Alert – Kyocera 7135 to be released tomorrow

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It’s official! The Kyocera 7135 will finally be available for purchase in the US. Here’s the bad news. It’s only available through Alltel for the time being. I didn’t even know Alltel was still in business.

“Interest in this phone has been phenomenal and we’re extremely pleased to have it finished and on retail shelves in time for the holidays,” said Dave Whalen, corporate vice president of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Wireless Corp. “We believe the Kyocera 7135 Smartphone has truly set a new standard in converged devices and we’re excited that ALLTEL will be the first to make it available to consumers this holiday season. With so many people already waiting anxiously for its arrival, we believe the Kyocera 7135 Smartphone will be on many holiday wish lists this year.”

“The Kyocera 7135 smartphone, with its impressive array of features and functionality, provides a powerful platform to deliver ALLTEL’s Wireless Data offerings to customers,” said Philip Junker, executive vice president of marketing for ALLTEL. “This offering is another demonstration of ALLTEL’s commitment to keeping our customers connected with the best products and services in the market today.”

The 7135 will go on sale tomorrow at $499. This release has been a long time coming, although those of us with other providers will have to wait a while longer. No word when we can expect other carriers to pick up the device. Rumors have had both Sprint and Verizon carrying the 7135 in the near future, but nothing official has emerged.

Other Kyocera 7135 news –

Don’t Flip Out – Kyocera to release the 7135 shortly (11/6/2002 7:07:21 AM) – Kyocera is getting closer to releasing the anticipated 7135. The FCC has granted approval for the sale of the device in the US and now Kyocera is committing to a 2002 launch.

Kyocera confirms the release of the 7135 Smartphone (6/24/2002 3:26:35 PM) – This comes as no shock to regular bargainPDA.com visitors. Our piece in May highlighted this new product, however pictures were quickly supressed by Kyocera’s attorneys.

Brian

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