dropping it or sweating on it

I would have purchased it if it
Had LTE. They should have put LTE in it and charged 150$ instead of 126$.

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Yup HSPA+ . which really isn't so bad on Att or t-mo. My nexus 4 did great on Att hspa+ which isn't as fast as t-mobile's.

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Yeah, my experience with T-Mo's HSPA+ in Philly (this was maybe 18 months ago) was really good, if we're talking about network speed and not coverage area. In terms of day to day use, it was easily comparable to LTE on AT&T and Verizon.

We bought one of these brand new thru MetroPCS at Best Buy. Lots of features and apparent value, until it breaks.
Ours worked for two weeks. Took it back to the big box retailer, they said take it to MetroPCS. At their store, they said we had to send it in directly to Kyocera for evaluation and repair under the one year warranty. "Should take about a week", they said.
Here we are eight weeks later (!) and still with no phone. After I paid to ship it to Texas, they took two weeks to evaluate it. The verdict: "unrepairable" due to no fault of ours, and will be replaced, as soon as they have one in stock! Might be two weeks, might be three weeks....well, it's been three weeks, still no usable phone and no timeframe for receiving one.
In short, stay away from this brand like the plague. Kyocera customer service is stupid slow and unresponsive. I've left three voicemails at corporate 'customer service', but no reply. I can't remember being treated worse by any corporation.

I have been shopping for budget phones through the prepaid options. I keep coming back to this one. I am hoping that *cshupe* just had a bad experience and a bunk this is the one I am going with I think. I will be sure and post a review as soon as I spend some time with it. Until Samsung or iPhones come out with more rugged devices, I don't see a lot of options.