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Promoted 03-09-2014 by yuugotserved at 12:28 PM View Original Post
Target Stores [Store Locator] has Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro Waterproof No-Contract Smartphone on sale this week for $9.99. Thanks delhidada

Note, offer is valid in-store only. For more information, refer to page 3 of the Weekly Ad

Specs
  • 1GHz Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB Internal Memory
  • 3.5" 480x320 HVGA IPS Display w/ 3.2MP Camera
  • 1500mAh Battery
  • Android 4.0 OS
Deal Editor's Note: This budget smartphone is perfect to use as a backup in case of emergencies. - yuugotserved
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Edited March 9, 2014 at 09:08 PM by widgit
Starting today, at Target (see flyer), the Kyocera Hydro Android 3G phone will be at $9.99 (Reg. 59.99). I know previous deals from Radioshack have hit the front page.

For more details, http://www.target.com/p/boost-kyo...A-14782670

Besides the phone, this can be used for other uses (see http://slickdeals.net/f/6559288-kyocera-hydro-prepaid-smart-phone-9-99-at-target-b-m-70-off)

Cheers!
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Last Edited by jplee3 March 19, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Looking for custom ROMs for your new Hydro/Hydro Edge? Well sign here and hopefully developers will be able to make some sooner. [change.org]

This phone will not work on AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. It only runs on Sprint's network and is locked to Boost Mobile.

For those with R+ (ringplus phone service) question:
R+ does NOT officially support non Sprint branded phones. Some have luck activating on R+, some reported they have been kicked from R+. I do know for certain that R+ now contains better database of phones model, which previously it didn't. So, checking esn on R+ will label it as Boost Hydro xxxxxx yyyy, which will be listed as part of your R+ account profile/"Device Details" if activated. Currently, unable to modify the device details. It maybe or NOT be even activated now. Even if activated, you may/may not be kicked out of R+.
So do it at your own risk.

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Specs:
Phone Arena [phonearena.com]
GSM Arena [gsmarena.com]
Phone Scoop [phonescoop.com]

1GHz Single Core: Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon
Internal Memory: 2 GB <<<--- Kyocera Event has 4 GB
RAM Size: 512 MB
3MP camera
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Guide to root [androidforums.com]
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Super Simple rooting:
1) Download and install the proper drivers.
32 Bit Windows: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/s...up_x86.msi
64 Bit Windows: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/s...up_x64.msi
2) On your phone,go to Settings>Developer Options>Check "USB Debugging".
3) Download Root Wizard. (Click the green button): http://www.shuame.com/root.html)
4) Plug in your phone (Ignore any prompts on your phone). Launch Root Wizard. Follow the directions (they're in English).
5) Open something cold, wait about 5 minutes. You'll get a confirmation that it's rooted.
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~No PC Root Method is here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2307306
~Much faster for me...no waiting, no pc required.
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Hydro EDGE users - the no PC root method can be found here: http://androidforums.com/hydro-ed...-edge.html
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~To nix hands-free activation nag: (must be rooted, and superuser privileges granted to file manager app [ES File Explorer (1.5 Cupcake) works])
~In /system/app, change extensions of (1) Mms.apk, (2) Phone.apk, and (3) TelephonyProvider.apk to .bak.
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To complete disable the cellular radio...
*#*#4636#*#* (to be entered in the dialer) is the phone testing menu. Choose the first sub-menu. Then scroll down to turn off the radio.
Or Turn on Airplane mode FIRST, then Wifi on to use for apps that need data.

What else can you do with this:
Please add to list (hacking, and other uses):
Make it a chromecast - https://play.google.com/store/app....cheapcast
Make it an IP WebCam - https://play.google.com/store/app...pas.webcam
Make it an excellent cheap offline GPS: https://play.google.com/store/app....mapviewer
Make it a wifi home phone: https://play.google.com/store/app...csipsimple
Make it a money maker (Assorted gift cards) https://play.google.com/store/app...abs.perktv
Make it a money maker (Assorted gift cards) https://play.google.com/store/app...bile.views

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Price Match @ Radio Shack and you still get a 6 months free Netflix code

Target Inventory Checker
http://m.target.com/fiats/t-14782670

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It would be awesome to get Cyanogenmod for the Hydro and Hydro Edge. If anyone can contribute to that by developing or getting the word out, that would be awesome!

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#46
Quote from iBoo View Post :
I have this phone (Boost Kyocera Hydro ) and currently activated it on R+.

This phone is eligible for R+.
Make Model Result
Kyocera Hydro Edge Blacklisted
Kyocera Hydro (C5170) Allowed
maybe they meant sprint branded kyocera hydro is allowed?
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#47
Don't name it Boost Kyocera Hydro. Call it Kyocera Hydro (or Sprint Smart Phone). Smilie Yes, there is risk involved.
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Last edited by plusring March 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM
#48
can this be used with Pageplus if I let it sit for 6 months?
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#49
asking if smart phones have wifi is like asking if your new cars come with tires.

Quote from famewolf View Post :
Does this phone have wifi? It isn't listed on the site I found specs for it.
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Quote from plusring View Post :
Don't name it Boost Kyocera Hydro. It's Kyocera Hydro (or Sprint Smart Phone). Smilie
Under R+ account, in "Device Details" it will automatically labeled "Boost xxx yyy". No way to change it. Started recently after R+ updated their phone database.
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Under R+ account, in "Device Details" it will automatically labeled "Boost xxx yyy". No way to change it. Started recently after R+ updated their phone database.
I see, so this phone will likely not work on R+. I was able to name it anything I like. Thanks for the info.
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maybe they meant sprint branded kyocera hydro is allowed?
Oh well.

I'm still using my Boost mobile phone kyocera hydro LMAO
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#53
Quote from thehighroller View Post :
can this be used with Pageplus if I let it sit for 6 months?
No, page plus runs on Verizon. You would have to flash this phone.
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#54
I got one in december (Target would only let me buy one). It crashes every now and then. Battery time is not even a day and sometimes it doesn´t charge. I have to take out the battery a few times until it finally starts charging. But it´s acceptable as a spare phone if you´re not picky.
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Oh well.

I'm still using my Boost mobile phone kyocera hydro LMAO
laugh out loud ... lucky you! Smilie
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#56
Is it possible to change the ESN on these phones? I have a sprint phone with a broken screen I want to transfer the ESN over. I have Ring+ but I don't want to risk using the Boost ESN that comes with the Hydro.
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Quote from ThisIsDanial View Post :
I'm gonna try to pick this up tomorrow just to use with Perk TV... Should pay for itself within a couple days.
Good luck with that. Many people saying PerkTV will run 24/7 on Android are lying to get referrals (at least on reddit). A lot of people can only have it run a couple hours before it crashes or stops playing videos. It certainly won't be running 24/7, especially on it's slow hardware. I've tried a SGS II and EVO 3D (both dual-core phones), neither could run it more than a couple hours without stopping; one on 4.4 and the other on 4.1.

But if you don't mind checking the phone every hour or 2 to keep it running, maybe it'll pay off quick. At that rate, ~$0.04-0.05/hour.. it's basically getting paid $0.10 to spend 15 seconds restarting the app, playing a video, etc. Not worth the time for most people.

Now from what I've seen, it's much more likely to run PerkTV 24/7 on an iDevice, without having to constantly restart the app or manually start a video.
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#58
Quote from anothauserhere View Post :
Thanks OP. I will grab a few.
Not all Targets will allow folks to buy "a few". Im sure they are well aware of how many resellers will be in the stores first thing in the morning, or even this evening nod
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Is it possible to change the ESN on these phones? I have a sprint phone with a broken screen I want to transfer the ESN over. I have Ring+ but I don't want to risk using the Boost ESN that comes with the Hydro.
ESN follows the phone for its life.
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#60
Darn.. I already got a event from RS when it was on sale.. Don't need a second toy but the waterproofness is so tempting Frown
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