Founded all the way back in 1959, Kyocera is an electronics company based out of its original hometown of Kyoto, Japan. Among manufacturing things like solar cells and printers, Kyocera also makes cell phones. After acquiring Qualcomm’s mobile device division in 2000 and Sanyo’s mobile division in 2008, the company formed Kyocera Communications which is currently based out of sunny San Diego, California.
Kyocera makes smartphones and basic cell phones. Their devices are available from all the major carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon) and MVNOs like Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS). Kyocera smartphones run on the Android operating system while their basic phones run on their own proprietary operating system.
Kyocera might be known best for their Dura series of phones which include both smartphone and basic phone models. As the name suggests, these rugged phones are designed for durability and are meant to take a beating.
Basic phones from Kyocera start at around $100 while their smartphones are typically at mid-range pricing of about $500. The following are just some examples of Kyocera’s robust line of phones.
Kyocera Cadence LTE
The Kyocera Cadence LTE is not part of Kyocera’s Dura lineup of phones; so, you probably shouldn’t go tossing it around. It is, however, a solid basic phone for anyone who doesn’t require anything more than calling and texting capabilities from their device. The Cadence LTE does have a camera for you to snap some quick shots, but don’t expect the same quality you might find on modern smartphones. But you don’t buy the Kyocera Cadence LTE to take great pictures, you buy it for simplicity.
Find more information including specs and features in our guide to the Kyocera Cadence LTE.
Kyocera DuraXV LTE
The Kyocera DuraXV LTE is a tough little flip phone. This basic phone was designed to take nearly anything you could throw at it. Drop it on the ground or drop it in water and the DuraXV will be no worse for wear. You could even knock it around like a hockey puck (not really).
Learn more about the phone in our Kyocera Dura XV guide.