Cricket speaks Kyocera's Lingo

Kyocera's M1000 arrives at Cricket

Kyocera M1000 Lingo
Is it just a candy-bar phone? Kyocera

Though Kyocera made a big splash earlier this year at CTIA with some fancy new cell phones, carriers haven't exactly been rushing to pick them up. Or on the other hand, maybe Kyocera has just been fine-tuning its new toys.

Lyocera M1000 Lingo
Not at all. Kyocera

But in any case, Cricket yesterday said it would offer the Kyocera M1000. Now called the Lingo, the M1000 offers much more than meets the eye. Though it may look like an ordinary candy-bar phone at first glance, it opens up horizontally (much like the LG enV) to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging. The Lingo is a tad boxy, and it doesn't offer the enV's 3G multimedia features, but it does have Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, voice recognition, a loud, clear speakerphone and productivity tools like a scheduler, a calculator, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a tip calculator, a countdown timer, and voice memos. Cricket chose the gold version, but the M1000 is also available in black. The Lingo is $199 with service. For more on the Lingo check out our CTIA video.

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Kyocera Wild Card M1000 (Virgin Mobile)

The Bottom Line: It may not be super stylish, but the Kyocera Wild Card M1000 is a solid messaging cell phone for Virgin Mobile customers. Just don't depend on the speakerphone. / Read full review

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Kyocera Lingo M1000 (Cricket)

The Bottom Line: It may not be super stylish, but the Kyocera Wild Card M1000 is a solid messaging cell phone for Virgin Mobile customers. Just don't depend on the speakerphone. / Read full review

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