*NEWS* AK Mom can’t break the Kyocera DuraForce

I can't break this phone, even when I leave it on top of the car. Ahem. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

I can’t break this phone, even when I leave it on top of the car. Ahem. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

[sponsored by AT&T and Kyocera DuraForce]

Why is this news? Why should you care?

Simply put, AKontheGOers, if AK Mom (me) keeps dropping phones into tidepools, off rocky cliffs, or from too-loose pockets of backpacks, YOU won’t receive the most timely, important, breaking news about family travel in Alaska. So there’s that.

Earlier this year, as Alaska Communications sold their interest in mobile comm to GCI, I, like other wanna-be-but-not-quite techies struggled to make sense of it all. Do we stay or do we go? Network versus device? Expensive (gah) or cheap?

Personally, I’m of the ilk that I’ll just keep using something until I lose it or it falls apart, upon which time I panic, cry, and wander from storefront to storefront asking for help. Such is the case with my old phone, a perfectly acceptable tool that works for most people, but then, most people don’t travel like me.

At any rate, when AT&T called to see if I’d preview the hardy, heavy, Kocera DuraForce device, it didn’t take much convincing to get me to say ‘yes’.

Whether backpacking, kayaking, or sailing the chilly waters of Alaska, the Kyocera DuraForce can handle it. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Whether backpacking, kayaking, or sailing the chilly waters of Alaska, the Kyocera DuraForce can handle it. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

It’s all in the name

‘DuraForce’ says it all. While heavier than the average phone (I go by the amount of “pocket sag” rather than actual weight, because that’s what I know), the Kyocera DuraForce is built to withstand this Alaskan’s penchant for outdoor living. Headed out on a kayak? Pack it along with no worries about splashes ruining the innards. Going backpacking? It works, and works again, even if, ahem, you trip down a hill and fall on your face (who, me?).

Coupled with all that toughness, by the way, is a remarkably sensitive touchscreen that functions even when wet, or while wearing gloves during a chilly Alaska summer day. No kidding – I was able to take photos of icebergs near Dawes Glacier with this device, in the rain, wearing thick neoprene gloves. How’s that for functionality?

Rain, wind, and ice could not stop me, and the Kyocera DuraForce, for snapping a few pics last week. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Rain, wind, and ice could not stop me, and the Kyocera DuraForce, from snapping a few pics last week. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

 

Mechanics

With 4G, I can utilize a network that many others can’t, important for an Alaska travel journalist who is everywhere, all the time…”ontheGO”.

A non-removable battery means long, long life before I have to recharge, also important when I’m out sailing the seas or hiking the backcountry.

It’s audible, even with boat engines revving, kids hollering, or waves crashing. YAY, us! I can actually hear the people I’m talking with, or pump up my Pandora music ’80’s mix. Like, awesome.

Many accessories are also available that make useage even easier; car chargers, headsets, and USB cables to make switching images, music, or documents a snap.

 

The Kyocera DuraForce even went rappelling and zip lining in Seward! Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

The Kyocera DuraForce even went rappelling and zip lining in Seward! Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

A deal

Purchase any smartphone with an AT&T Next service plan and get an LG G Pad 7.0 LTE tablet. While supplies last. Why not at least give them a shot? A call? A trial? This phone typically retails for $418.00, folks.

Specific Terms and Conditions: $.99 LG G Pad 7.0 LTE Bundle Pricing: While supplies last. Must purchase any smartphone via an AT&T NextSM installment agmt and LG G Pad 7.0 LTE via a new 2-yr wireless agmt. Each req’s activation of wireless service. Devices must be purchased together in same transaction. Discount may not be combinable w/ other credits, discounts & offers. Devices: Excludes AT&T certified-like new or refurbished devices. Device price may vary by location. Return/Restocking: If return smartphone w/ in 14 days w/o tablet, you will be charged $149.99 plus applicable taxes. Restocking fee up to $35 on smartphone and 10% of purchase price on tablet. 2-yr Wireless Agmt: Activ/upgrade fee up to $40/line. Early Termination Fee (att.com/equipmentETF): After 14 days, up to $325. AT&T NextSM: Elig. installment agmt & wireless svc req’d. Well-qualified customers only. Tax due at sale. If wireless service is cancelled, remaining device balance is due. Limit 4 financed devices per wireless account. Visit att.com/next for $0 down details. Gen. Wireless Svc Terms: Subject to Wireless Customer Agmt. Credit approval req’d. Other fees may apply. Other Monthly Charges/Line: May include taxes & federal/state universal svc charges, Reg. Cost Recovery Charge (up to $1.25), gross receipts surcharge, Admin. Fee & other gov’t assessments which are not gov’t req’d charges Pricing, terms, restr’s & options subject to change and may be modified, discontinued, or terminated at any time without notice. Coverage & svc not avail everywhere. Restr’s apply & may result in svc termination. See a participating store or URL for pricing details. [©2015 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved.]

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