Summary: You can't really beat the price, and I do like the keyboard, but there's a lot of sketchy stuff with VM's Android build. Battery lasts no time at all because it runs location services 100% of the time, even when they're turned off. List goes on and on: lot of spamware, lot of snoopware, and really hard to clean up. Caveat emptor...
Summary: After having replaced the Kyrocera Rise phone with a Samsung Galaxy Reverb and trying another phone ( LG smartphone ) my daughter owns, and using the same network, I find my complaints seem to be much more with a weak signal than anything else. I have a home business office in my basement. The location gives me often just 1 bar and sometimes just drops calls altogether. Before condemning the phone you need to be sure the signal is adequate.
Summary: I purchased a Kyocera Rise after I lost my phone. This was my only option with Virgin Mobile that I saw because I like a QWERTY keyboard. This item was purchased in a box store and I was glad that I did. I had to return the phone several times before I got it to work now (I think). My phone would work initially but after a short while on my first phone the sound stopped working. I could only make phone calls on the speaker mode and the music would not play.
Summary: This is my second attempt to find a smart phone for a new no-contract carrier my husband chose. The first phone was impossible. The touch screens are hard (poor dexterity issues) and I chose this for the keyboard and it works better for me than the touch "thing." But whatever I am trying to enter with typing seems to disappear from vertical to horizontal and I can't use anything on it.
Summary: There are some issues that many of you are having with your phones. I figured out ways to cirumvent most of these problems. 1. Poor battery life: When the phone first gets activated/boots up, a diolouge pops up, informing you about the Connections Optimizer Service. You really have no option but to accept it. However, What you need to do after you accept it is: 1) Click on the far right button on the navigation panel. 2) Hit "Settings".
Kyocera Rise: Promising Phone Suffers High Rate of Bugs & Defects
27 January 2013
Summary: Seemingly, Amazon has caught on to ubiquity of failures of this product, the Kyocera Rise. Amazon has suspended sales as of this date, stating: ITEM UNDER REVIEW "While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here. (Thanks for the tip!
I have a love/hate relationship with this phone...
24 January 2013
Summary: I loved it when I first got it, now I hate it. It was my very first smartphone, so I thought it was the greatest thing ever for the first couple of weeks...now, not so much. I'm looking for a new phone already. I have had it for less than 1 month. I would recommend purchasing this model if you do not want to do too much with it. It works great for texting. The keyboard keys are a little sticky, especially the space bar, but maybe they will wear down.
An awkward and unreliable physical keypad and schizophrenic touchscreen can make this difficult to use.
Robert Redfeather, Amazon
10 January 2013
Summary: Fortunately, this phone comes with the Swype touch keyboard installed, because the touchscreen is often ridiculously unresponsive and the keyboard requires very precise finger-position and finger-pressure to use. The combination makes typing anything letter-by-letter a horrible, headache-inducing hassle. The 2.5 GB per month data is almost adequate, but with the same service package, Virgin would give unlimited data if this were a 4G phone.
Summary: I purchased this phone for my wife for Christmas to take advantage of the $50 price. I thought it was unlikely I would find a comparable phone as inexpensive and as good as this one anytime soon. I believe I was right. I really wanted to get it for myself also, but I did not have the budget for it. Fortunately for me, my daughter did and surprised me with the same model phone I surprised my wife with.
Summary: I got this phone after reading the mostly positve reviews. After two weeks, I have no major complaints except for the poor network reception. Sprint (Virgin) is a poor substitute for Verizon, my previous carrier, atleast in the SF Bay Area. I really like the qwerty keyboard and bought a cheap spare battery from Amazon. A replaceable battery is hard to find in phones anymore. One definate 'con' is the camera.