Kyocera Rise with Android 4.0 comes to Sprint, Virgin Mobile

The Kyocera Rise, an Android 4.0 QWERTY keyboard device, will be available on Sprint and Virgin Mobile's networks.

Sprint and Virgin Mobile announced today that they will carry the Kyocera Rise, a slideout QWERTY keyboard phone that we first caught a glimpse of in May during CTIA 2012 .

In addition to its four-row keyboard, the Rise runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 3.5-inch LCD display, a 1,500mAh li-ion battery (which roughly translates to 8.5 hours of reported talk time), and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The handset also has a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with accompanying flash, and an Eco Mode feature that allows users to customize and conserve battery life.

Sprint will sell the handset starting on August 19, for $19.99 after users send in a $50 mail-in-rebate and sign a two-year contract. Virgin Mobile will sell it at the no-contract price of $99.99.

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