Kyocera today announced the immediate availability of Sanyo Innuendo through Sprint. We have got to admit that this is one of the more unique phone designs that we have seen in a while. At rest, Innuendo sports an elegant, high-gloss blue finish. When in use, however, a unique glow-thru dial pad and sub-display come to life and the phone opens to reveal a vivid 2.8-inch WQVGA internal display with full QWERTY. Innuendo comes with a music player, 3.2 MP camera and video camcorder plus threaded text and picture messaging and “push” email from the most popular services.
The Sanyo Innuendo is available in all Sprint retail channels including http://www.sprint.com for just $49.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded).
[spoiler]SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Those who believe beauty is only skin deep may reconsider when they get a look at the new Sanyo Innuendo™ by Kyocera. Kyocera Communications Inc., provider of Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices, today announced the immediate availability of Innuendo through Sprint (NYSE:S) retail channels. At rest, Innuendo sports an elegant, high-gloss blue finish. When in use, however, a unique glow-thru dial pad and sub-display come to life and the phone opens to reveal a vivid 2.8-inch WQVGA internal display with full QWERTY keypad and quick access to customized features. Innuendo puts both entertainment and productivity front and center with a music player, 3.2 MP camera and video camcorder plus threaded text and picture messaging and “push” email from the most popular services.
Innuendo is available in all Sprint retail channels including http://www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1 for just $49.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded).
Offering numerous ways to stay entertained and connected, Innuendo allows users to watch Sprint TV® or YouTube™ videos; listen to music that’s been side-loaded on the 1GB microSD memory card (included with phone) or downloaded from Sprint’s music store application; update social media sites; play games or send favorite pics with Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). Innuendo users also have access to thousands of additional downloadable applications through GetJar, including games, social media, messaging and entertainment.
The handset’s external dial pad and OLED display glow through the external mirrored surface, then “disappear” when not in use. A proximity sensor automatically disables the external keys when close to the face to prevent accidental dialing. To help ensure Innuendo is personalized for each individual user, Sprint® One Click brings favorite features right to the main screen, allowing selection of 15 of the most often used features such as social media (Facebook®), sports (ESPN), news (CNN), entertainment (E! Online) and so much more.
Innuendo also supports “push” email from popular sites such as Yahoo!®, Google®, AOL®, MSN® as well as IMAP/POP3 accounts and select corporate email servers. The phone keeps track of both personal and work calendars with calendar sync, offers to-do lists, event reminders and some attachment viewing to stay organized and productive from virtually anywhere.
“In designing Innuendo, we took our very popular Sanyo Incognito and improved on it in every way,” said Yasuhiro Oishi, vice president of sales & marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. “The glow-thru keypad is striking as it comes to life and activates a phone that elegantly blends fashion and style with entertainment, messaging and social networking. This is a powerhouse phone at a fantastic price.”
Innuendo offers several family-friendly applications such as Parental Controls, Sprint Family Locator, Social Zone and GPS Navigation. Sprint Family Locator uses GPS technology to locate a child’s phone and displays the location on an interactive map. One-click menu options allow quick access to Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and several other social media sites from the handset.
About Kyocera Communications, Inc.
Kyocera Communications, Inc. (KCI) is the headquarters for Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless products and accessories in the Americas. The company’s devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia. KCI was formed in April 2009 through the combination of Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Kyocera Sanyo Telecommunications Inc., two wholly owned subsidiaries of Kyocera International Inc. The former was created when Kyocera purchased QUALCOMM Incorporated’s consumer wireless phone business in 2000, while the latter was formed when Kyocera purchased the wireless phone business of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008. Based in San Diego, KCI leverages Japan’s history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface. For more information, please visit http://www.kyocera-wireless.com or follow on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, office-document imaging equipment, solar power generating systems, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the company’s net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately US $11.5 billion). Kyocera marked its 50th anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations. It is ranked #554 on Forbes Magazine’s 2010 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
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