Kyocera Rise arrives on Virgin Mobile with 35inch display, 1GHz CPU and slideout QWERTY keys

Just as we'd heard, today's the day that budget-minded (and not-so-shy) Kyocera Rise hits the Virgin Mobile USA shelves. Available now for a mere $100 -- without any contracts, of course -- this 3.5-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich device boasts some pretty run-of-the-mill features, including an HVGA, 480 x 320 LCD, a single-core, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 2GB of built-in storage which can be expanded to 32GB via microSD and, as you can see above, a full-on, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Naturally, Virgin Mobile's betting on folks to bundle the cheap handset with one of its unlimited data plans -- not to mention Kyocera's handset is yet another addition to the prepaid carrier's rising smartphone lineup. Those interested can give the Rise a better look down below, where a nice gallery filled with charming press shots awaits.

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Kyocera Rise for Virgin Mobile press shots

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The Kyocera Rise with a full QWERTY keyboard. Now on Virgin Mobile USA without a contract and with our unlimited data and messaging Beyond Talk plans starting at $35/month.

The Rise is available right now – just in time for back to school – for $99.99 online, at select dealers and Virgin Mobile's own branded stores. It will roll out across national retail outlets starting in late September.

Awesome features include:
Touch Slider with QWERTY Keyboard and a 3.5" HVGA LCD Touchscreen [we think of it as quite the "texty beast!"]
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
Google Play for access to over 600,000 apps
3.2MP Camera, LED Flash and Video Capture
microSD Card Slot – supports up to 32GB
Swype for rapid text entry
Eco Mode for better battery management
Stereo Bluetooth

This is a great choice for first-time Android users, including parents looking for that great first smartphone for teens and tweens, or seniors. Customers get to move into touchscreen smartphone territory while still keeping the ease and familiarity of a keyboard, and at an affordable price.

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