T-Mobile and MetroPCS have announced the upcoming availability of the Kyocera Hydro Life, a waterproof and rugged Android smartphone. Arriving at the Un-carrier’s door on August 8, the handset features a 4.5-inch impact-resistant display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 2-megapixel shooter, and 2000mAh battery. Other details include protection against drops and shock, water, dust, and other elements of life. This is the sort of smartphone you ease your teen into without fear of it getting trashed.

“Many of us have let the fear of fragile phones constrain our lives while many other solutions are either budget busters, too bulky or lack the best Android smartphone experience. Hydro Life delivers everyday durability with the right design and feature set; while remaining very economical for cost-conscious households.”

Priced $124.99, the Hydro Life will be offered at Walmart locations around the country. MetroPCS will carry the device effective August 29.

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  1. We bought one of these brand new thru MetroPCS at Best Buy. Lots of features and apparent value, until it breaks.
    Ours worked for two weeks. Took it back to the big box retailer, they said take it to MetroPCS. At their store, they said we had to send it in directly to Kyocera for evaluation and repair under the one year warranty. “Should take about a week”, they said.
    Here we are eight weeks later (!) and still with no phone. After I paid to ship it to Texas, they took two weeks to evaluate it. The verdict: “unrepairable” due to no fault of ours, and will be replaced, as soon as they have one in stock! Might be two weeks, might be three weeks….well, it’s been three weeks, still no usable phone and no timeframe for receiving one.
    In short, stay away from this brand like the plague. Kyocera customer service is stupid slow and unresponsive. I’ve left three voicemails at corporate ‘customer service’, but no reply. I can’t remember being treated worse by any corporation.

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