Sprint, Boost Mobile and Kyocera today launched the Kyocera Verve, an easy-to-use feature phone with a slide-out QWERTY keypad. Kyocera Verve is perfect for power texters, and its advanced accessibility features offer text-to-voice translation for those who don't need a smartphone.
Kyocera Verve is available in pink and gray colors on Friday, April 11 in Sprint direct-ship sales channels, Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1). With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase the Kyocera Verve with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of only $5.42.
A navy-blue version will be available without a contract at Boost Mobile beginning Tuesday, May 6 for $49.99 at Boost Mobile's exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. Additionally, Sprint will make the handset available on its payLo brand with the name Kyocera Contact beginning Tuesday, May 13 for $39.99.
Kyocera Verve brings customers a CDMA2000 1X-Advanced slider phone featuring a 2.4-inch TN-TFT QVGA display. Capturing quick snapshots is easy with Verve's 2-megapixel camera with 2x zoom and dedicated function key. Calls can be taken over Bluetooth wireless technology (2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate), via the 3.5mm headset jack or through the speakerphone with dedicated function key.
As the latest addition to Sprint's product portfolio designed to ensure accessibility for all, Kyocera Verve features expanded text-to-speech capabilities for menus, messaging, Web browsing, contacts, notifications and more. According to the National Federation of the Blind, more than 6.5 million people reported a visual disability in 2011. Other accessibility features include high-contrast user-interface options and large menu fonts to accommodate a variety of vision ranges, dedicated In Case of Emergency (ICE) and 911 shortcuts, and tactile numeric and QWERTY keyboards with well-defined buttons.
Customers who activate Kyocera Verve will have access to the Sprint Framily Plan, a pricing program available to new and existing customers that lets them decide who they consider family. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan.
For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data while on the Sprint network (excluding taxes and surcharges). For each additional new Sprint customer who joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. For only $20 per month per line, Sprint Framily Plan members can buy up to unlimited data while on the Sprint network, and they are eligible to get a new phone every year.
Additionally, Kyocera Verve is available on Boost Mobile's popular no-annual-contract $50 Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinking Payments. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile's Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5 eventually getting down to as low as $35 a month for unlimited nationwide, talk, text and data. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next saving milestone.
For those who do not need a smartphone but instead just want great value for talk and messaging with a stylish device, Verve will be available on payLo by Virgin Mobile under a different name, Kyocera Contact, with plans for as little as $20 per month for 400 minutes. Ideal for the budget-conscious wireless user, payLo is available at independent dealers and nationwide retailers including Best Buy, RadioShack and Target.