Public Mobile and Kyocera Communications Inc. today announced the launch of Kyocera Kona, an attractive and compact flip phone designed with affordability and simplicity in mind. Priced at $69, Kona has a spacious keypad with large, separated keys and large font options for rapid texting. Kona is available at all Public Mobile retail locations.
“While the latest high-end smartphones are popular, there are still many Canadians who want an affordable phone for calls and texting,” said Mike Stanford, senior vice president of marketing at Public Mobile. “With Kyocera Kona we can provide this underserved demographic with an attractive device that provides the familiarity of a flip phone without breaking the bank.”
According to IDC Research, 2013 is the first year that smartphone sales will outpace feature-phone sales globally†. This means, however, that almost half of the phones being bought around the world this year will remain flip phones and other non-smartphone devices for people who crave simplicity and affordability.
“We know there is still an extremely strong market for a well-equipped, price-driven feature phone,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications. “Kyocera focuses its core values into market needs that may be overlooked – such as waterproofing, QWERTY keypads and ultra-affordable feature phones – and delivers attractive, high-quality devices to meet those needs, such as the Kyocera Kona for classic flip phone enthusiasts.”
Public Mobile’s unlimited service plans start at just $19 per month for unlimited province-wide calling or $25 for unlimited Canada-wide calling and unlimited global text.
Kyocera Kona is a CDMA2000® 1X-Advanced flip phone featuring a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT LCD internal color display as well as a 1.44" TFT LCD color external display. Capturing life's candid moments is a snap with Kona's 2MP camera with zoom. Calls can be safely taken over Bluetooth® wireless technology or via the 3.5mm headset jack. With an 870mAh Li-Ion battery, Kona is a compact 3.94 x 2.05 x 0.68 in. and weighs only 3.7 ounces.